Apple for the Teacher

2 + 3/4" tall
Size 10 crochet cotton thread
2 + 1/2" plastic apple
Steel crochet hook #7.
Bottom Half:
Rnd 1: Ch 4, sl st in first ch to form a ring, ch 1, sc in ring, ( ch 5, sc in ring ) 7 times, ch 2, join with a dc in first sc. ( ch 2 and joining dc count as ch sp ).
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in join ch sp, *( ch 5, sc ) 2 times in next ch sp, rep from * 6 times more, ch 5, sc in joining ch sp, ch 2, join with a dc in first sc. ( 16 ch sps ).
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in joining ch sp, ( ch 5, sc in next ch sp ) around, ch 2, join with a dc in first sc.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in joining ch sp, ch 5, sc in next ch sp : * for Shell, ( dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc ) in next st, sc in next ch sp, ( ch 5, sc in next ch sp ) 3 times, rep from * 2 more times, Shell in next st, sc in next ch sp, ch 5, sc in next ch sp, ch 2, join with dc in first sc. ( 4 Shells, 12 ch sps ).
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in joining ch sp, ch 5, sc in next ch sp, * ch 5, sc in center dc of next Shell, ( ch 5, sc in next ch sp ) 3 times, rep from * 2 more times, ch 5, sc in center dc of last Shell, ch 5, sc in last ch sp, ch 2, join with a dc in first sc. ( 16 ch sps ).
Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in joining ch sp, * Shell in next st, sc in next ch sp, ( ch 5, sc in next ch sp ) 3 times, rep from * 2 more times, Shell in next st, sc in next ch sp, ( ch 5, sc in next ch sp ) 2 times, ch 2, join with a dc in first sc.
Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in joining ch sp, * ch 5, sc in center dc of next Shell, ( ch 5, sc in next ch sp ) 3 times, rep from * 2 more times, ch 5, sc in center dc of last Shell, ( ch 5, sc in next ch sp ) 2 times, ch 5, join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off.
Top Half:
Rnd 1: For stem, ch 10, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in each ch across, ch 4, sl st in last st on stem to form a ring, ch 1, sc in ring, ( ch 4, sc in ring ) 7 times, ch 1, join with dc in first sc. ( 8 ch sps ).
Rnds 2-7: Rep rnds 2-7 of Bottom Half.
Leaf: Ch 12, dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 5 chs, dc in each of next 2 chs, sc in next ch, sl st in last ch ( this is the tip ), working in remaining lps on opposite side of ch 12, sc in each of next 2 lops, hdc in each of next 2 lps, dc in each of next 2 lps, hdc n each of next 2 lps, sc in each of next 2 lps, sl st in top of ch 2. Fasten off.
Finishing: With wrong side of Leaf facing, sew bottom of Leaf to Top Half beside Stem. Stiffen both halves and place over a plastic apple, shaping stem and Leaf. Tack Rnd 7 of both halves when dry.