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The Mini Christmas Pudding Free Crochet Pattern by Laura Jaworski (@bugburrypond) ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽ„

Iโ€™ve included two separate sets of instructions for the pudding portion of this pattern; one that's worked from the top down (which is easier to stuff but will have a messier bottom), and one that is worked from the bottom up (which will give a cleaner, flatter look to the bottom of the pudding but is slightly harder to stuff; this version will also be slightly bigger). Both methods are fast & easy to make & will give you similar results.


I hope you enjoy this pattern, and if you post pictures, please credit appropriately & hashtag #laurajaworski/tag me @bugburrypond so I can share your creations.


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Happy crocheting & happy holiday season! ๐ŸŽ„

Skill Level: Easy


Size:


This pudding stands approximately 4 inches tall when made with a size 4 hook and worsted weight yarn.


Supplies:


Worsted weight yarn (dark brown, white, red, green)

4.0 mm hook

Needle for sewing

Polyester or other stuffing

Stitch marker, safety pin, or small piece of yarn to count rounds

Cardboard/cardstock (optional)

Scissors

Glue (optional)

Abbreviations:


MC = Magic circle (see pattern notes)

St = Stitch

Sc = Single crochet stitch

Hdc = Half double crochet stitch

Dc = Double crochet stitch

Tr = Treble crochet stitch

P = Picot (see pattern notes)

Ss = Slip stitch

Rep = Repeat

Inc = Increase

2tog = Crochet two together, also known as decrease (invisible decrease preferred)

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:


The main body of this pudding is worked in a spiral which means that each round continues into the next without a slip stitch and chain.


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 BLO:


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.


A note about the picot:


For the picot in this pattern, ch2, then ss in the second chain from the hook.


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 youโ€™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 letโ€™s get started!

Iโ€™ve included two separate ways to make the pudding portion of this pattern; #1 is worked from the top down, and #2 is worked from the bottom up. Choose whichever version works best for you.


Pudding Version #1 (beginning at the top, with dark brown 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: 2sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (24)

Rnd 5: 3sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (30)

Rnd 6: 4sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (36)

Rnd 7-10: 1sc in each st (36)

Rnd 11: 5sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (42)

Rnd 12-14: 1sc in each st (42)

Rnd 15: BLO 5sc then 2tog (36)

Rnd 16: 4sc then 2tog (30)

Rnd 17: 3sc then 2tog (24)

(Begin stuffing your pudding; you can continue to stuff as you close. Make sure not to overstuff the bottom so your pudding will sit flat.)

Rnd 18: 2sc then 2tog (18)

Rnd 19: 1sc then 2tog (12)

Rnd 20: 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.


Pudding Version #2 (beginning at the bottom, with dark brown 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: 2sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (24)

Rnd 5: 3sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (30)

Rnd 6: 4sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (36)

Rnd 7: 5sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (42)

Snip your yarn & f/o using the invisible finish technique. You should have 42 sts in your completed rnd.

Rnd 8: Attach your dark brown yarn the BL of the first st of rnd 7 with a ch1 & sc in the same st. Sc in each st around (42)

Rnd 9-11: 1sc in each st (42)

(If you would like to keep the bottom of your pudding extra flat, cut a piece of cardboard or a few pieces of cardstock to fit the base & add it/them to your pudding now.)

Rnd 12: 5sc then 2tog (36)

Rnd 13-16: 1sc in each st (36)

Rnd 17: 4sc then 2tog (30)

Rnd 18: 3sc then 2tog (24)

(Begin stuffing your pudding, you can continue stuffing as you close.)

Rnd 19: 2sc then 2tog (18)

Rnd 20: 1sc then 2tog (12)

Rnd 21: 2tog x6 (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

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Pudding Cream (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: 2sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (24)

Rnd 5: 3sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (30)

Rnd 6: 4sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (36)

Rnd 7-8: 1sc in each st (36)

Rnd 9: *sc, hdc, dc, 2tr in the next st, dc, hdc* rep to end of round (42)

Snip your yarn & f/o using the invisible finish technique, making sure to leave an extra-long tail for sewing. If you prefer to hot glue your icing to the pudding, snip your yarn as you normally would & f/o using the invisible finish technique.


Cherry (with red yarn, make 1 or more depending on your preference):


Rnd 1: MC with 6sc (6)

Rnd 2-3: 1sc in each st (6)

If sewing your cherry to the icing (preferred method), f/o leaving a tail long enough for sewing; do not weave the yarn tail around the remaining stitches/pull to close. Stuff the cherry, then sew the cherry to the top of the icing.


If you would prefer to hot glue your cherry to the icing, snip your yarn & pull the yarn tail free. Stuff the cherry, 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, snip the remaining yarn tail, and hot glue your cherry to the top center of the icing.


Holly Leaf (with green yarn, make 1 or more depending on your preference):


For the holly leaf, you will work your first round of stitches around both sides of the chain (see photos). If you find it difficult working in both sides of a chain, placing stitch markers can be extremely helpful. Place them in as many chains or stitches as you need to help keep track of the round.


Rnd 1: Ch4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc, 2sc in the last ch, (you will now begin working back up the opposite side of the chain, see photos), hdc, sc (6)

Rnd 2: Ch2, ss, ss + p (see patten notes), ss & ch2, (You will now begin working back up the opposite side of the piece, see photos), ss, ss + p, ss. Snip your yarn & f/o using the invisible finish technique; finger block your leaf into shape & use your yarn tail to cover any noticeable gaps on the back of the piece. Note: to complete the invisible finish technique for the holly leaf, work into the first ch of the ch2 from rnd 2.


Putting it all together


Add the icing to the top of your pudding, making sure to line up the back of the icing with the back of the pudding. Adjust and finger block your icing, then stitch or carefully hot glue your icing to the top of the pudding.


Fold your leaf slightly inward. Place your leaf on the side of the cherry; stitch or carefully hot glue to the pudding.


Finger block the overall shape of your pudding.

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And now youโ€™re done! I hope you enjoy this pudding & if you post pictures, please credit appropriately and hashtag #laurajaworski so I can share your work! You can find me @bugburrypond on Instagram, Facebook, & Pinterest.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Happy crocheting and have a beautiful day. ๐Ÿ’•


Laura


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You may sell completed items made using my free crochet patterns provided you credit me as the designer and provide a link to my website wherever the items are sold. Alteration of my crochet patterns is strictly prohibited.


Copyright ยฉ 2022 Laura Jaworski, The Mini Christmas Pudding Free Crochet Pattern.

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