From the artistic to the kitsch

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:

After looking online I decided to make up my own pattern that I could freely copy and distribute to group members.

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:

Pudding

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

Cast off

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.

Berry

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.

 

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11 Responses to From the artistic to the kitsch

  1. Tiffany says:

    Would love these other patterns!!

  2. Jean Logie says:

    Would love to have other patterns

  3. Anne Thomas says:

    I would love to see the other patterns. We have just reopened our local library and need to raise funds quickly. I love your cream egg covers as well. We are also trying to organise a knit and natter group.

    • Tess says:

      Anne, Good luck with your library fundraising. My local library was a real haven when I was growing up so I really do appreciate the the importance of what you are doing.

  4. Tess says:

    Ok guys, I’m on it and will let you know a soon as they’re available… Hopefully within the week, just need to re-knit to checkand photograph.

  5. Rochelle says:

    Have you published the other patterns yet?… They are the cutest…

  6. val161 says:

    Did I miss the further patterns? found a link but its no longer available.?

  7. elsiejackie says:

    We are on our way to knitting 200 for the St Giles Hospice book Shop, in Sutton Coldfield.
    Have you a pattern for making snowballs, which I saw some time ago?
    Now we need a cheap supply of Ferrero Rocher!
    Elsie jackie

  8. Tess Young says:

    It would be wonderful if those of you who are making the puddings, snowmen and santas for fundraising could send/post some pictures of them, so we could all see. Pictures with people if they give permission or of stall tables in context would be great. 🙂

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