From the artistic to the kitsch

Having spent the day in Glasgow thinking about the more artistic side of knitting I came home to a more kitsch incarnation of the craft.

This years Blackpool Knitting Group trip to Woolfest was a great success, despite the rain, and a number of group members came home with Cupcake cosied Ferrero Rochers as gifts for friends. These were being sold to raise funds for the local air ambulance charity. Group members expressed an interest in making some to sell to raise group funds, and as our next craft fair is in December we thought a seasonal theme would be appropriate. In previous years, knitted decorations have sold well so we decided to combine the idea of seasonal themed Ferrero Rocher covers that you could hang on the tree. So here’s the first example – a christmas pudding, tree hanging Ferrero Rocher cosy:

After looking online I decided to make up my own pattern that I could freely copy and distribute to group members.

I kept it as simple as possible so that even our beginner knitters could have a go. It’s knitted flat in garter stitch then sewn up. The leaves and berries are a little fiddly, but more experienced knitters can help with these if need be.  The hanging loop shown is a simple 20 chain crochet chain, but loops can be made from plaiting three strands of yarn if you prefer.

Also you can make cosies without a hanging loop for place settings or table decorations:

 

Update October 2015

Previously this pattern was freely available from my blog with the following invitation and request.

It’s offered here freely for you to use for personal and charitable purposes, but not for individual commercial use, please.

As the comments on the post suggest, the pattern has been used in this spirit and I’ve enjoyed hearing the feedback from those who have done so.

However, it has also been drawn to my attention that the pattern has been used for personal financial gain which I must admit has left a bad taste and I’ve been wondering what to do about this.

In the end I decided re-write the pattern working up a total of 6 variations on the theme to add interest to the knitting and allow individualisation in the gifting.

COLLAGE 2

However, it is also now a paid for pattern available from Ravelry, although the price has been kept quite reasonable and the profits from all Ravelry sales will be donated to charity.

Available via Ravelry and priced at £3.50 (you do not have to be a Ravelry member to purchase from the site) proceeds from sales of the pattern from December 8th onwards will be donated to the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund via the Cumbria Community Foundation.

Here in Lancaster we only lost power for a couple of days (so far) but people in Cumbria have lost so much more and face an uncertain Christmas and many months to come.

The pattern is designed as a simple two fold leaflet:

with pattern

I hope you continue to enjoy the pattern and like the new variations.

ALL 6


12 thoughts on “From the artistic to the kitsch

  1. I would love to see the other patterns. We have just reopened our local library and need to raise funds quickly. I love your cream egg covers as well. We are also trying to organise a knit and natter group.

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    1. Anne, Good luck with your library fundraising. My local library was a real haven when I was growing up so I really do appreciate the the importance of what you are doing.

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  2. We are on our way to knitting 200 for the St Giles Hospice book Shop, in Sutton Coldfield.
    Have you a pattern for making snowballs, which I saw some time ago?
    Now we need a cheap supply of Ferrero Rocher!
    Elsie jackie

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  3. It would be wonderful if those of you who are making the puddings, snowmen and santas for fundraising could send/post some pictures of them, so we could all see. Pictures with people if they give permission or of stall tables in context would be great. 🙂

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