How to knit an apple

knitted apple

These super cute apples look great in sets of three around the kitchen, or even made into a keyring or charm for a bag. Plus, at the end of term, they make a super 'thank you teacher' present too. The possibilities are endless!

 

You Will Need:

  • Two balls DK wool or wool blend yarn – one green (A) and one red (B)
  • Small amount of DK yarn – brown
  • Polyester fibrefill
  • Tapestry needle

Needles:

  • One pair 3.25 mm (UK 10; US 3) knitting needles »
  • Two 3.00 mm (UK 11; US 2) double-pointed knitting needles »

 

How to make:

Large green apple

  1. With 3.25 mm (UK 10; US 3) needles and green yarn, cast on 12 sts
  2. Row 1 (RS): k to end
  3. Row 2: p to end
  4. Row 3: inc1 in each st to end [24 sts]
  5. Row 4: p to end
  6. Row 5: (inc1, k1) 12 times [36 sts]
  7. Row 6: p to end
  8. Row 7: k1 (inc1, k2) 11 times, inc1, k1 [48 sts]
  9. Rows 8–24: Beg with a p row, work in st st (1 row purl, 1 row knit)
  10. Row 25: k1, k2tog, *k2, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1 [36 sts]
  11. Row 26: p to end
  12. Row 27: (k1, k2tog) 12 times [24 sts]
  13. Row 28: (p2tog) 12 times [12 sts]
  14. Row 29: (k2tog) 6 times [6 sts]
  15. Cut yarn, leaving a tail. Thread through rem sts

 

Small green and red apple

  1. With two 3.00 mm (UK 11; US 2) double-pointed needles and green yarn (A), cast on 12 sts
  2. Row 1 (RS): k to end
  3. Row 2: p to end
  4. Row 3: inc1 in each st to end [24 sts]
  5. Row 4: p to end
  6. Row 5: (inc1, k1) 12 times [36 sts]. Continue in stocking stitch without further shaping, introducing red yarn (B) as follows:
  7. Row 6: p13A, p12B, p12A
  8. Row 7: k11A, k14B, k11A
  9. Row 8: p10A, p16B, p10A
  10. Row 9: k9A, k18B, k9A
  11. Row 10: p8A, p20B, p8A
  12. Row 11: k7A, k22B, k7A
  13. Row 12: p6A, p24B, p6A
  14. Row 13: k5A, k26B, k5A
  15. Row 14: p4A, p28B, p4A
  16. Row 15: k3A, k30B, k3A
  17. Row 16: p2A, p32B, p2A. Cut green yarn (A) and continue with red (B)
  18. Row 17: k to end
  19. Row 18: p to end
  20. Row 19: k to end
  21. Row 20: (p1, p2tog) 12 times [24 sts]
  22. Row 21: (k2tog) 12 times [12 sts]
  23. Row 22: (p2tog) 6 times [6 sts]
  24. Cut yarn, leaving a tail. Thread through rem sts

 

Stalk

  1. With brown yarn and two 3.25 mm double pointed needles, cast on 3 sts.
  2. Row 1: k3; do not turn but slide sts to other end of needle.
  3. Rep row 1 until cord measures 4 cm; cut yarn, leaving a tail, and fasten off.

 

Making up:

Graft the sides (row ends) together to form a neat, invisible seam. Stuff the piece quite firmly with polyester fibrefill, then pull up the tail of the yarn to close the stitches on the last row. Close up the hole in the base in a similar way. Thread the tail of the yarn at the base of the stalk on to a tapestry needle and thread the needle down through the centre of the apple and pull slightly to create an indentation in the top.

At the top of the stalk, thread the tail of the yarn in and out of the last two stitches to create a knobbly end. The finished apple measures approximately six centimetres (two 3.8 inch) high and eight centimetres (three 1.8 inch) in diameter.

 

 

 

 

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