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Published on December 10th, 2016 | by Kate Eastwood

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Crochet Club: Christmas pudding bunting!

This week Kate Eastwood has been having some festive fun, making a Christmas pudding and holly garland! Festoon your house with this little beauty before Christmas!

Pudding and holly garland by Kate Eastwood

I’ve got the perfect way to add a little Christmas Sparkle to your kitchen or dining room. A Christmas pudding and holly garland!

Holly and Christmas pud garland by Kate Eastwood

For my garland design, I made two different sized Christmas puddings, a large one that has a 6 cm polystyrene sphere inside and a small one that uses a 3.5cm sphere. The puddings are worked in two halves which are then stitched together around the centre. There are three different sized holly leaves for the tops of the puddings and to hang along the garland, and the final items are simply hung on a piece of ribbon or cord.

For the puddings I used Cascade Sunseeker in Limestone 27 for the main part of the pudding and White 36 for the topping. For the leaves and berries I used Cascade Sunseeker Treetop 32 and Crimson 06 and for extra sparkle I worked in a strand of Twilleys Goldfingering in Red 038 and Forest green 051.

I worked with a 3 mm hook.

You will also need some 3.5cm and 6cm polystyrene spheres. For the hanging loops, you could either use some plastic hooks specifically designed to be used with polystyrene spheres or sew through some co-ordinating ribbon. For the garland string you can either use ribbon or cord.

Christmas pudding garland by Kate Eastwood

For my garland I made 3 x large puddings, each with two holly leaves and berries on top, 4 x small puddings, each with two holly leaves and berries on top, and 4 x pairs of holly leaves to hang from the garland.

To make the large pudding:

Round 1: Begin by making a Magic Ring and work 8 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from Round 1, 16sts.

Round 3: *Work 1 DC in to the next stitch and then 2 DC in to the following stitch.*Work from * to * all the way around, 24sts.

Round 4: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches and then 2 DC in to the following stitch.*Work from * to * all the way around, 32sts.

Christmas pudding garland by Kate Eastwood

Round 5: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 3 stitches, then work 2 DC in to the following stitch. * Repeat from * to * all the way around, 40sts.

Rounds 6 to 11: Work a round of DC, 40 sts.

This completes the first half of the bauble. Make a second half in exactly the same way.

When both halves are complete fit them on to the 6cm polystyrene sphere and using a length of yarn and a needle carefully stitch the two halves together. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Christmas pudding garland

To make the topping for the large pudding:

Round 1: Working in the white begin by making a Magic Ring and work 6 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from the first round, 12 sts.

Round 3: *Work 1 DC in to the next stitch followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around, 18 sts.

Christmas pudding garland by Kate Eastwood

Round 4: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches, followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat  from * to * all the way around, 24 sts.

Round 5: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 3 stitches, followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch.* repeat from * to * all the way around, 30sts.

Round 6: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 4 stitches, followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch.* repeat from * to * all the way around, 36sts.

Round 7: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 5 stitches, followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch.* repeat from * to * all the way around, 42sts.

Round 8: Work a round of DC, 42 sts.

Round 9: This is the final round and the scalloped pattern is worked as follows: DC in to the first stitch, work a (HTR and TR) in to the next stitch, a (TR and HTR) in to the next and then work a Sl St in to each of the next two stitches.

For the second scallop work: a (TR, DTR and TR) in the next stitch and then Sl St in to the next 3 stitches.

For the third scallop work: a DC, then a (HTR and TR) in the next stitch, a (TR and HTR) in the next stitch, followed by a DC and then 2 Sl ST.

For the fourth scallop work: a DC, a HTR, a (TR, DTR and TR) in the next stitch, a (HTR and DC) in the next stitch and then Sl ST in to the next 3 stitches.

This will take you to the half way point, and then repeat the four scallops again. Finish off and sew in the ends. Line up the centre top of the pudding and the centre top of the topping and stitch the topping in place.

Christmas pudding garland by Kate Eastwood

Christmas pudding garland by Kate Eastwood

To make the small pudding:

The small pudding is made in exactly the same technique as the large pudding, just on a smaller scales as below.

Round 1: Working in your main colour begin by making a Magic Ring and work 4 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from the first round, 8 sts.

Round 3: *Work 1 DC in to the next stitch followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around, 12 sts.

Round 4: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches, followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat  from * to * all the way around, 16 sts.

Round 5: * work 1 DC in to each of the next 3 stitches, followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch.* repeat from * to * all the way around, 20sts.

Rounds 6 to 9: Finish off and sew in the ends.

This completes your first half. Now make a second half in exactly the same way, but on this half finish after Round 8.

Once both halves are completed, fit them on to the 3.5cm Polystyrene sphere and sew the two halves together. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Christmas pudding bunting by Kate Eastwood

To make the topping for the small pudding:

Round 1: Working in the white begin by making a Magic Ring and work 3 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from the first round, 6 sts.

Round 3: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from the first round, 12 sts.

Round 4: *Work 1 DC in to the next stitch followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around, 18 sts.

Round 5: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches, followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat  from * to * all the way around, 24 sts.

Round 6: Work a (DC and HTR) in the first stitch, a (TR and TR) in the next, a (HTR and DC) in the next and then work a Sl T in each of the next 2 stitches.

Work a (TR and DTR) in the next stitch, a (DTR and TR) in the next stitch, followed by a SL St in each of the next 2 stitches.

Work a (HTR and TR) in the next stitch, a (HTR and DC) in the next stitch, and then Sl ST 1.

Repeat these three scallops again. Finish off and sew in the ends. Stitch the topping on to the pudding.

To make the Holly leaves and berries.

The large leaves and berries are hung in pairs from the Garland, the medium size is for the top of the large puddings and the small size is for the top of the small puddings.

The large and medium leaves are made with 1 x strand of the Cascade Sunseeker and 1 x strand of the Twilleys Goldfingering. The small leaf is made with just 1 x strand of the Twilleys Goldfingering.

The large berries are made with 1 x strand of the Cascade Sunseeker and 1 x strand of Twilleys Goldfingering and the medium and small berries are made with 1 x strand of Twilleys Goldfingering.

Crochet holly

To make the large leaf:

Using 1 strand of Cascade and 1 x strand of Twilleys Goldfingering,  chain 12.

Starting in the 2nd chain from the hook work the following stitches along the chain: 2 x DC, 3 x HTR, 2 x TR, 2 x HTR and 2 x DC. You should now be at the top of the chain. Work a Sl ST across the top of the chain and then work the following stitch pattern back down the other side of the chain: 2 x DC, 3 x HTR, 2 x TR, 2 x HTR, 1 x DC.

Work a SL St in to the bottom of the chain and then work a chain of 6 for the stalk. Work 5 x Sl St back along the chain and Sl St back in to the base of the leaf.

In the next round you will be making the points of the holly leaf.

Point 1: Sl St in to the first stitch, CH2, Sl St back in to the first stitch of the chain and then Sl St back in to the leaf.

Continuing working along the side of the leaf as follows:

Point 2: DC, CH 2, Sl St back in to 1st Chain, Sl ST.

Point 3: DC, CH3, Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST.

Point 4: DC, CH2, Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST.

Point 5: Sl ST, CH 2  Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST.

Point 6: Sl ST in to the top stitch, CH 3, Sl ST back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST back in to the top of the leaf.

Now work back down the other side side of the leaf as follows:

Point 7:  Sl ST, CH 2  Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST.

Point 8: DC, CH2, Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST.

Point 9: DC, CH3, Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST.

Point 10: DC, CH 2, Sl St back in to 1st Chain, Sl ST.

Point 11: Sl ST, CH 2, Sl St back in to 1st Chain, Sl ST  .

Finish off and sew in the ends.

Holly leaf

To make the large holly berry:

Using 1 x strand of Cascade and 1 x strand of Twilleys make a Magic Ring.

Work 5 DC in to the ring.

Work a round of DC, 5 sts.

Finish off and use the yarn tail to sew around the bottom of the berry, gather up in to a ball shape and sew in the ends. Sew one berry on to each stalk. Sew two leaves to the top of each pudding.

To make the medium leaf:

Using 1 strand of Cascade and 1 x strand of Twilleys Goldfingering, chain 6.

Starting in the 2nd chain from the hook work the following stitches along the chain: 2 x DC,  1 x HTR and 2 x DC. You should now be at the top of the chain. Work a Sl ST across the top of the chain and then work the following stitch pattern back down the other side of the chain: 2 x DC, 1 x HTR , 1 x DC, 1 x Sl ST.

Work a SL St in to the bottom of the chain and then work a chain of 4 for the stalk. Work 3 x Sl St back along the chain and Sl St back in to the base of the leaf.

 

In the next round you will be making the points of the holly leaf.

Point 1: CH2, Sl St back in to the first stitch of the chain and then Sl St back in to the leaf.

Point 2: DC, CH 2, Sl St back in to 1st Chain, Sl ST

Point 3: Sl ST, CH3, Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST

Point 4: Sl ST in to the top stitch, CH 3, Sl ST back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST back in to the top of the leaf.

Point 5:  Sl ST, CH 2  Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST.

Point 6: DC, CH2, Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST

Point 7: Sl ST, CH2, Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST. Finish off.

 

To make the medium holly berry :

Using 1 x strand of Twilleys make a Magic Ring.

Work 5 DC in to the ring.

Work a round of DC, 5 sts.

Finish off and use the yarn tail to sew around the bottom of the berry, gather up in to a ball shape and sew in the ends. Sew one berry on to each stalk.

 

To make the small holly leaf:

Using 1 x strand of Twilleys chain 7. Starting in the 2nd chain from the hook work the following stitches: Sl ST 1, DC and CH 2, SL ST back in to the first chain, Sl ST, DC and CH 3, Sl St back in to the first stitch, Sl St, Sl ST, chain 3 for the stalk, Sl ST back 2, Sl ST back in to the base of the leaf.

Now work along the other side of the chain as follows: Sl ST, CH 2, Sl ST back in to the first chain, Sl ST, DC and CH 2, Sl ST back in to the first chain, Sl ST, Sl ST and finish off.

 

To make the small holly berry:

Using 1 x strand of Twilleys make a Magic Ring.

Work 3 DC in to the ring.

Work a round of DC, 3 sts.

Finish off and use the yarn tail to sew around the bottom of the berry, gather up in to a ball shape and sew in the ends. Sew one berry on to each stalk.

 

To make up your garland:

Sew two leaves to the top of each pudding.

To attach my items to my Garland I threaded a short piece of ribbon through the top of each Pudding and through pairs of the large leaves and then tied these on to the main Garland string.

Crochet bunting

Pudding bunting

Pudding bunting

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About the Author

Living just outside Bath, Kate is fortunate enough to be able to indulge two of her biggest loves -- living right in the middle of the countryside but within easy distance of retail therapy. When not working at her nursery school she loves nothing more than a day of pootling around, with crochet, sofa and tea being right at the top of the list.




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