Strawberry Pie Garland
It is strawberry season around here and to celebrate I thought I'd put together a project featuring this sweet little fruit and one of my favorite pies!
- 1 - Lori Holt Chunky Crochet Thread Sampler #3 (colors: Cayenne, Autumn, Honey, Riley Grey, Linen, Basil)
- US size E/4/3.50mm crochet hook
- tapestry needle, scissors
Abbreviations ( all terms are US crochet terms)
dc double crochet
dec decrease( [insert hook into next st, yo bring up a loop] twice, yo pull through 3 loops on hook, yo pull through 2 loops on hook)
sc single crochet
sl st slip stitch
Gauge: is not relevant to this project
First I made 3 strawberry shapes and gave them cute little leaf toppers. Honestly, all I could think about when making these was how good they'd taste dipped in some chocolate!
Strawberries (Make 3)
Row 1: With the Cayenne color, ch 3, 3dc in 3rd ch from hook. (3 dc)
Row 2: Ch 2 turn, 2dc in first st, 1dc in next st, 2dc in last st. (5 dc)
Row 3: Ch 2 turn, 2dc in first st, 1dc in each st across until 1 st remains, 2dc in last st. (7 dc)
Rows 4 and 5: Repeat Row 3, adding 2 sts in each row until you have 11 sts
Row 6: Ch2, turn, 1dc in each st across (11 dc)
Row 7: Ch 2 turn, 1dc in first st, dec over next 2 sts, 1dc in each of next 5 sts, dec over next 2 sts, 1dc in last st. Fasten off.
Row 8: With Basil color, join yarn to 3rd st of row 7, ch1, 1sc in same st, 1 sc in each of next 4 sts (5 sc)
Row 9: chain 5, sk 2 sts, 1sc in next st, ch 5, 1sc in same st as before, ch 5, sk 1 st, sl st in last st. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Then I made 5 little pies, Oh these are so, so cute. The lattice on top is really easy to weave with your tapestry needle and really makes these little motifs special.
Strawberry Pies (Make 4)
Round 1: With the Cayenne color, ch 3, 12dc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to the first dc to form a circle. (12 dc)
Round 2: Ch 1, 2sc in same st, 1sc in next st, *2sc in next st, 1sc in next st; rep from * 4 times more. Fasten off. (18 sc)
Round 3: With Linen color, join yarn to any sc in Round 2, ch 1, 1sc in same st, ch 2, *1sc in next st, ch 2; rep from * 10 times more. (18 sc) Fasten off leaving about a 1 yard tail.
Lattice top: Thread your tail onto a tapestry needle and stitch across the top of your circle. I used each sc from Round 3 as the start and end points of my stitches. Once you have stitched across from one side to the other, rotate your pie 90 degrees and repeat those stitches, only this time you want to weave your needle over/under/over, the existing stitches, then under/over/under for the next stitch and so on. Wave in your tails when finished.
Now it's time to join everything together. I used the bright and sunny Honey color.
Joining the garland.
With the Honey color, ch 10, sl st in the 10th ch from hook to form a loop, ch 15, * sl st to a loop on the edge of a pie, ch 20, sl st to the center loop of the strawberry top, ch 20; rep from * 2 more times, sl st to a loop on the edge of the last pie, ch 25, sl to 10th ch from hook to form a loop. Fasten off and weave in your ends.
I pinned out my garland and gave it a quick steam to set all the stitches, but you could wet block or mist block yours. My finished piece is exactly 36" and fits pretty nicely under the edge of my mantle.
In the end, I used almost every inch of the Cayenne color but not very much of the Basil, Linen, and Honey - and none of the Autumn and Riley Grey that come in the pack. If you'd like to make a longer garland you can pick up 140yd individual skeins of the Lori Holt Chunky Crochet Thread here. I hope you have as much fun with this little project as I did!