Are you ready to crochet Christmas crackers?
Every Christmas table needs crackers. Elegant ones, the ones we bought midyear on sale, or the cheapies we got from the corner store in a hurry because we forget to get some.
And every time one of the plastic, no-good toys fall on the floor, I'm thinking to myself, why did I not make something better?
Are you with me on this?
This year, it is going to be a lot different. I got inspiration from an outside source to crochet Christmas crackers and today I am sharing the crochet Christmas cracker pattern with you.
You won't believe how easy the pattern is!
And you know the great thing about it - you can use crochet the pattern for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine's or even birthday parties.
All you need to do is use different colors and finishings.
How to crochet christmas crackers
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- Yarn of your choice - I used double knitting weight/light or light worsted yarn
- A good choice would be pure cotton as well
- Hook size for your yarn choice - hook used for this project - 4mm, G/6 (US) 8 (UK)
- Embroidery Needle
- Trinkets, buttons, wooden or resin Christmas decorations
- Inexpensive gifts
- Empty toilet rolls
Skill level: Beginner with basic crochet skills
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STITCHES AND ABBREVIATIONS
ch – chain
dc2tog - double crochet 2 tog
flo - front loop only
hdc - half double crochet
sk - skip
slst – slip stitch
yo - yarn over
GAUGE AND SIZE
Finished cracker measures 5.5″ (width) by 9″ (length) - this is the measurements of the flat piece of crocheting.
NOTES TO CLARIFY
Ch1 at every end of the row, does not count as a stitch;
flo - all stitches are crochet in the front loops of all the rows, except the dc2tog rows;
dc2tog - double crochet 2 tog:
Holes are created by decreasing, dc2tog - yo, insert hook into first st, yo and pull up loop, yo and draw through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yo and insert hook into next st, yo and pull up loop, yo and draw through 2 loops, yo and draw through all 5 loops on the hook.
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pattern for the CROCHET CHRistmas cracker
The pattern is in US terms.
1st row: hdc in the 2nd chain from the end, hdc into each ch to end, ch1, turn (25hdc's);
REMEMBER to crochet all stitches FLO
2nd to 4th rows: hdc in each st, to end, ch1, turn;
5th row: *dc2tog in first 2 sts, ch2*, repeat to end, 1 dc in last st, ch1, turn;
6th row: hdc into first st, 3 hdc into first 2ch opening, *hdc into dc2tog, hdc into 2ch opening* 7 more times, ch1, turn (20hdc's)
7th to 19th rows: hdc in each st, to end, ch1, turn;
20th row: hdc, *dc2tog in next 2 sts, ch2*, repeat to end, 1 dc in last st, ch1, turn;
21st row: hdc into first st, *hdc into dc2tog, hdc into 2ch opening* 1 more time, **2hdc into dc2tog, hdc into 2ch opening** 5 more times, hdc in each of the next 2 sts, ch1, turn (25hdc's)
22nd - 23th row: hdc in each st, to end, ch1, turn;
24th row: hdc in each st, to end, don't cast off yet;
Proceed to crochet hdc's along the length of the cracker - I winged it to create a st in almost all the sts along (to create a compact edge without openings)(33hdc's);
In the corner of the foundation (your chain sts) - create your first scallop: *5hdc into the first st, sk one st, slst in next st, sk one st* 5 more times, 5hdc into the last st;
Crochet hdc's along the other length of the cracker (33 hdc's) and scallops along top edge (7 scallops).
Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Follow the instructions below to create your Christmas cracker from the rectangle.
You have 2 options:
Place the right sides together lengthwise and the toilet roll in position, sew the section between the ribbon openings closed, or
- Cut 3 x 9-inch pieces of yarn and fold it in half.
- Position the toilet roll;
- You'll be hooking the pieces of yarn through both edges of the cracker and close it with bows;
filling your cracker
Close one end of the cracker (with ribbon) and insert your gifts through the other end. Close the end.
Thread the ribbon through the openings with a safety pin- starting in the top middle, around, pull and make a bow.
decorate your cracker
Decorate your cracker with wooden cut-outs, or other trinkets, matching your color-scheme.
Well done - you finished one Christmas cracker!
Now...make some more.
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