Marie (a.k.a. CraftyMarie) has created hundreds of online craft pages. She writes many fun tutorials, mostly for adult crafters.
Crochet Sweet Strawberries for Summer Decorations With Your Leftover Yarn
When I think of summer, strawberries are always right at the front of my mind. These deliciously sweet fruits, with their plump and juicy flesh and beautiful green leaves, make a wonderful theme for decorations and gifts that you can crochet. Because they are small, you can use up leftover bits of yarn to make them.
This is a detailed step-by-step photo tutorial which teaches you how to crochet some stuffed plush strawberries. When you are done, you can display these mini fruits in a bowl as home décor, use them as decorative elements for clothes, hats and fashion accessories or hang them up as part of a garland. The pattern is my own.
Some of the Items You'll Need
You can use leftover red and green yarn that you have to make these small fruits because they only take a small amount of yarn. You could even use a pink instead of the red, so long as you just use yarns that are about the same thickness.
I made use of some yellow yarn for the pip detail which was sewn in with a blunt-ended darning needle. For this crochet pattern, I used my favorite 4 mm/G hook. This is the soft touch hook by Clover and is perfect for the short stitches that are being used here.
- Some red or pink yarn
- Some green yarn in a similar weight
- Yellow yarn or embroidery thread
- Toy polyester stuffing
- Darning needle
- Sewing pins
- Crochet hook – I used size 4 mm/G
Free Crochet Strawberry Pattern With Photo Instructions
Techniques used: working in the round, sc2tog/decreasing, stuffing the 3d design, sewing straight stitches, sewing one piece of crochet amigurumi on top of another
US crochet terms used: You can easily substitute the US SC stitch for UK DC to make this design.
In addition to the crochet strawberry pattern, I have included a very helpful video that can help you further with how to crochet in the round. You need to know this crochet technique for this tutorial. The video is provided for you if you need that extra help in this area.
With the color yarn for the body of your strawberry, make a chain 4 loop to start working in the round or alternatively a magic ring.
If you are not used to working in the round, this means that you chain 4 and then insert the hook back down into the first chain that was made and slip stitch into it to make a circular chain that you start crocheting into.
Row 1) work 6 sc into the middle of your chain for a total of 6 stitches.
Row 2) 1 sc into each stitch for a total of 6 stitches.
Your pattern should naturally start curving inwards as you work to make a cone shape. The front should always face you with a continuous round so the back will form the inside of your finished piece.
Using a stitch marker can come in very useful with this pattern.
Row 3) work 2 sc into each stitch around which increases your total row count to 12 stitches.
Row 4) work 1 sc into each stitch for a total of 12.
Row 5) *1 sc then 2 sc worked into the next stitch; keep repeating from * to the end of the row for a total of 18 stitches.
Row 6) *2 sc then work 2 sc into the next stitch; repeat from * to the end of the row for a total of 24 stitches.
Rows 7-9) 1 sc into each stitch around for a total of 24 stitches at the end of each row.
Start to stuff your strawberry at this point. If you've never used toy stuffing like Poly-Fil or made a plush item before, the most common mistake is not using enough stuffing.
You nearly always need more stuffing than you think. Pack it in firmly using your fingers or the blunt end of a pen. Push it down so it sits below the line of your top row of stitches.
You might need to push the stuffing down a little to move it out of the way of your hook as you start decreasing. This will create the top or fat end of this fruit where the stalk is going on top.
Row 10) *2 sc then sc2tog; repeat from * until the end of the row for a total of 18 stitches.
Row 11) *1 sc, sc2tog; repeat * to end of the row for a total of 12 stitches.
Finish stuffing and pack it in firmly.
After you've decreased as much as you can, cut off and leave enough thread so you can sew in the thread to the top of your fruit. This part will be hidden so it does not need to look perfect.
Row 12) sc2tog until the end of the row for a total of 6 stitches.
Row 13) *sc2tog; do this * twice then fasten off and sew in the end of your yarn.
Use a darning needle and some yellow yarn or embroidery thread to sew in small straight stitches to represent the pip detailing that you get on this fruit. This part is optional but it really makes the finished piece look better.
I sew in some random small stitches working around the item from one end to the other. You can start at the plump end of the strawberry if you like since that area is where the green top is going to be sewn.
Now start on the green stalk area. Make a chain 4 loop for working in the round, exactly as you did back in step 1 for the body.
I have put in extra photos here because this area though simple to make once you grasp the idea of chaining up and down is best shown with the extra photos for you to see how it forms the shape. The written instructions do not necessarily match to the photo in this section since I've added in extra for you.
Row 1) Work 6 sc into the loop for a total of 6 stitches.
Row 2) *1 sc then 2 sc in the next st; repeat from * to the end of the row for a total of 9 stitches.
Row 3) *2 sc then 2 sc in the next st; repeat from * to the end of the row for a total of 12 stitches.
This part of the pattern looks complex but is really easy once you understand the concept. You are essentially creating tiny leafy areas by chaining up and away from the circle of crochet and then you are crocheting back down this little leaf part and back to the circle.
Row 4) 1 sc *1 sc, ch4 up, slip stitch into the 2nd chain down from the hook, 2 sc down the chain, 1 sc in the next stitch, 1 sc, ch6 up, slip stitch into the 2nd chain down from the hook, 4 sc down the chain, 1 sc in the next stitch; repeat from * all the way around the row to make your stalk area and then slip stitch to fasten off.
Once done, your stalk should look very similar to the photo here.
Pin your completed top to the fat end of the strawberry. You then need to stitch it in place with the same color green yarn and a darning needle.
I try to make my stitches follow the stitches of the crochet and also fill in any gaps on the top with the green yarn which neatens the whole thing off.
If you need a little loop for hanging your completed item onto a garland or a piece of ribbon to make an ornament, you'll need to sew a small loop into the top middle of the strawberry while you are sewing the top on.
Just push the needle through the top middle area, then bring it back down and initially through the same area before pushing the tip of the needle through another section of the top. Do not pull the length of yarn completely through as you need to leave a small amount to form the loop. Hold on to this loop while you work the next stitch.
When you've finished stitching the top on, knot off somewhere securely under the green section and snip the yarn. Enjoy making all your wonderful summer strawberries.
Life Is Like a Bowl of Strawberries
Now that I know how to crochet in the round, it has opened up a whole world of possibilities for making amigurumi, stuffed items, creatures and dolls. Making a small fruit like a strawberry is not really that hard at all. Even if you've never made a stuffed item before, you should be able to follow my directions and photos here since they are so detailed.
I made my strawberries with little loops of yarn on top because I'm planning to use them for a summer party garland, but you can easily leave this out if you just want decorations that don't require any kind of hanging.
While you can find many patterns on this fruit online, this particular one is my own, and I spent a long time getting the exact shape I wanted, especially for the little bit of greenery on top which I made specifically to cover over the area of decreasing which often looks a little messy on crocheted items.
I hope you enjoy this free tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it for you!
© 2014 Marie
Your Comments - Will you be doing some strawberry crafts for summer?
VioletteRose LM on June 01, 2014:
Wow this looks great!
jolou on May 26, 2014:
How sweet! I love strawberries, and eagerly look forward to the first crop being ready, which should be in another week or two. Lovely craft idea.