This little raspberry design was one of those happy accidents that sometimes occurs when I pick up a hook and yarn and start to experiment. It had been ages since I’d used the popcorn stitch in a project and for some reason I was inspired to revisit this classic stitch.
I grabbed the nearest yarn, which happened to be a 100% cotton that I typically use for dishcloths, and started making popcorns in the round. Well I didn’t have enough popcorns in rows 2 and 3 which meant that rather than lay flat, my work was curling up into a bowl-like shape. I almost started to tear out the curling rows, but then I looked closer and realized that they looked somewhat like the base of a raspberry.
A little more experimenting and I’d figured out how to achieve the right shape and put cute leaves on top to cap off the berry. I have enjoyed making these berries for use around my home and making different versions to gift to friends and family members. My young nieces were exceptionally impressed with the berries that I glued eyes and earrings and hats on, making little berry characters. Here are some ideas about how to use your berry creations:
- Hang berries on a Christmas tree. They are about the same size as ornaments.
- Arrange them in a decorative bowl for an unusual display with great texture and color.
- Make a berry mobile to hang in the baby’s room.
- Glue eyes, nose & other fun accessories on your berries and turn them into fruity friends for your grandkids, nieces, and nephews to play with. (To avoid a choking hazard, berries with small parts glued on them should only be given to children over 3.)
- Skip the step where you stuff the berry, and use the berry as a scrubby at your kitchen sink. The bumpy popcorn stitches are great for scrubbing dishes!
- It only takes a small amount of yarn to construct a berry, so you can use up the leftovers in your yarn stash!
100% cotton yarn such as Sugar ‘n Cream or Peaches & Crème in two colors, a berry color and a leaf color
G hook (4.25 mm)
Poly fill, cotton balls, or batting to stuff berries
Approximately the size of the average Christmas tree bulb.
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