Autumn’s Apple: The Finger Puppet
by Kat Marie Williams
My mom gave me a velour apple with a worm poking out of it to sell at my yard sale last weekend, but it was so dang cute I decided to keep it instead. Then I (like all obsessive yarnfolk) decided to crochet it, and I did so in the car on the way to Los Angeles (passenger, yes). Trying to write that pattern in a little book while we drove along hitting potholes and speed bumps was an adventure, but that apple was desperate to be made. So here ya go.
- 2 skeins of Caron Simply Soft (one Deep Crimson, one Limelight)
- a yardlong scrap of any brown or tan yarn
- something to stuff the apple with (fiberfill, cotton balls, shredded plastic bag, whatever you want)
- Hook size: G (4.25mm)
- Stitch marker
- Yarn needle
Mark each round/row (MR) religiously. Marking rounds makes counting so much easier. Sometimes I’ll tell you to MR just for the helluvit (annoying, ya?)
Ch 15. Join with a slip stitch to first chain to form a ring, taking care not to twist the stitches.
Round 1) MR, sc in second ch and in each ch around. (15 sc)
Round 2) MR, work one sc in each sc (15)
Round 3) MR, work 2 sc in each sc (30)
Round 4) MR, work *1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc *, repeat from * to * to end of round (40)
Round 5) MR, sc in each sc (40)
Rounds 6-9) Repeat round 5 (40)
Row 10) Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc in and each of next 36 sc. Ch 1, turn (37).
Row 11) Sk 1 sc, sc in each of next 34 sc, sk 1 sc, sc in last sc (35). Ch 1, turn.
Row 12) Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Round 13) Work 2 sc in first sc; sc in each of next 33 sc. Work 2 sc in last sc (37). Chain 3, MR and join with a single crochet to first sc.
Round 14) Sc in each of next 36 sc. Work 3 single crochets in ch-3 sp. (40)
Round 15-16) MR, sc in each sc around. (40)
Round 17) MR, work *1 sc in each of next 2 sc, sk 1 sc, sc in next sc)* Repeat from * to * to end. (30)
Round 18-19) MR, *1 sc in each of next 2 sc, sk 1 sc, sc in next sc.* Repeat from * to *, ending with sc in each of last 2 sc. (17)
Round 20) MR, sc around, decreasing by 5 sts somewhat evenly. (12)
Beginning of wormhole
21) MR, work in a spiral (i.e., do not join rounds) in sc until wormhole (tube) measures 3″. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
22) Sew hole to hole (see illustration). Fasten off loosely, poke needle to inside of apple (not through the tube) and out through the top hole, pulling apple inside-out (which has just become the right side).
23) With yarn tail & needle, neaten up the circle (if necessary). Weave in end.
The squirmy wormy
1) Slightly inside bottom of wormhole attach green yarn and sc through 12 well-chosen sts to form an even circle. (12)
2) Work in a spiral in sc until worm measures 3.5-4″, catching tail in sts to avoid having to weave it in later (sneaky!).
3) *Sk next st, sc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until there are 6 stitches left. Fasten off, then use tail and needle to gather and close end.
4) Turn worm inside out, pushing him (her?) through wormhole so that the worm’s head pokes out from the side of the apple.
5) With fiberfill, cotton, a shredded plastic bag, or whatever other suitable material you can find, lightly stuff apple through top hole just enough to hold its shape while still being “mushy.”
Autumn’s leaves (make 2)
Ch 7. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end (6). Ch 1, turn corner, sc in next 6 ch spaces, sc in next sc, ch 2 & sl st into base of chain to form picot. Turn corner, sc in next st, hdc in next 6 spaces, sc in next st, fasten off, leaving long tail.
Use the tail of one leaf to gather and sew closed the hole on top of apple. Fasten off, weave in end. Sew on other leaf, fasten off, run needle down through middle of apple and tack end to base of worm (being careful not to pierce worm in the process) so that the tension leaves a slight dent in top of apple. Weave in end.
With scrap of brown or tan yarn braid a 2″ stem, attach between leaves.
Now, since you have oodles of yarn leftover, make a bunch more and call them Christmas gifts! Or teacher gifts!