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Tiny Apple Keychain

By: Mimi Alelis of

This is such a cute crochet pattern from Mimi Alelis. You can make your very own little apple to have on your keys. Red Heart acrylic yarns are used.


  • Red Heart acrylic yarns: small amount of red, green and brown
  • 4mm and 5mm crochet hook
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Key ring attachment
  • Craft pliers
  • Tapestry needle for finishing

st = stitch ch = chain sl st = slip stitch sc = single crochet
Special Stitch: sc tog = single crochet two stitches together - (insert hook in next st and draw up loop) twice, YO and draw through 3 loops on hook
Gauge: not important

Instructions (Note: do not join rounds, work continuously in a spiral)
Rnd 1: With red yarn and 4mm hook, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next) repeat around (18 sc)
Rnd 4: sc in each sc around. (18 sc)
Rnd 5: repeat rnd 4.
Rnd 6: (sc in next 7 sc, sc tog next two sc) twice (16 sc)
Rnd 7: (sc tog next two sc) repeat around (8 sc)
Fasten off leaving 8 inches for sewing. Stuff with fiberfill and sew the opening to close.
Use green yarn and 5mm hook. Leave 8 inches tail, ch 5, sl st on 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 2 ch, 4 sc on next ch. On the opposite side of starting ch, sc on next two sts. Sl st on next st. Fasten off and weave in end. Use the tail end to sew leaf to apple.
Use brown yarn and 4mm hook. Ch 5, sl st on 2nd ch from hook, and on the next 3 chs. Fasten off, leaving 8 inches for sewing.
Finishing: sew the stem in the center top of apple. Sew the leaf on its side. Attach the key ring near the stem.

These can also made even smaller to use as cell phone charms by using cotton threads and following the same pattern.

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I am not sure just how mini this tiny apple keychain. The directions state gage does not matter and crocheting with a 4 or 5 mm hook acrylic yarn, I think this will be a fairly large crochet apple. I still like the project and I have in mind who to make this for.

For those of us that like to gift to our wonderful underappreciated educators, this is a great project. These tiny apple key chains should be able to be worked up in little time and cost very little in material. You could even crochet different shades of apples as there are more colored apples than red.

@Crafter 2124015: the secret is DON'T turn your work. Just keep going like you're crocheting in rounds but don't close each round. The first 2 sc in rnd 2 would be worked into the first sc from rnd 1 instead of the last one. Hope that helps. : )

How do you crochet in a spiral? I want to make this pattern but I just end up going in rows. What is the secret?


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