Mother’s Day: Strawberry by Amanda Berry

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Amanda Berry is a designer known for her super sweet and accessible patterns. This week, our Knit-by-Bit is her absolutely adorable strawberry key chain perfect for a quick Mother’s Day gift!

Strawberry knitting pattern by Amanda Berry - this weeks' Knit by Bit project and a free pattern download at LoveKnitting!

Everyone loves strawberries – they are the sweetest little berries, and they look so beautiful, it’s a perfect fruit to recreate in yarn! These little strawberry key chains are perfect to create for a gift – especially for mother’s day, where they can dangle happily from a set of keys and remind the recipient just how much  you love them!

I’ve had my eye on this key chain for a few weeks now, and I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to knit one up. The pattern requires some intermediate knowledge, like the cable cast on and making icord. Still, this darling little strawberry is a snap to knit up – you can definitely take it from start to finish in one evening.

Amanda Berry's knitted strawberry: this week's Knit by Bit and a free pattern download at LoveKnitting!Click this image to download the pattern

For this project, I pulled some surprisingly pink yarn out of my stash – one ball of Paintbox Yarns Simply DK in Raspberry Pink. I poked around for some green DK yarn that would suit my needs. I dove into the mammoth stash, and when I came up for air I had a ball of Stylecraft Special DK in Cypress. For many knitting projects, mixing yarns can cause huge problems with tension and gauge – but for this little strawberry, it’s okay to bust your stash and use oddments of yarn. I even used oddments of yarn to stuff it as well!

This pattern is knitted flat and seamed up with the mattress stitch, which is much easier than trying to knit something this small in the round. You start off with 9 stitches and increase as you go. The pattern is very clear and concise, thanks to Amanda Berry’s expertise!

My favorite part of this pattern was making the leaves using a cable cast on method – it’s so clever and neat, and much easier than you might imagine.

Knitted strawberry pattern by Amanda Berry: read more at LoveKnitting!

And there you have it!  A sweet strawberry key chain for Mother’s Day!

Amanda Berry is known for her adorable patterns, from vikings to pear pincushions, and everything in between. She’s offered this pattern as a free download, but make sure you check out all of her fabulously clever patterns for tons of inspiration!

What do you think of this strawberry knitting pattern? Tell me in the comments!

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