It’s the time of year when people look for gifts for their children’s teacher. Normally I leave this to the last minute but this year, I’ve had a moment of inspiration since spotting this little brooch by JammyPudding on Instagram. You can buy it from her Etsy shop here
I was immediately reminded of an image of a crocheted washcloth I stuck on pinterest months (years?) ago.
I can’t credit this image very well because when I click on the link in pinterest, it takes me to a dead end. If you want to investigate further, check my pinterest page, the link is here. Anyway, I thought that I could create something very similar so I set about making my own version. Mine is probably a tad smaller than the one above, which was intentional because I liked the idea of a brooch, rather than a wash cloth. This one is made with cotton double knit and measures approximately 7cm across.Since I made the first one, I have made an even smaller one using fine crochet cotton. It is much smaller, only about 3.5 cm across.
If you would like to make one of your own, here is the pattern. Everything is in UK crochet terms. From the second round onwards you need to put your hook into the top of the stitches from the previous round. Sometimes you need to put two stitches into the same place, sometimes only one. In the pattern, you can tell if you need to move your hook onto the next stitch place because there will be a comma so, for example, if you need to make a double crochet in one stitch from the previous round and then two trebles in the next stitch, and then a half treble in the next stitch, it’ll be written like this:
double crochet, 2 trebles, half treble
Make a magic circle
Pull a loop through the circle to begin.
Chain three and put a stitch marker in the third chain (i.e. the one before the one that is on the hook). You can see that I used a bit of spare yarn or a safety pin for a stitch marker.
Make 14 trebles, crocheting over the tail end of the magic circle.
Pull on the tail of the magic circle to make the loop tighten up and you should have something like this.
When you have completed this first round, join it with a slip stitch in the third chain you made at the start, the one with the stitch marker in.
You should have 15 stitches and something that looks like this.
Once again, chain three and place a stitch marker as before. Make a treble in the same stitch.
Continue to make two trebles into each stitch from the previous round until you have 30 stitches altogether (don’t look too closely at my picture – I can’t count 30 in there). Join the round with a slip stitch as before.
Round 3 – shaping the bottom of the apple
In the next stitch make a double crochet and a treble, then into the next stitch make 2 trebles, make 1 treble in the next stitch *make 2 half trebles in the next stitch and 1 half treble in the on after that* repeat from * to * 10 more times putting a stitch marker in the 13 stitch that you have made.
The reverse the stitches you made at the start of the round. Make 1 treble, 2 trebles, 1 treble 1 double crochet. Cast off by cutting the yarn leaving a tail long enough to thread through a needle and weave it in on the reverse side.
Round 4 – shaping the top
Start by inserting your hook where the stitch marker is placed. Make the following stitches: 1 slip stitch, 1 double crochet, 1 half treble, 2 trebles, 1 treble, 1 treble, 2 trebles, 1 treble 1 double crochet, slip stitch, slip stitch, slip stitch, double crochet 1 treble, 2 treble, 1 treble, 1 treble, 2 trebles, 1 half treble, 1 double crochet, 1 slip stitch
I haven’t shown pictures for every bit of this process.
This is what you should have now.
Making the green or red edge
Starting at the bottom of the apple, insert your hook into the back loop only and draw a loop of green (or red) yarn through to make a slip stitch. Continue to do this all the way around the apple shape.
Making the stalk and seeds
Cast on with some brown yarn in the centre top and chain 6.
Then, insert your hook into the 5th stitch that you made and make a slip stitch. Continue to slip stitch back down the the line of chains.
Cast off the brown yarn at the base of the stalk by weaving in the tail end on the reverse side.
With another piece of brown yarn, stitch the seeds. I think this is ‘lazy daisy’ stitch.
That is it!
I have lots of ideas about how to use these little apples. I would like to crochet two together and stuff them with some apple scented pot pouri to make a pomander for the wardrobe. I’d like to team it up with a pretty covered coat hanger decorated in similar colours.
I hope you enjoy making some too.