Rare Fruits Sampler Afghan

I love crocheted fruit, but if you’ve read my other posts, strawberries are just not bizarre enough for me. So I present:

The North (American) Rare Fruit Sampler Afghan!

A collection of mix-and-match crocheted afghan squares each highlighting a fruit you may have never heard of before, all of which can be grown in the extreme northern States. Make all squares for an innocuous botanical-themed afghan, or brag of your gardening prowess by crocheting the ones you’ve grown. 😉  Each square is 12″ across, meaning a 5×5 or 6×8 layout would give you a nice sized blanket.

If you find these patterns interesting and decide to make something from them, drop me a comment –  I’d love to see photos! We can have a gallery!

Square One is Sea Buckthorn, designed for the Ravelympics. The Sea Buckthorn, or Seaberry, is a small orange berry reported to taste like orange-passionfruit juice when sweetened. Great permaculture plant as it’s got multiple outputs – it’s a nitrogen-fixer, it fruits, and the thorns make for a great hedge if you’ve got some deer to keep out. Plus it came from Siberia, which means I can grow it. Yay! Orange flavor I can grow outdoors!! Vitamin C for the winter! Pattern is here.

Sea Buckthorn

Sea Buckthorn

Square Two is Red Currant, which includes the red, pink and white currants in species Ribes rubrum. As well as being super cold-hardy, currants will still fruit in partial shade – a rare and valuable trait. They look like little translucent jewels hanging from a string, and are fun to pluck off and eat individually (if you camp out at the sour end of the flavor spectrum as I do.) Pattern is here.

Square Three is Sumac, a fuzzy red fall fruit that makes a delectable northern substitute for lemon juice. The branches are as plush to the touch as the fruit, and the leaves vary from the smooth ones shown here to an incredibly-ornamental cutleaf. Pattern is here. More description of the plant can be found here.

From Plant Pictures
From Crafts

Square Four is Lingonberry, a cranberry cousin that’s tastier, tinier, and makes a heckuva fruiting groundcover for your sunny sites with acidic soil. The varieties vary from a max of 12″ high to a 4″ creeper, but all are loaded with pink flowers twice a year. The berries, when dead ripe, can be eaten straight from the bush – not something I’d want to try with a cranberry!

Wikipedia Commons

Wikipedia Commons

From Crafts

17 thoughts on “Rare Fruits Sampler Afghan

  1. Wendy says:

    I can’t wait to see the finished afghan. You are very talented. The squares are very original and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Elzibé says:

    This is truly amazing. Thank you for sharing this with the rest of the world. I live in South Africa and love to surf the internet for knitting and crochet patterns. Your squares are amazing and stunning and as soon as I finished the projects I am currently busy with (getting ready for winter in South Africa) I will try your squares.

    Bless all the handwork fanatics!!!

  3. RaiulBaztepo says:

    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  4. Tracy Olson says:

    You have a incredible talent. They should be in a museum or someplace that displays needlework. I have seen many 3-D motifs but not as unique as these are. I believe that you have left most of us with a loss for words. I just noticed your a Master Gardener also. My God woman you are multi talented, I bow to you.
    Tracy Olson
    State of Washington
    In The Beautiful Pacific Northwest

    • Wow, thanks so much! All of these comments really make me feel great. I hope to get back to these soon – got kiwi and elderberry on paper ready to go – just need to put down the spinning wheel for a bit! (And get the garden in!)

  5. joelle parent says:

    bonjour jaimerais recevoir vos patron de crochet
    merci beaucoup jaime .
    travailler avec mes main jaime beaucoup faire du crochet et je tricote aussi et je fait aussi de la broderie

    amicalement joelle

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