by Craftbits (shellie wilson)
What you need
Blue Sky Alpacas Cotton : Honeydew, Thistle, Lemonade, Cumin, & Poppy.
Size 7 double point needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Stuffing material such as polyester batting.
Rattles, if desired (note: not recommended for children)
5 sts/inch in stockinette stitch. You will want a dense fabric so the stuffing doesn’t show through.
dp = double point
co = cast on
st(s) = stitch(es)
k = knit
p = purl
rnd(s) = round(s)
inc = increase by knitting into front & back of stitch
k2tog = knit two sts together
* * = repeat directions between * * all the way around
ws = wrong side
p/u = pick up
ssk = slip 1 st k-wise, slip next st k-wise, insert point of left needle into the fronts of these 2 slipped sts and knit them together through the back loops.
p2tog = purl two sts together
w&t = wrap and turn
Directions for I-cord
With 3 sts on one dp needle, k3 sts. Do not turn. *Slide the sts from the left hand end of the needle to the right hand end of needle. Bringing yarn around back of sts, k them again.* Repeat directions between * * until I-cord is as long as desired. This creates a tube. Break yarn, leaving a 4″ tail and thread onto a darning needle. Pull through the 3 sts to fasten off. Weave in end.
Directions for W&T
(On the knit side), knit designated # of sts. Bring yarn forward (between the points of the needles), slip next st, bring yarn back (between the points of the needles), slip the slipped st from the right needle back to the left needle, turn work around. (On the purl side), purl designated # of sts. Bring yarn back (between the points of the needles), slip next st, bring yarn forward (between the points of the needles), slip the slipped st from the right needle back to the left needle, turn work around. When knitting next round, you will see a “bar” across these wrapped st. Pick up this bar along with the stitch above it by inserting right needle under the bar and the st above at the same time. Knit this as if it were 1 stitch, and you will never have a hole or a funny little bar in your work.
Onto 3 dp needles, co 20 sts (10/5/5). With 4th needle and Honeydew join, being careful not to twist sts.
Work rnds in following pattern: *k1, p4*
Work until baby cucumber measures 4 1/2″
Rnd 1: *ssk, p3* around
Rnd 2: *ssk, p2* around
Rnd 3: *ssk, p1* around
Rnd 4: *ssk* around
Break yarn, leaving a 4″ tail, thread onto a darning needle and work through these 4 sts, pulling tightly. Fasten off and weave in end. Weave in tail from co edge. Pack in stuffing, adding stuffing as needed while working opposite end and inserting rattle.
P/u 20 sts from co edge, starting with a k st, and picking up k sts k-wise and p sts p-wise. Before proceeding further, weave in tail.
Work the next 4 rnds as for decrease rnds above. Do not break yarn.
Rnd 5: ssk, k2. Place these 3 sts onto one dp needle and work I-cord for 2″.