Watermelon is the ultimate summer snack, so in keeping with the theme of refreshing summer treats, I have another fruit amigurumi pattern for you this week! This is another quick and fun little project that you can work up in just a couple of hours. While it’s super adorable on it’s own, it would also make a great addition to a kid’s kitchen play set. Or, you could add a squeaker, leave off the safety eyes, and it would make a great chew toy for your fur-buddy! And since I can’t resist making tiny versions of things, I also crocheted one using a 2.25mm hook and light weight cotton yarn, which turned out to be the perfect size for a keychain or bag charm.
Let’s get started! Although this pattern is not in the Ragdoll style per se, it is made in a similar way; separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together. This adorable little guy has just 3 separate pieces and measures approximately 15 cm (6 inches) across and 8 cm (3 inches) high.
Here’s what I used:
- 3.5mm hook;
- Bernat Handicrafter (worsted weight) in the following colours:
- Hot Pink
- Hot Green
- Off White
- Black embroidery thread for mouth;
- 12mm safety eyes;
- Tapestry needle.
Abbreviations and Stitches – The entire piece is worked in single crochet stitches.
*The pattern starts with a Magic Ring, but you will ch 1 and turn at the end of each row and work flat*
*Make sure to keep an eye out for the colour changes in the pattern.*
Watermelon (make 2 panels). Start with Hot Pink:
Row 1: MR 4 sc (Do not join. Ch 1 and turn)
Row 2: Inc across (8 sts)
Row 3: [Sc, inc] three times, sc 2 (11 sts)
Row 4: [Sc 2, inc] three times, sc 2 (14 sts)
Row 5: [Sc 3, inc] three times, sc 2 (17 sts)
Row 6: [Sc 4, inc] three times, sc 2 (20 sts)
Row 7: [Sc 4 inc] Repeat across (24 sts)
Row 8: [Sc 5, inc] Repeat across (28 sts)
Row 9: [Sc 6, inc] Repeat across (32 sts)
Row 10: [Sc 7, inc] Repeat across (36 sts)
Row 11: [Sc 8, inc] Repeat across (40 sts)
Switch to Off White:
Row 12: [Sc 9, inc] Repeat across (44 sts)
Switch to Hot Green:
Row 13: [Sc 10, inc] Repeat across (48 sts)
Row 14: [Sc 11, inc] Repeat across (52 sts)
Row 15: [Sc 12, inc] Repeat across (56 sts)
Gusset (make 1) in Hot Green:
Row 1: Ch 2, sc 1 (1 st)
Row 2: Inc (2 sts)
Row 3: Sc along (2 sts)
Row 4: Inc, sc (3 sts)
Row 5: Sc along (3 sts)
Row 6: Sc 2, inc (4 sts)
Row 7: Sc along (4 sts)
Row 8: Inc, sc 3 (5 sts)
Row 9: Sc along (5 sts)
Row 10: Sc 4, inc (6 sts)
Row 11: Sc along (6 sts)
Row 12: Inc, sc 5 (7 sts)
Rows 13-15: Sc along (7 sts)
Row 16: Sc 6, inc (8 sts)
Rows 17-19: Sc along (8 sts)
Row 20: Inc, sc 7 (9 sts)
Rows 21-23: Sc along (9 sts)
Row 24: Sc 8, inc (10 sts)
Rows 25-32: Sc along (10 sts)
Row 33: Dec, sc 8 (9 sts)
Rows 34-36: Sc along (9 sts)
Row 37: Sc 7, dec (8 sts)
Rows 38-40: Sc along (8 sts)
Row 41: Dec, sc 6 (7 sts)
Rows 42-44: Sc along (7 sts)
Row 45: Sc 5, dec (6 sts)
Row 46: Sc along (6 sts)
Row 47: Dec, sc 4 (5 sts)
Row 48: Sc along (5 sts)
Row 49: Sc 3, dec (4 sts)
Row 50: Sc along (4 sts)
Row 51: Dec, sc 2 (3 sts)
Row 52: Sc along (3 sts)
Row 53: Sc, dec (2 sts)
Row 54: Sc along (2 sts)
Row 55: Dec (1 st)
Do not tie off. Continue to assembly.
Step 1: Attaching the Gusset
Line up the edge of your gusset with the green edge of one of your watermelon panels. Ch 1 and begin crocheting the two pieces together. Make sure the front of your watermelon panel is facing you as you attach it to the gusset. Since the watermelon panel is curved and your gusset is not, you will have to guide the gusset into place as you crochet around. Don’t worry if things are looking a little wonky half way through. You will have something like this:
Once your first panel is attached, do not tie off. Take the second watermelon panel, ch 1, and begin single crocheting it to the other side of the gusset. Again, make sure the front of your watermelon panel is facing you as you crochet around.
When you finish attaching the gusset, stop and pull up a long loop.
Step 2: Face and Finishing
Insert the safety eyes now and stitch on the mouth. Add some rosy little cheeks if you wish!
Stuff your watermelon.
Finally, picking up where you left off, begin to crochet the opening closed by single crocheting the two panels together across the top. You will only need to crochet two or three stitches in Hot Green before switching colours to Off White. You will only crochet one stitch in Off White before switching to Hot Pink.
When switching colours, you will insert your hook into the stitch before the colour change, yarn over and pull up a loop with Colour A, then yarn over with Colour B and pull through both loops. Continue with Colour B.
Top up the stuffing after every few stitches, if necessary. Close with slst to first st and tie off. Poke all the yarn tails back inside the piece using your tapestry needle.
That’s it, you’re done!
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