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Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Crochet Pattern

Crochet Candy Cane CookiesDo you remember making “snakes” (either with clay or dough) when you were a kid? Kids love rolling the dough on the table or between their hands until a snake appears, seemingly by magic. Many things can be made with these “snakes.” There’s coffee mugs if you’re using clay and pretzels if you’re using dough, but we’re talking Christmas here, so we’ll concentrate on my personal favorite use of a dough snake… the candy cane sugar cookie.

To re-create this classic Christmas cookie in yarn, I would need to make two long snakes in red and white. That was easy – just make I-cords! But then came the question of how to twist them together. I deliberated over adding wire or sewing the two strands together, until my husband provided a great solution – torsion! This tutorial will show you how by twisting one cord really tight and tying it to the other, the two cords become entwined and stay that way. (But don’t ask me to explain the physics. I like to believe it’s just magic.)

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

Candy Cane Cookie

Difficulty rating 2

Candy CaneFinished size: 5” tall


D-3 (3.25 mm) crochet hook or size 3 double-pointed knitting needles
Small amount of worsted-weight yarn in red (Caron Simply Soft Autumn Red)
Small amount of worsted-weight yearn in off white (Caron Simply Soft Bone)
2 twist ties
Tapestry needle


Make two 4-ch (or 4-st) I-cords 7” long, leaving long tails on the ends of the red cord.

Candy Cane I-CordsThere are several ways to make an I-cord. You could knit them, crochet them with just a hook, or crochet them with a hook and a tapestry needle.

Twist the red cord 18-20 times. Align both cords and bind them together at each end with a twist tie, maintaining the twist in the red cord while doing so.

Candy Cane All Tied Up

The twisted cord will automatically entwine with the other.

Candy Cane Tied Up

Sew each end together, covering the ends with several stitches.

Candy Cane Sewn Together

Shape into a candy cane and hang on your tree or display on a cookie platter.

Candy Cane Ornament



Wreath Spritz Cookie Crochet Pattern

Wreath Spritz Crochet Cookie PatternIt’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.

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

Spritz Wreath Cookie Crochet Pattern… Continue reading


You voted and the choice is clear…

Crochet cookies must have smiley faces!


The results (including votes cast on Facebook) were 327 votes Yes and 0 votes No. Thanks everyone for voting.
I’ll never doubt the power of a smiley face again. 🙂

But the real winner is Hello Scarlett!

Congratulations, Hello Scarlett, and congrats to our Facebook winners,
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You each win a crochet cookie!

Winners, please email squirrelpicnic@gmail.com with your mailing address and your choice of cookie:
sugar cookie with sprinkles, sugar cookie with frosting, or chocolate chip.

Everyone will have another chance to win an even bigger and better prize early next month when Squirrel Picnic teams up with Becky the Cereal Baker to bring you fun crochet AND edible cookie creations.

(To pick the winner, I assigned each person who commented a number and then used the random generator at http://www.random.org to choose the winning number. )