Vegetable Garden Table Runner
Size: 12" wide and about 28" long (or desired length)
Yarn: worsted weight yarn for Garden Patch in brown, about 450 yards;
lots of different green colors in fingering or lace weight; small amounts of
bright yellow, purple and white in fingering or lace weight; small amounts
of green yarns in sport weight
Needles: US #6 or #7 for Garden Patch; US #1 or #2 for Vegetables;
crochet hook D or E (3.25 or 3.5 mm)
Gauge on Garden Patch: 4 stitches = 1 inch over stockinette stitch pattern
Other Materials: 5 buttons, about 1" diameter, in red, pink or orange.
Buttons must have holes on top—not shafts on back.
Green sewing thread.
Gathering the Greens Collect lace weight yarns in different shades of green,
from chartreuse to forest green. If you don't have enough greens in lace or
fingering weight, use a plied yarn and separate the strands.
Garden Patch With brown yarn and using #6 or #7 needles, cast on 50
stitches and work in pattern as follows: *knit 7 rows, then purl 1 row,
knit next row, purl 1 row; repeat from * to desired length of Garden Patch
(from 25" to 35"). End with knit 6 rows, then bind off in next row.
Garden Plan Decide which vegetables go in which rows. Start with middle row
and use the most prominent vegetable for middle spot (the carrots in our case)
then work to the left and right of middle and decide how many rows of each
vegetable you are going to need.
Here is our Garden Plan (starting at left): a row of peas, then lettuce, zucchini,
purple cabbage, seedlings, carrots, small heads of lettuce, zucchini, lettuce, and
a final row of peas.
Lettuce Heads With green lace yarn and #1 or #2 needles, cast on 64
stitches for large head of lettuce and knit 10 rows. Next row: *knit 2 stitches
together; repeat from * to end of row. Next row: *knit 2 stitches together and
bind-off stitches at the same time; repeat from * to end of row. Make 3 or 4
heads of lettuce per row. For smaller heads of lettuce, cast on 52 stitches and
knit 6 rows. Finish same as large heads. Make 4 per row.
When attaching to Garden Patch, curl ends around each other for a nicely
rounded head of lettuce.
Pea Flowers With green lace yarn and #1 or #2 needles, cast on 10 stitches
and knit 4 rows. Switch to white or soft yellow lace yarn and work next row as
follows: knit each stitch twice (knit stitch, but don't drop stitch off left-hand
needle; now knit same stitch again, this time through back of stitch) = 20
stitches. *Purl 1 row, knit 1 row; repeat from *. Purl 1 more row, then knit and
bind off very loosely in next row. Make 5 flowers per row. For vines, use sport
weight yarn or lace yarn double. Crochet 3 or 4 pieces (chain stitch) each about
6" to 8" in length and arrange on Garden Patch in wavy and curly layout, then
sew on Garden Patch using regular sewing thread. Sew flowers to tips of vines.
Purple Cabbage With a dark green lace yarn
and #1 or #2 needles, cast on 48 stitches. Knit
8 rows. Next row: *knit 2 stitches together;
repeat from * to end of row. Repeat this row
one more time = 12 stitches left. Switch to
purple yarn and work row as follows: knit each
stitch twice (same as in Pea Flowers). Repeat
on the following row = 48 stitches. Knit 1 row.
Next row: knit each stitch twice = 96 stitches.
Knit 1 row. Bind off in next row. Make 3 per
row. Fold cabbage in half where you started
with purple color. Sew green base together. |
Zucchini Flowers With yellow lace yarn and #1 or #2 needles, cast on 12
stitches and knit 3 rows. *Next row: bind off the first 6 stitches, knit to end of
row. Knit next row and cast on (using e-loop cast-on) 6 stitches at end of row.
= 12 stitches. Knit 4 rows. Repeat from * until you have 5 petals and bind off.
Using tail from bind-off, gather edge stitches using running stitch, leave end of
tail hanging. Use tail from cast-on and sew the 2 sides together half-way up to
where petals begin. Now pull yarn with edge stitches tight so bottom of flower
is closed. With a sport weight yarn (or lace yarn double) in a light green or
different yellow, crochet 1" piece, tie knot at one end and insert other end
through bottom of flower. Make 3 or 4 flowers per row. With dark green yarn in
sport weight, crochet (chain stitch) cord 15" long. Sew on Garden Patch
(with sewing thread) in a wavy, undulating line.
Carrot or Radish (depending on color of buttons). Insert green yarn through
holes. Leave two strands of yarn on back for attaching to Garden Patch. With
needle, separate yarn into thin strands so top of carrot or radish looks bushy.
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