Quondong Yarn Basket

Quondong Cat or Yarn Basket Free Knitting Pattern

A basket to hold your yarn balls or kitten… this design is named after the Australian native peach Quondong. The outside stitch pattern has the appearance of hand weaving; inside shows as a type of moss tweed. Project used hand spun chunky wool in English Garden hues, and after felting measured 30cm/11¾” in diameter.

Designed by Dianthe Bells

MATERIALS

2 x 100g skeins Hawthorne Cottage hand spun chunky wool in English Garden (Green, White, Olive, Mauve, Pink, Lemon) Approximately 50m per skein for basket

1 x 50g ball Nundle 8ply pure wool in Dusky Rose for base

10.00m (80cm long) circular needles

5mm (80cm long) circular needles

4mm (80cm long) circular needles

5mm set of double points

6mm crochet hook

Markers for beginning of rounds

UK/AU terms used

SUGGESTED YARN

Mandala Thick and Quick

… unexpected color combinations that crafters have come to expect from the Mandala name, with subtle color changes and a superior hand. 100% acrylic. Shown in Labyrinth

PATTERN

With English Garden and 10mm needles cast on 92 sts (join and work in the round, placing marker). Complete 16 rounds of Nubbly Purl Tweed pattern stitch:

NUBBLY PURL TWEED

Round 1: K1, P1.

Round 2: Yarn in front, slip 1 purlwise, p1.

Round 3: P1, K1.

Round 4: P1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front.

Change to 6mm needles and work 12 rounds of pattern. Change to 4mm needles and work 8 rounds of patterns. Using a 6mm crochet hook work a slip stitch crochet cast off. Weave in ends, sewing tail down with needle and matching thread to secure.

Using set of 4mm double points and Dusky Rose, pick up 92 sts around crochet cast off (base). (Wrong side facing and inserting needle through lower loop only of crochet chain). Mark beginning of rounds with yarn loop or ring marker.

Round 1: K2tog, knit to 45th st, k2tog, knit to end (90sts). Round 2: *K8, k2tog* to end.

Round 3: Knit all alternate rounds. Round 4: *K7, k2tog* to end. Round 6: *K6, k2tog* to end. Round 8: *K5, k2tog* to end. Round 10: *K4, k2tog* to end. Round 12: *K3, k2tog* to end. Round 14: *K2, k2tog* to end. Round 16: Cast off remaining 9 sts.

Weave in ends securely. Felt basket. Dry in sunshine over a large, similar shaped bowl.

“The overland explorers Charles Sturt and John Stuart would probably have died of scurvy in central Australia, had they not eaten the wild fruits including the Quondong on their travels. Early settlers used the fruit of the Desert Quondong in jams, pies and jellies. They also dried the fruit like the Aborigines to keep them for future use. Explorer E.J. Eyre said that the fruit makes excellent puddings or preserves, for which purpose it is now extensively used by Europeans. More recently the Quondong is often used in wild food restaurants and sold as jams and pies. The Aborigines often ate the nutritious oily kernels of the Quondong. Some trees produce sweet almond flavoured kernels while others produce a distasteful kernel. The distaste in some kernels is a result of a pungent aromatic oil, methyl benzoate.

“The seeds of the Quondong, both Desert and Bitter, are round, pale and knobbly. The Early settlers used these for making necklace beads, stud buttons and Chinese checker marbles. Today, they are only rarely used for these purposes, by locals and art and craft shops. Occasionally small operators use the wood as craft wood.” (Original source unknown).

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Pomegranate Fruit

Pomegranate Knitting Pattern

Designed by Dianthe Bells (Australia)

Pattern for knitted pomegranate using 8ply felting wool. Instructions written in Australian/British English with US equivalents. Project worked in the round on set of double point needles. Average knitting and crochet skills required for this plump fruit, one of the seven species in the land of milk and honey.

Pomegranate

8ply (double knit) wool in red (soft, lightly twisted, felting wool)

Length of cotton for holding yarn, of similar thickness

4.00mm needles (UK 8/US 6)

4.00mm crochet hook

1 gold ring 1cm in diameter

Marker for rounds

1cm and 2cm wool felt circles in red; cotton thread to match

Pure wool filling

Make a slip knot and place on crochet hook. Crochet 14 double crochet/US sc into gold ring and join to 1st dc with a slip stitch. Place loop on needle. With 1 knitting needle knit up another 3 chains (4 on 1st needle). Knit up 5 on next needle and 5 on third needle. Place marker for beginning of rounds.

Work in rounds (firm up yarn at start of each round). Increase by knitting into front and back of next stitch.

Round 1: Knit 14.

Round 2: *K1, increase 1* (21 sts).

Round 3: Knit.

Round 4: *K2, increase 1* (28 sts).

Round 5: Knit.

Round 6: *K3, increase 1* (35 sts).

Round 7: Knit.

Round 8: *K4, increase 1* (42 sts).

Round 9: Knit.

Round 10: *K5, increase 1* (49 sts).

Round 11: Knit.

Round 12: *K6, increase 1* (56 sts).

Round 13: Knit.

Round 14: *K7, increase 1* (63 sts).

Round 15: Knit.

Knit 9 rounds.

Decreasing section for top of pomegranate:

Round 1: *K5, K2tog* (54 sts).

Round 2:  Knit.

Round 3: Knit.

Round 4: Knit.

Round 5: *K4, K2tog* (45 sts).

Round 6: Knit.

Round 7: *K3, K2tog* (36 sts).

Round 8: Knit.

Thread stitches onto cotton holding yarn. Do not cut working wool. Darn in starting end around inside of gold ring. Wash by hand in a few drops of organic liquid, felting lightly. Rinse three times, roll up in clean tea-towel and squeeze. Shape around a large orange. Dry in sunlight. When dry, sew the 1cm circle of red felt on inside (over small hole of gold ring) with tiny stitches. Stuff firmly. Carefully remove cotton holding yarn, placing stitches evenly on three needles again.

Knit 3 rounds. Shape blossom end:

Round 1: *K4, K2tog* (30 sts).

Round 2: Knit.

Round 3: *K3, K2tog* (24 sts).

Round 4: Knit.

Round 5: Knit.

Round 6:  *K2, K2tog* (18 sts).

Round 7: Knit.

Round 8: *K1, K2tog* (12 sts).

Round 9: Knit.

Add more filling, shaping fruit with fingers.

Round 10: Knit.

Round 11: Knit.

Round 12: Knit.

With crochet hook, work off 12 double crochet/US sc from the needles. Join to first stitch with a slip stitch. Work tightly. *Chain 4, slip stitch in next chain, slip stitch in next chain.* Repeat around, pulling last stitch through loop and weaving inside. Add final amount of filling. Sew 2cm felt circle in top hole to secure filling.

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