When I began knitting, and all I could produce the first day was garter stitch, which I didn’t care for. (The book I was learning from wasn’t very clear and not much was mentioned about purling in the beginning section.) But now, when applied appropriately, I love it. It just has such a cozy feel, and is perfect for this apple ornament.
This little darling is made from Sugar n Cream cotton yarn. It only takes a little bit, so it’s great for using up leftovers.
Garter Stitch Apple Ornament
CO = cast on
BO = bind off
sts/st = stitches/stitch
k = knit
p = purl
m1 = (make one): knit into front of the stitch as usual, keeping the original stitch on the left needle; then knit into the back of the stitch, and slide stitch off the needle.
ssk = (slip, slip, knit): slip one stitch knitwise, slip the next purlwise, then knit the two slipped stitches together.
k2tog = knit two stitches together
k3tog: knit three stitches together
CO 2 sts.
Row 1- 7: m1, k1 m1, k to end
Row 8, 9: knit.
Row 10: ssk, k to end
Row 11, 12: k to last 2 sts, k2tog
Row 13: knit.
Row 14 – 16: k to last 2 sts, k2tog
Row 17: knit.
Row 18: k3tog, CO 4 sts
Row 19: k5, CO 3 sts (8 sts)
Row 20, 21: knit.
Row 22: m1, k3, m1, k3
Row 23: k3, m1, k5, m1 (12 sts)
Row 24: knit.
Row 25: m1, k5, m1, k5
Row 26: m1, k6, m1, k6
Row 27: m1, k6, m1, k8
Row 28: m1, k4, m1, k4, m1, k7 (21 sts)
Row 29: m1, *k4, m1, repeat from *; end k5
Row 30: m1, *k3, m1, repeat from *; end k4
Row 31: *m1, k3, repeat from *; end k3
Row 32: knit.
Row 33: *m1, k2, m1, k3, repeat from *; end k3 (38 sts)
Row 34 – 44: knit.
Row 45: *k2tog, k 5, repeat from *.
Row 46: *k2tog, k4, repeat from *.
Row 47: *k2tog, k3, repeat from *.
Row 48: knit.
Row 49: *k2tog, k2, repeat from *.
Row 50: knit:
Row 51, 52: k2tog, repeat.
BO, leaving a tail long enough to stitch up the side of the apple.
Sew up halfway, leaving a hole for the stuffing; stuff with fiberfill and continue sewing to the top center of the apple.
The apple will have a point at the center; to invert this, run the needle and yarn through the middle to the bottom center of the apple. Pull until top dimpled and tie a knot at the bottom. Weave in ends.
Attach ribbon or lace and tie in a bow for a loop…
…and you’re done!