Apple for the Tree Ornament
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Apple for the Tree Ornament

Here’s the perfect gift for a favorite teacher or someone who practices “an apple a day.”

Designed by Sandra Peach

Craft Time: varies
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • J&P Coats® Royale® “Classic Crochet thread” Size 10: 1 Ball each 494 Victory Red A and 449 Forest Green B
  • Steel Crochet Hook: 1.5mm [US 7]
  • Very Small Real Apple (about 2 inches high x 7 inches around)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Commercial Fabric Stiffener
  • White Craft Glue
  • Rust-Proof Pins
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Fine Line Permanent Marker
 

Project Instructions

MEASUREMENTS
Apple measures 3½ inches to 4½ inches high, including stem.
 

GAUGE
Rnds 1-4 = 2¼ inches. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
 

APPLE BOTTOM
With A, ch 6; join with a slip st to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in ring, [ch 4, sc in ring] 8 times, ch 1, dc in first sc to join and form last ch-4 loop – 9 ch-4 loops.
Rnd 2: Sc over dc, [ch 4, sc in next loop] 8 times, ch 1, dc in first sc to join and form last ch-4 loop.
Rnd 3: (Sc, ch 4, sc) all over dc, * [ch 4, sc] twice all in next loop; repeat from * 7 more times; ch 1, dc in first sc to join – 18 ch-4 loops.
Rnds 4-6: Sc over dc, [ch 4, sc in next loop] 17 times, ch 1, dc in first sc to join.
Rnd 7: Sc over dc, ch 4, * sc in next loop, ch 4; repeat from * around; join with a slip st in first sc. Fasten off.
 

APPLE TOP
With A, ch 6, insert hook in first ch, drop A, pick up B and pull through to form ring.
 

STEM
Ch 16, slip st in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, drop B, pick up A and slip st in ring.
Rnds 1-7: Repeat Rnds 1-7 of Apple Bottom.
 

LEAF
With B, ch 15.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next 2 ch, dc in next 2 ch, tr in next 5 ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, 3 sc in last ch; pivot to work on opposite side of ch; hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, tr in next 5 ch, dc in next 2 ch, hdc in next 2 ch, sc in next 2 ch, slip st in last ch. Fasten off.
 

BLOCKING
Draw a line evenly around center of real apple with marker. Cover apple with plastic wrap, making sure line is visible.
Dip crochet pieces in stiffening solution, squeeze out excess. Shape Apple Top and Apple Bottom over real apple. Pin each loop from last Row of Apple Top along center line of real apple. Pin corresponding loops from Apple Bottom to real apple so they touch loops from Apple Top. Do not overlap loops. Open all loops. Shape stem and hold in place with pins. Shape leaf with fingers, lay aside and let all pieces dry.
 

ASSEMBLY
When thoroughly dry, mark any loop from Apple Top and corresponding loop from Apple Bottom with pins. Remove all other pins. Remove crochet pieces from apple. (Note: If necessary, run a thin, dull dinner knife carefully between the plastic wrap and apple when crochet pieces are dry to help loosen them.)
 

Pin loops of Apple Top to corresponding loops of Apple Bottom. Place a drop of white craft glue on each loop of one half, then fit pieces together using marker pins as a guide. Pieces must be glued in same position as when on apple.
 

Glue leaf in position on finished apple when dry.
 

ABBREVIATIONS
A, B = color A, B
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
mm = millimeters
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch (es)
tr = treble crochet
yo = yarn over
* or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated
[] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified
 

MATERIALS
J&P Coats® Royale® “Classic Crochet thread” Size 10: 1 Ball each 494 Victory Red A and 449 Forest Green B
Steel Crochet Hook: 1.5mm [US 7]
Very Small Real Apple (about 2 inches high x 7 inches around)
Tapestry Needle
Commercial Fabric Stiffener
White Craft Glue
Rust-Proof Pins
Plastic Wrap
Fine Line Permanent Marker

Tips

Wrap a real apple with plastic wrap and your apple will be shaped like the real thing.