I crocheted this pomegranate for the Jewish holiday of Rosh HaShana (The Jewish New Year’s Eve) as something to send with my daughters to their kindergartens. In the Jewish tradition, pomegranates represent plentifulness, and they are eaten along with a blessing for plenty of blessings or Mitzvas.
Fortunately, this particular pomegranate also made it back, and served as a decoration for the holiday’s dinner.
This is an easy and relatively crochet pattern, which is also suitable for beginners.
I crocheted my pomegranate with worsted cotton yarn (Drops Paris, my favorite worsted cotton yarn, with a length of 75m per 50g), and got a pomegranate with a height of 13.5cm. If you’ll use thinner yarn (such as DK) you’ll receive a more miniature version, that would be good for, say, a key chain. Just don’t forget to switch to the appropriate hook.
Pomegranate – Crochet Pattern
For making the pomegranate, you’ll need:
Yarn and an appropriate hook (I’m using 100% cotton Drops Paris (cream, light green and pink) and a 3.5 hook)
Filling material (I’m using polyfill)
A darning (not-sharp) needle for sewing the parts together
SC – Single Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
CH – Chain
slst – Slip Stitch
HDC- half double crochet
BLO- back loop only
FLO – front loop only
inc – Increase (two SC in one loop)
dec – Decrease (two sc crocheted together – it’s recommended to use “invisible decrease” instead to avoid unsightly holes)
The pomegranate is crocheted, as usual, in a continuous spiral: at the end of each row you continue to the next row. The beginning of the row should be marked with a stich marker or a piece of contrast-colored yarn to avoid confusion and mistakes.
The pomegranate is crocheted from the bottom up, the crown is added afterwards. Note: pomegranates are not perfect spheres, they have “edges”. In order to create the edges, I didn’t spread my decreases in the upper part, rather crocheted them one above the other. This creates a shape with soft edges. If you prefer a more rounded pomegranate – spread your decreases evenly. If you want more prominent edges, crochet the increases one above the other too.
Row 1: 6 SC in a magic ring (6)
Row 2: 6 inc (12)
Row 3: (1 SC, inc)*6 (18)
Row 4: (2 SC, inc)*6 (24)
Row 5: (3 SC, inc)*6 (30)
Row 6: (4 SC, inc)*6 (36)
Row 7: (5 SC, inc)*6 (42)
Row 8: (6 SC, inc)*6 (48)
Row 9: (7 SC, inc)*6 (54)
Note: In order to create hexagonal edges, do not spread the decreases in the rows below evenly.
Row 10-19: 10 rounds SC in each SC (54)
Row 20: (7 SC, dec)*6 (48)
Row 21: (6 SC, dec)*6 (42)
Row 22: (5 SC, dec)*6 (36)
Row 23: (4 SC, dec)*6 (30)
Row 24: (3 SC, dec)*6 (24)
Stuff the pomegrante with filling material. Keep stuffing throughout the crocheting.
Row 25: (2 SC, dec)*6 (18)
The next row is crocheted in the back loops only. The front loops will be used later for crocheting the crown.
Row 26: (1 SC BLO, dec BLO)*6 (12) (This is where we create the loops into which the crown would be crocheted)
Row 27: (dec)*6 (6)
Bind off using the invisible binding off. Hide the yarn tail inside the pomegranate using a darning needle.
Use the free front loops we left at the Row 25. Attach the yarn with a slip stitch to one of the front loops, and crochet:
Row 1: SC FLO in each SC (18)
Row 2-3 : 2 rounds SC in each SC (18)
Row 4: 17 SC, slst (18)
Start with 2 ch in the beginning of row 5 (it counts as first hdc of the repeat).
Row 5: (HDC, DC, TR ,DC, HDC in one st, skip 2 sts)*6 (30)
Optional: add picot to the TR to create a more pointed crown.
Picot: 3CH ,slst to the first ch.
Slst to the second ch. Bind off and hide the yarn tail inside the pomegranate using a darning needle.
May your crafts be as a plentiful as a pomegranate!
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