It’s time for the second cookie in our Great Cookie Countdown: the spritz! Spritz are a vanilla-flavored butter cookie from Germany and Scandinavia. “Spritz” or “sprintzen” in German means “to squirt,” which describes how the cookie is made. The dough is loaded into a cookie press and a trigger is pulled to squirt the dough through a metal template at the end of the barrel, which molds the cookie into a decorative shape, such as a wreath, flower, or star.
Crocheting in the back loop for every row creates a beautiful rib pattern that imitates the design of a spritz wreath. Traditionally these cookies are red, green, white, or beige, but feel free to use whatever color strikes your fancy. Add some sprinkles if you like by sewing on seed beads.
Spritz Wreath Cookie Crochet Pattern…
Finished size: 2” in diameter and 3/4” tall
Small amount of worsted weight yarn in beige (Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand in Beige) or the color of your choice
G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook
For optional sprinkles:
Glass seed beads in red and green, size 10/0 (2.3 mm)
Beige thread (Gutermann 100mm 100% polyester, 1480121)
Ch 9, leaving a long tail.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 2: Sc in BL only of each st across, ch 1, turn.
Rep row 2 until piece measures 4”. Do not BO
Fold fabric in half, bringing short ends together.
Sc the two ends together by inserting the hook through the BL and coming up through the BL on the other end of your fabric. Then yo and pull through first 2 loops on the hook. Yo and pull through last 2 loops.
BO, leaving a long tail.
Using tapestry needle, thread one of the tails through the spaces between rows on the edge of the tube.
Pull tight to close.
Repeat on the opposite end. BO this tail only and work in end.
Hold the tube between your fingers and squish.
Using the rest of the remaining tail, sew the two ends together through the ribs. Go down through one rib…
…and out through the rib below it on the other side.
Then thread the yarn through the hole and pull to bring the ribs together.
Feel free to use another color for your spritz or decorate with sprinkles by sewing on seed beads.