Apple Cozies – to prevent bruised fruit

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These cozies fit a medium sized apple, sometimes advertised as a lunchbox or kiddie sized fruit. I always use a machine washable wool blend yarn with them.

My nieces and nephews love these cozies in their lunchbox, not just because they are cute, but because bruised fruit is a thing of the past.

You will need:
– red and green yarn
– crochet hook
– button
– darning needle
– 4mm double pointed needles

Think about the back to school market, as these make great lunchbox companions.

Cast on 12 stitches on 4mm dpn – 4 on each of 3 needles

Knit 1 rotation
Repeat the following on each needle in the rotation….
2. Knit 1 front and back, knit 3
3. Knit 1 front and back, knit 4
4. Knit 1 front and back, knit 5
5. Knit 1 front and back, knit 6
6. Knit 1 front and back, knit 7
7. Knit 1 front and back, knit 8
8. Knit 1 front and back, knit 9
9. Knit 1 front and back, knit 10
10. Knit 1 front and back, knit 11 11. Knit 1 front and back, knit 12 12. Knit 1 front and back, knit 13 – you should have 15 stitches on each needle

Knit 2 rotations

Now the circular knitting in rounds ends….
Place a stitch marker between the needles currently.

Knit 1 row – turn Purl one row

K3, k2 tog, knit 10- repeat on each needle
P9, p2 tog, purl 3- repeat on each needle

K3, k2 tog, knit 8- repeat on each needle
P7, p2 tog, purl 3- repeat on each needle

K3, k2 tog, knit 6- repeat on each needle
P5, p2 tog, purl 3- repeat on each needle

K3, k2 tog, knit 4- repeat on each needle
P3, p2 tog, purl 3- repeat on each needle

K2 tog and cast off over whole row

Crochet the tail into a chain. Stitch a button on opposite side to secure.

I like to use a novelty button like a leaf or a bee.

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