Squirrel Picnic

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Who Would Bring Crochet Cookies to a Company Cookie Exchange?

Me, that’s who.

I had a great time at the annual cookie exchange with my coworkers. I was so excited that they loved my cookies. It means a lot when your hard work is appreciated. And, oh, all the glorious cookies! I’m blessed to work with such talented bakers.

That brings the Great Cookie Countdown to a close (until next year). Thanks to everyone for checking out my cookie patterns, crocheting cookies of your own, and sharing the patterns and even cookies with your friends. You all are the best.

Merry Christmas, everyone!


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Chocolate Chip Cookie Crochet Pattern

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pattern from Squirrel PicnicMany people would go so far as to argue that the chocolate chip cookie is Santa Claus’s favorite. One little girl I met recently insisted that you have to put chocolate chip cookies out before you go to bed on Christmas Eve, or Santa will just turn right around and go back up the chimney without leaving you a single present. So in case you find yourself cookie-less on Christmas Eve, you better whip up a batch of these chocolate chip cookies. Even if he can’t eat them, maybe Santa will be impressed by your ingenuity and creative spirit and leave that present you’ve got your heart set on.

With this final cookie pattern, I am ready to bring a platter of my crochet Christmas cookies to the company cookie exchange today. I can’t wait to see all their faces! I hope they like them. I’ll bring my camera and take lots of pictures to share with you later this week. See you then!

Visit the Great Cookie Countdown Page for the story behind this series and a complete directory of Christmas cookie ornaments.

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Frosted Snowflake Sugar Cookie Crochet Pattern

Snowflake Frosted Sugar Cookie Free Crochet PatternHave you seen some of the frosted sugar cookies out there this year? So many of them are works of art! If someone offered me cookies as elaborately decorated as these by the folks at Martha Stewart, I’m afraid I might refuse to bite into them lest I spoil their beauty.

I’ve not been so successful with frosted cookies in the past for two reasons: (1) I like to eat cookies more than I like decorating them and (2) I’m really good at making messes. I greatly admire all those bakers who can restrain themselves from eating their fabulous creations long enough to then frost and glaze and ice them with beautiful decorations. I’m just not one of them. Even if I get to the decorating stage of baking, I’m so messy that I feel proud if I can get more frosting on a cookie than on my fingers.

Lucky for me, these crochet frosted snowflake cookies aren’t messy at all! And there’s no reason to be intimidated by that embroidered snowflake design. It’s a piece of cake to do, and I’ve included a step-by-step tutorial to make it even easier.

Visit the Great Cookie Countdown Page for the story behind this series and a complete directory of Christmas cookie ornaments.

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Pizzelle Crochet Pattern

Pizzelle Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel PicnicWhen I was in high school, I had a friend whose family was of Italian origin. About this time every year, she and her mother would make pizzelle  (pronounced like pizza –a +elle). It was almost as fun watching them being made as it was eating them! Although I don’t bake them myself, I have always been intrigued by these delicate cookies.

Pizzelle are a waffle cookie made with butter, flour, sugar, and eggs and flavored with either vanilla, anise, or lemon. The batter is poured into a pizzelle iron (like a waffle iron), which would then be placed on a hot stove — although nowadays most pizzelle irons are electric. The iron stamps a pattern into the dough as it cooks. When I was looking for Christmas cookies to re-create, this was one of the first ones to come to mind. That snowflake pattern was just dying to be done up in yarn.

The pattern is worked in two layers to create the depth needed to make the design pop. Using black tea to stain the bottom half of the cookie before crocheting layer 2 gives it a slightly darker color and really making the design stand out, as it does on the real life cookie. I used a tea with an aroma that I adore and the resulting pizzelle have become wonderful sachets in my home.

Visit the Great Cookie Countdown Page for the story behind this series and a complete directory of Christmas cookie ornaments.

Pizzelle Cookie Crochet Pattern

Difficulty rating 3

Pizzelle Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Finished size = 5″

Materials:

0.5 ounces of worsted-weight yarn in cream (I Love This Yarn in Cream)
D-3 (3.25 mm) crochet hook
2 cups of prepared black tea
Casserole dish or shallow bowl
Tapestry needle

Layer 1:

Note: The 3-ch at the beginning of each round counts as a dc.

Begin with a magic loop.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, 11 dc in ring. Join with slst to top of 3-ch. (12)

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in ea dc around. Join with slst to top of 3-ch. (24)

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next dc, * 2 dc in next dc, dc, rep from * 10 more times. (36)

Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next 2 dcs, * 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dcs, rep from * 10 more times. (48)

Rnd 5: *Sc in next dc, sk 1 st, 5 dc into next dc, sk 1 st, rep from * 11 more times. Slst in first sc to join and BO. Work in ends.

Pizzelle Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Bring 2 cups of water to boil, add tea, and let steep until the tea develops a rich amber color (about 10 minutes). I used Harney & Sons Paris black tea. It has a fruity aroma that turned the pizzelle into a wonderfully fragrant sachet.

Pizzelle Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Arrange the pizzelle in a shallow bowl and pour the tea over them. Let them sit submerged in the tea for 15 minutes or more. Dry completely before continuing with Layer 2.

Pizzelle Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Layer 2:

Note: This layer begins by picking up stitches on the top of Layer 1.

Pizzelle Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Rnd 1: Pull up a loop in the FL of the first dc of Layer 1’s Rnd 1, ch 1. Sc in ea FL around, join with slst to the first ch of the rnd. (12)

Pizzelle Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Rnd 2: Ch 3,

Pizzelle Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

* sk, working in the BL only (tr, ch 10, tr) in next sc,

rep from * 4 more times. Sk, tr, ch 5, dtr into the top of 3-ch at beg of rnd.

Pizzelle Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Rnd 3: * Ch 4, tr into the sp where next two 10-chs in Rnd 2 meet,

Pizzelle Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

ch 4, sc into next 10-ch sp.

Pizzelle Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Rep from * 5 more times. (Instead of final sc, slst into the base of 4-ch at beg of round.)

Pizzelle Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Rnd 4: * Ch 7, sk 4 sts, (sc into next st and post of the sc in Layer 1)

(Instead of final sc, slst into base of 7-ch at beg of rnd).

BO, and work in ends.

Pizzelle Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic


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The Basic Cookie Crochet Pattern

Sugar Cookie with SprinklesI thought we’d start off the Great Cookie Countdown with the easiest and most versatile of the patterns — your basic sugar cookie. Using embellishments like beads or embroidery, you can make a variety of cookies from this one pattern. Later I will show you how to use this pattern to make an iced sugar cookie and a chocolate chip cookie.

Visit the Great Cookie Countdown Page for the story behind this series and a complete directory of Christmas cookie ornaments.

The Basic Cookie Crochet Pattern…

Difficulty rating 1

Finished size: 3″ in diameter and about 1″ tall

Materials:

* If you are making this for a child, please consider embroidering the eyes and sprinkles.

Small amount of worsted weight yarn in beige
(Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand in Beige)
G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook
Polyester Fiberfill (about a golf-ball-size amount for each cookie)
Tapestry needle
Ribbon for hanging (optional)

For optional sprinkles:
Beads — I used size 6/0 (3.3 mm)
Thread

For smiley face:
6 mm black safety eyes or small round black buttons
Black embroidery floss

Gauge:

5 sts = 1”
5 rnds = 1”

Instructions:

Bottom

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. Slst in 1st sc to join. (12)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, * sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Slst in 1st sc to join. (18)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Slst in 1st sc to join. (24)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Slst in 1st sc to join. (30)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, * 4 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Slst in 1st sc to join. (36)

FO and weave in ends.

Top

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (12)

Rnd 3: * sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (18)

Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (24)

Rnd 5: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (30)

Rnd 6: * 4 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (36)

FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Stack top and bottom together with RS facing out. Using the long tail from the top, sew together along the edges. When you’re a little more than halfway around, stuff very lightly before sewing the rest together.

Sugar Cookie

Embroider a design, as if with icing.

Drizzled sugar cookie

Or sew on beads for sprinkles.

Sugar Cookie with Sprinkles2And don’t forget the smiley face!

To proudly display your cookies, you might arrange them on a plate for Santa
or thread a ribbon through a stitch on the edge and hang them on your Christmas tree.


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The Great Cookie Countdown to Christmas Begins!

Crochet Christmas Cookie PlatterEvery year my company holds a Christmas cookie exchange in December. I’ve  participated for several years, but last year I was so busy with the blog that I didn’t have time to do any baking. I even joked with one of my coworkers that I should crochet the cookies instead. So this year, that’s exactly what I’m doing.

I’ve designed 8 different crochet cookies: some of them are American favorites and some are popular all over the world. I’ll publish the patterns over the next few weeks, so you can make these cookies as well. They’ll look very festive on a platter or as ornaments on your tree. And I’ll be sure to let you know how my platter of crocheted cookies goes over at the company cookie exchange.

If you have a favorite cookie that you think I should try to re-create in yarn, let me know. I hope to make this a holiday tradition at the picnic and would love to try to include your cookie next year.

Cookie Directory

Basic Sugar Cookie

Candy Cane Sugar Cookie

Chocolate Chip Cookie

A Christmas Story Leg Lamp Cookie

Frosted Snowflake Sugar Cookie

Gingerbread Man

Pizzelle (Italian Waffle Cookie)

Wreath Spritz