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Apple String or Yarn Holder
Free Knitting and Crochet Pattern by KarensVariety.com

Materials: One ball red heavy crochet thread
Small amount of green for leaves
No. 2 knitting needles
Size 6 steel crochet hook
Bone ring
Abbreviations:
 sts  stitch(es)
 ch  chain
 sc  single crochet
 inc  increase
 dec  decrease
 lp  loop
 k  knit

Make this cute apple shaped string holder to hang in your kitchen. Make it larger or longer and use it as a yarn holder. Simple to knit in garter stitch; make as a gift or as bazaar item.

Apple:

With red thread, cast on 32 sts.
K in garter st (k each row) for 74 rows. Bind off.
Sew narrow ends together.

Gather one long edge up tight for top of apple.
Run a length of string or elastic through lower edge for a draw string.

Leaves: (Make 2 leaves)

With green thread, ch 4, sc in second st from hook, sc in each of next 2 sts of ch.
Ch 1 to turn all rows.

Rows 2 and 3: Sc in each sc.

Row 4: 2 sc in first sc, sc in sc, 2 sc in last sc.

Row 5: Sc in each sc across.

Repeat last 2 rows 4 times or until there are 13 sc in last row.

Row 14: Dec at beginning and end of row.

Row 15: Work even.

Repeat last 2 rows 4 times, (3 sc in last row).

Row 24: Insert hook in each of the 3 scs, pulling up a lp in each and hold on hook, thread over and pull through all lps at once. Fasten.

Work a row of sc around entire leaf.

Assemble:

Cover bone ring with single crochet, using either red or green.
Sew ring in place at centre top of apple.
Sew one leaf each side of ring.

Place a ball of string inside the knitted portion, leaving a length hanging below lower part of string holder. Pull draw string at bottom and tie. Tuck ends up inside cover and hang string holder by ring.

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