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by Kate Oates

fat robin
» photos: Brandy Fortune
Easy

The highlight of our playroom is the kids’ kitchen. They love “cooking” for me and serving me tea and cookies. They also love helping me shop at our southern local market, where we pick up cucumber, onions, peppers, squash, mushrooms, eggs, sweet pototoes (for my little sweet potatoes) and old fashioned milk jugs! And of course, they need a little basket to carry it all!

Now that they've got all their ingredients, I'm sure I can expect some delicious dishes from the kitchen. Does mommy get a break from fixing dinner now that the kids have their own supplies?


 


Finished Measurements

Lifesize

Materials

Berroco Vintage [50% acrylic, 40% wool, 10% nylon; 217 yards/198 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram ball];

One skein of each of the following colors:
#5101 Mochi
#5107 Cracked Pepper
#5150 Berries
#5152 Mistletoe
#5104 Mushroom
#5105 Oats
#5176 Pumpkin
#5167 Dewberry
#5121 Sunny

Recommended needle sizes

US #5/3.75mm dpns (set of 5)
US #5/3.75mm 16 inch or 20 inch circular needles
US F/3.75 mm or similar crochet hook

Notions

Stitch markers
Stuffing
Yarn needle

Gauge

Gauge is not critical for these projects.  I recommend using a needle at least 2 sizes smaller than recommended on the yarn label to get a tight knit fabric where stuffing won’t show through.
22 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches in St st

Pattern Notes

Veggies are worked in the round on dpns and stuffed as you go. Basket is each knit on circular needles, and starched with sugar water after completion for shaping.

Skills Required

knitting on dpns, make one (m1), i-cord, single crochet and chain

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Cucumber

Using a dpn and Mistletoe, cast on 5 sts. Divide sts as evenly as possible onto 3 dpns. PM and join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1: Knit around.
Rnd 2: (K1, m1) around: 10 sts.
Rnd 3: Knit around.
Rnd 4: (K2, m1) around: 15 sts.
Rnd 5: Knit around.
Rnd 6: (K3, m1) around: 20 sts.
Rnds 7-9: Knit around.

Detail

Cucumber Prickly Pattern

Rnd 1: K1, p1, k5, p1, k7, p1, k4.
Rnds 2-4: Knit around.
Rnd 5: P1, k4, p1, k10, p1, k3.
Rnds 6-8: Knit around.
Rnd 9: K2, p1, k6, p1, k4, p1, k5.
Rnds 10-12: Knit around.
Rep 12 rounds for pattern.

Work Prickly Pattern 4 times.

Decrease
Rnd 1: (K2, k2tog) around: 15 sts.
Rnd 2 and all even rounds: Knit.
Stuff the cucumber.
Rnd 3: (K1, k2tog) around: 10 sts.
Rnd 5: K2tog around: 5 sts.
Cut yarn, weave through remaining sts and secure, adding a little extra stuffing if necessary.

Detail

Yellow Squash

Using a dpn and Sunny, cast on 5 sts. Divide sts as evenly as possible onto 3 dpns. PM and join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1: Knit around.
Rnd 2: (K1, m1) around: 10 sts.
Rnd 3: (K2, m1) around: 15 sts.
Rnd 4: (K3, m1) around: 20 sts.
Rnd 5: (K4, m1) around: 25 sts.
Rnd 6: (K5, m1) around: 30 sts.
Knit around until piece measures 2 inches from cast on edge.

Decrease
Rnd 1: (K8, k2tog) around: 27 sts
Rnd 2: (K7, k2tog) around: 24 sts.
Rnd 3: (K6, k2tog) around: 21 sts.
Rnd 4: (K5, k2tog) around: 18 sts.
Rnd 5: (K4, k2tog) around: 15 sts.
Rnd 6: (K3, k2tog) around: 12 sts.
Rnd 7: (K2, k2tog) around: 9 sts. Stuff the squash.

Rnds 8-13: Knit 6 rounds.
Rnd 14: Knit to last 2 sts, k2tog: 8 sts.
Rnds 15-21: Repeat Rnds 8-14: 7 sts.
Rnd 22: Knit around.
Rnd 23: Knit to last 2 sts, k2tog: 6 sts.
Rnds 24 and 25: Repeat Rnds 22 and 23: 5 sts.
Cut yarn, weave through remaining sts and secure, adding a little extra stuffing if necessary.

Detail

Red Pepper

Stumps
Using a dpn and Berries, cast on 5 sts. Divide sts as evenly as possible onto 3 dpns. PM and join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1: Knit around.
Rnd 2: (K1, m1) around: 10 sts.
Rnds 3 and 4: Knit 2 rounds.
Rnd 5: Knit to last 4 sts, sl these 4 sts to scrap yarn and place on hold.
Cut yarn, leaving long tail, and sl 6 sts still on needles to 2 spare dpns (smaller size) or holder and set aside.

Repeat for a total of 4 stumps except after knitting final base, DO NOT cut yarn or move sts. Instead, PM at the end of round 5.

Place 6 sts for each stump onto dpns, ready to work RS.
Rnd 6: Knit 6 sts from each stump with working dpns: 24 sts.
Rnd 7: (K6, m1) around: 28 sts.
Rnd 8: Knit around.
Rnd 9: (K7, m1) around: 32 sts
Rnd 10: Knit around.
Rnd 11: (K8, m1) around: 36 sts.
Rnd 12: Knit around.
Rnd 13: (K9, m1) around: 40 sts.

Turn pepper over, and using one piece of red tail attached at bottom of pepper (from one stump) and yarn needle, weave through each set of 4 live sts placed on hold. Pull tightly and secure. Use remaining scrap tails to sew any holes between stumps. Make sure that the tails from yarn cut are secure—cast on tails should be fine. No need to weave in all your ends, just leave them inside the pepper!
Turn pepper over and resume knitting in the round until pepper measures 3 inches from bottom of stumps. Stuff pepper.

Decrease
Rnd 1: (K2tog, k6, ssk) around: 32 sts.
Rnd 2: Knit around.
Rnd 3: (K2tog, k4, ssk) around: 24 sts.
Rnd 4: Knit around.
Rnd 5: (K2tog, k2, ssk) around: 16 sts.
Rnd 6: Knit around.
Rnd 7: (K2tog, ssk) around: 8 sts.
Cut yarn, weave through remaining sts, adding a little extra stuffing if necessary.
Pull snugly so that middle pulls in slightly, use your yarn needle to thread your yarn all the way to the bottom center and secure on bottom to keep top indented.

Stem

With Mistletoe and 2 dpns, cast on 4 sts. Work in i-cord for 1 inch.
Shaping
Rnd 1: Kfb around, divide sts evenly among 3 dpns. PM and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist sts: 8 sts.
Rnd 2: Kfb around: 16 sts.
Rnd 3: (P1, k1) around.
BO all sts loosely. Cut yarn, leaving long tail for sewing. Weave in cast on tail. Then use long tail from bind off to sew stem to center top of pepper.

Egg

Using a dpn and Mochi, cast on 5 sts. Divide sts as evenly as possible onto 3 dpns. PM and join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: (K1, m1) around: 10 sts.
Rnd 3: (K2, m1) around: 15 sts
Rnd 4: (K3, m1) around: 20 sts.
Rnd 5: (K4, m1) around: 25 sts.
Rnds 6-11: Knit 6 rounds.
Rnd 12: (K3, k2tog) around: 20 sts.
Rnds 13-16: Knit 4 rounds.
Rnd 17: (K2, k2tog) around: 15 sts.
Rnds 18-21: Knit 4 rounds.
Stuff egg.
Rnd 22: (K1, k2tog) around: 10 sts.
Rnds 23-26: Knit 4 rounds.
Rnd 27: K2tog around: 5 sts.
Cut yarn, weave through remaining sts and secure, adding a little extra stuffing if necessary.

Red Onion

Using a dpn and Dewberry, cast on 5 sts. Divide sts as evenly as possible onto 3 dpns. PM and join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1: K1, (p1, k1) twice.
Rnd 2: Kfb around: 10 sts.
Rnd 3: Kfb around: 20 sts.
Rnd 4: Knit around.
Rnd 5: (K1, m1) around: 40 sts.
Rnds 6-10: Knit 5 rounds.
Rnds 11-17: (K9, k1tbl) around.
Rnds 18-23: (K4, k1tbl) around.

Decrease
Rnd 1: (K4, k1tbl, k3, k2togtbl) around: 36 sts.
Rnds 2-4: (K4, k1tbl, k3, k1tbl) around.
Rnd 5: (K3, k2togtbl, k3, k1tbl) around: 32 sts.
Rnd 6: (K3, k1tbl) around.
Rnd 7: (K2, k2togtbl) around: 24 sts.
Rnd 8: (K1, k2togtbl) around: 16 sts.
Stuff onion.
Rnd 9: K2togtbl around. 8 sts.

Knit next round directly onto single dpn: K2tog around: 4 sts.
Work 2 rounds i-cord. Cut yarn leaving a 1-yard tail.
Slip first st from dpn onto crochet hook and chain 5 sts. *Weave yarn through last st and off hook, DO NOT cut yarn. Use a yarn needle to weave tail through to bottom of chain and toward next st on dpn.
Sl next st onto crochet hook and this time chain 7 sts. Repeat from * but this time chain 9 sts, repeat from * for final st, this time chaining just 4 sts. Cut yarn, weave through remaining sts and secure.

Sweet Potato

Using a dpn and Pumpkin, cast on 6 sts. Divide sts evenly onto 3 dpns. PM and join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1: Knit around.
Rnd 2: (K3, m1) around: 8 sts.
Rnd 3: Knit around.
Rnd 4: (K4, m1) around: 10 sts.
Rnd 5: (K5, m1) around: 12 sts.
Rnds 7-9: Knit 3 rounds.
Rnd 10: (K2, m1) around: 18 sts.
Rnds 11-12: Knit around.
Rnd 13: (K3, m1) around: 24 sts.
Rnds 14-18: Knit 5 rounds.
Rnd 19: (K8, m1) around: 27 sts.
Rnds 20-23: Knit 4 rounds.
Rnd 24: K23, m1, (k1, m1) four times: 32 sts.
Rnds 25 and 26: Knit 2 rounds.
Rnd 27: K4, sssk, k3, k3tog, knit to end: 28 sts.
Rnds 28 and 29: Knit 2 rounds
Rnd 30: Knit to last 6 sts, m1, (k2, m1) three times: 32 sts.
Rnd 31-37: Knit 7 rounds.
Rnd 38: Knit to last 20 sts, m1, (k3, m1) three times: 36 sts.
Rnds 39 and 40: Knit 2 rounds.

Decrease
Rnd 1: K15, *ssk, k2, k2tog**, k3, rep from * to **, knit to end: 32 sts.
Rnds 2-4: Knit 3 rounds.
Rnd 3: K3, (ssk, k2tog, k3) four times, knit to end: 24 sts.
Rnds 4-6: Knit 3 rounds.
Rnd 7: (K4, k2tog) three times, knit to end. 21 sts.
Stuff Sweet Potato
Rnd 8: Knit around.
Rnd 8: (K2, k2tog) four times, k5: 17 sts.
Rnd 8: (K1, k2tog) four times, k5: 13 sts.
Rnd 8: K2tog four times, k5: 9 sts.
Rnd 8: K3, ssk three times: 6 sts.
Rnd 8: Ssk around: 3 sts.
Cut yarn, weave through remaining sts and secure, adding a little extra stuffing if necessary.

Mushroom

Using a dpn and Mushroom, cast on 5 sts. Divide sts as evenly as possible onto 3 dpns. PM and join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1: Knit around.
Rnd 2: (K1, m1) around: 10 sts.
Rnd 3: Purl around.
Knit around until ¾ inch from purl ridge.
Next Rnd: (K1, m1) around: 20 sts.
Next Rnd: (K2, m1) around: 30 sts.
Purl 1 round.
Knit 1 round.
Decrease
Rnd 1: (K4, k2tog) around: 25 sts.
Rnd 2: (K3, k2tog) around: 20 sts.
Rnd 3: (K2, k2tog) around: 15 sts.
Stuff mushroom.
Rnd 4: (K1, k2tog) around: 10 sts.
Rnd 5: (K2tog) around: 5 sts.
Cut yarn, weave through remaining sts and secure, adding a little extra stuffing if necessary.

Milk Bottle

Using a dpn and Mochi, cast on 5 sts. Divide sts as evenly as possible onto 3 dpns. PM and join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1: Knit around.
Rnd 2: (K1, m1) around: 10 sts.
Rnd 3: (K1, m1) around: 20 sts.
Rnd 4: (K2, m1) around: 30 sts.
Rnd 5: (K3, m1) around: 40 sts.
Rnd 6: (K4, m1) around: 50 sts.
Purl 1 round.
Knit around until Bottle measures 4½ inches from purl ridge.

Decrease
Rnd 1: (K8, k2tog) around: 45 sts.
Rnd 2: (K7, k2tog) around: 40 sts.
Rnd 3: Knit.
Rnd 4: (K6, k2tog) around: 35 sts.
Rnd 5: (K5, k2tog) around: 30 sts.
Rnd 6: Knit.
Rnd 7: (K4, k2tog) around: 25 sts.
Rnd 8: (K3, k2tog) around: 20 sts.
Knit around for 2 inches from last decrease. Stuff bottle.

Bottle Cap

Switch to Cracked Pepper.
Rnd 1: Knit around.
Rnd 2: (K2, m1) to last 2 sts, k2: 30 sts.
Rnds 3 and 4: Knit around.
Rnd 5: (K4, k2tog) around: 25 sts.
Rnd 6: (K3, k2tog) around: 20 sts.
Rnd 7: Knit around.
Rnd 8: (K2, k2tog) around: 15 sts.
Rnd 9: (K1, k2tog) around. 10 sts.
Cut yarn, weave through remaining sts and secure, do not stuff bottle cap, flatten it.

Basket

Basketweave Pattern (worked in a multiple of 8 + 4 sts)
Rnds 1-5: (P4, k4) to last 4 sts, p4.
Rnds 6-10: (K4, p4) to last 4 sts, k4.

With circular needles and Oats, cast on 124 sts. Place distinctive marker and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Set-up Rnd: (K30, pm, k1, pm) four times.
Next Rnd: (K1, work in Basketweave Pattern to 1 st before marker, k1, sm, k1, sm) four times.
Continue in pattern as set for a total of 15 rounds, ending after Round 5 of pattern.
Decrease
Note: Continue working in Basketweave Pattern between decreases.
Decrease Rnd: (K2tog, work to 2 sts before marker, ssk, sm, k1, sm) four times—8 sts decreased.
Work 1 round even in pattern.
Continue working Decrease Rnd every other round a total of 4 times more: 84 sts.
Discontinue Basketweave and knit in the round. Continue working Decrease Rnd EOR another 7 times: 28 sts.
Next Rnd: K2tog around (removing all markers): 14 sts.
Next Rnd: K2tog around. 7 sts.
Cut yarn, weave through remaining sts and secure.
Picot Crochet Edging: With RS facing and using crochet hook, join yarn with sl st in any st along cast on edge; ch 1, sc in same st, skip next st, sc in next st, chain 3, sl st in same st at base of chain 3, *(skip next st, sc in next st) twice, chain 3, sl st in same st at base of chain 3; repeat from * around to last st, skip last st; join with sl st to first st, finish off.

Handles (Make 2)

Cast on 4 sts onto a single dpn.  Work in i-cord for 8 inches. Bind off all sts.  Use tail to sew handles onto each side of basket.

FINISHING

Thread cast on tail of each piece through yarn needle and sew through each cast on stitch. Tighten and close, the secure tail to the inside.

Basket Sugar-Starching
(adapted & used with permission from Linda Permann’s Lace Bowl pattern, this recipe produces a slightly less stiff bowl)
Step 1: Measure 1 cup of water into a pot on the stove, turned on high.  Add 1½ cups of sugar.  Stir constantly until sugar is completely dissolved. Turn stove off.
Step 2: Submerge knit basket in sugar water and get it good and drenched.
Step 3: Use tongs or spatula to pull basket out of the water.  Use a towel to gently squeeze out excess water.

Choose a dry method and proceed.

Quick Dry Method

Step 4: Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Drape wet basket around metal or glass bowl and use your fingers to smooth fabric and mold to bowl.  Put bowl into the oven upside-down.
Step 5: “Bake” in the oven for 30-45 minutes, checking piece every 15 minutes or so. Do not touch the shaping bowl when checking, but you should be able to touch the knit fabric carefully to feel if it is dry.
Step 6: Once basket feels dry, turn oven off and leave oven door open to allow bowl to cool.  You can also use potholders to remove bowl from the oven.   
Step 7: Allow basket and bowl to cool, then gently peel knit basket off of shaping bowl.  Voila, basket is ready!

No Bake Dry Method

Step 4: Drape wet basket around the shaping bowl of your choice and use your fingers to smooth fabric and mold to bowl. 
Step 5: Find a safe place where basket can dry and rest for up to a week. The more you’ve towel dried the basket, the shorter the dry time.  Place a towel to catch sugar drips, and set bowl down upside-down.
Step 6: Once bowl is completely dry, and yarn has returned to its original color, peel it off the bowl.  It can take up to a week for bowl to dry.  Voila, basket is ready!

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Kate Oates

Kate Oates is the designer for Tot Toppers & When I Grow Up. She enjoys designing hats and garments for babies and children in particular, these projects often reflect a whimsical spirit. Kate’s When I Grow Up line is for those of us who are not tots, featuring a modern classic style. Kate also strives to add specifically to the growing body of knits for boys as she has two of her own! You can find her patterns at your local yarn store or online. She also does freelance work for a variety of publications.

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