It’s that time again! Time to expand the ol’ fruit keychain collection! Every now and again, when I finish up with a few big projects in a row, I like to relax with something small and simple. And usually that means making a fun little keychain. (You can check out the other fruit keychains here: apple, pineapple, avocado, watermelon and citrus fruits. I also made a pumpkin using the apple pattern!).
Strawberries are such a tasty summer treat so it’s the perfect time to add one to the gang!
Let’s get started! (Or Pin for later!)
The Strawberry is worked flat and then joined together in the same style as my Ragdoll patterns. The pattern is made up of 6 separate pieces. The finished measurements are approximately 8cm/3″ wide and 7cm.2.5″ high.
**If you’d prefer a downloadable or printable version of this pattern, an inexpensive, formatted, and ad-free PDF can be purchased HERE.**
- 3.5mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
- Small amounts of Caron Simply Soft in the following colours:
- Plum Wine;
- Off White for seeds;
- Soft Green for leaves and stem.
- Black crochet thread for eyes and mouth;
- Keychain ring;
- Tapestry needle
Stitches and Special Terms (US Terminology):
Ch – Chain
Slst – Slip stitch
Sc – Single crochet
Inc – Increase. Work 2 sc in the same st.
Dec – Decrease. Work a regular sc decrease.
Hdc – Half double crochet
Reading this Pattern:
There is some colour work involved in this pattern to incorporate the seeds.
Simply carry your yarn on the back of the panels by dropping the working yarn when you switch colours and picking it back up again when you need it. Always carry the yarn on the wrong side (instead of carrying it inside the stitch as you go); this ensures the front of the panel has clear lines and colours without any of the yarn carries showing through.
When switching to a new colour, insert your hook into the stitch for the last stitch of Colour A and pull up a loop, then, with Colour B, yarn over and complete the stitch by pulling through both loops with Colour B. Drop your working yarn in Colour A and continue with Colour B. You will pick your Colour A working yarn back up again when you need it.
Since the whole pattern is worked in sc stitches, I have omitted the usual “sc” in front of the stitch counts and used the associated colour letter instead. For example, “P3, W1” means to work the next 3 stitches in pink and the next stitch in white, “Pinc” means to work a regular sc increase in pink, and so on.
P – Pink (Plum Wine)
W – White (Off White)
Body (make 2 panels) with 3.5mm hook:
The panels are worked from the bottom up. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row. Start in Plum Wine.
Row 1: Ch 4, P3 (3 sts)
Row 2: [P1, W1] in same st, P1, Pinc (5 sts)
Row 3: Pinc, P3, Pinc (7 sts)
Row 4: [P1, W1] in same st, P3, W1, P1, Pinc (9 sts)
Row 5: Pinc, P7, Pinc (11 sts)
Row 6: *W1, P3*, repeat * once more, W1, P2 (11 sts)
Row 7: Pinc, P9, Pinc (13 sts)
Row 8: [W1, P1] in same st, P2, *W1, P3*, repeat * once more, W1, Pinc (15 sts)
Row 9: P15 (15 sts)
Row 10: P2, *W1, P3*, repeat * two more times, P3, W1 (15 sts)
Row 11: Pdec, P11, Pdec (13 sts)
Row 12: Pdec, P1, *W1, P3*, repeat * once more, Wdec (11 sts)
Leaves (make 3) with 3.5mm hook and Soft Green yarn:
The leaves are worked around both sides of the foundation chain.
Round 1: Ch 4, slst, sc, [sc 6] in last ch, working on opposite side of chs, sc, slst (10 sts)
Stem (make 1) with 3.5mm hook and Soft Green yarn:
Row 1: Ch 8, start in 2nd ch from hook, hdc 3, sc 2, slst (6 sts)
Step 1: Leaves and Face
The first thing we need to do is sew the leaves and stitch on the face to the front panel. I stitched on the two leaves on the left and right first, and then stitched on the middle leaf so that it overlapped the other two slightly.
Next, add your eyes and mouth. I used black crochet thread to stitch on happy eyes and a little mouth.
Step 2: Attaching
Time to join! You will have two panels now, one with a face and leaves and one without, plus your stem.
Place the two panels together, matching up all sides.
**Make sure the front (the side with the face) is facing you as you crochet around the outside.**
Starting on the left side at the top, begin attaching the panels together by chaining one and single crocheting around the outside of the panels in Plum Wine.
Crochet down the side, around the bottom and back up to the top and stop. Pull up a loop and leave this for now.
Stuff your strawberry.
Place the stem between the panels and stitch in place by sewing through all three; the back panel, the stem and the top panel. Tie a knot in the yarn tails and hide them inside the panels.
Pick up your working yarn again. Sc only two stitches across the top and then switch to Soft Green. Continue to crochet across the top in Soft Green. When you get to the leaves, pick up a stitch or two across the top of each leaf so that the Plum Wine colour doesn’t peek through too much.
When you get to the stem, simply crochet in the stitches of the front panel only since this section is already sew shut.
Switch back to Plum wine when you get past the leaves (for the last couple of stitches on the top). Top up stuffing as necessary.
Close with a slst to first st and tie off. Poke the yarn tails back inside the piece. Add a keyring.
That’s it! Now you have the perfect summer treat!
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