Hi, friends! Can you believe that Back to School time has rolled around already? Whether you’re excited for it (hello, moms and dads!) or not (stay strong, teachers), you can still use it as an excuse to crochet!
This teeny tiny little apple keychain is such a quick and fun project! You can easily whip this little guy up in a couple of hours. Not only does it make a cute keychain, but it would make a perfect little backpack zipper charm or even an adorable gift to give to returning homeroom teachers, for example.
As usual, this little Apple pattern is made in the same style as our Ragdoll patterns; separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together to give them that unique 2-D look. This cutie has just 4 separate pieces.
The finished measurement is approximately 7.5cm/3″ high and 6.5cm/2.5″ wide. Of course, this apple would also be extra adorable if made into a jumbo-sized version! In this pattern, I opted to make the stem and the leaf single layer, due to their small size. However, if you’re making a worsted weight version or even a Bernat Blanket version (perfect shades HERE, HERE and HERE!) you may want to make a second panel of the stem and the leaf and crochet around them to make them double-layered. This would bring your separate pieces up to 6 instead of 4.
Let’s get started. Here’s what I used:
**If you’d prefer a downloadable or printable version of this pattern, an inexpensive, formatted, and ad-free PDF can be purchased HERE.**
- 2.25mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
- Light weight yarn in red;
- Light weight yarn in brown;
- Light weight yarn in green;
- Light weight yarn in pink for the cheeks;
- Black crochet thread for mouth (I use THIS kind!);
- 8mm Safety Eyes;
- Tapestry needle
Just a note on the yarn before we begin. I used a generic brand of cotton yarn that I got at a local store. The label actually refers to it as a worsted weight but in my opinion it is no where near a worsted weight. It’s definitely more of a category 3 (light weight) yarn. In any event, I have not seen it available in big box stores, but any category 3 (light weight) yarn will work great.
*Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row*
Body (make 2 panels) in red:
Row 1: Ch 6, sc across (5 sts)
Row 2: Inc, sc 3, inc (7 sts)
Tie off. Repeat rows 1-2 but do not tie off. Instead, you will ch 1, turn, and move on to Row 3 below. Essentially, you will crochet across the piece on your hook and then attach the second piece by continuing to crochet across that piece as well. The pictures below help illustrate a bit better. Just note that I ended up changing the pattern slightly after I took these photos so please don’t pay any attention to the actual stitch count in the pictures.
Row 3: Inc, sc 12, inc (16 sts)
Row 4: Inc, sc 14, inc (18 sts)
Row 5: Sc across (18 sts)
Row 6: Inc, sc 16, inc (20 sts)
Rows 7-11: Sc across (20 sts)
Row 12: Dec, sc 16, dec (18 sts)
Row 13: Sc across (18 sts)
Row 14: Dec, sc 14, dec (16 sts)
Row 15: Sc, hdc 2, dc 2, hdc, sc, slst, sc, hdc, dc 2, hdc 2, sc, slst.
Tie off. Repeat all of the above for the second panel. Put these aside for assembly later.
Stem (make 1 panel) in brown:
Row 1: Ch 3, sc across (2 sts)
Rows 2-7: Sc across (2 sts)
Row 8: Inc twice (4 sts)
Row 9: Sc across (4 sts)
Tie off. Weave in ends.
Leaf (make 1 panel) in green:
Row 1: Ch 4, sc across (3 sts)
Row 2: Inc, sc, inc (5 sts)
Row 3: Inc, sc 3, inc (7 sts)
Row 4: Sc across (7 sts)
Row 5: Dec, sc 3, dec (5 sts)
Row 6: Sc across (5 sts)
Row 7: Dec, sc, dec (3 sts)
Row 8: Sc across (3 sts)
Row 9: Dec, sc (2 sts)
Row 10: Dec (1 st)
Tie off. Weave in ends.
Step 1: Eyes, Mouth, and Cheeks
First thing’s first! We need to attach all of our facial features to the front panel.
The first thing I did was insert 8mm safety eyes and then stitch on cheeks below each eye using pink yarn.
Stitch on the mouth.
Step 2: Body, Stem and Leaf
Okay, here are all the pieces you should now have at this step.
Cut off a length of red yarn about 15 cms (6 inches) long. Put it aside for later. Place the two body panels together, matching up all sides.
**Make sure the front of your Apple is facing you as you crochet around the outside of the piece.**
Starting on the left side of the apple, in the middle begin attaching the panels together by chaining one and single crocheting around the outside of the panels in red.
Crochet all the way down and around the apple and up the opposite side. Stop here and pull up a long loop.
Stuff your apple.
Now you will attach the stem and leaf. With your tapestry needle and the length of red yarn that you set aside earlier, place the leaf between the panels and attach it by sewing through all three pieces; the top panel, the leaf, and the bottom panel. Continue to do the same with the stem. When finished, tie a knot to secure and hide the yarn tails between the panels of the body.
Now, picking up where you left off, continue single crocheting around the outside of the apple. When you get to the stem and leaf, simply sc in the stitches of the front panel only, since this part is already sewn shut.
Top up stuffing.
Continue crocheting around. Close with a slst to first st. Tie off. With your tapestry needle, poke the yarn tail back inside the piece.
Attach a key ring at the top corner of the apple or at the tip of the stem and you’re done!
I hope you all have a productive and fun school year!
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