Crochet with Kate: Chocolate Orange Cosies!
Ready for some more festive fun with Kate Eastwood? This week, little cosy covers for those Terry’s Chocolate Oranges that we love to pop in a Christmas stocking!
It’s always fun to try and disguise your presents with wrapping – and what could be cuter than these little chocolate orange covers ?
On first sight they look like Christmas decorations but gently open them up and you will find the best of chocolatey surprises inside! As well as being perfect stocking fillers they can also be used for table place markers, and will certainly add a little extra festivity to your Christmas dinner table.
For my covers I used Cascade Sunseeker in Crimson (06), Limestone (27), White (03), Treetop (32), and Bok Choy (11). As well as being the perfect cotton/acrylic blend to give strength and texture to your covers, it has added sparkle, and it’s great value for 100g with 217 per skein! I used a 3.5mm hook.
For the reindeer you will also need 2 x toy safety eyes and two long glittery pipe cleaners.
For the robin you will also need 2 x toy safety eyes and a small amount of brown felt for the beak.
I used size 6mm eyes and placed a tiny circle of black felt behind them to make them appear slightly larger.
To make the reindeer:
Round 1: Begin by making a magic ring and DC 4 in to the ring. Join with a SL st.
Round 2: Ch 1 and work 2 DC in to each stitch from the previous round. 8 sts. Join with a sl st.
Round 3: CH 1 and work 2 DC in to each stitch from the previous round. 16 sts. Join with a sl st.
Round 4: Ch 1 and work 1 DC in to each stitch. 16 sts. Join with a sl st.
Round 5: CH 1. *Work 2 DC in to the next st, then 1 DC in to the next st.*Continue from * to * all the way round. 24 sts. Sl st to join.
Round 6: Ch1. * DC 2 in the next st, then 1 DC in to each of the next 2 sts. * Repeat from * to *. 32 sts. Join with a sl st.
Round 7: Ch 1. * 2 DC in to the next st, then 1 DC in to each of the next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to *. 40 sts. Join with a sl st.
You will now notice a dome shape beginning to form.
Rounds 8 to 14: Work straight rounds of DC. 40 sts. Start each round with a ch 1 and join each round end with a sl st.
Round 15: In this round we are going to make the reindeer’s nose, which will also act as the bobble catch to hold the top and bottom of the cover together.
So, CH 1 and work 19 DC. Join in your red yarn and in to the 20th st work 8 DTR, leaving the final loop of each DTR on the hook. You should end up with your 1 st loop in the brown and 8 red loops. Use the brown yarn to yarn over and pull through all 9 loops. Continue the rest of the round in the brown yarn. Join with a sl st.
Round 16: CH 1 and work a straight round of 40 DC. Join with a sl st and finish off.
That completes the bottom half of the cover and you should find that the cholcolate orange sits snuggly inside.
To make the top half of the cover work rounds 1 to 7 as above.
Work a further 6 rounds of DC, 40 sts, remembering to CH 1 at the beginning of each round and to join with a sl st at the end of each round.
Work one final round of DC as follows: CH 1, DC 20 and in the 20 th st work a chain of 10, and then sl st the end of the chain back in to the 20th st. This creates the loop that will go around the bobble nose.
You are now ready to add the finishing touches to your reindeer.
Make the ears as follows: Make a magic ring and work 4 DC in to the circle. Work 2 DC in to each of these 4 sts, 8 sts. Work 5 further rounds of 8. The easiest way to do this is to just keep working round and round, and count up to 40. In the final round work 2 Dc together all the way round, 4 sts. Finish off. Make 2.
Sew the ears on to the side of the head.
To make the antlers take the two pipe cleaners and twist the ends together to form a circle. Fold the circle in half and carefully poke it through the top of the head from the inside to the outside.
Use the double thickness of pipe cleaner to create the antler shape you want, by twisting and shaping them.
Now add your two safety eyes and to finish make a ‘hinge’ of over sew stitches at the back of the cover to join the top and bottom together.
To make the robin:
Work the bottom half of the cover in red, and no need for a bobble this time in round 15.
Make the top of the cover in brown, and no need for the chain loop.
Make 2 wings as follows: Make a magic ring and work DC 8 in to the circle.
In the next round work 2 DC in to each st. 16 sts. Work a further 6 rounds of 16 sts. Finish off.
Sew the wings on to the sides of the lower top half, sew on a beak made from a diamond of brown felt folded in half to make a beak shape, and attach the toy safety eyes. Oversew a ‘hinge’ of stitches at the centre back to join the two halves together.
To make the Christmas Pudding:
Work the bottom half of the cover, and the bobble in round 15, in brown.
Work the top half of the cover in white and include the chain loop in the final round.
As a finishing edge to the top half work one round as follows: Work * 1 HTR, then work 2 TR in to the next st and 1 HTR in to the following st . Sl St the next stitch* and repeat from * to * all the way around. The chain loop will be tucked up underneath this finishing edge.
Oversew a ‘hinge’ of stitches at the centre back to join the two halves together.
The final step is to make your holly leaves and berries.
To make the leaves:
DC in to the 2nd ch from the hook, and then work along the chain as follows
Work 4 HTR in to the next 4 sts.
Work a DC across the end of the chain and then work back up the other side of the chain as follows: 4 HTR in the next 4 sts
3 DC in the next 3 sts.
Sl st around the end.
Now add the holly leaf shape as follows:
CH 3, sl st in to 1st chain and then sl st back in to the leaf
CH 2, sl st in to the 1st chain, 2 sl st
CH 3, sl st in to the 1st chain, sl st in to the next 3 leaf stitches
CH 3, sl st into 1 st chain, sl st in to the same st
Sl st around the end of the leaf and work a similar pattern back down the other side of the leaf.
To make the berries:
CH 2, work 4DC in to the 2nd chain. Work a round of DC into these 4 sts. Finish off. Using a needle run a gather around the bottom of the berry to close.
Sew the leaves and the berries to the top of the pudding.
And there you have your little festive trio, all that’s left to decide is who to give them to ……
…… although, who’s to say you have to do that ?
I’m thinking Christmas movie, two teas and two chocolate oranges ……..