These are great for lunchboxes and backpacks! I have homeschooled my kids for about 4 years now, but I am sending them to a charter school this year. Uniforms and sack lunches! Yay! (Haha) Since kids tend to be rough with their backpacks, they often end up with bruised fruit at lunch. This cuts down on that significantly! Plus, it's cute! ;) I made these up in about 15 minutes - and that includes writing the pattern and getting my daughter a drink. SUPER fast!
Magic Circle (or ch 3 and join to make circle)
R1: Ch 2 (counts as first sc). 7 sc in center (total of 8 sc). Join with sl st.
R2: Ch 2 (counts as first sc). 1 sc in same st. 2 sc in each st around. Join with sl st.
R3: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1). Dc in same st. *Sk 1 st. Dc, ch1, dc in next st.* Repeat to end. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch 4.
R4: Sl st in next sp. Ch 3. 2 dc in same sp. 3 dc in each space around (3dc cluster). Join with sl st in top of ch 3.
R5: Sl st in next st (center st of a 3dc cluster). Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1). Dc in same st. *Sk 2 st. Dc, ch 1, dc in next st.* Repeat to end. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch 4.
R6-R7: Repeat R4 & R5.
R8: Ch 2. Sc in each st. Do not join. Tie off and hide ends.
Using blunt yarn needle and long piece of yarn, weave yarn under both loops of sc stitches, beginning with needle going from outside to inside of apple cover on first stitch, then inside to outside on next stitch. Repeat this all the way around. Leave a long tail to use to tie up when an apple is inside.