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With winter looming and Christmas on the tip of everyone’s tongues I found myself already starting to think about Christmas crafting. Giving and receiving homemade gifts is one of my favourite things and I think it’s a fantastic way to re-ignite the spirit of Christmas by spending your precious time crafting something for a loved one. Inspired by the many wondrous crocheted baubles, Christmas puds, mug cozies and jar covers out there I decided it was time to put my hookin’ skills to the test and have a go at making something both cute yet simple. Inspired by a recent feature piece in Mollie Makes I figured I’d have a go at creating my own apple cozy.

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It’s a pretty simple pattern using mainly (US) half double crochet, a row of double crochet for the decrease round followed by a single crochet edge.  If you fancy having a go the pattern is detailed below. I’m a huge fan of the half double crochet stitch, it’s such a great stitch for quickly building up a sturdy yet tight project, so it was a no brainer that it would form the basis of my design.

I’ve seen some lovely designs out there including Christmas puddings, cute animals or just general colourful cuteness.  These are perfect for the tradition of including an apple or an orange in the bottom of a stocking.

Apple Cover Pattern

US Stitches

Yarn: DK

Hook: 4 – 4.5

Magic ring

Rnd 1: ch2,10 hdc into ring. Join with sl st. (11 st)

Rnd 2: ch2, 1 hdc in first st. 2 hdc in each st to end.

Join with sl st. (22 st)

Rnd 3: ch 2, 1hdc in first st. 1 hdc in next st. 2 hdc in next st. Repeat 1 hdc, 2 hdc in alternate stitches to end. Join with sl st. (33 st)

Rnds 4-7: 2 ch then hdc into each hdc. Join with sl st at end of each row. (33 st)

Rnds 8-9: ch 1, hdc into same stitch then all stitches until 4th st before the end of the row (29 stitches) TURN

Row 10: ch 1 , 1 dc in same st, then dc2tog. Repeat 1 dc, dc2tog in alternate stitches to end (20 st) TURN

Row 11: Add row of sc to edge.

Finish: ch 12 – 15 (dependent of desired button) for button loop, slip stitching back into work to form loop.

Sew on Button…Enjoy!

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