Papaya-chan

AMIGURUMI PATTERN AND RECIPE

After a short absence in this June, I’m back with the results of my work this month: a traditional recipe for caramelized papaya. This traditional Colombian sweet is usually prepared during the Holy Week and each house has different ways to prepare it. In this case, this recipe is traditional of the Caribbean region of Colombia.

If someone doesn’t know what a papaya is, you can see one here:

Papaya colombian sweet

In my last visit to the Land of the Endless Summer, a friend’s grandmother agreed to teach us this recipe and she devoted a whole day to do it with us. I promised here I would post it and now, here it is =D.

The recipe is not supposed to be thorough and as I said before, a grandma taught us and she isn’t used to take measures.

Wait a second! Wasn’t this a CROCHET blog…?

Good question. Yes, we are a crochet blog and that’s why “Papaya-chan” is going to help us with this recipe.

Amigurumi pattern papaya

After the recipe you can find the pattern for this amigurumi. I must say I’m not expert on amigurumis but I think the pattern is easy to do and doesn’t require a lot of yarn (I did it with spare from my stash).

And now let’s see the recipe Papaya-chan helped us make.

COLOMBIAN RECIPE – CARAMELIZED PAPAYA

INGREDIENTS

Papaya recipe colombian

  • Raw sugar cane or “panela” (this is the sweetener and the quantity will depend on how sweet you want it)
  • Cinnamon
  • UNRIPE Papaya (Ripe Papayas like Papaya-chan won’t do)

COOKWARE

  • Pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Knife
  • Containers of different sizes

 

STEPS

  1. Melt the raw sugar cane with lukewarm water (you can find raw sugar cane or “panela” in any Latin American store)

Raw sugar cane panela papaya recipe

Raw sugar cane panela papaya recipe

  1. Peel the papaya

Raw sugar cane panela papaya recipe

  1. Remove the yellow part and the seeds (it’s really important to clean it so people can’t taste it or feel it in the final dish)

Papaya recipe colombian

Papaya recipe colombian

  1. Slice the papaya in small pieces

Papaya recipe colombian

Papaya recipe colombian

  1. When the raw sugar cane is almost completely melted…

Papaya recipe colombian

        Put it in the pot to boil so it melts completely.

Papaya recipe colombian

  1. When the raw sugar cane is boiling and it’s almost fully melted …

Papaya recipe colombian

       Add papaya so water keeps evaporating bit by bit (medium heat). Add papaya little by little.

Papaya recipe colombian

  1. When the water is almost completely evaporated, cook over low heat. You must keep stirring so all the papaya is cooked evenly.

Papaya recipe colombian

  1. Add some cinnamon.

And it’s ready!

Papaya recipe colombian

 

Now let’s start with our beloved Papaya-chan.

 

PATTERN

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Skill level: Easy

Materials

  • Light Fingering Cotton ([A] Orange, [B] Green [C] Light orange and [D] Black).
  • 3 mm hook
  • Black and pink felt
  • Black and pink thread
  • Small security eyes
  • Needle and yarn needle
  • Fiberfill

 

Dimensions

Height: 12 cm (4.72 in)

Base diameter: 9 cm (3.54 in)

 

Pattern Notes

  • It’s worked on the round from base (widest part) to top.
  • “2 PB in same stitch” is an increase.
  • It’s better to do the Face part before starting to decrease or it will be more difficult to do it right.

 

Abbreviations (US)

ch = chain (s)

sl st = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

hdc = half double crochet

dc = double crochet

sc2tog = decrease of 2 single crochet together

st = stitch

beg ch =beginning chain

BLO= Back loop only

FLO= Front loop only

 

INSTRUCTIONS

BODY

With [A]

Round 1: 7 sc in Magic Ring= 7 sc

Round 2: 2 sc in each st = 14 sc

Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] repeat around = 21 sc

Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] repeat around = 28 sc

Round 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] repeat around = 35 sc

Round 6: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st] repeat around = 42 sc

Round 7: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st] repeat around = 49 sc

Round 8: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 st] repeat around = 56 sc

Change to [B]

Round 9:  BLO: 40 sc, 2 sc in next st, 15 sc = 57 sc

Round 10: 12 sc, 2 sc in next st, 44 sc = 58 sc

Round 11: 41 sc, 2 sc in next st, 16 sc = 59 sc

Round 12: 11 sc, 2 sc in next st, 47 sc = 60 sc

Round 13: 41 sc, 2 sc in next st, 18 sc = 61 sc

Round 14: sc in each st  = 61 sc

Round 15: 11 sc, 2 sc in next st, 49 sc = 62 sc

Round 16-17: sc in each st  = 62 sc

Round 18: 41 sc, sc2tog, 19 sc = 61 sc

Round 19: 27 sc, sc2tog, 28 sc, sc2tog, 2 sc = 59 sc

Round 20: 27 sc, sc2tog, 30 sc = 58 sc

Round 21: 13 sc, sc2tog, 27 sc, sc2tog, 14 sc = 56 sc

Round 22: 13 sc, sc2tog, 41 sc = 55 sc

Round 23: 1 sc, sc2tog, 11 sc, sc2tog, 10 sc, sc2tog, 11 sc, sc2tog, 9 sc = 46 sc

Round 24: 8 sc, sc2tog, 10 sc, sc2tog, 9 sc, sc2tog, 10 sc, sc2tog, 1 sc = 42 sc

Round 25: 6 sc, sc2tog, 8 sc, sc2tog, 9 sc, sc2tog, 8 sc, sc2tog, 3 sc = 38 sc

Round 26: 4 sc, sc2tog, 8 sc, sc2tog, 7 sc, sc2tog, 8 sc, sc2tog, 3 sc = 34 sc

Round 27: 3 sc, sc2tog, 2 sc, sc2tog, 3 sc, sc2tog, 3 sc, sc2tog, 3 sc, sc2tog, 3 sc, sc2tog, 3sc, sc2tog = 27 sc

Round 28: 4 sc, sc2tog, 4 sc, sc2tog, 5 sc, sc2tog, 5 sc, sc2tog, 1 sc = 23 sc

Round 29: 6 sc, sc2tog, 5 sc, sc2tog, 6 sc, sc2tog = 20 sc

Round 30: FLO: 7 sc, sc2tog, 5 sc, sc2tog, 4 sc, sc2tog, 1 sc = 17 sc

Round 31-34: sc in each st  = 17 sc

Round 35: 7 sc, sc2tog, 8 sc = 16 sc

Round 36: sc in next 4 st, sc2tog, sc in next 4 st, sc2tog, sc in next 4 st = 14 sc

Round 37: 6 sc, sc2tog, 6 sc = 13 sc

Round 38: [sc2tog, sc in next 2 st] repeat = 9 sc

Close and weave in ends.

 

PAPAYA CENTER

Star

With [C]

Round 1: 3 ch, in 1st ch: 9 dc, sl st in 3rd beg ch = 9 dc

Round 2: [*2 hdc, 2 ch, 2 hdc* in next dc, sl st in next dc] x 5 times, sl st in 1st hdc.

Leave a long tail and use it to sew the star to the center of the orange base (with yarn needle).

 

Seeds

Cut small circles with black felt and sew them with black thread and needle to the star.

 

FACE (optional)

Put the security eyes wherever you want.

Cut small ovals with pink felt and sew them under the eyes with pink thread and needle.

With [D] and needle, embroider mouth.

 

Weave in all ends.

 

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