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How to Knit an Apple

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It's National Knitting Week and to celebrate we've selected some of our favourite knitting patterns for you to try your hand at. 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, make a super 'thank you teacher' present too. The possibility are endless!

All imagery and text courtesy of 20 to Make Knitted Fruit » by Susie Johns published by Search Press.

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How to Make

How to Make: Large Green Apple Step-1

With 3.25 mm (UK 10; US 3) needles and green yarn, cast on 12 sts.

Step-2
Row 3: inc1 in each st to end [24 sts]. Row 4: p to end. Row 5: (inc1, k1) 12 times [36 sts]. Continue in stocking stitch without further shaping, introducing red yarn (B) as follows:
Step-3
Row 6: p13A, p12B, p12A. Row 7: k11A, k14B, k11A. Row 8: p10A, p16B, p10A
Step-4
Row 9: k9A, k18B, k9A. Row 10: p8A, p20B, p8A. Row 11: k7A, k22B, k7A. Row 12: p6A, p24B, p6A.
Step-5
Row 13: k5A, k26B, k5A. Row 14: p4A, p28B, p4A. Row 15: k3A, k30B, k3A. Row 16: p2A, p32B, p2A. Cut green yarn (A) and continue with red (B).
Step-6
Row 17: k to end. Row 18: p to end. Row 19: k to end.
Small Red and Green Apple: Step-1

With two 3.00 mm (UK 11; US 2) double-pointed needles and green yarn (A), cast on 12 sts. Row 1 (RS): k to end. Row 2: p to end.

Step-7
Row 20: (p1, p2tog) 12 times [24 sts]. Row 21: (k2tog) 12 times [12 sts]. Row 22: (p2tog) 6 times [6 sts]. Cut yarn, leaving a tail. Thread through rem sts.
Stalk: Step-1

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

Making Up: Step-1

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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