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Published on September 19th, 2015 | by Merion

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Crochet with Kate: Adorable Apple Cosies!

We’ve had a lovely week themed around childrenswear – and now it’s time for a fun project to keep your kids munching crunchy apples! Kate Eastwood, author of the Just Pootling blog brings you apple cosies with a difference!

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Here we are heading in to autumn again and the start of a new school year! Suddenly we are back to the daily ritual of trying to make interesting and fun packed lunches whilst wondering how on earth we are going to eat our way through all the apples that are around at this time of year!

Well, hopefully today’s make will go some small way to easing both of these niggles!What could be better than the cutest little apple cosy to protect your apple at the bottom of your work bag……

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… so that come lunchtime

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your apple is looking just as fresh as when it was picked from the tree!

And for those little treasures in your life ….. what could be more fun than a line up of the cutest apple cosies EVER?

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If nothing else … you are certainly going to have the most interesting of fruit bowls!

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All the apple cosies are made in Rowan Handknit Cotton and I used a size 3.5mm hook to give a solid texture to each cover.

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You will need:

  • For the apples : Rowan Handknit Cotton in Gooseberry 219, Forest 370 and Rosso 215. For the stalks I used the smallest of pieces of brown yarn from my leftover yarns.
  • For the pig: Flamingo 368 and the smallest pieces of Black 252.
  • For the robot: Raffia 330, Rosso 215, a small amount of black and a small amount of white.
  • For the penguin: White 263, Black252 and Bee 364.
  • A 3.5mm hook
  • A tapestry needle for sewing in ends and making up.

All the covers are made in the same way, with a top and bottom piece joined with a ‘hinge’of oversewing at the back and each cosy is fastened with an integrated bobble, whether it is at the front just as a regular bobble or at the side or front as a nose/beak or ears.

The basic cover:  bottom half

Begin by making a Magic Ring and work 4 dc in to the ring. Join with a sl st.

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Round 1: ch 1 and work 2 dc in each st. Join with a sl st. 8 sts.

Round 2: ch 1 and work 2 dc in each st. Join with a sl st. 16 sts.

Round 3: ch 1 and work 1 dc in each st. Join with a sl st. 16 sts.

Round 4: ch 1. *2 dc in to the next st, 1 dc in to the following st*. Repeat from * to *all the way around. Join with a sl st. 24 sts.

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Round 5: ch 1, work dc all the way round, join with sl st. 24 sts.

Round 6: ch1 *2 dc in to next st, 1 dc in to each of the next following 2 sts*. Repeat from * to *. Join with a sl st. 32 sts.

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Rounds 7 and 8: ch 1, dc all the way round. Join with a sl st. 32 sts

Round 9: ch 1 *2 dc in to next st, 1 dc in to each of the next 3 st. Join with a sl st. 40 sts

Rounds 10, 11 and 12: dc all the way round, join with a sl st. 40 sts

Round 13: This is the round where you will be working a bobble in to your stitches that will act as your fastener.

ch1, dc 19, make a bobble by working  7 tr in to the next st, remembering to leave the final loop of each tr on your hook. You will end up with a total of 8 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 8 loops.

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Continue on round in dc to the end of the round, join with a sl st. 40 sts.

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Round 14: ch 1, dc all the way round, join with a sl st. 40 sts

Round 15: To make a firm edging the last round is going to be worked in Rope Stitch. This is just dc but working anti-clockwise instead of clockwise as usual. At the end of the round join with a sl st, finish off and sew in ends.

The top half:

The top half is worked in exactly the same way as the bottom half, right up until the final round of the rope stitch. To make the loop to fasten around the bobble you will be working a short length of ch st half way round.  Work 19 st in Rope Stitch (anti-clockwise dc) then make a ch of 10, continue working rope stitch to the end of the round and finish off.

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For the regular apple cosies I just added some leaves and a stalk. I worked two small leaves and one large leaf for each apple as follows:

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Small leaves: Using a 3.5 mm hook make a Ch of 9. Beginning in the second chain from the hook work 1 sl st, 1 dc, 1 htr, 1 tr, 1 tr, 1 htr, 1 dc and 1 sl st.

You are now going to work along the other side of the chain so turn your work so that the stitches you just worked are now on the bottom and work the exact same pattern of stitches again. Finish off and sew in your ends, leaving one end with a long tail ready for sewing the leaf to the apple.

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The large leaf is worked in a similar way but you start with a ch of 11 and work the following st pattern: 1 sl st, 1 dc, 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 tr, 1 tr, 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 dc, 1 sl st.

Finish off and sew in your ends leaving a long tail to attach your leaf to your apple.

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For the stalk: using a 3.5mm hook make a ch of 9. Beginning in the second ch from the hook dc to the end. ch 1 and turn. Work a further 2 rows. Finish off and using one of the ends sew the long edges of the stalk together.

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Attach the stalk to the apple by threading it through at the top of the cosy and stitching in place inside the cosy. Attach the leaves in the same way.

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The final step is to sew the top and the bottom together by working a row of oversew stitches along the back . Finish off and sew in ends.

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Pig apple cosy!

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Bottom half:  Work as the standard cosy pattern to round 13. To make the pigs snout you will be making two bobbles instead of one, so dc 18, make a bobble, then make a further bobble in the next stitch. Contiue in dc to the end of the round. Finish the rest of the bottom half as per pattern above.

Top half: Work as the standard cosy and then to make the fastening loop big enough to go around two bobbles work a chain of 15 for the loop.

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You will also need to make ears, trotters and a tail as follows:

Ears:    Make 2.  Make a Magic Ring and work 6 sts in to it. Join with a sl st.

Round 1: 1 dc then 2 dc in next st all the way round. 9 st.

Round 2: 1 dc in each st.

Round 3: 1 dc in the next 2 st then 2 dc in the next st. 12 st.

Round 4: 1 dc in each st.

Round 5: 1 dc in the next 3 st then 2 dc in the next st. 15 st.

Rounds 6 and 7: 1 dc in each st. Sl st to join, finish off and sew in ends leaving one end to attach the ears to the top half of the cosy.

Trotters:  Make 2.  ch 2, work 6 dc in to the second chain from the hook.

Round 1: 2 dc in each st. 12 st

Rounds 3 and 4: dc in each st. Finish off and sew in ends leaving a tail long enough to sew the trotters to the bottom half of the cosy.

Tail:  Make a ch of 15. Work 2 tr in to each st. 30 st. Finish off and sew in ends leaving a tail long enough to sew the tail to the bottom half of the cosy.

To finish work two French Knots in black for the eyes and two single stitches for the nostrils in black.

Penguin apple cosy!

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Bottom half: Make as in the standard cosy pattern, working the bottom in white. You will not need to work a bobble in to the bottom half as the beak will be sewn on afterwards.

Top half: Make as in the standard cosy pattern, working the top in black. When working the final rope edge round make the loop chain 15 st long.

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You will also need to make a beak, two feet, two wings and two eyes.

 Beak: Round 1: In the yellow ch 2, work 6 st in to the second chain from the hook.

Round 2: dc 1 in next st, 2 dc in next st to the end of the round. 9 st

Rounds 3, 4 and 5: Work a further three rounds of dc. 9 st

Finish off and sew in ends leaving a tail long enough to sew the beak to the centre of the final round of the bottom half.

Feet: Make 2 in yellow. Round 1: ch 2, work 6 dc in to the second chain from the hook.

Round 2: 2 dc in each st. 12 st

Rounds 3 and 4: dc in each st. 12 st

Finish off and sew in ends leaving a tail long enough to sew the feet to the base of the bottom half.

Wings: Make 2 in black. Using black, work as for the feet, but work a further 4 rounds to get the correct length. Finish off and sew in ends leaving a tail long enough to attach the wings to the top edge of the bottom half.

Eyes: Using white make a Magic Ring and work 4 sts in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 dc in to each st. 8 st. Join with a sl st.

Using black work a large French Knot in to the centre of the white circle. Finish off and  sew in ends leaving a tail long enough to attach the eyes to the top half of the cosy.

Robot apple cosy!

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Bottom half: Work as for the standard apple cosy but work round 13 as follows:

CH1, DC 10, in the 11th st work a bobble in red. Change back to grey and work the next 18 STs. Then make a further bobble in red, change back to grey and dc the final 10 st.

For my final rope stitch round I worked the back half of this round in grey and worked the front half in black.

Top half: Work as for the standard bottom apple cosy but when working the final rope edge round make two chain loops of 10 st in the 11th dc and 30th dc.

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You will also need to make two eyes, a control panel and an antenna.

Eyes: Using red make a Magic Ring and work 4 sts in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 dc in to each st. 8 st. Join with a sl st.

Using black work a large French Knot in to the centre of the red circle. Finish off and sew in ends leaving a tail long enough to attach the eyes to the top half of the cosy.

Control panel: Using white make a ch of 9. Beginning in the second ch from the hook work dc to the end. ch 1 and turn. Work a further two rows. Finish off and sew in ends leaving a tail long enough to attach the panel to the centre front of the bottom half of the cosy. I worked 3 large French knots on to the panel.

Antenna: Using red make a ch of 15. Beginning in the 2nd Ch from the hook work dc to the end of the row. Ch 1 and turn. Work a further 3 rows. Place a length of pipe cleaner in the centre of the rectangle and sew the long edges together. Bend the antenna in to the correct shape, finish off and sew in ends leaving a tail long enough to attach to the top of the head.

And there you have it ….  an apple cosy for every occasion!

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But just as word of warning … you may not be the only one who falls in love with your new cosy….

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To make the Caterpillar : Ch 7 in red, work 3 rows in DC, work 2 rows in each green, add eyes with a marker pen, thread some wool through for antennae, stitch along the long edge and attach to your apple.

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About the Author

Merion dreams in colour and adores crochet! From glorious granny blankets to ethereal shawls and lace cardies, she's never very far from her hooks! She loves cake, knitting, heavy horses, books and Mozart. Her favourite colour is duck egg blue.




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