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fab four cherry tomatoes pattern

love, love me do!

"Love, love me do!"

Meet the Beatles... as cherry tomatoes.

Tomatoes with mop tops. This is possibly the weirdest idea I have had for amigurumi. I'm not sure it was successful either. They look like chocolate-covered strawberries, and I like them better without their stems. But they make me smile at their oddness, and that's what matters. Last night I showed them to someone's dad and he was able to identify each one correctly. So -- woo hoo! For the answers, click Who's Who link.

Made for food themed August amigurumi-along at weloveamigurumi.weloveamigurumi

smile!mop top tomato
bowl haircuttomato stem


Small amounts of worsted weight yarn in red and green
About 4 yards of worsted weight yarn in brown for each tomato
Size E crochet hook
Yarn needle
Black floss and embroidery needle

Notes: Do not join rounds unless specified. Place marker in last st of round, moving as needed, to aid in following the pattern. The stem is a variation on this tomato pattern. This pattern has not been tested.; please let me know if you find errors.

Cherry Tomato
With red yarn, start with magic loop and work in rounds.
Round 1: Sc 6.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st.
Round 3: (2 sc, sc) x 6.
Rounds 4-6: Sc around.
Round 7: (Sc2tog, sc) x 6. Stuff tomato.
Round 8: (Sc2tog) x 6.
Break yarn, thread tail with yarn needle. Draw yarn through front loops of last round of sts, one st at a time. Then pull yarn to close hole. Weave tail through a few stitches then cut tail.

Hair Cap
With brown yarn, start with magic loop and work in rounds.
Round 1: Sc 6.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st.
Round 3: (2 sc, sc) x 6.
Round 4: (2 sc, sc in next 2 sts) x 6.
Round 5: Sc around.
Work in rows.
Row 1: Sc in next 14 sts. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Skip 1 sc, sc in next 13 sts.
Break yarn, leaving long tail. Shorter part of cap is the bangs. Position bangs just above tomato's Round 6. Thread tail with yarn needle, whipstitch hair cap over top of tomato, covering the decrease sts.

Cut about 2 yard length of brown yarn. Thread yarn needle so that needle is in center, and there is one yard of yarn on either side of it.

Beginning from one side of tomato head and working around the back to the other side, you will make zig-zagging vertical stitches which will cover the hair cap. Start in the area where the the hair cap is longer than the bangs.

1. Start by inserting needle near the cap's Round 1 and come up just below bottom edge of hair cap.
2. Insert the needle again a little to the side of the first stitch near the center top and AT THE SAME TIME, come up from underneath the nearest side st in the cap (also near the center top).
3. Draw yarn up through the hole and down again a little to the side of the first stitch at the bottom edge of hair cap. AT THE SAME TIME, come up from underneath nearest side st, just below the cap.
4. Repeat steps 2-3 working sideways around back of head to other side. Then work bangs in similar manner, covering the "bald spot" at the center of the cap. Cut new length of yarn as needed and hide tail ends inside tomato. Trim any tails that are sticking up from cap.

With green yarn, make loose magic loop.
* Ch 3, sk 1st chain, make slip st in each of the next 2 chains. Slip st into magic loop to join. Repeat from * 4 more times to make five spikes total. Pull tail tight to close magic loop and form stem. Break yarn leaving tail for sewing to tomato.

Thread yarn needle with one of the tails. Insert needle into top of head, bringing it up 1/8 - 1/4 inch next to where it was inserted. Knot the two yarn tails together to secure stem in place. Hide tail ends inside tomato or simply trim the ends close.

Thread black or brown embroidery floss into embroidery needle. Knot bottom of thread and draw up through center hole of tomato's Round 1. Make two french knots or stitch eyes just below the bangs, at tomato's Round 6. Stitch mouth at tomato's Round 4. Bring needle down again through center hole of Round 1.

Ringo: Open eyes. No mouth.
George: Closed eyes.
Paul: Open eyes, open singing mouth.
John: Open eyes, smiling mouth.

meet the beatles


( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 1st, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
Ok.. these are just super cute! nice job!
Sep. 2nd, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
Hi Miss Heliina! The Boys are quite silly over your calling them super cute. :)
Sep. 2nd, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
Oohhh oh I should have said super-fab! lol
Sep. 2nd, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
You win at the cute. Every. Freakin'. Time. Love (1000000)
Sep. 2nd, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
Awww. :)

It's hard to do anything wrong when it comes to amigurumi. Plus mop tops. Plus tomatoes. :D Even though it doesn't make any sense, you end up with cute!
Sep. 2nd, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
Those are darling. :)
Sep. 2nd, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
:D Thanks, A!
Sep. 9th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
OMGOMGOMGOMG I am totally making these for my best friend's dad!
Sep. 9th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Ha ha! Let me know how it works out!
Sep. 11th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
Fab Four Tomatoes! <3
You are brilliant, and they're sooooooo cute!!! A couple of my favorite things: Tomatoes, Beatles, and yarncrafting combined!

Sep. 16th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
absolutlely the greatest
amazing creativity, cannot wait to get started
Sep. 18th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Re: absolutlely the greatest
Hi there! Thank you for your nice note! I would love to see them when you are done. :)
Sep. 22nd, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Sooooo CUTE!! And FAB! ;o) Such a wonderful representation! And I love their little stems/leaves... very whimsical, like wee hats, and just super super cute!!! "Love, love me DO! You know I love YOU!" And we DO love them! :o)
Mar. 12th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
I want you to know that I went "...er, small red bodiless Beatles?" while scrolling past BEFORE I read the post, so clearly you did a bangup job of making them recognizable! :D
Mar. 12th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
Hehe, thanks. I arranged them to look like the Meet the Beatles album cover in this pic, so it is even clearer. :)

May. 30th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
Insanely cute!
I wanna hold your hand!
These are the cutest things I have ever seen!

Great pattern!
Sep. 28th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, those got to be the cutest tomatoes ever!=D I have no idea how you managed it but I could actually identify them correctly without cheating.^^
Oct. 1st, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
Thank you sparrowcrazy8! Somehow it works, even though you don't really think of them as tomatoes, or as fruits and vegetables at all. :D
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