Capsicum (bell pepper)

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I despise capsicum (or as I believe the Americans call it, bell pepper). I crocheted this because I thought at least it couldn’t possibly taste as bad as the real thing. The only good capsicum, is a crochet capsicum.

This pattern uses 8ply wool and a 4mm hook and is written in American crochet notation. The finished capsicum is 8 cm tall.

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With red, green or orange wool

Body

Round 1: 6sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Round 2: increase in every stitch (12 stitches)

Round 3: sc in the first stitch, increase in the next stitch – repeat (18 stitches)

Round 4: sc in the first two stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (24 stitches)

Round 5: sc in the first three stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (30 stitches)

Round 6: sc in the first four stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (36 stitches)

Round 7: sc in the first five stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (42 stitches)

Round 8: sc in the first six stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (48 stitches)

Round 9: sc in the first seven stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (54 stitches)

Rounds 10 – 24: sc in each stitch (54 stitches)

Round 25: sc in the first seven stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (48 stitches)

Round 26: sc in the first six stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (42 stitches)

Round 27: sc in the first five stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (36 stitches)

Round 28: sc in the first four stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (30 stitches)

Round 29: sc in the first three stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (24 stitches)

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Round 30: sc in the first two stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (18 stitches)

Round 31: sc in the first stitch, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (12 stitches)

Round 32: decrease until the hole closes.

Fasten off, weave in end.

Crumples and creases

At the narrow end, attach your wool to a spot in round 5, pass it through the capsicum to the corresponding spot on the other side and pull tight to crumple the capsicum then tie off. I did this five times in a rough circle. Then, to create the creases, passes the wool on the outside between these points and pull tight.

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Stem

Round 1: 6sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Rounds 2 – 6: sc in each stitch (6 stitches)

Round 7: increase in every stitch (12 stitches)

Round 8: sc in the first stitch, increase in the next stitch – repeat (18 stitches)

Slip stitch, fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff the stem and sew it to the top of the capsicum.

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