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Amigurumi Apples

© June Gilbank 2010

Here’s a realistic amigurumi apple: it’s not just a ball with a stalk attached, it’s actually the shape and size of a real apple! Give one to your (or your child’s!) favourite teacher, make a bowlful in red and green as a decorative centrepiece, or add a pair of safety eyes and an embroidered smile to make a sweet-as-apple-pie toy :)

amigurumi apples crochet pattern by planetjune

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apples crochet pattern

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This is a PlanetJune original crochet pattern. Feel free to use items made from this pattern however you wish, but I’d appreciate credit as the pattern designer. Please do not reproduce the pattern anywhere else; instead post a link to http://www.planetjune.com/apples

Not ready to make it yet? Add it to your Ravelry queue:

Terminology

ch chain
invdec invisible decrease Note: If you prefer, you may use a standard sc2tog decrease in place of each invdec.
sc single crochet (double crochet for UK/Aus)
sl st slip stitch
st stitch

You will need…

  • E US/3.5mm crochet hook
  • Small quantity of worsted weight yarn in red or green, and brown or black (for the stalk)
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle to weave in ends
  • Polyester fibrefill stuffing

Notes

  • Do not join at the end of each round; rounds are worked in continuous spirals.
  • Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round. Move the marker up each time you start a new round.

Apple

With red or green yarn, make a magic ring, ch 1.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 st)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 st)
Rnd 3: sc in each st around. (12 st)
Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) six times. (18 st)
Rnd 5: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st) six times. (24 st)
Rnd 6: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st) six times. (30 st)
Rnd 7: sc in each st around. (30 st)
Rnd 8: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st) six times. (36 st)
Rnd 9-12: sc in each st around. (36 st)
Rnd 13: (invdec, sc in next 4 st) six times. (30 st)
Rnd 14: sc in each st around. (30 st)
Rnd 15: (invdec, sc in next 3 st) six times. (24 st)
Rnd 16: sc in each st around. (24 st)
Rnd 17: (invdec, sc in next 2 st) six times. (18 st)
Rnds 18-19: sc in each st around. (18 st)
Rnd 20: (invdec, sc in next st) six times. (12 st). Stuff apple through hole.
Rnd 21: invdec six times. (6 st). Cut the yarn, leaving a long (approx 12″/30cm) yarn end.

Note: Your apple will look more like a lemon at the moment, but don’t worry: that will all change in a moment!

Stalk

With brown or black yarn, ch 7.
Row 1: sl st in 2nd chain from hook and in each remaining chain. (6 st)

Note: I like to work into the back bumps of the chain, but you can work into the chain normally if you prefer.

Cut yarn, leaving a long (approx 12″/30cm) yarn end. Draw end through last loop and pull tight to fasten off.

amigurumi apple by planetjune - the stalk

Finishing

Using a yarn needle and the long yarn end from the apple, close up the remaining hole at the bottom of the apple. Use a finger to push the top of the apple down to form a dimple (don’t worry if it won’t stay in this position).

amigurumi apple by planetjune - shaping the apple

Pass the yarn from the bottom up through the apple to the magic ring at the top centre, then insert the yarn needle at the top, one stitch away from where it exited the apple, and pass the yarn end back down through the apple to the bottom. Draw the yarn tighter until you like the shape and the top dimple stays in place. Knot the yarn at the bottom of the apple so it stays in this position (the knot will be covered later).

amigurumi apple by planetjune - shaping the apple

Pass the yarn end through the apple, coming out somewhere along the apple’s side. Draw the yarn tight, and snip the end close to the apple. The yarn end should retract back inside the apple after it is cut.

Using a yarn needle and the long yarn end from the stalk, pass the yarn through the apple from top middle to bottom middle, so the base of the stalk sits in the dimple at the top of the apple.

Make 3 small overlapping stitches at the bottom of the apple, to form an asterisk shape.

amigurumi apple by planetjune - embellishing

Pass the yarn end back up through the apple to the top. Knot the yarn end and the starting tail from the stalk together. Thread both ends onto the yarn needle and pass them through the apple, coming out somewhere along the apple’s side. Draw the yarn tight, and snip the ends close to the apple. The yarn ends should retract back inside the apple after they are cut.

amigurumi apple by planetjune

I hope you enjoy this pattern. Please leave me a comment below if you do, and consider leaving me a donation. Thanks!

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42 Comments »

  1. Carina said

    June, you are awesome. (-:

  2. melissa said

    thank you june!

    it is fabulous!

    you are so talented and generous!

    :) melissa

  3. Michal said

    Thanks a lot! You are great!

  4. CWright said

    Very nice – spoken as one who has tried out the apple shape, its not as easy as it would seem!

  5. Amalia said

    Thanks a lot, June!
    Love this pattern
    Hugs
    Amalia

  6. Lindy said

    I love your amigurumi apples – they are a great shape and look good enough to eat!

  7. Amy said

    So cute! I might try making these and felting them. I love their realistic shape. As always, I appreciate your attention to detail. Makes all the difference.

  8. Else said

    This is lovely. I can imagine a whole bowl of these on my table! Thank you!

  9. These are so pretty!! I love them!

  10. Chrystal said

    You write patterns so well! Even as I have some experience with amigurumi, most of the details you included are usually left out and assumed that the crafter already knows. (Like how to attach the stem and how to make sure the yarn ends disappear.) That’s awesome. :)

  11. Jen said

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful apple craft with Projects for Preschoolers. This is such a great idea to create for pretend play food sets for young kids… yummy fun!

  12. Jo said

    what a lovely pattern! many thanks! they’ll go very nicely in a gift basket…

  13. Pam said

    I”ve just learned how to crochet in the last 2 weeks and this was my first non-flat project. Thanks so much for making it so easy to learn! I can’t wait to pick my next pattern.
    Cheers,
    Pam

  14. Megan said

    my little sister has been begging mom for a play food set, so i guess i’m going to make one of these apples, a lemon, an orange, and a pumpkin for her. plus, your website is the best one i’ve seen in a long time.

  15. jonafer said

    thank you so much for your hard work :D these apples are awesome.

  16. Kerryn said

    Thanks, June, for the wonderful apples!!

  17. tara said

    thank you SO much! ! ! !

  18. Mei said

    I love your picture tutorials!

    • June said

      Thanks Mei, all my crochet patterns are like this! I try to make them as clear as possible, and I think having photos to explain anything that may be confusing really helps with that :)

  19. Melissa said

    IIch hab’s nicht geschafft diesen Apfel zu häkeln…

  20. Leaf said

    This is a great pattern, really easy to follow and a lovely result – thanks for sharing it!

  21. Sarah said

    Thank you for this pattern! I find most patterns hard to follow but this was so clear! I’ve made a little apple with a face – hope to post it on my blog soon with a link back :)

  22. Nancy said

    June – thanks so much for the Apple pattern! I’m off to the yarn store to pick up yarn to make a bowl of “Everlasting Apples” for my Apple Kitchen!

    I’ll be back later to buy more!

  23. Alexandria said

    Hello June. This is a beautiful pattern. Thank you for making it free! One of my favorite teacher’s birthdays is on Tuesday. I have decided to make her one of these and give it to her as an “apple for the teacher” gift. Only this apple will last longer than a real apple, as a real apple would rot. I am sure she will love it.
    Thank you, Alexandria

  24. arabianjasmine said

    Thanks so much for the apple pattern, it’s a clear and simple pattern.
    Thank you for making it free.

  25. Annabel said

    They are so sweet I would like to eat them :D

  26. Morgan said

    I’ve been waiting to do this pattern forever! I finnaly got the colors I needed! I just finished one for my grandma and it turned out pretty good. Thanks for the pattern! =D

  27. Meaghan said

    Thank you so much! This was my first amigurumi, and it was easy to do and turned out great!

  28. Anouk said

    Thank you for this amazig pattern. I am making a fruit basket for a friend, and I am sure your apple wil look great i it. I inclued you a link to my FB pictures, soon your apple will also be displayed. Luv you ^_^

  29. Karen said

    Thank you! Your pattern is great!

  30. Thank you so much for this pattern! I was looking all over for a good apple pattern to pair with an apple hat and booties set, and this is the perfect one!

  31. Hi June! It’s the perfect apple! <3 I featured a link to it on Moogly this morning! :) http://www.mooglyblog.com/crochet-apple-patterns/

  32. Aran said

    Thank you for the pattern!

  33. CatherineD said

    Thank you for this pattern. It is me or do the instructions skip the filling stage? I know it’s obvious but for sake of completeness they probably should be there:-)

    • June said

      It’s just you – the instruction is at the end of Rnd 20 ;)

  34. CatherineD said

    Oh dear, so it is. And I’ve gone past there already…

  35. Karen said

    Hi June. Love the pattern. It is so cute and is so easy. Can you give me any tips for passing the yarn needle through the apple. The needle would just not go through! Do I have it stuffed too tightly, although it does not seem to be. Is it the type of stuffing…..it’s a craft poly-fill, 100% polyester fiber. Thank you!

    • June said

      Karen, it sounds like the problem is in the type of stuffing you’re using – there are many different types, and, confusingly, they’re almost all 100% polyester, so it’s difficult to know what you’re getting. (It also makes it difficult for me to describe the differences – I have a blog post planned about stuffing types, but I’m still not sure how to write it!) In future, you might like to look for a different type of stuffing, and look for words like ‘premium’, ‘high loft’ or ‘supreme’ – they are usually a clue to the better quality, springier, bouncier, smoother stuffing.

      With the stuffing you have, all I can suggest is:

      • Buy a needle with a sharper tip that can force its way through your stuffing (but still has a large enough eye to fit your yarn into). I wouldn’t use a sharp-tipped needle for sewing pieces together, as they split the yarn too easily, but they do have their uses!
      • Use a finer yarn or thread with a smaller needle – pass it through the apple several times, going through a different stitch at the ends of the apple each time, to spread the load so the thread doesn’t slice through your yarn.
  36. Pamela said

    Thank you so much for an easy but beautiful apple.
    I made these for my children’s teachers. The teachers loved them.
    I stuffed mine with popcorn seeds instead of stuffing and it worked great.
    I just want to say thank you again. I love to crochet and these were perfect.
    Pam

  37. TJazzie said

    Can this be knitted, I don’t know how to crochet?

    • June said

      I’m afraid not, TJazzie – knitting and crochet are entirely different crafts, and there’s no simple way to convert one to the other.

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