Crochet strawberry: A first foray into freehanding, ft. fruit
I made this strawberry last month thinking it would be funny to make one the same size as the red triceratops, since those are pretty strawberry-shaped themselves. There are lots and lots of free strawberry amigurumi patterns online, but I decided to try making my own. I figured it should work with the basic increase/decrease used to shape the triceratops combined with the leaf freehanding that I used for the ferns.
I ran out of steam when embroidering in the seeds, but overall I was happy with how this turned out! (And so was Squish the triceratops, who has declared himself the guardian of the mystical giant fruit)
Read on for a basic pattern that you can adapt to make your own amigurumi strawberry.
These are all worsted weight acrylic. Any crochet-friendly yarn and appropriately-sized needle will work for this, but the resulting strawberry here is about the size of an adult’s palm 👋
- body: Red Heart Super Saver in redwood
- seeds: Red Heart Soft in wheat (if you’re not being picky, any sort of off-white, tan, or yellow would work here)
- leaves: Red Heart Super Saver in tea leaf
- I used standard Polyfil
- 4.0mm hook
- yarn needle
This is more of a template, as a full-written pattern would be about 95% the same as every other strawberry crochet pattern anyway, I didn’t think this was worth fully writing out. These are notes for if I want to make another one in the same dimensions.
All rows are worked into both loops, as in conventional amigurumi
increase: two stitches into one stitch
sc: single crochet
(single crochet 2, increase) * 6 –> 24: “Do the stuff in parentheses (i.e. one single crochet stitch into each of the next 2 stitches, then single crochet twice into the next stitch to create an increase) 6 times, and at the end of this round you should have 24 stitches total”
- With red yarn: single crochet 6 into magic loop –> 6
- increase into each stitch –> 12
- (sc 1, increase) * 6 –> 18
- (sc 2, increase) * 6 –> 24
- (sc 3, increase) * 6 –> 30
- (sc 4, increase) * 6 –> 36
- sc 36
- sc 36 (possibly, I can’t remember if I did 1 or two, but it doesn’t really matter too much from here on down as long as every other round or so you add in a round that does not decrease)
- Decrease in the reverse pattern of the increases, down to the third-to-last round of 18 stitches. Every other round, or however you feel like it, throw in a round without any decreases so that the overall shape is more conical than spherical. The more repeat rounds you add, the longer and pointier the strawberry will be.
- Embroider the seeds using a darning needle and a longer beige or light yellow thread than you think you need. You can just knot the start of the embroidery at the center top of the strawberry where the leaves will cover it anyway. I added seeds to each row from top to bottom. I placed them haphazardly, though I made sure not to put any directly under ones from the previous two rows. If you’re going to skimp on seeds, put more seeds towards the non-leaf end of the fruit, as you might see IRL.
- Stuff. You can use a wooden chopstick or the eraser end of a pencil to help push it in if it’s being finicky (an implement with some texture will be more helpful than something smooth like the crochet hook).
- Continue decreasing to the 12-stitch round and 6-stitch round without throwing in any duplicate rounds. Weave in the ends.
Base: sc 6 into magic loop, then increase into each stitch for a total of 12 stitches.
Make 6 leaves total. (Each leaf takes up 2 stitches of the base circle’s 12-stitch circumference.)
For each leaf:
Chain 6 or 7 out from the base circle.
Slip stitch into the second stitch from the hook, then do some combination of single, half-double, and double crochet back to the base of the chain to make a leaf. Work from small to tall stitches, although if you go up to double crochet you could end with a hdc for a bit of shaping.
Slip stitch into the next stitch on the base. Then you can start the next chain for the second leaf.
I varied the leaves because I wanted a more organic look. Keeping the stitches in a given leaf to at most single crochets wide results in a flatter leaf, while using bigger stitches at the base while using 2-3 slip stitch and single crochet at the top results in a curlier leaf.
Sew leaves onto top with the leaves curling in however it seems easiest to attach it. I’m not meticulous about this when the yarn I’m using to attach it matches, so I just do random stitches around the piece until it seems it will stick.
This was a quick and satisfying project 🍓 I think it’d be a good low-pressure shaping exercise to make a few different ones with more varied strawberry silhouettes, but we’ll leave that for another day.