Last Spring I made an Apple Cosy for my niece to gift to her teacher. I had been experimenting with amigurumi so it was fairly easy to whip up a round shape. I made this in just an hour or so!
I have lots of little boxes and bottles with a kajillion buttons so this was a good excuse to use some so I could say to my family:
"Yes I absolutely do need and use those buttons. No, I am not a crazy craft hoarding freak. Now shut up and go and not look at my hoarding shame. And clean your room or something. Love you. Mwah."
Would you like to make one? You would? Oh, you wouldn't. Ok. Fine
What'll you need?
20-30gm of 4 ply cotton of main colour yarn (I have used a variegated green & yellow)
10gm of 4ply cotton in a contrasting yarn for the final row. (I have used red here)
3.5mm crochet hook
Sc: Single crochet
Inv dec: invisible decrease (tutorial can be found here)
Let's get started:
For those of you not familiar with amigurumi patterns, when a pattern line reads: (2sc, 1 sc), this means crochet 2 single crochet in the first stitch, then 1 single crochet in the next stitch, and repeat this sequence around until you reach the end. Then similarly for the subsequent rounds. Always mark your first stitch with a stitch marker so you know when to start the next round.
Starting with your main colour and remembering to use the stitch marker to keep track of the beginning of each round:
Round 1: Crochet 6 single crochet in a magic ring. (6)
Round 2: 2Sc in each stitch around. (12)
|Round 2 completed. Meow.|
Round 4: (2sc, 1 Sc in each of the next 2 stitches) 6 times. (24)
|Round 4 completed! Purr..|
Round 6: Sc in each stitch around. (30)
Round 7: (2sc, 1 sc in each of the next 4 stitches) 6 times. (36)
Round 8: Sc in each stitch around. (36)
Round 9: (2sc, 1 sc in the next 5 stitches) 6 times. (42)
|Don't panic! I haven't changed colours yet! I used one of those variegated yarns for this cosy.|
Round 10- 14: Sc in each stitch around. At the end of Round 14, this is the last 'round'. Keep your stitch marker in the same starting stitch. Now Ch 1 and turn.
We now start working on the section in rows to create that little buttony peephole thingo.
Row 15: Starting in the same stitch as the Ch1, sc in each stitch around to where you left the stitch marker. Remove the stitch marker and sc in that last stitch. Do not join to the beginning stitch. Ch1, turn.
|Note here where at the beginning of this new row, I stopped working in the round, I crocheted 1 chain, then turned and worked a row. Don't join here! You need a gap!|
|This is how the gap should look like!|
Make sure to pop in an apple to check sizing. If you are making a cosy for something bigger such as an orange, you can repeat as many extra SC rows as you need.
Row 19: Sc in same stitch as beginning Ch1, then: (inv dec, 1 sc in the next 4 stitches) 6 times. then inv dec, and sc in last 3 stitches.
When you have completed the last sc, then Ch 9, then join with a slip stitch to the back of the last single crochet stitch to form a loop (to slip over the soon to be attached button!)
Finish off and sew in all ends.
On the other side of the gap, sew on the button and you're done!
|Position your button on the other side of the gap from where you crocheted the loop.|
Did you make one? Fantastic! I'd love to see it. Can I? Great! Come and share it on the old Facie page!
|That ain't an apple! For this orange cosy, I added an extra row or two of single crochets in the 'split section' to allow for the taller fruit.|
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