Crochet Fruit Slice Keychains – A step-by-Step Tutorial for Beginners

In between huge and never-ending projects, it’s so rewarding to relax with a few quick wins. And that’s what I did yesterday. I grabbed some scrap yarn and made these quick and easy crochet fruit slice keychains!

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Match your keychain with a fun fruit slice coin purse!

While making my keychains, I realized that to crochet neat fruit slices that look professional, you need a few techniques that might scare off a crochet beginner:

  1. For example, how to crochet in the round;
  2. And how to make a crochet invisible join so that there is no step in between two rounds;
  3. Join new yarn into your project without stress!

So, I thought that it would be useful to share this tutorial, in which I really wanted to guide crochet beginners through all the steps to crochet some cute and fun fruit slice keychains.

Learning these techniques will also help you improve your Amigurumi making, as these are all skills required for making a professional-looking toy, animal, or doll.

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How to Crochet Easy Fruit Slices Keychains - For Beginners - Step-by-Step Tutorial - Raffamusa Designs

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Back To School Keychain Bundle

The pattern of the Fruit Slices Keychains is featured in the Back to School Keychain Bundle organized by Christina from Creative Snugglies.

This bundle is all about crochet keychains patterns for kids and their new school year! You’ll find anything from tiny coin purses to fruit and apples, to light bulbs to school buses.

Take a look at all 19 patterns included HERE!

Back to School Keychain Blog Hop

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MATERIALS

  • 2.5 mm (C USA, 12 UK) Crochet Hook
  • Sport (2, Fine) Weight Yarn. I used Schachenmayr Catania.
  • Black Embroidery Floss
  • One Stitch Marker (to work in the round)
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Tapestry Needle
  • One Metal Split Keyring with a Short Chain

COLOR REFERENCE

For my keychains, I used Schachenmayr Catania in the following colors:

  • White – Natur (00105)
  • Orange – Orange (00281) or Mango (00411)
  • Yellow – Vanille (00403)
  • Pink – Pink (00225)
  • Green – Greenery (00418)
  • Brown – Marone (00157)
Crochet Fruit Slice Keychains - Free Tutorial for Beginners - Raffamusa Designs

Yardage

6.3 yds, 5.8 m per keychain

Size

Each keychain measures 2” (5 cm) by 1″ (2.5 cm).

Gauge

This pattern is too small to accurately determine the gauge.

CROCHET ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS)

Ch – Chain
Inc – Increase
MC – Magic Circle
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
Yo – Yarn over

SPECIAL STITCHES

Increase (Inc)
One increase consists of two sts worked in the same indicated st.

Invisible Join
Find a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a crochet invisible join here.

Magic Circle (MC)
Learn how to crochet a magic circle or adjustable ring in this free tutorial.

Pattern Notes

  • If the pattern says “sc 2”, it means that you have to crochet 1 sc into each of the next 2 sts.
  • (…) – Repeat the instruction within brackets for the indicated number of times.
  • The stitch count is indicated within brackets at the end of each round’s instructions.
  • This pattern is worked in the round. This means that you do not join with a sl st. Instead, you start crocheting the next round directly in the first st of the previous round.

Crochet Fruit Slice Keychains – General Pattern

Below, you can find the general pattern used for all the Fruit Slice Keychains. Refer to the table below for the color scheme specific to each fruit.

Make a MC.

Round 1. Sc 6 in MC (6 sts)
Round 2. Sc inc 6. (12 sts)
Round 3. (Sc inc 1, sc 1) 6 times. (18 sts)
Round 4. Sc 1, sc inc 1, (sc 2, sc inc 1) 5 times, sc 1. (24 sts)
Round 5. (Sc inc 1, sc 3) 6 times. (30 sts)
Round 6. Sc 2, sc inc 1, (sc 4, sc inc 1) 5 times, sc 2. (36 sts)
Round 7. (Sc inc 1, sc 5) 6 times. (42 sts)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.
Weave in all your other ends.

Color Scheme for Each Crochet Fruit

RoundKiwiOrangeLemonWatermelon
1WhiteWhiteWhitePink
2WhiteOrangeYellowPink
3GreenOrangeYellowPink
4GreenOrangeYellowPink
5GreenOrangeYellowPink
6GreenWhiteWhiteWhite
7BrownOrangeYellowGreen
Crochet Fruit Slices Keychains – Raffamusa Designs

Step-by-Step Tutorial

Here, we will take the kiwi slice keychain as an example to understand how to work in the round and join a new yarn color.

Kiwi Slice – Step-by-Step

With white yarn, make a MC.

Round 1. Sc 6 in MC. Pull the tail of the MC tightly to close the ring. (6 sts)

Round 2. Start crocheting Round 2 directly in the first sc of Round 1.

  • 1. Identify the first st of Round 1.
  • 2. Make the first sc of Round 2 in the first st of Round 1.
  • 3. Mark the first st of Round 2 with a st marker. This way, you will always know where your round starts (and the next one should end!).
  • 4. Make one more sc in the first st of Round 1, and complete round 2 by working 5 more sc inc.
How to Crochet a Kiwi Fruit Keychain - Round 2 - Raffamusa Designs

Fasten off the white yarn and make an invisible join.

The reason why you need to make an invisible join is that it will avoid that unpleasant step between two rounds in different colors!

Color Change Without vs. With the Invisible Join - Raffamusa Designs

Join green yarn in any st from Round 2.

How to Join New Yarn

To join the new yarn:

  • 1. Hold the new color behind your work.
  • 2. Insert your hook in the st where you want to join the yarn with a movement from front to back, and yo with the new yarn.
  • 3. Pull up a loop.
  • 4. Ch 1.
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Round 3. (Sc inc 1, sc 1) 6 times. (18 sts)

Round 4. Start crocheting Round 4 directly in the first sc of Round 3. Sc 1, sc inc 1, (sc 2, sc inc 1) 5 times, sc 1. (24 sts)

How to Crochet a Kiwi Fruit Slice Keychain - Round 4 - Raffamusa Designs

Round 5. (Sc inc 1, sc 3) 6 times. (30 sts)

Round 6. Sc 2, sc inc 1, (sc 4, sc inc 1) 5 times, sc 2. (36 sts)

Fasten off the green yarn and make an invisible join.

Join brown yarn in any st of Round 6.

Round 7. (Sc inc 1, sc 5) 6 times. (42 sts)

Fasten off leaving a long tail (approximately 8″, 20 cm) for sewing your keychain. Make an invisible join to finish the last round.

Weave in all your other ends with the exception of the last, long one.

Finishing

Kiwi & Watermelon
With a length of embroidery floss, embroider a few seeds between rounds 3 and 4 for the kiwi, and between rounds 4 and 5 for the watermelon.

Orange and Lemon
With some white yarn, make a few long sts between round 1 and round 6.

Crochet Fruit Slices - Raffamusa Designs

Assembling

  • 1. With the right side out, fold the fruit slice in half.
  • 2. Using the long tail of yarn from Round 7, join the sts of Round 7. Insert your needle through the inner loop of the first st on one half of the fruit slice with a movement from the center of the fruit slice to the outside.
  • 3. With a movement in the opposite direction, insert your needle through the inner loop of the first st on the other half of the fruit slice.
  • 4. Keep repeating steps 2 and 3 until all the sts are joined.
Sew the fruit slice after folding it in half

Open up the metal loop at the base of your keychain holder, and attach it to one end of your fruit slice. Insert back the last ring of the metal chain of the keyholder, and tighten the metal ring.

Assemble your fruit slice keychain

YOUR CROCHET Fruit Slice Keychains are READY!

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Stash Busting Challenge

The pattern of the Fruit Slice Keychains was part of the Stash Busting Challenge, organized by Hortense from Knitting with Chopsticks.

The challenge featured many beautiful and quick patterns that are perfect to use all the leftover yarns. So, make sure to check Hortense’s post to find your next stash-busting project!

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