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Dad's Blueberry Pie

By Jennifer Tallapaneni


Knitted Blueberry Pie My father's love of blueberry pie is well known throughout the family, so much so that duplicate pies occur at family gatherings. After several requests for another pie variation of my original Cherry Pie, a blueberry version was the obvious choice. This version is a lattice top pie, with slip stitch cables and duplicate stitch worked on the top and mini-bobbles for the filling.

For those who require their knitting to be utilitarian it also makes a yummy pincushion, or what I use it for - a "cable-needle cushion."

Originally published in MagKnits.com November 2006.

Difficulty Level
Intermediate

Size
3.25" [8cm] tall x 4" [10cm] wide x 3.75" [9.5cm] long

Materials:
MC) 1 skein Red Heart Super Saver (100% acrylic; 364 yds [332 meters] per 170g), color Linen
(CC) 1 skein Caron Simply Soft (100% acrylic; 115 yds [105 meters] per 85g), color Dark Country Blue #2628

Size US 6 [4mm] needles
Size US 8 [5mm] needles

Cable needle
Tapestry needle
Polyester fiberfill stuffing

Gauge
20 sts = 4" (10cm) in stockinette on smaller needles

Techniques
Bbl inc (bobble increase): k1 (do not drop stitch from left needle), yo, k1 all into same stitch. There will be 3 loops on the needle within the one stitch.

Bbl dec (bobble decrease): k3, slip second stitch on right needle over the first, slip the next stitch over the first stitch again. (Decreased from 3 sts to 1)

DIRECTIONS

Blueberry Filling:
NOTE: Filling has been modified from original pattern to be not quite as "deep dish". Blueberry filling is worked in Reverse Stockinette Stitch.

With smaller needles, loosely cast on 8 sts in CC. P 1 row. Start pattern:

Set-up row (WS): K2, bbl inc, k1, bbl inc, k1, bbl inc, k1.
Row 1: P.
Row 2: K1, (bbl inc, bbl dec) 3 times, k1.
Row 3: P.
Row 4: K1, (bbl dec, bbl inc) 3 times, k1.
Repeat rows 1-4 until piece measures 8" [20cm].

End row 1: P.
End row 2: K2, (bbl dec, k1) 3 times.
End row 3: P.

Bind off.

Crust:
With smaller needles, cast on 42 sts in MC.
Row 1: P.
Row 2: (K4, k2tog) 7 times.
Row 3: (P2tog, p3) 7 times.
Row 4: (K2, k2tog) 7 times.
Row 5: P to last 2 sts, p2tog. 20 sts rem.
Row 6: P.

Beginning with a knit row, work 10 rows stockinette (or to width of finished blueberry filling), ending with a WS row. P 2 rows.

For the base, starting with a knit row, work 6 rows of stockinette. Continue in stockinette, decreasing 1 stitch on each side every other row until 2 sts remain. P2tog on WS, break yarn and draw end through last stitch.

For the top, using the larger needle pick up 22 stitches along purl ridge where crust edge meets the back. Start working Lattice Chart. After the end of the chart, draw yarn end through last stitch.

With CC, work duplicate stitch in the plain "background" stockinette sts between the lattices. You can leave the yarn ends and just stuff them inside while seaming.

Finishing:
Weave in all ends. If using acrylic, check yarn label if light ironing is permissible. Use steam and light iron setting to block. If using wool, a light spritz blocking should suffice.

Using MC, sew the top and bottom of the filling lengthwise around pie wedge except for enough of one side to fit in stuffing.

Stuff with filler and seam up last side. Enjoy!

Lattice Chart
Lattice top chart

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