Crocheting a fruit, vegetable or flower stem for an applique, pillow or toy is not complicated. Adding a stem helps your work look more realistic. Grab some green or brown coloured yarn, a crochet hook and you are ready to liven up your project chosoing from several different ways.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Crochet hook
- Pipe cleaners
- Clothesline rope
- Large-eyed blunt needle
Crochet a chain of three, slip stitch through the chain loops back to the first chain and join with a slip stitch to an applique or small crocheted piece of fruit. The beginning yarn tail can add to the stem effect.
Work a chain of ten crochet stitches and put the hook in the top stitch of the project fruit or vegetable, making a loop out of the chain. Work a slip stitch to join the chained loop to the top of the crocheted produce. Turn the entire piece (fruit or vegetable) and work several single crochet stitches around the chained loop to the top. Make a slip stitch to the top to join and fasten off. Hide the yarn end inside the stem using a smaller crochet hook.
Make a bendable stem for an apple or pumpkin project by taking a pipe cleaner (the same colour as the stem yarn) and cut it to size. If you want a thicker stem, use several pipe cleaners together. Again, the stem should proportionally be the correct size to the fruit project. Make a slipknot of yarn at the end of the pipe cleaner. Leave a length of yarn hanging off to sew the finished stem onto the project. Work single crochet stitches around the pipe cleaner to the end going from right to left. Make a slipstitch at the end of the pipe cleaner to hide wire. Fasten off. Sew the covered pipe cleaner stem underneath the crocheted flower by attaching it with a large-eyed blunt needle.
Crochet a long, thin stem for a crocheted flower by cutting a length of ecru coloured clothesline rope. It should be the correct size and length, proportionately, to the flower. Take the rope and tie a slipknot in the end of the green or brown yarn, leaving a long yarn tail to later sew the rope to the crocheted flower. Going right to left, work single crochet stitches along the length of rope to the end. Make one or two slip stitches over the end of the rope to hide the ecru coloured rope end. Fasten off. Attach the covered rope stem underneath the crocheted flower by sewing it with matching stem yarn and a large-eyed blunt needle. Use a regular sewing needle and matching stem cotton if you need to attach it with an even stronger hold to the crocheted flower.
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