The original pattern is Baby Fruit and Veggie Rattle Patterns by Allison Judge; however, the pattern makes the leaves look like they are growing directly out of the top of the eggplant. Since I have never seen an eggplant that looks like the pattern, I picked up the stitches at the cast on edge, and knitted up, decreasing between the leaves every other row (give or take a row), until there were 4 stitches left, then i-corded the stem. The leaves tended to roll up, so I tacked them down on either side with some thread.
I used Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool, that I hand dyed the appropriate colors, and US6 double pointed needles.
I love, love, love the finished product!
If I knit it again I will probably knit it from the top down, rather than the bottom up, and avoid picking up quite as many stitches.