I was a ripe 22-years old when I ate my first pomegranate, being prompted by the middle-school-aged children I nannied for, but I wasn’t quite sold on the enjoyability factor of dealing with the fruit. They’re difficult! And there is a much easier option in the form of POM Wonderful, of course. Years later, I decided to design a crochet version after comparing someone special to the very fruit–difficult, frustrating at times, but worth it when you finally got inside. A learning process, albeit a painstaking one.
Ironically, soon after I made the comparison, one of my best girlfriends randomly bought me a pomegranate and when I went to eat it, I nearly cut my finger when slicing through, the pulp was tough, the seeds too chewy, and the red juice sprayed all over my computer and clothes. I ended up throwing it all away out of frustration and reconsidering my whole “it’s worth it” theory. Hmm. Nonetheless, here’s my crochet pattern for the pomegranate seen above, made with a really soft acrylic-alpaca blend:
Patons Rumor Yarn in “Durberry Heather” (sadly, it has been discontinued, but you can still buy it here)
(1) With G hook, ch 2 and make 5sc in 2nd ch from hook.
(2) 2sc in each.
(3) 2sc, sc all the way around.
(4) 2sc, sc, sc all the way around.
(5) 2sc, sc, sc, sc all the way around.
(6) Sc for 7 rounds.
(7) Make 3 decreases equally spaced around, otherwise sc.
(8) Make 2 decreases equally spaced around, otherwise sc.
(9) Repeat step 8.
(10) Repeat step 8.
(11) Sc around.
—-Stuff with fiberfil—-
(12) Sc, sc, dec all the way around.
(13) Sc, dec until there are 7 stitches left and stuff to fill to top if necessary. Join to next sc and finish off; tuck in end.
With G hook and yarn, ch 2 and make 4sc in 2nd ch from hook; join to first sc.
**ch 5 and sl across; sl in next sc.**
Repeat between ** ** 3 more times.
Finish off, leaving a 6-inch tail, and with tapestry needle, sew to the top (where you finished crocheting) of the pomegranate.
If you haven’t had enough pomegranates, I recently discovered and spoke to Etsy seller Yoola, who crochets the above STUNNING pomegranates from copper-coated wire. She sells both the pattern and finished product.