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{ November’s pattern, a day late!  But it’s easy enough to whip up plenty in time for Christmas.  🙂  I’m thinking the next pattern I post here will be for mittens.  Socks may have to wait… }

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.

Needles: US 6 (4mm)
Yarn: Sugar’n Cream or Peaches & Creme (Both are great but I prefer Peaches n Creme, as it is manufactured in the USA.)

Garter Stitch Apple Ornament
by Leanne

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

Instructions:

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!

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