Sunday, November 29, 2009

Amigurumi: Crocheted Fruit Keychains

Ever heard of geocaching? It's a game where you use your GPS to find "caches" - containers of varying sizes - that have been hidden outside all over the world. Inside the container is a log where you sign your username to show that you've found it, and also sometimes there are trade items. You can take an item out of the cache as long as you leave another item of equal or greater value. Generally the items are small toys or random dollar store items. I thought it would be fun to come up with something different to leave in the caches that I visit, so I made these amigurumi crocheted fruit keychains.



They were a little difficult to photograph, but the fruits are (clockwise from left): cherries, orange, apple, lime, and lemon. The shapes are so simple that you don't really need a pattern for them. The cherries, orange, and apple are all simple spheres and the lemon and lime are spheres with a few extra rounds in the middle and the first and last rounds of six stiches repeated to give their ends the points. I did use a pattern for the leaves, it can be found on the blog Crochet and Other Stuff. You will also find a pattern for a crocheted apple there; I didn't use that exact pattern (my spheres had 24 stitches in their largest round) but what can I say, a sphere's a sphere!

I couldn't find any keychains for sale in my area so I just ordered some online. I got 50 of them for $13.50 which was a pretty good deal.

I also made little tags out of shrink plastic (aka Shrinky Dinks) to put on the keychains with the name of the website (geocaching.com) and my username (blacked out for privacy):



All in all, these were easy and quick to make and will hopefully be a fun thing to find for the next person who visits the cache!

4 comments:

Erika Jean said...

Oh my goodness! I hope I find one of these gems in a cache ;-)

I saw that you said you were from SE Arizona... where abouts? I'm in Tucson ;-) (ErikaJean on geocaching.com)

Theresa E. said...

This would be cool to do if I knew how to crochet!! Haha...cool idea for swag :D

P.J. said...

As someone who collects signature items when caching, this is a really cool one. Nice work!

Cathy said...

Thanks so much, I'm glad y'all like them!

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