Being the California girl (well, by way of Colorado) that I am, the Southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas for luck was news to me! Since becoming an Austinite however, I’ve learned to embrace this New Years Day tradition. It’s kind of adorable how an entire portion of the country puts such hope in a tiny food–and hey, who couldn’t use a little more luck, right? As 2010 comes to an end, alas, so does my stint with Lark Crafts. So I thought, what better way to bid you adeiu, than with a token of luck to start 2011 off the right (read: crafty) way?
Even (or especially) if you don’t like eating these blessed little beans, you can still enjoy the custom by crocheting them. Stitch-up an amigurumi version to hang year-’round as a tiny reminder that luck, is what you make of it!
Scraps of Worsted-Weight Yarn in colors: Tan & Brown
Size US H (8) Crochet Hook (or size necessary to create tight enough stitches to hold stuffing)
Handful of Stuffing (or real black eyed peas)
3″ (excluding loop)
sc2tog=single crochet two stitches together
Using Tan yarn and magic loop method, 6sc in center of loop. Pull tight to close loop. Join round with a sl st.
Round 3: Ch1, sc in next ch and all the way around. Join with a sl st. 17 sts.
Rounds 4-6: Repeat Round 3.
Note: You’ll be working the next few “rounds” back-and-forth, so they’ll be known as “rows”.
Rows 7-8: Ch1, sc11. Turn.
Row/Round 9: Repeat Row 8, but DO NOT TURN at the end of this one. This row will now go back to becoming a round.
From here, you’ll have little ledges with a gap in between. Continue around with a sc in each of the 5 sts in gap. Join round with a sl st in the ch1 at beginning of round. (17sts)
Rounds 10-12: Repeat Round 3.
**At this point, start stuffing your pea as you go along until finished. For added luck, stick a real black-eyed pea inside with the stuffing!
Round 13: Ch1, *sc2tog, sc; repeat around, ending with a sc. Join round with a sl st. (13 sts)
Round 14: Ch1, * *sc2tog; repeat around. Join with a sl st. (7 sts)
DO NOT TIE OFF.
Wishing you a lucky 2011!