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How to crochet an Avocado keyring – Free pattern

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This tutorial will explain how to make the adorable avocado keyring. I adore this little guy – always makes me smile when I see him on my keys!

This tutorial is written in UK terms and uses the following stitches:

Slip stitch, ss: Insert hook, yarn over and pull through both loops.

Double crochet, dc (US single crochet): insert hook, yarn over, pull though space, yarn over again and pull through both loops on the hook.

Half treble crochet, htr (US half double crochet): Yarn over hook, insert into stitch, yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook.

Increase double crochet, inc2dc (US increase single crochet): Work two Dc stitches into the same space.

For this tutorial I will use:

  • 2.5mm hook (I use these hooks)
  • Schachenmayr Catania in Greenery (00418), Golfgruen (00241), Rosa (00246), Zimt (00383).
  • Patons Cotton 4-ply in Black (1712).
  • A pair of 6mm safety eyes (even though these are called safety eyes, they are not safe for children under 3 years of age).
  • Keyring
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Darning needle
  • Toy stuffing

The avocado is made up of two sections which we will double crochet together at the end. The number of stitches at the end of each round/row will be written in brackets.

Making the Avocado Front

Avocado stone – Zimt

Round 1: Make a magic ring and crochet 6dc into the ring. (6)

Round 2: Inc2dc all round (12)

Round 3: dc all round (12)

Round 4: dc all round ss and tie off. (12)

Avocado front – Greenery

The remainder of the avocado front will be continued in light green (Greenery). Join in the light green yarn and continue from round 5.

Round 5: inc2dc x 12 (24)

Round 6: inc2dc, dc x 12 (36)

Round 7: inc2dc, 5dc x 6 (42)

The top of the avocado is completed in rows.

Row 8: 13dc, ss to 14th stitch (14) Turn.

For the remaining rows start from the second stitch of previous row.

Row 9: 2ss, 2dc, 4htr, 2dc, 2ss (12). Turn.

Row 10: 2ss, 2dc, 3htr, 2dc, 2ss (11). Turn.

Row 11: 2ss, inc2dc, 2htr, inc2dc, 2ss (10). Turn.

Row 12: 2ss, 3 inc2dc, 2ss (10). ss to end and tie off.

Here is a good time to add the face to your avocado. The image on the left shows where I add the features. The asterisks are for the eyes and the dots donate the mouth and cheeks.

In order to ensure the facial features stand out and are secure, I like to first, fold the thread in half. I then draw the cotton through the loop as shown in the image below. This keeps the thread secure and minimises the tails I need to sew in at the end.

Making the avocado back

Round 1: Make a magic ring and crochet 6dc into the ring. (6)

Round 2: Inc2dc all round (12)

Round 3: (inc2dc, dc ) x 6 (18)

Round 4: (inc2dc, dc, dc) x 6 (24)

Round 5: (inc2dc, 3dc) x 6 (30)

Round 6: (inc2dc, 4dc) x 6 (36)

Round 7: (inc2dc, 5dc) x 6 (42)

The top of the avocado is completed in rows.

Row 8: 13dc, ss to 14th stitch (14) Turn.

For the remaining rows start from the second stitch of previous row.

Row 9: 2ss, 2dc, 4htr, 2dc, 2ss (12). Turn.

Row 10: 2ss, 2dc, 3htr, 2dc, 2ss (11). Turn.

Row 11: 2ss, inc2dc, 2htr, inc2dc, 2ss (10). Turn.

Row 12: 2ss, 3 inc2dc, 2ss (10). ss to end and tie off.

The back is completed in rounds – this curves the back of the avocado.

Round 13: dc all round. When you reach the regions indicated by the arrows on the image below, dc into the three spaces indicated. (46)

Round 14: dc all round (46). Ss and tie off to finish.

Make sure all ends are securely tied and can be tucked neatly in between the front and back pieces of the avocado. Leave one of the dark green tails outside of the avocado.

Line up the front and back pieces with their wrong sides together. Attach the dark green yarn (Golfgruen) at the base of the avocado and dc all round to join – note when joining the top of the avocado, only dc into the the front loop of the previous stitch. Ss and tie off to finish leaving a long tail of yarn (we will use this to attach our keyring). Remember to add stuffing before completely closing.

In order to create the pulled in look at the top the avocado (as shown below) take the tail of yarn left over from joining the the front and back pieces of the avocado. Using your darning needle thread this through the sides of the avocado at the points indicated by the arrows on the images below.

Finally, after pulling in the sides of your avocado, you need to attach the keyring. Take the thread which you threaded through the sides and pass it through the top of your avocado, pass the thread through the bottom loop of the keyring and back through the top of the avocado. Repeat this process of looping through the keyring and the avocado top a few times until the keyring is secure.

Once secured, draw the thread back through the avocado and out to where you left the dark green thread out earlier. Tie these together and thread back through the avocado to secure.

And there we have it, one happy little avocado!

As always, i’d love to see what you all end up making, you can share them with me via my instagram @SophieStitches_UK

Do you have another tutorial you’d like to see? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

Sophie

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