This is a quick pattern for a lemon, lime, orange, or citrus slice to add on top of your cozies!
In the past, I have crocheted these with Cascade 220, since it comes in so many great colors, but I modified the pattern a little bit for a more regular worsted weight yarn, like Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, because it is more accessible in stores.
For any kind of citrus slice, there will usually be three colors: A) the fruit flesh color, which is general more pale than the skin, B) white, or the rind color, C) the skin color.
– H/8 5.0mm crochet hook
– Worsted weight yarn in 3 colors as described above. Here’s a list of specific yarn that I used:
- Lemon Slice: A) Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in Lemon, B) Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in White, C) Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted in Lemon
- Lime Slice: A) Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Lime, B) Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in White, C) Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Kelly Green
- Orange Slice: A) Knit Picks Brava Worsted in Caution, B) Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in White, C) Knit Picks Brava Worsted in Orange
– tapestry needle
Exact gauge is not essential to this project, but this is the approximate gauge that I work in:
16 sc x 18 rows = 4 inches x 4 inches
rnd(s) = round(s)
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sl st =slip stitch
YO = yarn over
( ) = work everything in the parentheses into the next stitch
[ ] = repeat what is inside the brackets the number of times indicated
With A, make magic circle or ch 3 and sl st to 1st ch to form loop.
Row 1: Ch 1 and work 6 sc into loop. (6) Don’t join your rounds. While you are creating a circle, you’ll be working in turned rows in order to make a slit in the circle so that we can twist the whole slice later.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. [(2 sc)] 6 times. (12)
Row 3: Ch 1, turn. [(2 sc), 1 sc] 6 times. (18)
Row 4: Ch 1, turn. [(2 sc), 2 sc] 6 times. (24) Break off A, leaving a long tail (18 inches) for sewing your Citrus Twist to your cozy later. Join B.
Row 5: Ch 1, turn. [(2 sc), 3 sc] 6 times. (30) Break off B, leaving an arm length of yarn to create the white wedge lines. Join C.
Row 6: Ch 1, turn. [(2 sc), 4 sc] 6 times. (36) Break off. Weave in your short ends, but leave the long tails from A and B.
1. With a tapestry needle and your long tail from B, create the white wedge lines in your slice. I use the same technique to do this as I do in my pattern for the grapefruit scarf. You should weave the yarn through a few stitches first to begin your first line. Here is the diagram.
2. Now you’re ready to sew your Citrus Twist to the top of a tissue cozy. Twist the free ends of the slice into opposite directions to create the curl, and then sew the slice with the long tail from A into the cozy in a straight line where the slice touches the cozy. You will probably have to weave the lime green yarn through a bit so that the curly ends can remain unsewn and free to curl up. I arrange all my citrus twists first before sewing down, so that I can get an idea of where they will all fit, and then pin them into place. Be aware of hole for the tissue and don’t sew anything over it!