Over the last decade in the US, Canada, and England, the ugly Christmas sweater has become a part of the seasonal celebration. And now there’s even a day designated to celebrate this trend: and you’re in luck, it’s today. Continue reading
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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The 2014 winter holiday banner shows Hodge and Podge getting in the spirit of the season. After making snowsquirrels and wrapping them up with scarves they crocheted, our two favorite squirrel friends decorated a Christmas tree, complete with miniature Christmas lights! They did this all very quietly, so they wouldn’t wake the dove sleeping nearby.
This diorama took me about two months to complete. First I created the form for the holly wreath by crocheting two frames in black and sewing them together around a cardboard form. This gave it stability while also providing a surface that I knew would be easy to attach my crochet holly and poinsettias to.
Then came the real fun — designing the diorama and choosing all the patterns to create the scene I was looking for. One of my main goals was to use only free crochet patterns that are simple, clear, and thorough, so you all would enjoy using them too. I spent several weeks trying out different patterns before finally making my selections. I want to give a sincere thank-you to each of these designers for creating such lovely items and gifting the world with their patterns. So without further ado, here they are… Continue reading
Who 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.
Gingerbread Man Crochet Pattern
Finished size: 5″ tall
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
0.5 mm round white buttons for eyes
1.0 mm white beads or buttons for “buttons”
5 sts = 1″
5 rows = 1″
Make 2 (front and back)
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.
Sew on the eyes and buttons and embroider the mouth.
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.
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.