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« on: May 07, 2006 01:18:08 PM »


I made a couple of these apple cozies for my knitting friends who just had birthdays.  They had seen the pattern in my book and said they would love to have one.  They're silly but really fun and they only took me one evening to make!  The pattern is from the book Knitorama but the pattern was pretty poor so I modified it quite a bit.  If anyone is interested, I can give you my modified version.  I changed it enough that I don't think it would be a copyright violation or anything.  Or maybe I'm the only one who finds an apple cozy worth knitting!  I have another picture of them on my blog.

Sorry it's taken me so long to get the pattern up.  Thanks for being patient- life got a little crazier than expected for a while!  If this doesn't make sense to you, I may have time this weekend to put up a pictoral tutorial.  Here goes:

Materials: I used size 8 dpns and Lion brand woolease.  Guage doesnt really matter, you just want it to fit an apple.  If you get to the end of the increase section and it doesnt seem big enough, add a few more increase rows and the same number of decrease rows to compensate.  This will make your cozy both wider and taller to better hold those gigantic apples you can buy at the supermarket.  This will also work if your yarn is thinner than worsted weight.  Dont forget, though, that the finished product will stretch!

CO 12 stitches and divide evenly on 4 dpns. 
Row 1: knit across
Row 2: make 1 (m1) stitch at beginning of each needle 16 st
Row 3: on each needle knit to 1 stitch before end, m1 20st
Rows 4-13: Repeat rows 2 & 3 five more times 60 st

(This explanation might help you visualize the pattern. Each dpn holds the stitches for 1 side of the apple cozy plus 1 stitch to simulate a seam between each side.  So after casting on, 2 stitches on each needle are the beginnings of one side and the 3rd stitch is the seam stitch.  On the first increase row, you increase at the beginning of each of the four sides.  On the next row, you increase at the end of each side, then knit the seam stitch.  By doing this, you create evenly rounded sides and, therefore, an evenly rounded apple cozy.  If you use fewer dpns or magic loop, just place markers between the stitches for each side and follow the instructions.) 

Rows 14-15: knit across
Beginning with the next row, begin knitting back and forth, not in the round!  (you could switch to a straight needle but I found it easiest to stick with the dpns)
Row 16: On each needle, purl the first stitch (this is your seam stitch), purl 2 together (p2tog), purl to end 56 st
Row 17: slip, slip, knit (ssk) 1st 2 stitches on each needle, knit to end 52 st
Rows 18-25: repeat rows 16 & 17 four more times 20 stitches (5 on each needle)
Row 26: on each needle, purl 1, p2tog twice.  On last dpn, CO 8 stitches.
BO all stitches. 

Finishing:  With scrap yarn, sew end of 8 cast on-bound off stitches to the edge of the cozy, making a loop. 

Bobble button and leaf:  I knitted these as written in the book, Knitorama, so I wont post the patterns.  Its really easy, though.  For the bobble, CO a few stitches, increase a few more, decrease and cast off.  Then roll or fold up the tiny knitted piece you just made and sew it across from the loop you just made.  Viola- a button!
The leaf is knitted the same way only bigger.  CO a few stitches, increase a few more, knit several rows even, decrease down to 1 stitch to make a nice, pointy tip and bind off.  Sew it on wherever you would like to embellish the apple.
« Last Edit: May 24, 2006 05:36:39 PM by caselita » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2006 01:39:48 PM »

haha that is so cute!
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2006 02:07:41 PM »

Did any of you ever see an apple on your teachers desk in grade school?
This would be something great for a teacher, it is so cute and I love it!
Maybe when I finally become a teacher I'll make one and set it on my desk  Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2006 02:30:19 PM »

Oh, I would definitely like the pattern!  I found it intriguing, but I also thought that the one in Knittorama was a bit fiddley...

Very nice embroidery, by the way.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2006 02:54:41 PM »

Ha ha!  I absolutely love that!  I would so knit one.
SO cute Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2006 04:36:28 PM »

oh..mymy...that's so adorable!
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killerdaisy
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2006 05:55:26 PM »

i'd love the pattern!

i too wanted something a bit more improved that the Knitorama version.
My apples always get bruised in my bag, so they're begging for the pattern too :-)
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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2006 12:08:25 PM »

pattern, pattern, pattern! Please and thanks
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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2006 03:10:39 PM »

Ooh I'd like the modified pattern Smiley Very cute
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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2006 02:18:45 PM »

So cute! And also practical, in my opinion! I would love to have that pattern Smiley
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