A quick corner to corner project – Basket of Apples

A quick corner to corner project – Basket of Apples
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The Basket of Apples corner to corner afghan block was designed as part of the Harvest Blanket CAL. This event was hosted by E’Claire Makery in November 2022.

It was the second corner to corner project that I had designed for this event. The first was my hay bale square.

I love how this particular square worked out. It is a few more colour changes than my usual 25 x 25 blanket squares. But I think they are worth it in this one.

Inspiration behind the design

Isn’t it funny what can inspire you? When Claire suggested the theme of Harvest I thought about an episode of My Little Pony!

My daughter may be 11 now, but it doesn’t feel like so long ago that she was 6 watching My Little Pony every chance she got. One of the episodes stuck with me – the one where AppleJack needs some help harvesting her apples for cider. But they have to be quick. The poisonous bats are eating them and making all of the trees die. Of course, it was mission accomplished and the cider was made and enjoyed!

So this was my inspiration behind my basket of apples square!

Construction of the design

The Basket of apples corner to corner square is created using the corner to corner technique. I chose to make mine in half double crochet rather than double crochet. You can use either!

 

Are you new to corner to corner but want to give this project a go?

I have a great free learn to corner to corner course!

I teach you everything from

-How to read the patterns

– The basics of the stitch,

– Increases,

-Decreases,

-Colour changing and

-Rectangles.

Everything you need to know! We even make a couple of free projects together to put it all into practice!

The Yarn

Will you be shocked to know that for my version I raided my stash and used Caron Simply Soft!?

Yep – I am still using my stash! Boy, I have a lot of that yarn. But I do love it for corner to corner projects. I know some crocheters complain that Caron Simply Soft splits, but in all honesty I have had that issue maybe twice in the last 5-6 years!

I will confess that I didn’t have 3 shades of red. So I also used a bit of Paintbox Simply Aran that I had lying around too and amended the light red to a white (it was just for the sheen on the apples). Stylecraft Special Aran would have worked just as well!

You can absolutely raid your stash and scrap buckets for this project. Just be sure to use the same weight yarn.

Get the PDF pattern!

You can find the ad-free PDF Pattern for the basket of apples blanket square in all of my shops:

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Get the supplies I used!

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The pattern specifics:

Materials:

·      #4 weight yarn 8 colors 
·      5mm hook
·      Scissors
·      Tapestry needle
·      Blocking mats and pins (optional)

Gauge:

Does not matter as long as tension is consistent.

Sizing:

Finished size once blocked is approximately 12”-14″ square depending on tension if using HDC

Abbreviations used:

·      Ch(s) – chain(s)
·      St(s) – stitch(es)
·      The arrows indicate which way the row is worked according to the graph – left to right or right to left (this is the same with the arrows in the color block instructions!)

Other notes:

Written in US terms
Chain 1 does not count as a stitch.
There are no special stitches used in this pattern.
 
This is corner to corner graph and is worked bottom right to top left on the right side.
 
To work out how much yarn you will need for your basket of apples square you will need to do a sample swatch with the stitch you intend to use (HDC or DC) and then measure how much yarn you used per stitch multiplying that by the number of stitches of that color and adding some for the tails to be worked in at the end.
Color charts with stitch totals are listed under the picture graph on the next page. 

The Basket of Apples Corner to Corner Pattern:

 

↙ Row 1 [RS]: (green) x 1 (1 square)  
↗ Row 2 [WS]: (green) x 2 (2 squares)  
↙ Row 3 [RS]: (green) x 3 (3 squares)  
↗ Row 4 [WS]: (green) x 1, (light brown) x 2, (green) x 1 (4 squares)  
↙ Row 5 [RS]: (light brown) x 3, (mid red) x 1, (light brown) x 1 (5 squares)  
↗ Row 6 [WS]: (mid red) x 4, (light brown) x 2 (6 squares)  
↙ Row 7 [RS]: (light brown) x 2, (mid red) x 5 (7 squares)  
↗ Row 8 [WS]: (mid red) x 6, (light brown) x 2 (8 squares)  
↙ Row 9 [RS]: (light brown) x 3, (mid red) x 6 (9 squares)  
↗ Row 10 [WS]: (light brown) x 1, (mid red) x 6, (light brown) x 3 (10 squares)  
↙ Row 11 [RS]: (light brown) x 3, (mid red) x 7, (light brown) x 1 (11 squares)  
↗ Row 12 [WS]: (light brown) x 2, (mid red) x 6, (light brown) x 3, (blue) x 1 (12 squares)  
↙ Row 13 [RS]: (blue) x 2, (light brown) x 3, (mid red) x 6, (light brown) x 2 (13 squares)  
↗ Row 14 [WS]: (light brown) x 3, (mid red) x 2, (light red) x 1, (mid red) x 2, (light brown) x 3, (dark red) x 2, (blue) x 1 (14 squares)  
↙ Row 15 [RS]: (blue) x 1, (dark red) x 2, (mid red) x 1, (light brown) x 2, (brown) x 1, (mid red) x 1, (light red) x 1, (mid red) x 2, (light brown) x 4 (15 squares)  
↗ Row 16 [WS]: (light brown) x 5, (mid red) x 1, (light red) x 1, (mid red) x 1, (green) x 1, (brown) x 1, (light brown) x 1, (mid red) x 2, (dark red) x 2, (blue) x 1 (16 squares)  
↙ Row 17 [RS]: (blue) x 1, (dark red) x 2, (mid red) x 3, (light brown) x 1, (green) x 1, (light brown) x 1, (mid red) x 2, (light brown) x 6 (17 squares)  
↗ Row 18 [WS]: (light brown) x 9, (green) x 1, (light brown) x 1, (mid red) x 2, (light red) x 1, (mid red) x 1, (dark red) x 2, (blue) x 1 (18 squares)  
↙ Row 19 [RS]: (blue) x 2, (dark red) x 2, (light red) x 2, (mid red) x 2, (green) x 2, (light brown) x 9 (19 squares) 
↗ Row 20 [WS]: (light brown) x 11, (mid red) x 2, (light red) x 2, (mid red) x 1, (dark red) x 2, (blue) x 2 (20 squares)  
↙ Row 21 [RS]: (blue) x 3, (dark red) x 2, (mid red) x 5, (light brown) x 11 (21 squares)  
↗ Row 22 [WS]: (green) x 1, (light brown) x 10, (mid red) x 5, (dark red) x 2, (brown) x 1, (green) x 3 (22 squares)  
↙ Row 23 [RS]: (blue) x 1, (green) x 2, (brown) x 2, (dark red) x 2, (mid red) x 4, (light brown) x 11, (green) x 1 (23 squares)  
↗ Row 24 [WS]: (green) x 1, (light brown) x 12, (mid red) x 2, (brown) x 1, (dark red) x 1, (light red) x 1, (dark red) x 1, (brown) x 2, (blue) x 3 (24 squares)  
↙ Row 25 [RS]: (blue) x 4, (brown) x 1, (blue) x 1, (dark red) x 1, (light red) x 1, (dark red) x 1, (brown) x 1, (dark red) x 1, (light brown) x 12, (green) x 2 (25 squares)  
Corner  at both sides
↗ Row 26 [WS]: (green) x 1, (light brown) x 9, (dark red) x 1, (light brown) x 3, (green) x 1, (brown) x 1, (dark red) x 2, (blue) x 6 (24 squares)  
↙ Row 27 [RS]: (blue) x 6, (dark red) x 2, (brown) x 1, (light brown) x 3, (dark red) x 2, (light brown) x 8, (green) x 1 (23 squares)  
↗ Row 28 [WS]: (green) x 1, (light brown) x 7, (mid red) x 1, (dark red) x 2, (light brown) x 3, (blue) x 8 (22 squares)  
↙ Row 29 [RS]: (blue) x 7, (light brown) x 3, (dark red) x 2, (mid red) x 2, (light brown) x 7 (21 squares)  
↗ Row 30 [WS]: (light brown) x 6, (mid red) x 3, (dark red) x 2, (light brown) x 3, (blue) x 6 (20 squares)  
↙ Row 31 [RS]: (blue) x 5, (light brown) x 3, (dark red) x 3, (mid red) x 3, (light brown) x 5 (19 squares)  
↗ Row 32 [WS]: (light brown) x 4, (mid red) x 4, (dark red) x 2, (blue) x 1, (light brown) x 3, (blue) x 4 (18 squares)  
↙ Row 33 [RS]: (blue) x 3, (light brown) x 3, (blue) x 1, (brown) x 1, (light red) x 1, (dark red) x 1, (mid red) x 4, (light brown) x 3 (17 squares)  
↗ Row 34 [WS]: (light brown) x 2, (mid red) x 5, (dark red) x 2, (brown) x 1, (blue) x 1, (light brown) x 3, (blue) x 2 (16 squares)  
↙ Row 35 [RS]: (blue) x 1, (light brown) x 3, (blue) x 1, (brown) x 1, (blue) x 1, (dark red) x 2, (brown) x 1, (mid red) x 4, (light brown) x 1 (15 squares)  
↗ Row 36 [WS]: (blue) x 1, (mid red) x 1, (light red) x 2, (mid red) x 1, (brown) x 1, (dark red) x 1, (blue) x 1, (green) x 1, (blue) x 2, (light brown) x 3 (14 squares)  
↙ Row 37 [RS]: (light brown) x 2, (blue) x 3, (green) x 1, (blue) x 1, (brown) x 1, (blue) x 1, (mid red) x 3, (blue) x 1 (13 squares)  
↗ Row 38 [WS]: (blue) x 5, (brown) x 1, (blue) x 1, (green) x 1, (blue) x 3, (light brown) x 1 (12 squares)  
↙ Row 39 [RS]: (blue) x 4, (green) x 1, (blue) x 6 (11 squares)  
↗ Row 40 [WS]: (blue) x 6, (green) x 1, (blue) x 3 (10 squares)  
↙ Row 41 [RS]: (blue) x 9 (9 squares)  
↗ Row 42 [WS]: (blue) x 8 (8 squares)  
↙ Row 43 [RS]: (blue) x 7 (7 squares)  
↗ Row 44 [WS]: (blue) x 6 (6 squares)  
↙ Row 45 [RS]: (blue) x 5 (5 squares)  
↗ Row 46 [WS]: (blue) x 4 (4 squares)  
↙ Row 47 [RS]: (blue) x 3 (3 squares)  
↗ Row 48 [WS]: (blue) x 2 (2 squares)  
↙ Row 49 [RS]: (blue) x 1 (1 square)  

 Don’t forget to share your completed basket of apples squares with me!

THE HARVEST BLANKET CAL

The Harvest Blanket CAL is being hosted by E’Claire Makery during November 2022. Until the end of November you can get the pdf version of this basket of apples pattern as a free direct download.

There are 2 ways of joining in the CAL:

  1. Purchase the E-book which contains all 12 squares – the charts and written instructions. You get immediate access to all of the charts. At only $10 this is a great option!
  2. Work each chart as they become free on the designer’s blogs. Please note there is no requirement for the pdf patterns to be free during this event! 

Once you know which option you would like, click the relevant button below:

You may also like:

Hay bale Square – free on the blog.
Community Garden Blanket CAL
Olive Square – part of the Kinship CAL 2022


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