This Christmas pudding ornament stands approximately 3 inches tall and is suitable for all crocheters. I hope you enjoy this pattern, and if you post pictures, please hashtag #laurajaworski & tag me @bugburrypond so I can share your creations.
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Happy crocheting & happy holiday season! 🎄❤️
Skill Level: Easy
This ornament stands approximately 3 inches tall when made with a size 4 hook and worsted weight yarn.
Worsted weight yarn (white, red, green, dark brown)
4.0 mm hook
Needle for sewing
Polyester or other stuffing
Stitch marker, safety pin, or small piece of yarn to count rounds
MC = Magic circle (see pattern notes)
St = Stitch
Sc = Single crochet stitch
Hdc = Half double crochet stitch
Dc = Double crochet stitch
Ss = Slip stitch
Rep = Repeat
2tog = Crochet two together, also known as decrease (invisible decrease preferred)
FLO = Front loop only
BLO = Back loop only
Ch1 = Chain one
F/o = Finish off
A note about the magic circle:
Also known as a magic loop or magic ring. If you prefer not to use a magic circle, simply create a slip knot, chain two, and begin by placing your first round of stitches into the first chain. Pull tightly on your tail to close the gap and continue with the pattern as written. Once you have worked a few more rounds, weave your yarn tail back and forth on the underside to secure your piece and close any remaining gap.
A note about working in a spiral:
This ornament is worked in a spiral which means that each round continues into the next without a slip stitch and chain. You will not turn your work while making this project.
A note about counting stitches:
Using a stitch marker, safety pin, or small piece of yarn to mark the first stitch of each round will help you track your progress. Move the marker as you complete each round.
A note about FLO & BLO:
For the front loop only round, you will work all of your stitches into the front loop of each stitch. For the back loop only round, you will work all of your stitches into the back loop of each stitch. For all other rounds, work into both loops of each stitch.
A note about increasing and decreasing:
For an increase, crochet two stitches in the same stitch. For a decrease, crochet two stitches together, preferably using the invisible decrease method.
A note about reading the pattern:
Before beginning a pattern, it helps to read through the abbreviations list. If you need help with a technique, refer to a written or video tutorial, or keep a crochet book handy. Below is a round from the pattern, followed by a detailed description of the instructions.
Rnd 4: 2sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (24)
Beginning round four, add one single crochet into each of the next two stitches. Add two single crochet stitches in the following stitch. Repeat the pattern of one single crochet in each of the next two stitches followed by an increase until you reach the end of round four. There should be 24 stitches in your completed round.
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A note about the invisible finish technique:
For the invisible finish technique, complete the last stitch of your pattern. Snip your yarn, leaving a tail long enough for sewing. Pull the loop on your hook, drawing the snipped yarn tail free. Next, thread the yarn tail onto your needle and bring it through both loops of the stitch following the next stitch. Bring your yarn tail through the back loop of the last stitch of your final round, pulling until you’ve created a v that is comparable in size to the rest of your stitches. Weave your yarn tail on the backside of your piece to secure.
Now let’s get started!
Christmas Pudding (with white yarn):
Rnd 1: MC with 6sc (6)
Rnd 2: 2sc in each st (12)
Rnd 3: 1sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (18)
Rnd 4: FLO *sc, hdc, 2dc in the next st, hdc, 2sc* rep to end of rnd (21)
F/o using the invisible finish technique, leaving a long tail for sewing. If you prefer, you can wait to complete the invisible finish technique until you’re ready to sew the cream to the pudding.
(Note: now is a great time to jump ahead in the pattern & make/sew your cherry & leaves to the top of your pudding cream. Begin by creating your ornament loop, then sewing your cherry to the top center of the cream. Next, sew the leaves on each side of your cherry by threading the yarn tails and pulling them from the front to the back of the piece. Pull the tails firmly, knot, & weave back and forth to secure (see photos). If you prefer to attach the cherry & leaves after your pudding has been completed, continue with the pattern as follows.)
Switch to dark brown yarn.
Rnd 5: BLO attach your brown yarn to the first st of rnd 3 with a ch1 & sc in the same st. Sc in each st around (18)
Rnd 6: 2sc then 2sc in the next st (24)
Rnd 7-9: 1sc in each st (24)
Rnd 10: BLO 2sc then 2tog (18)
Begin stuffing your pudding; you can continue stuffing as you close.
Rnd 11: 1sc then 2tog (12)
Rnd 12: 2tog x 6 (6)
Snip your yarn. Pull your yarn tail free, then weave your yarn tail through the front loops of the six remaining stitches and pull to close. Weave your yarn back and forth or knot to secure and hide the yarn tail inside the pudding, pulling up slightly so the bottom of your pudding is relatively flat. Sew your cream to the side of the pudding using your white yarn tail if desired.
Cherry for Christmas Pudding (with red yarn):
Leave a yarn tail approximately 10 inches long when making your magic circle as you will use this to create the loop for your ornament.
Rnd 1: MC with 6sc (6)
Rnd 2: 1sc in each st (6)
F/o, leaving a tail long enough for sewing.
To create your ornament loop:
Thread the tail from your MC and pull tight. Next, bring the yarn tail from the back of your piece through the center of the cherry, out to the front. Bring the yarn tail back through the center leaving a loop approximately three inches long, or to your preference. Weave the yarn tail back and forth on the underside of the cherry and/or knot to secure.
You can also create the loop after the Christmas pudding is complete by cutting a long strand of red yarn and bringing it up through the bottom of your pudding, out the center of the cherry, creating a loop, & then bringing it back out the bottom of your pudding. Knot the two red tails together & hide them in the body of your pudding.
Note: you can use thin twine to create the loop if you would like something a little more sturdy.
If sewing your cherry to the pudding (preferred method), f/o leaving a tail long enough for sewing; do not weave the yarn tail around the remaining stitches/pull to close; do not stuff. Sew the cherry to the top center of the pudding cream.
If you would prefer to hot glue your cherry to the cream, snip your yarn & pull the yarn tail free. Weave your yarn tail through the front loops of the six remaining stitches and pull to close. Weave your yarn back and forth or knot to secure, snip the remaining yarn tail, and hot glue your cherry to the top of the pudding.
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Holly Leaf for Christmas Pudding (with green yarn, make two):
Ch2, hdc in 2nd ch from hook. F/o, leaving a tail long enough for sewing.
Completing your pudding:
Sew your cherry to the top center of your pudding cream. Sew the leaves on each side of the cherry. Finger block the shape of your pudding, using your needle if necessary to pull the pudding into shape.
And now you’re done! I hope you enjoy this Christmas pudding ornament & if you post pictures, please tag me @bugburrypond & hashtag #laurajaworski so I can share your work! You can find me @bugburrypond on Instagram, Facebook, & Pinterest.
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Happy crocheting and have a beautiful day 💕
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