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.
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|
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!