Having spent the day in Glasgow thinking about the more artistic side of knitting I came home to a more kitsch incarnation of the craft.
This years Blackpool Knitting Group trip to Woolfest was a great success, despite the rain, and a number of group members came home with Cupcake cosied Ferrero Rochers as gifts for friends. These were being sold to raise funds for the local air ambulance charity. Group members expressed an interest in making some to sell to raise group funds, and as our next craft fair is in December we thought a seasonal theme would be appropriate. In pervious years knitted decorations have sold well so we decided to combine the idea of seasonal themed Ferrero Rocher covers that you could hang on the tree. So here’s the first example – a christmas pudding, tree hanging Ferrero Rocher cosy:
I kept it as simple as possible so that even our beginner knitters could have a go. It’s knitted flat in garter stitch then sewn up. The leaves and berries are a little fiddly, but more experienced knitters can help with these if need be. The hanging loop shown is a simple 20 chain crochet chain, but loops can be made from plaiting three strands of yarn if you prefer.
Also you can make cosies without a hanging loop for place settings or table decorations:
So here’s the pattern:
3.25mm (US3) needles and DK yarn
Cast on 13 stitches with white yarn
Knit into the front and back of every stitch = 26 stitches
Knit 4 rows
Change to brown yarn
Knit 10 rows
Next row – (K2, K2tog) repeat to last 2 stitches, K2= 20 stitches
Holly leaves – make 2
Using green yarn cast on 1 stitch
Row 1 – knit
Row 2 – knit 3 times into the stitch = 3 stitches
Row 3 – Knit front and back into the first stitch, K1, Knit front and back into the last stitch = 5 stitches
Row 4 – cast off 1 stitch, K3 = 4 stitches
Row 5 – cast off 1 stitch, K2 = 3 stitches
Row 6 – Knit front and back into the first stitch, K1, Knit front and back into the last stitch = 5 stitches
Row 7 – cast off 1 stitch, K3 = 4 stitches
Row 8 – cast off 1 stitch, K2 = 3 stitches
Row 9 – slip 1 stitch, K2 tog, Pass slip stitch over & bind off.
Using red yarn cast on 3 stitches
Row 1 – Knit in the front and back of every stitch = 6 stitches
Row 2 – purl
Row 3 – K2 tog x 3 = 3 stitches
Cast off purlwise
Sew leaves and berry to pudding – add a hanging loop if desired.
So it’s very simple. It’s offered here freely for you to use for personal and charitable purposes, but not for individual commercial use, please.
If you would like to make a donation for the pattern, I would ask you to consider donating to Kids Company, who work with disadvantaged children and young people. For example, through their £2 Plate Pledge. I have supported the work of Kids Company for a number of years now, and would encourage others to do the same. I’ve even set up a Just Giving Page through which you can donate – http://www.justgiving.com/Tess-Young-Knitting-Designs
Every Little Counts 🙂
Overseas readers may wish to contribute to an organisation closer to home.
I would love to hear if you use the pattern for fundraising or for gifting purposes. I have similar santa, snowman and patterns so if there’s interest I’ll post these up in future post.
Added 23 Oct 2014
For a downloadable PDF with Pudding, Santa and Snowman patterns, please follow this link.
My Just Giving Kids Company page is still active so please feel free to donate to a great cause by following the links above.