Pulpie, a fun little piece of orange juice pulp, was created in response to my teenage daughter’s ongoing references to her great dislike of pulp in her juice, to which I heartily agreed. Pulp = ick. The other day, however, the vision of this happy little guy popped into my mind, and I decided I must make him!
After knitting Pulpie, I realized his shape would make a wonderful rain droplet (or tear drop) as well as an aptly shaped candy corn, or a very dimensional flower petal. Once stuffed, you can shape him to be rounded or squish him a bit for a flatter appearance. And Pulpie is a great project to make with leftover yarn from other projects.
So, here you go, my first pattern for the new year, and it’s a freebie to boot!
About 20 yards of worsted weight yarn. (Pulpie was made from Plymouth Encore; Val, the Valentine’s Day candy corn, was knit out of Cascade 220 and Cascade 220 Superwash.)
Scrap yarn for stitching eyes, mouth, etc. Or, you can use small buttons or plastic eyes that have snap-on backs that hold them in place (usually found in the googly-eye section of craft stores). If knitting this for a young child, I do not recommend using the buttons or plastic eyes, as they could be a choking hazard if they came off.
Polyfil or yarn/fiber scraps suitable for stuffing
One locking stitch marker.
Gauge for this project is not essential. You just want to make sure your resulting fabric is snug enough that the stuffing will not poke through the stitches.
Finished size is approximately 4” tall and 7 ½” in circumference at the widest part.
K – knit
Kfb – knit front and back
Pfb – purl front and back
K2tog – knit two together
SSK – slip, slip, knit
Cast on 2 stitches.
Row 1: Kfb (4 stitches)
Row 2: Kfb (8 stitches)
[Note: This project is mostly worked in the round knitting each row, but these first two rows are just
easier to work flat instead of in the round, I find. Technically, to keep the project all stockinette, Row 2 should be purled, not knitted. However, I do not find the task of purling front and back an enjoyable one. Since this will be on the base of the stuffie, I have no qualms about it being an odd row of garter stitch. If it bothers you, though, feel free to Pfb instead.]
Divide stitches evenly across four DPNs, two per needle. You will now be working in the round. Be careful not to twist your stitches as you join.
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: Kfb (16 stitches, 4 per needle)
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: Kfb (32 stitches, 8 per needle)
Round 5: Knit
Round 6: *[K, Kfb,], repeat from *. (48 stitches, 12 per needle)
Rounds 7 – 14: Knit (this will add approximately 1” from last increase round).
Round 15: [K2tog, K8, SSK], repeat three more times.
Rounds 16 – 19: Knit (this will add approximately ¾” from first decrease round).
(Note: if doing a candy corn, Row 18 is a good place to change to your second color. Overlap your tail yarns with the working yarn on the inside of the stuffie for several stitches, snugging them up as needed, in order to anchor them and not have a visible gap.)
Round 20: [K2tog, K6, SSK], repeat three more times.
Rounds 21 – 24: Knit (this will add approximately ¾” from second decrease round).
At this point, you will want to add your eyes and mouth. Also use your cast on tail to cinch up any hole that might have resulted after you joined to knit in the round. Weave the tail in a bit and then pull it through to the inside of the stuffie where it can stay forever. Add your stuffing to this lower part of the stuffie at this point before continuing. It’s easier to add the stuffing as you go since the stuffie narrows as you go up.
Round 25: [K2tog, K4, SSK], repeat three more times.
Rounds 26 – 30: Knit (this will add approximately 1” from the third decrease round).
(Note: if doing a candy corn, Row 26 is a good place to change to your third color, again overlapping the tails to prevent a hole.)
Round 31: [K2tog, K2, SSK], repeat three more times.
Rounds 32 – 35: Knit
If you haven’t been doing so, add more stuffing now.
Round 36: [K2tog, SSK], repeat three more times.
Round 37: K2tog four times
Last chance to squeeze in some stuffing for the top!
Break yarn, leaving a 10” tail. With tail on tapestry needle, run tail yarn through remaining four stitches and cinch them up. At the back of the top, weave the tail yarn in and out a bit, as inconspicuously as possible. Now, take the needle and run it down through the inside of your stuffie, pulling it out the bottom. Snip the tail yarn off as close to the body as possible, then smoosh it around a bit to let the end pop back inside, never to be seen again.
Make him a friend. 🙂