The yarn is from my stash. It is a superwash wool in worsted weight, but I do not remember the brand.
I think, I will gift this in a brown paper bag. Fitting, no? It is for the same teacher who lent me her spinning wheel. I believe, she will appreciate it.
Here is how I did it:
I started out with a small ring of 5 slip stitches that I increased with single crochet (increasing every stitch) until I had a disk 12 sts around. I placed a marker to show the beginning of a round. Then I increased 4 sts * every round until I had 60 sts. After that I went straight for 2 rows, crocheting back and forth from this point to create an opening. In the following rows I decreased 4 stitches every other row. When I had only 12 stitches left, I crocheted a small loop and cast off.
The stem I made with 5 slip stitches, turned and then stitched 1 single crochet into every loop. For the leaf I made 3 slip stitches, crocheted in single crochet 2 rounds, increased to 6 sts the next round, continued straight for a few rounds and decreased until I had 1 stitch left.
The embroidery is a simple back stitch. I folded the leaf in the middle lengthwise and stitched it together in the end to give it more shape before I attached it to the apple.
* stitch 3 increase 1, repeat ; next row: stitch 4 increase 1, repeat; next row: stitch 5 increase 1, repeat etc.