Whether it’s left out for Santa’s reindeer or stuffed into a powdery face as a snowman’s nose, carrots are fabulously festive. This crochet carrot is Christmas crafting at its finest
This delicious crocheted carrot forms part of the yarn-based ‘Santa Kit’ (including a bottle and a mince pie), featured in the Mollie Makes Christmas book.
Please note: UK crochet terms used
You will need:
• 3.5mm (US E4) crochet hook
• 1 x 100g ball of Sirdar in Clementine 541(H)
• 1 x 25g ball of Sirdar DK in Emerald 916 (E)
• Polyester toy stuffing
• Sewing needle
With 3.5mm hook and yarn H, ch6 and ss to join into a ring. Round 1: Ch1, 8dc into the ring, ss to the ch at beg of round to join. Round 2: Ch1, 2dc in each dc of previous round, ss to ch at beg of round to join. 16 sts. Continue working 1dc in each st in a spiral, without closing off each round with a ss, as follows:
Ch1, 48dc (three rounds on these 16 sts).
Dc2tog, 29dc, (counts as two rounds of 15 sts where the dc2tog is 1 st).
Dc2tog, 27dc, (counts as two rounds of 14 sts where the dc2tog is 1 st).
Dc2tog, 25dc, (counts as two rounds of 13 sts where the dc2tog is 1 st).
Cont in this fashion until you have worked:
Skip 1 st, 8dc.
Skip 1 st, 7dc.
Skip 1 st, 6dc.
Skip 1 st, 5dc.
Skip 1 st, dc2tog, break yarn and fasten off leaving long end and use to sew up end of carrot.
Abbreviations: beg = beginning; ch = chain; ch sp = chain space; cont = continue. Dc = double crochet; dc2tog = double crochet two stitches together (decrease by one stitch): insert hook into the first st, yarn around hook and pull it through this stitch (2 loops on hook). Insert the hook into the second st, yarn round hook and pull it through this stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn round hook and pull through all 3 loops on hook. Rep = repeat; ss = slip stitch; st (s) = stitch (es).
Stuff with toy stuffing using the blunt end of the crochet hook to poke stuffing through the hole.
Weave in all the loose ends. Wind yarn E five or six times around two fingers and then pull these loops off the fingers, holding them together at one end. Use the working end of your yarn to bind these loops together tightly at one end by winding it round several times. Hold this in position and cut the working end of the yarn, leaving about 20cm (8in) to use for sewing.
Thread this end with a needle and sew a couple of stitches through the binding of the loops to secure them. Place the bound end of the loops inside the hole at the top of the stuffed carrot so that the binding is hidden. Sew around the base of the stalk with the tail end of yarn to attach it to the inside of the hole at the top of the carrot. Fasten off. Cut through the loops of the stalk to make individual strands of yarn.