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Friday, March 18, 2011

Crocheted Apple Cozy

Wait. Before you make a judgement…I actually do have a legit excuse for crocheting a sweater for the apples.

My kids bring a snack in their backpacks everyday, the same backpack that gets thrown, kicked, stuffed under bus seats, violently slung over the hook and hackysacked around.

Yes, I could pack their fruit in a titanium lunchbox, but crocheting an apple cozy seemed much more civilized, creative and crafty idea.

Still a little silly though, I admit. And no, the cozy didn’t prevent bruised apples in their backpacks like I had hoped. Apparently, my kids are too rough for a little yarn cozy to stop them.

Thank goodness the boys are still at an age where “cute” is still in, though I reckon I don’t have much longer before they want to be cool, not cute. I’ll take what I can get.

Apple Cozy Patterns

These Apple Cozies only take a few minutes to crochet. Perfect for scraps of yarn and maybe make one for your kids’ teacher or something.

If you want to make your own, here are a few patterns:

These apple cozies make create gifts and place settings – Derricks Doll made these from Theresa Grant’s pattern on Ravelry. This is the pattern that I based my apple cozy off of. I didn’t follow the instructions completely (surprise) and pretty much winged it after I got the basic concept.

Not only does Vegan Lunch Box make Apple Cozies, but she’s got free patterns for a Banana Cozy and Orange Cozy too. Go cozy crazy!

Crafty Anna’s Apple cozy (and hey, if apple cozies are not your thing, Crafty Anna’s got a ton of other crochet patterns – everything from ice cream, doctor kit,  pizza party and 5 little monkeys)

YouCanMakeThis.com has a colorful apple cozy ties up beautifully. The pattern is $3.50:

If you’re more of a knit person, blogger “I Think I’m Gonna Purl” (cutest blog name ever) has this monogrammed version (left). On the right, blogger Warm Fuzzies version using the same pattern:

35 Responses to “Crocheted Apple Cozy”

  1. vanessa — 3/18/11 @ 3:11 pm

    cute idea for a teacher gift :)
    thanks for all the fun linkage.

  2. Michelle — 3/18/11 @ 3:14 pm

    Wow, crafty and cute.

  3. Amazing idea. Even my hubby’s lunchbox somehow manages to bruise an apple. Works like a charm :)

  4. Mary — 3/18/11 @ 6:16 pm

    Very cute! Will you make other cozies for other fruit? :)

    Btw, the Vegan Lunch Box version is knitted, not crocheted.

  5. Adorable!! I love them all!!

  6. Simone — 3/19/11 @ 9:33 am

    While For sure something I would never make ( not a knitting person!!) this is just so incredibly cute! Love it!!

  7. rita — 3/21/11 @ 5:35 am

    those are so adorable! if only i have the patience to crochet or knit. hee-hee.

  8. JayB — 3/21/11 @ 6:47 am

    Aww, those are too cute, and probably pretty useful too. I hate bruised fruits!

  9. Janice Harper — 3/21/11 @ 8:02 pm

    I must say my first reaction was “What!?” A little too cute for me but then — a totally sensible, fun read followed and now I want a set of my own! Maybe it’s time for you to outsource — the perfect wrap for the teacher’s apple — add some padding and in no time they’ll be lunch box essentials!

  10. joey — 3/22/11 @ 4:07 am

    Make a judgement?? These are adorable! If apple cozies are foolish then I am the happy fool that wants one! I’ve already sent this post to my niece who knits and crochets in the hopes that she makes one for me :) I am determined to own one (even if I can’t knit or crochet)!

  11. Asianmommy — 3/22/11 @ 9:17 pm

    These are so cute! Where in the world do you find the time to crochet?

  12. Maribel — 3/24/11 @ 2:14 pm

    Love it!!! I am going to attempt making some of these!

  13. Those apple covers are so super cute!!! Love them, wish I crocheted.

  14. Stacy Kong — 3/24/11 @ 4:16 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! These are just too cute! I will definitely try making them.

  15. cindy — 3/24/11 @ 5:28 pm

    those are some very cute ones, and i must admit i saw those before and was not quite sure WHY someone would make one but now it makes sense!

  16. Barbara — 3/25/11 @ 2:00 am

    Can you pretty please post YOUR crocheted apple cozy pattern?
    Thanks very much! My son (12) wants to make these with me.
    By the way, I’ve now knitted 4 of those flower scarves for gifts & for myself. Thanks for posting these wonderful inspiring
    patterns. Keep them coming! Very hip!

    • SteamyKitchen — 3/25/11 @ 9:38 am

      I followed the first pattern that I listed pretty closely – and made them while watching TV so I didn’t write down my pattern! ;=)

  17. Sandy @ RE — 3/26/11 @ 11:39 pm

    Jade, I love these! (And I love to crochet!) Problem is, my kids are all teens now! LOL. xo

  18. Rachel — 3/27/11 @ 9:11 pm

    These are soooo sweet! I have two boys (almost 3 and 18-months). I think they would get a kick out of this. I may have to take up crochet just to try this out. :)

    I just discovered your blog today and am now a fan!

  19. Sidiqa — 4/9/11 @ 8:07 am

    Gorgeous and adorable!

  20. mk — 4/9/11 @ 9:34 pm

    Too cute!! I love them all.

  21. This is so adorable I wish I knew how to crochet. I have a slight apple obsession and this is perfect.

  22. Kate Daly — 6/26/11 @ 10:31 am

    These are really fun and a great summer project. I especially like the group photo with the paper name tags! Awesome. . .

  23. mali — 7/10/11 @ 11:37 am

    Cute…but a little too much 4 me! I prefer crocheted gloves or a scarf!!!!

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  25. Maribelle Steffy — 9/28/11 @ 7:39 pm

    I don’t see my name often, although I spell mine Maribelle. Just curious about you. I love to knit and crochet and do crazy patch work. Live in Pa.

  26. Kelley — 12/29/11 @ 5:41 pm

    So cute! Now I need to learn to crochet!

  27. Jenna — 4/17/12 @ 1:09 pm

    I bet you could use the jackets over pin cushions.

  28. Jackie B — 11/29/12 @ 4:12 am

    OH gosh, these are the cutest ever!!! Such amazing talents, I wished I was creative like this.

    • SteamyKitchen — 11/29/12 @ 12:25 pm

      Thank you! By the way, I am adoring all your photos from Malaysia – I want to try squid sambal!

  29. Beautiful!!! I just made some apple cosies couple of days ago and searching for more ideas found yours, love the idea of button and leaf… must try it! :)

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  31. lousse — 10/9/13 @ 12:35 am

    cute…will make a one for me, have to try it

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