Apple Knitting Pattern Tutorial

Apples anyone?

Oh, I have been wanting to knit fruit and veggies for aaaaages! So finally, today, while Richard was driving around to all the shops, I started knitting this apple pattern in the car and now I have a  knitted apple pattern to share with you:) Do you ever take your knitting with in the car to knit while hubby is driving, just in case there could possibly be a knitting moment? I have a little project bag and note book that always goes with me whenever I leave our home:)

Enjoy the pattern, happy knitting…

Red hand spun wool or DK
Merino fleece for stuffing
Brown wool for the stalk
Green wool for the leaf
Double pointed needles, 4mm
Size 4mm circular needles (if knitting in the round with the Magic Loop)
4 double pointed needles, 4mm (if knitting in the round)
Wool sewing up needle

Cast on 10 stitches, join for knitting in the round, Magic Loop Technique, (or DPNs’ in the round)
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: Knit into the front and back of each stitch. (20 stitches)
Round 3: Knit.
Round 4: Knit into the front and back of each stitch. (40 stitches)
Rounds 5-15: Knit
Round 16: Knit round and increase 4 stitches evenly throughout the round. (44 stitches)
Round 17-19: Knit.
Round 20: (Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 together across the round), knit 2 stitches at the end of the round. (30 stitches).
Round 21: (Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together across the round). (20 stitches)
Round 22: (Knit 2 stitches together, across the round). (10 stitches)
Round 23: Knit
Continue with instructions below…

Stuff your apple while it is still on the needles, I like to see how the shape is forming… Leave a long thread, break the yarn and thread onto a wool needle. Thread the needle through the stitches on the needles, remove knitting needles and pull tight. You can now continue to stuff your apple from the base and once you are happy with the shape, sew the opening closed.

Now we want to create a depression on the top of your apple. With the needle and thread that you have just gathered all the stitches on and pulled tight, push it down into the apple from the top and out the base, pull until you see a depression on top and thne sew tightly at the base of your apple.

Here is my little apple among my cabbages with its little depression on top, see? 🙂

Every apple needs a stalk. Take your double pointed needle, pick up two stitches on the top of your apple and join the brown wool for the stalk. Knit your i-cord about an inch long and then cast off. Sew in all the ends.

So your apple can just be an apple with a stalk.

An apple with a leaf AND be a pincushion…

Leaf Pattern:

Size 5 straight needles
Green DK yarn
2 double pointed needles
wool needle


Cast on 3 stitches
Row 1: Knit into the front and back of the first stitch, purl, knit into the front and back of the last stitch. (5 stitches)
Row 2: Knit row
Row 3: Knit into the front and back of the first stitch, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, knit into the front and back of the last stitch. ( 7 stitches)
Row 4: Knit row
Row 5: Knit into the front and back of the first stitch, knit 2, purl 1, knit 2, knit into the front and back of the last stitch. ( 9 stitches)
Row 6: Knit row
Row 7: Knit 4 stitches, purl 1, Knit 4 stitches
Row 8: Knit row.
Alternate rows 7 and 8 three times.
Row 15: Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, knit 1 stitch. (7 stitches)
Row 16: Knit
Row 17: Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, purl 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, knit 1 stitch. (5 stitches)
Row 18: Knit
Row 19: Knit 2 stitches together, purl 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together. (3 stitches)
Row 20: Knit
Row 21: Knit 3 stitches together.
Bind off.

Sew in the ends neatly and for the leaf stem, pick up two stitches at the base of the leaf and knit an i-cord for about an inch.

or it can just be a piece of fruit….. an apple:)
Thank you so much for visiting me here, I wish you a wonderful week…
Please note this pattern and items knitted from this pattern are for personal use only:)
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59 Responses to Apple Knitting Pattern Tutorial

  1. Elizabeth July 30, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    Oh Linda this apple is just fabulous! Fall, back-to-school, and apples all go together here in New England. I can’t wait to give this pattern a try. Thank you as always for your generosity.

    Blessings, Elizabeth

  2. eidolons July 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    My almost-three-year-old saw this a little while ago and immediately declared “I want that apple!” So now it’s official, I have to find some red yarn (which I discovered last night I do not own). Thanks for the lovely pattern!

  3. Julie July 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    This is so pretty! I can see a basket full being made to sit on my table this fall. Thanks again, Linda!

  4. WhiteRacoon July 30, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    Very cute! =) Thanks for sharing!!! I prefer knitting to crochetting, so unique knitting patterns are always great to see! =)

  5. MamaWestWind July 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    thanks! I really want to make this!


  6. Stacey July 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    This is such a great little focus feature – I’m definitely going to knit one (or two, or three) to go on my bookshelf. Thanks for the pattern!x

  7. Marny July 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    Love it, Love it, Love it!

    Thoughts of this being on my daughter’s desk (5th grade teacher) makes my face smile!

    Thank you so very much for sharing your creativity. You are wonderful.

    Gentle as you go,

  8. Tania July 31, 2011 at 3:04 am #

    That is a fabulous apple. And even though I had no idea I needed to knit a fabulous apple like that, now I do. AND THERE IS NO TIME FOR FABULOUS APPLES RIGHT NOW! Fabulous Apple tute is now firmly ensconced on the List of Things To Do When The Work Bizzo is Over.

  9. Dana July 31, 2011 at 6:18 am #

    This apple is amazing!

  10. Linda July 31, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    Thank you so much Elizabeth:)

    Dear Eidolons,
    Thanks:) I hope you find some red wool soon. xo

    Hello Julie,
    A basket full would be lovely:)

    Thank you WhiteRacoon.

    Thank you Becca.

    You are welcome Stacey:)

    Marny, you are so kind, thank you:)

    Thanks Tania, I find myself wanting to knit all different kinds of fruit now:)

    Thank you Dana:)

  11. Maria July 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Love it! Thank you for sharing this!

  12. K July 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    The shape of this apple is DEEPLY satisfying. The whole darn project is wow-charming. We just got home from the last road trip (during which I knitted a teensy version of Martin the sheep – which I will finish as soon as I find some black fingering yarn around here) and I sat last night in a daze of fatigue, going through Creative Friday (my vacation of choice in my own head), and saw this apple, and wanted it RIGHT NOW.

    So as soon as I stop seeing double and yawning, I will make one of my very own – the beginning of a whole tree’s worth, I bet –

    Thank you, Thank you!!!

  13. justjenn July 31, 2011 at 9:26 pm #


  14. regina July 31, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    do the magic loop instructions also work for plain old knitting on double pointed needles?
    and if not i guess i really do need to learn magic loop!!

  15. Linda August 1, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Hi Regina,
    DPNs’ are perfect, just knit in the round with them:)

  16. Christine August 4, 2011 at 2:06 am #

    What a terrific apple! I have to tell you, your patterns always make me smile. I love the flowers especially, but I’ve been wanting to knit some food for my kids to play with. I’ll be checking back often to see all the designs you come up with!

  17. renee ~ heirloom seasons August 4, 2011 at 5:36 am #

    Thanks for the pattern Linda! Apple knitting will go so nicely with apple picking in the coming months 🙂

  18. Linda August 4, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    Dear Christine,
    Thank you so much:)
    Happy knitting

    Dear Renee,
    You are so welcome:)

  19. tamsininamania August 12, 2011 at 5:09 am #

    wow these are so awesome, my daughter really loves apples, i will definitely be trying your pattern here. she eats 3 a day,it will be so funny to see her eat a woolly one. thankyou…and pear, just gorgeous

  20. Muriel September 14, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    Thank you so much for this adorable pattern. I am making a whole bunch for Rosh HaShana, Jewish New Year, which is in 2 weeks. We eat apples dipped in honey for a sweet new year.
    These apples are perfect for decorating and as gifts for friends!
    My girls are already having fun playing with them!

  21. Honeybee52 September 15, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    Thanks for the apple pattern so very cute. Please include me in the giveaway today if it is not too late.

  22. Shannon September 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    I cannot believe I didn’t see this before AND it is a pincushion! love it. thank you x

  23. Pat December 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    I love this pattern! I’m going to make a few to hang on the Christmas tree, thank you!

  24. Anonymous December 22, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    Hi there, would you be okay with me making a few of these to sell? I am so confused with the copyright of knitting. As I understand it the pattern is copyright but not the finished articel but I am so worried about offending anyone that I ask and obey! I have a small business making and selling handmade items so these are not going to be mass produced. i completely understand if the answer is ‘no’. Maybe you could email me at
    Many thanks

  25. Kathy January 5, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    How very cute!!! Thanks so much for sharing. I can usually find lots of these types of patterns for crochet (which I don’t do) & happily I found your patterns for knitting. Oh happy day.

  26. Anonymous March 6, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    i am jealous!… i have been dying to own a pair of rainbow wood knitting needles for years! but money is tight so they will be on my wish list for a while now… oh well. I will be definitely be making that apple for my son’s play kitchen though; he is such a little busybody, always wanting to cook with me in the kitchen that i will be making him one whether my husband wants me to or not. 😛

  27. tricobrod March 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Hi Linda,
    Keep on knitting such pretty things: they are so cute!
    Thank you for sharing some fruits.

  28. Madeleine Maddocks April 14, 2012 at 9:54 am #


  29. emma August 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    Oh, just what I was looking for! I’m making a little play kitchen for the kids and want to knit them so me fruit and veggies. This will be just perfect. Thanks for sharing it.

  30. Nance August 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    Love this apple! Can hardly wait to knit one. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern.

  31. patchcath October 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Merci! Je vais faire cette pomme et sa feuille très bientôt
    c’est trop beau

  32. Ellisen November 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    Great big juicy red apple! Thanks so much for sharing this pattern with us, Linda. Very sweet.

  33. Missy November 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    I absolutely love how this turned out. I wrote a review of the patten on my blog with pictures;

  34. maddy June 30, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    Hi thanks for sharing your apple pattern I am making the hungry caterpillar food and can adapt the apple for orange brilliant do you have any other patterns for food pleeeeeease xx

    • Linda July 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

      Hi Maddy,
      You are welcome:)
      I also have a pear, pumpkin and a butternut.
      Just search for them in the search box in the sidebar of my blog.

  35. Pam Johnson September 11, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Thank you so much for this apple pattern – our town is having a textile exhibition to celebrate Apple Day and this will be perfect to enter.
    As you are in South Africa do you know about Knit a Square? If not please look at the website -it is a charity I support from the UK
    Thanks again

  36. Silke July 2, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    Thanks a lot for this cute little appel and tutorial I `ve just made two and gave one as a birthday present for a friend of my daughter 2 1/2 year and they loved it all.

    Thanks a lot

    I`m looking forward to see wonderfil new ideas!!

  37. Alanna September 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    What are the final dimensions of the apple? I love this pattern, but the apple will be part of a fruit/veggie basket and I want to make sure they are all roughly the same size.


  38. Charmaine September 19, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Thanks so very much for the apple pattern. Turned out fantastic. Doing the pear now.
    Mad about knitting

  39. Sherry October 27, 2014 at 7:21 am #

    Guys I am lazy and I don’t know how to knit… but I must have this. Will someone sell it to me? I will throw my money at you…. PLEASE I NEED THIS.

  40. Jayne Bostock December 12, 2015 at 10:14 pm #

    Thank you for generously sharing your ideas. I am very much looking forward to knitting the apples and pears. You are very creative. I wish you and your family peace, health and happiness.

  41. Marny ca July 27, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

    You knit while your husband drives … but this will work anyway:

    Woman knitting while driving and a police car comes up and yells through the bullhorn “Pull over!!” Woman yells back “No, cardigan!”

    Years ago I downloaded the apple and still haven’t knit it.

    But I am still driving.

  42. margaret brown September 1, 2016 at 11:48 am #

    could someone please tell me what I am doing wrong! The picture of the apple looks as if it is done in stocking stitch, 1p ! k, but the pattern says knit? mine looks completely different.

    • Linda September 1, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

      Hi Margaret, the pattern is knitted in the round with the magic loop technique or you can knit it on double pointed needles.
      Happy knitting!

  43. elenor January 9, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this cute pattern! I want to make a little pincushion.
    Kind greetings from the E (A).


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