***The Strawberry Key Cozy is available for purchase HERE***
Did you know that the spring time is when strawberry harvesting season is at its peak? With that being said, and being in the middle of April, now would be a good time to grab your favorite market bag and hit the farmers markets for some fresh, plump, and juicy strawberries!
Now would also be a great time to work on some really neat strawberry crochet projects, don’t you think?
Today, I’m going to share with you my free pattern for the Strawberry Key Cozy! This little guy is vibrant and so delicious looking, it’s bound to make the perfect accessory this season.
Grab your hook and let’s get started!
For the materials you’ll need….
- I Love This Cotton (hobby lobby) in red, curry, and bright green
- F hook (3.75 mm)
- 25 inch leather cord or I-cord
- Stitch marker
- Key ring
- Tapestry needle or yarn needle
- Written in U.S. terms
- Worked in a continuous round
- Move the stitch marker to the beginning stitch of every round, or at the end, which ever you prefer
- [repeat this sequence] *this many times
Not important for this project
- ml – magic loop
- st/s – stitch/es
- slst – slip stitch
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- dc – double crochet
- tr – treble crochet
- blo – back loop only
- inc – increase
- inv dec – invisible decrease
- rnd – round
- sk – skip
In a ml ch 1, sc 7. (7)
Rnd 1: (in BLO) sc inc in every st. (14) This round creates loops on the outside of the berry that we will later utilize when attaching the leaves.
Rnd 2: (working through both loops from now on) [sc inc, sc] *7. (21)
Rnd 3: [sc inc, sc, sc] *7. (28)
Rnd 4-7: sc in every st around. (28)
Rnd 8: [inv dec, sc in next 5 sts] *4. (24)
Rnd 9: sc in every st around. (24)
Rnd 10: [inv dec, sc in next 4 sts] *4. (20)
Rnd 11: sc in every st around. (20)
Rnd 12: [inv dec, sc, sc] *5. (15)
Rnd 13-15: sc in every st around. (15)
Attach the yarn on the first loop made in rnd 1.
Rnd 1: sc in every “loop”. slst to first sc.
Rnd 2: [slst to next st, ch 7, sk first ch, sc down next 6 ch. slst in same st. slst in next st] *3.
Rnd 3: [sc to base of first leaf (there should be a slst there). ch 1, tr, tr, dc, hdc, sc, slst, ch 2. (working down the other side of leaf) slst, sc, hdc, dc, tr, tr, ch 1. sc to base of leaf (there should be another slst there). slst to next st] *3.
Fasten off, weave in all ends.
Use the yellow yarn and tapestry needle to create the seeds.
Tip: after testing out the cozy for a couple of days, I realized that the best way to attach the seeds is to attach and secure each seed individually (left), rather than one continuous peace of yarn (right). It is a bit more tedious, but this way the keys wont get caught on the yarn.
Place the leather cord through the key ring and center the key ring on the cord. Bring the ends of the cord together and tie into a tight knot. Clip off the excess ends and pull the key ring to the end with the knot. Using your hook, pull the center of the cord through the top of the berry from the inside-out.
Decide how far you want the keys to pull out of the strawberry and tie a knot on the cord (above the strawberry). I like to pull just until the key ring appears. Then, create another knot above the first knot, for decoration.
Aaaaaaaaand viola! You’ve got yourself a gorgeous key cozy!
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