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.
I have donated proceeds from the pattern to a couple of charity’s including sponsoring the Yarn Harlot’s participation in the 6 day Bike Rally in Aid of Toronto PWA and to the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund via the Cumbria Community Foundation. to support those affected by Storm Desmond (here in Lancaster we only lost power for a couple of days but people in Cumbria lost so much more and faced an uncertain Christmas and many months to come as a result of the damage).
The pattern is now laid out as a simple two fold leaflet – I hope you continue to enjoy the pattern and like the new variations.
2017 update – fancy a bit more variety in your knits?
I now have a christmas tree pattern to cosy your Ferrero Rocher of Lindt Lindors in.
Also laid out as a bi-fold leaflet this pattern has two designs of tree as shown in the centre and to the left (the all white tree is the same pattern as the tree on the left but knitted entirely in eyelash yarn) which can be knitted late and seamed or in the round.
2021 – A further updates sees the original Snowman and Santa Ferrero cosies/tree ornaments now available from Ravelry – with other sites to follow: