It is so fun to crochet food. You can crochet amigurumi for children's play sets, appliqués for decorating items of all sorts and even food-inspired clothing and costumes just for fun. You can find crochet food patterns of all types, including lots of candy crochet patterns. But what if you want to celebrate healthy eating, vegetarianism or just the goodness of nature's foods? These 25 fruit and vegetable crochet patterns are for you!
These patterns can also be used in educating young... children about food. Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet but many kids are picky when they are young and don't like to try new things. Introducing foods to them in the form of crocheted characters that they can play with and interact with is one terrific option for parents, caregivers and educators. Some of these patterns have cute faces added on which will appeal to that age group (and to all of us!) Who says you can't play with your food?!
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One of the easiest ways to crochet fruit is to crochet circles in the colors of fruit slices. These circles can become a variety of items, the simplest of which is a coaster. These fruit-inspired crochet coasters designed by Marinke Slump for CraftTuts+ are a great beginner's crochet project. You can vary the colors to get different fruits; for example, use the lemon coaster crochet pattern with green yarn for a lime coaster.
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The set of fruit-inspired coasters by Marinke does include a watermelon but there are different ways to crochet the same design so here is another example. This watermelon crochet coaster is by Ashley Ziman of Create Crochet.
Watermelon is such a yummy choice and a popular item to crochet during the summer months! If watermelon is the fruit that you want to crochet, here are 10 watermelon crochet patterns.
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Any fruit (or vegetable for that matter) that can be sliced into rounds can make a cute crochet coaster. The more colorful the fruit, the better. That is what makes the kiwi a great choice, as seen in this free pattern by Andrea of You Never Know.
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Cherries Crochet Potholder Pattern
Potholders are a great item for food-themed crochet since they are stored in the kitchen. An artistic potholder display incorporating food designs can exhibit great retro style. This cherries crochet potholder pattern, found in the book 35+ Potholders to Crochet, is a great example!Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Apples are another great fruit for potholders since so many kitchens incorporate apples as part of a "country chic" style. This free potholder crochet pattern is by Star Wisps.
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Apples are one of the most popular foods to crochet. This isn't just because of their popularity for kitchen decor. They're also great for teacher gifts, the beginning of fall and anything school-themed. And they can be used in educational presentations about healthy eating. This free crochet apple pattern is available as a download through Ravelry by designer Kitty Adventures.
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Strawberries are another popular fruit to crochet, perhaps because they are the kind of food that makes everyone happy just to look at. These sweet treats are yummy symbols of summer but they are delicious yarn decor throughout the year. This free crochet pattern is by Jenni Designs.
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Amigurumi Cherries Free Crochet Pattern
Cherries are another fabulous summer fruit. This free crochet food pattern is designed by Stefanie Nadja who suggests using it as a keychain charm or gift bag accessory. This pattern is offered as a download through Ravelry.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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SkyMagenta is an amigurumi crochet pattern design who has a large number of food patterns. This pattern is for chocolate fondant but it includes a range of different skewered fruits to "dip" into the play chocolate. This pattern, sold on Etsy, includes crochet bananas, kiwi, strawberries, cherries, apples, peaches and grapes.
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This is another crochet food set, this time with a picnic basket. This is a cute one to make to donate to a preschool class. The bunches of grapes are especially cute. This free crochet pattern is by Left In Knots. This designer also has versions of these fruits as scrubby crochet patterns.
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Want to crochet a fruit that is a little bit different? How about a tomato? And better yet, how about a tomato and strawberry in the same pattern? That's exactly what you will find in this free pincushion crochet pattern by Karabouts.
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Tomato Free Crochet Pattern
Like the idea of crocheting a tomato but looking for something flat that you can use as a coaster or appliqué or string up as bunting? The tomato crochet pattern in the free BLT sandwich crochet pattern by Between My Fingers is a great option. It also, of course, includes the rest of the sandwich ingredients, including the lettuce crochet pattern.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Eggplant is a great food to eat, and it is a creative food to crochet. That perfect purple color makes it so much fun to work up in yarn. Little Wendy Crochet has created this felted amigurumi pattern (called Aubergine) for sale through Ravelry. This one can be used for decor or for children's food play sets.
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Multi-colored "Indian corn" is often used for Thanksgiving decoration but there are forms of this vegetable that you can eat. It is often used to make cornmeal for use in items like tortillas. This free crochet pattern is from Alicia Kachmar.
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Another great Thanksgiving decoration that is also a yummy vegetable is the pumpkin. We see people crocheting these all throughout the fall, especially around Halloween, and it's a food that can really inspire us in any season. This one is a free crochet pattern by Petals to Picots. It is one of the 10 best free crochet pumpkin patterns.
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Another fall decor item that many people crochet is acorns. Although most people don't eat acorns, they can indeed be used as food. This free crochet pattern is for a purse that looks like an acorn. It's by Roman Sock. Although we usually think of nuts as their own food category, they do fall into the fruit food group.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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Look at these cute little crochet carrots! They would make cute Easter accessories - earrings or gift bag tags or simply decor. These are so small that they make for terrific stash busting! This is a free pattern from Moss Mountain.
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One cute idea for crochet food is to make yourself a fruit bowl for decoration. This can be displayed on coffee tables or in the kitchen. You can make all of the fruit one type, such as the oranges displayed in this pattern by Tisha LeBreton, or you could make a bowl of all different types of fruits.
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Add some more exotic fruits to your crochet fruit bowl with this free set of crochet fruit patterns designed by Patti of Dandelion Dreamers. This pattern, available through Ravelry, includes Hawaiian inspired fruits:
mango, pineapple, papaya, coconut, and banana. This designer also has another set of crochet fruit patterns including apple, orange, strawberry and plum.
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The Hawaiian fruit set by Dandelion Dreamers has one version of a crochet banana, but there are lots of other versions out there including this free amigurumi pattern by Zan Crochet. This is a banana that is partially peeled.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Crochet food doesn't have to look the way that the food looks in real life. Food can be the inspiration for a cute character as we see in this dancing chili pattern by Moji-Moji Design.
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You can take any amigurumi crochet food pattern and add a face, or even just eyes, to make it a cute little character. Check out how that was done in this adorable free crochet pear pattern by Mohu Blog. it is so cute! It's also neat to see how this uses some non-traditional colors to make the crochet food just a little bit more fun. This is great for play or for decorating.
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Add googly eyes to your crochet food to give them a different bit of style. That's what Made Out Of Things has done on this free crochet pattern to make Brussels sprouts more fun to play with. This is a great pattern to encourage kids to try eating healthy vegetables!
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This is another terrific example of a cute crochet food character. You could leave the face off to make a regular lemon and add it to your crochet fruit bowl! Or you could make it in green yarn for a crochet lime. This free pattern is from Amigurumi Food, which is obviously a great resource for food crochet patterns.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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