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Crochet Up a Plate of Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies by Squirrel Picnic Roundup

I love baking Christmas cookies, but I think I love crocheting them even more. With my Christmas cookie patterns you can crochet a whole platter of cookies! Put some out for Santa or hang them on your Christmas tree. Use them as present toppers to add a memorable touch to your gifts. Or make a batch for the kids to play with. I hope you enjoy all of these fun Christmas cookie recipes… er, patterns.

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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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Gingerbread Man Crochet Pattern

Gingerbread Man Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel PicnicWho doesn’t love a gingerbread man? It was certainly my favorite cookie when I was growing up. My mom had cookie cutters for both a gingerbread man and a gingerbread woman. My favorite part of baking these cookies with my mom was to work the piping bag full of icing. It was so much fun to give the gingerbread woman crazy ringlets of hair and to decorate the gingerbread man with buttons or sometimes a tie.

Have fun decorating your gingerbread man. Use whatever you have on hand or come up with something entirely new. He doesn’t have to be a conventional cookie. Add a vest, chaps, and a handkerchief around his neck to make him a cowboy. Add an eye patch, peg leg, and striped shirt to make him a pirate. Give your gingerbread man a Speedo and six-pack abs. The skies the limit! Your gingerbread man can be anything he wants to be.

Finally, thread a ribbon through a stitch at the top of his head and your crochet gingerbread man will look right at home on your Christmas tree. He would also look quite sharp holding on to a bow on your present to someone special.

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

Gingerbread Man Crochet Pattern

Difficulty rating 2

Gingerbread Man Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Finished size: 5″ tall

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn in medium brown
(Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand in Toffee)
Worsted weight yarn in white
Worsted weight yarn in red
Size D-3 (3.25 mm) crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Polyester Fiberfill
0.5 mm round white buttons for eyes
1.0 mm white beads or buttons for “buttons”

Gauge:

5 sts = 1″
5 rows = 1″

Instructions:

Make 2 (front and back)

Legs

Ch 3

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next sc, turn. (2)

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in ea st across, turn. (4)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in ea sc across, turn.

Rows 4-6: Rep row 3. FO.

Rep rows 1-6 to make second leg, but do not FO, turn.

Row 7 (join the legs and start the body): Ch 1, sc in ea of the next 3 scs, 2 sc in last sc. Pick up the first leg and 2 sc in first sc of first leg. Sc in ea sc across. Do not FO, turn. (10)

Gingerbread Man Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Body

Row 8-11: Ch 1, sc in ea sc across, turn.

Row 12: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 6 scs, sc2tog, turn. (8)

Row 13: Ch 1, sc in ea sc across, turn.

Row 14: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 4 scs, sc2tog, turn. (6)

Row 15: Ch 1, sc in ea sc across. Do not FO.

Gingerbread Man Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Arms

Row 1: Turn the body on its side and pull up a loop at the end of Row 15. (Not in two loops of the sc, but the post at the end.) Ch 1. Sc in the posts at the end of Rows 14, 13, and 12. Turn. (4)

Gingerbread Man Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Row 2-6: Ch 1, sc in ea sc across, turn.

Row 7: Ch 1, sc, sc2tog, sc. FO.

Repeat for arm on opposite side, working in the posts at the beginning of rows 15, 14, 13, and 12. FO.

Head

Row 1: Miss  1st sc. Pull up a loop in the next sc and join with slst. 2 sc in same sc, sc in ea of next 2 scs, 2 sc in last sc, turn. (6)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in ea sc across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 4, 2 sc in last sc, turn. (8)

Row 4: Rep row 2.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 4, sc2tog, turn. (6)

Row 6: Rep row 2.

Row 7: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 2, sc2tog. FO

Work in all ends.

Assembly

Sew on the eyes and buttons and embroider the mouth.

Gingerbread Man Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Arrange the two sides with wrong sides facing, making sure that the holes at the ends and beginnings of each row line up.

Insert your crochet hook into one of the holes along the edge (through both the front and back), pull up a loop of white yarn, and slst. Rep for the next hole and so on all the way around until you have about an inch or so left.

Gingerbread Man Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Stuff the gingerbread man lightly.

Continue to sew the rest of the gingerbread man together using the slst method.

To end, insert your crochet hook up from the bottom, through the first slst and pull the last slst down to the back. FO.

Attach a ribbon, hook, or ring for hanging.

Gingerbread Man Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic


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Announcing the Winner of the Great Cookie Giveaway

Podge: Could ya gimme a drum roll please, Hodge?

Hodge lifts his tiny little paws and thumps on the table as fast as he can.

Podge: And the winner of the one and only Squirrel Picnic Great Cookie Countdown to Christmas Giveaway of a half-dozen crochet cookies and a half-dozen yummy in the tummy one-of-a-kind cookies with—

Hodge: On with it already!

Podge: Oh, all right. The winner is…

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Congratulations, Nicky (of niiz designs). Please send your mailing address to squirrelpicnic(at)gmail(dot)com to claim your prize. If the prize isn’t claimed by Monday at 9:00 a.m. MST, Hodge and Podge and I will have to go through this whole bit again lest the cookies spoil or Hodge eats them all himself.

Thanks to everyone who participated. I wish I could give you all cookies!

P.S. To choose a winner, I numbered each comment 1 through 17, then let the magic elves at random.org choose the winner. Nicky was #4.

And the winner is number 4