Monday, 14 November 2016

Make it! Gingerbread House ornament !!!

In this last couple of weeks I feel unstoppable!!!!

I really love to create decorations for Christmas : a lot of fun !!!!

Today, I'm showing you how to crochet some gingerbread houses to hang on your Christmas tree or to use for a bunting, a wreath or just to add as a decorative element on the table or on a parcel ...




WHAT YOU NEED :

4mm hook
some colourful DK yarns from your stash
yarn needle
scissors
mini bells
baker's twine

Please note I follow the US crochet terminology, thank you !!!

You can work your ornament with different weight of yarns, if you like !

The pattern for the house takes inspiration from an "old" photo tutorial of mine : Make it! Granny House!!! There are slight differences with the pattern of today, but you can choose the one you prefer!

Let's start !!! ;oD


CANDY CANES (make two)



You can decide to crochet white candy canes or colourful ones (for example : all red) and add the extra colour (slant line) when sewing the sweets along the house sides.
I prefer to crochet candy canes using two colours (like in tapestry crochet), starting the foundation chain with the darkest colour, never with white.

As you can see from the above picture, you need to crochet two candy canes, one with a right bending and one with a left bending !

right bending : (red & white candy cane) Make a slip knot on your hook with red yarn and chain 23.
Wrap yarn around the hook and insert its tip in 3rd chain from hook and work your first double crochet (=DC). Work another DC in next chain. Change colour (=white) and crochet 2 DC in next 2 chains. Change colour (red) and work 5 DC in same chain (bending). *Change colour (white) : work 2 DC in next 2 chains / change colour (red) : work 2 DC in next 2 chains *. Repeat pattern in between ** other 3 times, reaching the end. Chain 2 (with red) and slip stitch in last DC.
Cut yarn, fasten off and sew ends in.

left bending : (green & white candy cane) Make a slip knot on your hook with green yarn and chain 23. Wrap yarn around the hook and insert its tip in 3rd chain from hook and work your first DC. Work another DC in next chain. Change colour (white) and crochet 2 DC in next 2 chains. [change colour (green) : work 2 DC in next 2 chains / change colour (white) : work 2 DC in next 2 chains)] 3 times . Change colour (green) and work 5 DC in same chain (bending). Change colour (white) and crochet 2 DC in next 2 chains. Change colour (green) and work your last 2 DC in last 2 chains. Chain 2 and slip stitch in last DC.
Cut yarn, fasten off and sew in ends.

If you have problems in crocheting your candy canes using two colours separately, you can try to use two strands together and follow the same patterns !!! Remember that your personal touch is a must in any of your works, ok ? ;oD


PEPPERMINTS (two sizes)




It depends on the size of your gingerbread house : big house ? Big peppermint !!! Small house? Small peppermint !!!! ;oD

Even in this case, you need to confident with the basics of tapestry crochet ( if you need some help, have a look here), as you need to know how to carry 2 threads along the same row/round !




small peppermint

Choose a colour (yellow, for example) and make a slip knot on your hook. Chain 4 and slip stitch in the first chain to make a ring.
first round : chain 2 and work 12 DC into the ring. Slip stitch in top of first DC to complete the round.
second round : chain 2 and work 2 DC in same stitch. Change colour (white) and work 2 DC in next stitch. [Change colour (yellow) and work 2DC in next stitch) / change colour (white) and work 2 DC in next stitch] 5 times. Slip stitch in top of first DC. (total stitches : 24)
Cut yarn, fasten off and sew ends in.


big peppermint : this time we choose green as the main colour. Make a slip knot on your hook, chain 4 and slip stitch in the first chain to make a ring.
first round : as small peppermint
second round : as small peppermint, but remember to NOT CUT THE YARN !!!
third round : chain 2 and work 1 DC in same stitch. Work 2 DC in next stitch. Change colour (white) and work 1 DC in next stitch, then 2 DC in next stitch. [Change colour (green) and work 1 DC in next stitch and 2 DC in next stitch / change colour (white) and work 1 DC in next stitch and 2 DC in next stitch] 5 times. Slip stitch in top of first DC. (total stitches : 36)
Cut yarn, fasten off and sew ends in.

If the "big peppermint" is to big for your gingerbread house, try to crochet half double crochet stitches, instead, in the third round ! ;oD


GINGERBREAD HOUSE pattern




As written at the beginning of this post, this pattern origins from a previous one, that you can easily find HERE !!!

....You can crochet even a rounded version of it (HERE) if you like...

Anyway, today I'm giving you the updated version of the "Granny House" and we are going to work the granny square and the roof together, with no interruption in the pattern!


Choose the colour you prefer (I've been really traditional : caramel is my choice, buy you can work with any colour!) and make a slip knot on your hook, slip stitch in the first stitch to form a ring.

first round : chain 2 and work 3 DC into the ring, then chain 3. Repeat (3 DC into ring + chain 3) other 3 times. Slip stitch in top of first DC.

second round : slip stitch in following 2 DC tops and 1 slip stitch in corner. Chain 2 and in same corner : 3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC, chain 1. Repeat (3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC, chain 1) for each corner. Slip stitch in top of first DC.

third round : slip stitch in following 2 DC tops and 1 slip stitch in corner. Chain 2 and in same corner : 3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC, chain 1. In next chain-1 space : 3 DC, chain 1. Repeat [(3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC, chain 1 in each corner) + (3 DC, chain 1 in each chain-1 space)] 3 times.  Slip stitch in top of first DC.

fourth round : slip stitch in following 2 DC tops and 1 slip stitch in corner.  Chain 2 and in the same corner : 3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC, chain 1. In first chain-1 space and in next chain-1 space : 3 DC, chain 1. Repeat (3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC. chain 1) in each corner, while repeat (3 DC, chain 1) for every chain-1 space! Slip stitch in top of first DC.




Above you can see your 4 rounds granny square done !

Now, 2 slip stitches in the tops of the following DC and 1 slip stitch in the first corner on the left ...




... and let's start the ROOF : 





first row : chain 2, work 1 DC, chain 4 and in same corner work 3 DC (see above pics) and chain 1.
Repeat (3 DC in chain-1 space, chain 1) 3 times. Then in corner : work 3 DC, chain 4 and work 1 DC,  TURN

second row : work 4 single crochet (=SC) around last "chain 4" . Chain 3 and repeat (3 DC in chain-1 space, chain 1) 3 times. Work 3 DC in last chain-1 space, but no chain 1 : in fact, work 1 DC in next space. TURN

third row : chain 3 and repeat (3 DC in chain-1 space, chain 1) twice. Work 3 DC in last chain-1 space and 1 DC in last space. TURN

fourth row : chain 3 and in following chain-1 space : 3 DC, chain 1. Work 3 DC in last chain-1 space and 1 DC in last space. TURN

fifth row : chain 3. Work 3 DC in chain-1 space, chain 3 and slip stitch in last space. In this same space you work the chimney : chain 3 and work 3 treble stitches.

Cut yarn, fasten off and sew in ends.




This picture shows you the house made following the "old pattern".

The first picture of this section, instead, shows you the house made following the new instructions !


JOINING CANDY CANES and PEPPERMINT to the gingerbread house




There is not a specific order to follow : you can choose to sew on first the peppermint, then the candy canes, or the candy canes first, then the peppermint .... or 1 candy cane, then peppermint, then second candy cane .... it's up to you, my dears!!! ;oD


I suggest you to sew your candy canes along the sides of the house, using a yarn needle with some yarn (matching the main colours of the candy canes, in my case) and simple stitches.

The peppermint is placed in correspondence of the house' s center. With some yarn matching the main colour (and the help of a yarn needle), pass this yarn in the back of the house and make some knots. Done!!

If you look the back of the house, you will notice how neat it is ... !!! ...




.... and in this pic you have even the "icing " on the roof!!!! ;oD


"ICING" on the roof!




Do you know any gingerbread house without icing ??? I think it's quite impossible, right ???

You need different colours to make a happy roof and some patience ....

.... the stitches used (slip stitches and single crochets and picots!) are not difficult to crochet, but it takes some time to do that, as you need to crochet  (1 SC, 1 SC, chain 3 and slip stitch in first chain, 1 SC ) in the top of each shell ..






... and 3 slip stitches along the bottom wraps of each shell ...






I usually start to crochet the first row of icing at the base of first roof row.

You start with slip stitches, which are worked along couples of bottom wraps of each shell. The pictures above are showing these properly, I think !

After the first slip stitches, you work 3 single crochets (+ 1 picot) in the tops of the DC of each shell.

To make all this work easier, please remember to keep the roof folded backward !

The pattern repeats itself along each row, so you can easily manage that, even every next row becomes shorter .... ;oD







.... and to complete this beauty, just cut a lenght of baker's twine to form a loop to hang your ornament anywhere ....






... but if you desire a smaller version of the gingerbread house ???

No worries, because you can crochet a ...


MINI GINGERBREAD HOUSE




This time, you need to crochet a 2 rounds granny square . Once done, slip stitch in the following 2 tops of the DC and 1 slip stitch in the corner.
You can start the roof :

first row : in the same corner : chain 2, 1 DC, chain 4 and 3 DC, chain 1. In the chain-1 space : 3 DC and chain 1. In last corner : 3 DC, chain 4, 1 DC , TURN

second row : 4 slip stitches along previous "chain 4" , then chain 3. In chain-1 space : 3 DC, chain 1. In next chain-1 space : just 3 DC. Work 1 DC in last space, TURN

third row : chain 3 and work 3 DC in chain-1 space. Chain 3 and slip stitch in next space. In this space chain 3 and work 3 DC : chimney done !

Cut yarn, fasten off and sew ends in .


In this specific case. you simply need to sew on a small peppermint, no candy canes needed !!!





... oh yes, what about the icing on the roof ???


Make a slip knot on your hook with a sweet colour (!!!) and starting (from right to left) along the first space of the roof :

3 SC
chain 3
3 SC (along 2nd space)
chain 3
3 SC (along 3rd space)
chain 3
1 SC, chain 3, 1 SC, chain 3, 1 SC, chain 3 (along shell in top of roof)
3 SC (along next space)
3 slip stitches along chimney bottom wraps
3 SC in last space!

Cut yarn, fasten off and sew ends in.


Cut some baker's twine, add a mini bell and knot a loop ....






... not bad, right ?

have fun, xxxx Alessandra




































5 comments:

  1. Beautiful, such a great pattern. I love the idea of bunting across the kitchen window.

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  2. Oh they are just gorgeous! so much fun. I really think a christmas crafts crochet book written by you needs to happen. Where are those publishers?!! :-) XX

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  3. These are super cute Alessandra! So bright and cheerful :) Always love your Christmas crochet creations! Back online after my laptop crashed - ooooops :( x

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