Revisit: Lime Pincushion Pattern

Update February 2012:  I’ve recently moved my site from typepad to wordpress and have lost a few links in the process!  Sorry about that.  The pdf link does work, however!  Enjoy! – Barbara

I’ve been a member of Ravelry since October 28, 2007 and am just now getting sucked in.  In October of 2007 I had an eight month old who didn’t sleep and I’m honestly impressed that I managed to sign up for Ravelry, let alone delve into all of its wonderfulness.  Well I’ve recently been spending more and more time on Ravelry (maybe to make up for the lack of knitting I’ve been doing lately?)  and love it.  Truly an amazing site.  The way everything is linked together, the amount of information available about projects…Oye.  So amazing.

So last night I started uploading pictures of previously completed projects (again to make up for not having anything new to show) and, not surprisingly, most are from 2006 or earlier…basically before I Junah was born.  I blogged about many of them at Just Sit Back and Knit, a blog my cousin and I posted to for a few years before we each started separate blogs.  It’s been fun to look back at the projects and the posts I wrote about them, so I thought I would share some posts from jsbknit here occasionally*.

Complete pdf pattern (with knitted leaf, stem and dyeing instructions).
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I’ve been wanting a pincushion small enough to fit in my “catch-all” knitting bag (a makeup case with snippers, measuring tape, yada-yada that I can take with me anywhere) so I made a very small one. The lime itself is made from Patons Classic Wool Merino in Leaf Green and stuffed with various wool-yarn ends (I really can’t throw anything away). The leaf is made from Cascade 220 left over from my husband’s funky toe slippers.

I actually made two leaves (one knit, one crochet) but decided after felting to only use the smaller crocheted one.
I have an old zip-up pillow protector that I use whenever I felt anything. The only problem is that I forgot to clean all of the fuzz from felting the bowl out of the pillow protector before I felted the lime and leaves. Both the lime and the leaves ended up a slightly blue gray color. The lime was almost no longer green–it certainly wasn’t lime green (I forgot to take a picture at this stage).

I was about ready to scrap the whole thing when I remembered the kool-aid I bought a while back when I ordered un-dyed yarn from Knit Picks. I filled a large pyrex measuring cup with water, dumped in a packet of lemon-lime kool-aid, dropped in my lime and stuck it in the microwave for several minutes. I got a very dark lime-green lime. I’m much happier with this color, though.

Lime Pincushion Pattern (without leaf or stem)
Super easy, super quick Lime Pincushion created for the May Pincushion Challenge.

Yarn: Single strand of Paton’s Classic Wool Merino in Leaf Green
Stuffing: Wool yarn ends (I can’t seem to throw away the yarn ends I’ve snipped off of finished projects so I had a lot of these)
Needles: #9 DPNs
Cast-on 5 and join in the round.

  • Rnds 1 & 2: Knit
  • Rnd 3: Inc around (10 sts)
  • Rnd 4: (Inc, K1) around (15 sts)
  • Rnd 5: (Inc, K2) around (20 sts)
  • Rnd 6: (Inc, K3) around (25 sts)
  • Rnds 6-12: Knit (piece should measure about 2″)
  • Rnd 13: (K2tog, K3) around (20 sts)
  • Rnd 14: (K2tog, K2) around (15 sts)
  • Rnd 15: (K2tog, K1) around (10 sts)
  • At this point you should stuff the lime. I stuffed it pretty full, knowing that these would felt too.
  • Rnd 16: K2tog around (5 sts)
  • Rnds 17 & 18: Knit

Finish off by cutting yarn and pulling through the remaining five stitches. Weave in ends. Finally, felt it.



* I reserve the right to edit as I see fit!  This post is actually the result  of mushing together these two posts.


  1. Hi! I may be a real dummy, but how did you do the leaf and stem? i would love to make these for gifts!! Thanks!

  2. Sorry Linda! Of course you are no dummy. I've now attached the complete pdf pattern (thanks for reminding me!) and am try to figure out how to get the pdf on ravelry too.

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