March 24 2015 – thisisknit
We love projects that take an existing pattern and do something new with it, and it's even better when they combine knitting and crochet. Here's a sweet little idea: our easy and adorable Cute as One Button baby cardigan, but with something nestling in a wee pocket. The apple is the easiest crochet, and we thought you might like the instructions, so here's how to make one. You only need scraps of yarn, and pretty much any weight will do, so this is a good way of using up leftovers. Use any size of hook that gives you the apple and leaf you want, though as a guideline a hook a bit smaller than recommended for the yarn weight gives a nice dense fabric. Apple Starting with a magic circle, work 3 chain. Round 1: Work 16 tr into the ring and ss to top of first tr to join. Round 2: Work into the top of the trebles as follows: 1dc, (2htr), (2tr), (2htr), 1dc, 1dc, (2htr), ss, (2htr), 1dc, 1dc, (2htr), (2tr), (2htr), ss. Fasten off. Leaf Work 6 chain. All the stitches of the leaf are worked into one strand only of these chain, first along one side, then along the other. Working into one strand only of the chain, work along the chain as follows: 1dc, 1 htr, (2dc), 1 htr, 1dc, ss. Without turning, and working into the opposite single strand of the chain, work ss, 1dc, 1htr, (2dc), 1htr, 1dc. Fasten off. Pocket Cast on 16 stitches and work 10 rows of stocking stitch (alternate rows of knit and purl), then 4 rows of garter stitch (every row knit). Cast off purlwise. Abbreviations: ss slip stitch ch chain dc double crochet (US single crochet) htr half-treble crochet (US half-double crochet) tr treble crochet (US double crochet) In both the apple and the leaf, where there's an instruction written in brackets, like (2tr), work both of the stitches in the same place. Sew the apple and the leaf to the jacket first, and then sew the pocket over them. And that's it. Of course, you can put other things in pockets too, and we'd love to hear your ideas in the comments below if you'd like to share them!