5 Little Monsters: Crochet Iced Gingerbread Ornaments

Crochet Iced Gingerbread Ornaments

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 The other day I was scrolling through Facebook and one of my friends had shared a picture of some gingerbread cookies they had made. They were decorated with lines of white icing and when I saw them I immediately had the idea to try to crochet something similar. 


I started by making a couple of simple shapes out of a light brown yarn to resemble the cookies. I chose to make a 6 petal flower shape that I turned into a snowflake cookie and a Christmas tree. I think hearts and stars would also be cute and easy (these patterns may work as the cookie base), or any other simple shape you want to try or have a pattern for. The only patterns included here are the tree and snowflake. 

Then I used white yarn to either surface slip stitch or embroider, or a combination of the two, to create the icing designs on the top of the cookie. I like the look of the surface slip stitch best because it kind of pops up off of the surface, but it works best for straight or continuous lines, some lines the embroidery worked best, or you can do a combination of the two to get the look you want. 


How to Crochet Iced Gingerbread Ornaments


You will need:



Instructions:


Snowflake


Begin with a magic ring

Round 1: in mr, ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), 10 dc, sl st to first dc to join (10 dc)

Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each stitch, sl st to first dc to join (20 dc)

Round 3: ch 2, [2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next] repeat around, sl st to first dc to join (30 dc)

Round 4: the sl st to join the last round is the first stitch of this round, sk the next stitch, [in the next stitch work 5 dc, sk the next stitch, sl st in the next 2 stitches] repeat around ending with a sl st in the starting sl st (6- 5 dc shells)

Finish off and weave in ends.

Use the white yarn to surface slip stitch or embroider a design onto your cookie shape. To surface slip stitch make a slip knot and place it behind your crocheted shape, insert the hook through your shape in the place you want your stitches to start, put the loop of the slip knot on the hook and pull it through to the front side of the project, insert the hook into the fabric and pull up a loop pulling it through the loop on your hook, continue inserting the hook front to back and pulling up loops to create the stitches across the surface of your project. 

Weave in all ends and tie a thread on the top to finish. 

Tree

ch 4, sc in second st from hook and each st to the end, cut yarn and set aside (3 sc, this will be the trunk of the tree)

Row 1: with new piece of yarn ch 4, sc into each of the 3 sc made in the previous set, ch 5 

Row 2: turn, sc in second ch from hook and each st to the end (11 sc)

Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc in each st (11 sc)

Row 4: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 7 st, sc2tog (9 sc)

Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc in each st (9 sc)

Row 6: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 5 st, sc2tog (7 sc)

Row 7: ch 1, turn, sc in each st (7 sc)

Row 8: ch 1, turn sc2tog, sc in next 3 st, sc2tog (5 sc)

Row 9: ch 1, turn, sc in each st (5 sc)

Row 10: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog (3 sc)

Row 11: ch 1, turn sc in each st (3 sc)

Row 12: ch 1,  in the first and second st sc2tog, in second and third stitches sc2tog (the second leg of the first stitch and the first leg of the second stitch will be worked in the same stitch) (2 sc)

Row 13: ch 1, turn, sc2tog (1 sc)

Finish off, weave in ends, and add surface sl st or embroidery in the same way as explained in the snowflake instructions

Weave in all ends and add a thread hanger at the top.