One of my all-time favourite wardrobe items is a silk and cashmere cardigan by Alana Hill that I’ve owned for about 7 years (bought when Alana Hill still made luxurious garments and not the disappointing polyester items you find now). I’ve worn it until it’s almost falling apart. My favourite part of it? It’s covered in crochet cherries! A few years ago I decided another of my cardigans needed cherries and so created a few crochet cherry brooches. I sold a few of them on Etsy and then started to teach myself letterpress, and so the brooches were put to the side.
But today I decided that one of Munchkin’s onesie/ bodysuit needed a little decoration and pulled out one of my brooches. I’ve re-worked the pattern and I’ve decided to share it with you. They’re quick to do and look fabulous as brooches, sewn onto clothing, glued onto cards… the options are endless. All that’s required is a 2.5 mm crochet hook and some thread.
Crochet Cherry Pattern
In the colour you have selected for the Cherry (I used DMC 351 Embroidery thread as I needed such a little bit of thread for this project, I love the colour and it’s beautifully soft) and using a 2.5mm crochet hook create a ‘Magic Ring’. ch 3 and tr 17 into the Magic Ring. Pull the Magic ring tight and join to third ch using the Invisible Fasten Off Method.
- Using the red yarn and the 3mm crochet hook provided create a magic ring. Work ch 3 and tr 17 into the magic ring.
- Pull the magic ring tight and join to third ch, fasten off and weave in the ends. Repeat steps one and two to create two cherries.
- In the green yarn and using the 3mm crochet hook provided; leave a tail about 13 centimeters long and ch 16. Starting with 2nd ch from hook,** hdc in next ch, dc into next 2 ch, tr in next ch, dc into next 2 ch, hdc into next ch***, sl st into next ch.
- Repeat from ** to ***, ch 2.
- Turn work to start work on reverse side of chain. Repeat from ** to ***, sl st into next ch, repeat from ** to ***, ch 2 and connect to first chain, fasten off.
- Take both the start and end tails and backstitch through the holes left by the center chain to create the leaf ‘veins’. Weave in the ends.
- Using the green yarn, create a slip stitch and pull through to the front of the cherry, leave knot and tail on the back and pull the working yarn to the front.
- Ch 5. Pull last chain through to back of 1st cherry.
- Ch 1, finish off.
- Repeat steps 7 to 9 with second cherry. Weave in the ends.
Now you’re ready to sew it onto whatever garment you’d like. I used a single thread of the matching DMC Embroidery thread to stitch my cherries to this cute onesie/ bodysuit from The White Company.