Free pattern! Crochet a Christmas pud

This little pud by designer Brigitte Read contains something better than a sixpence – it’s a basket for your crochet notions! You could also use the basket as an alternative to a traditional stocking, filling it with little gifts and hanging it at the foot of a bed, or you could fill it with wrapped chocolates as a more seasonal alternative to handing around a tin.

“By using lighter weight yarn and a smaller hook, you could make this pud any size – even small enough for a Christmas tree decoration”

So the possibilities are endless!

You will need…

Aran-weight yarn

75g of brown, 25g each of white, dark green and dark red

3.5mm crochet hook

8 x 1⁄4in (20cm x 12mm) green velvet ribbon

Five buttons

Abbreviations

ch chain cont continue

cluster work the required number of sts leaving the last loop of each on hook, yrh, draw the yarn through all the loops.

dc double crochet dtr double treble dec decreasing foll follow(ing)

nc increasing

rep repeat

rem remain(ing)

R(W)SF right (wrong) side facing

st(s) stitch(es) ss slip stitch tr treble t-ch turning chain yrh yarn round hook

PUDDING BOTTOM

Base

Foundation loop Using brown yarn, make 6 ch and join with a ss to form a ring.

Round 1 Crochet 8 dc around the ring.

Round 2 Inc 8 sts evenly; 2 dc in each st to end. [16 sts]

Round 3 Inc 8 sts evenly; (1 dc, then 2 dc in next st) to end. [24 sts]

Round 4 Inc 8 sts evenly; (2 dc, then 2 dc in next st) to end. [32 sts]

Round 5 Inc 8 sts evenly; (3 dc, then 2 dc in next st) to end. [40 sts]

Round 6 Inc 5 sts evenly; (7 dc, then 2 dc in next st) to end. [45 sts]

Round 7 Inc 5 sts evenly; (8 dc, then 2 dc in next st) to end. [50 sts]

Round 8 Work without increase.

Round 9 Inc 2 sts evenly; (24 dc, then 2 dc in next st) to end. [52 sts]

SIDES

Round 10 Inc 4 sts evenly; (12 dc, then 2 dc in next st) to end. [56 sts]

Round 11 Inc 4 sts evenly; (13 dc, then 2 dc in next st) to end. [60 sts]

Round 12 Inc 6 sts evenly; (9 dc, then 2 dc in next st) to end. [66 sts]

Rounds 13 & 14 Work without increase.

Round 15 Inc 6 sts evenly; (10 dc, then 2 dc in next st) to end. [72 sts]

Round 16 Work without increase.

Round 17 Inc 6 sts evenly; (11 dc, then 2 dc in next st) to end. [78 sts]

Rounds 18-23 Work without increase.

Round 24 Dec 2 sts evenly; (37 dc, then skip 1) to end. [76 sts]

Round 25 Dec 4 sts evenly; (17 dc, then skip 1) to end. [72 sts]

Round 26 Work without decrease.

Round 27 Dec 4 sts evenly; (16 dc, then skip 1) to end. [68 sts]

Round 28 Work without decrease.

Round 29 Dec 2 sts evenly; (32 dc, then skip 1) to end. [66 sts]

Round 30 Work without decrease

Round 31: Dec 2 sts evenly; (31 dc, then skip 1) to end. [64 sts]

Round 32 Dec 4 sts evenly; (14 dc, then skip 1) to end. [60 sts]

Round 33 Dec 4 sts evenly; (13 dc, then skip 1) to end and fasten off. [56 sts]

PUDDING TOP

Foundation loop Using white yarn, make 6 ch and join with a ss to form a ring.

Round 1 Crochet 10 dc around the ring

Round 2 Inc 9 sts; 1 tr, then 2 tr in each st to end, ss to first tr. [19 sts]

Round 3 inc 9 sts evenly; (1 tr, then 2 tr in next st) to end, ss to first tr [28sts]

Round 4 Inc 9 sts evenly; (2tr, then 2 tr in next st) to end, ss in to first tr [37 sts]

Round 5 Inc 9 sts evenly; (3 tr, then 2 tr in next st) to end, ss to first tr. [46 sts]

Round 6 Inc 9 sts evenly; (4 tr, then 2 tr in next st) to end, ss to first tr [55 sts]

Round 7 Make large fan (yrh three times, skip 2ch, finish dtr and put further 7 dtrs in same st), skip 2ch, dc into next ch, then make small fan (yrh, skip 1 ch, finish dtr and put further 7 dtrs in same st, skip 1) dc into next chain. Rep to end; you should have 5 large fans interspersed with 5 small fans.

LEAVES (MAKE 2)

Row 1 Using green yarn, chain 2. (+1t-ch)

Row 2 1 dc in each st to end [3 sts] (+ 1 t-ch)

Row 3 1dc, 2 dc in next st, then 1 dc [4sts] (+1 t-ch)

Row 4 2 dc then 2 dc into next st, 1 dc [5 sts] (+1 t-ch)

Row 5 2dc, then 2 dc into next st, 1 dc [6 sts] (+1 t-ch)

Rows 6-10 Work without increase, using a turning chain

Rows 11-16 Working without a turning chain, leaf will naturally decrease to just one stitch

Round 17 Dc around the leaf to create a smooth edge

Round 18 Create a picot edge around the edge of the leaf by ch 3, dc in next st to end

BERRIES

Row 1 Using red yarn, chain 30

Row 2 (+3 t-ch) 5 tr cluster in the same stitch, ss in the next 2 sts, repeat to end.

FINISHING

Sew 5 buttons on the pudding body corresponding to the large fans.

Chain button holes onto the base of the large fans, with a 5-stitch chain/

Arrange leaves and berries on top of pudding and stitch on.

Secure ribbon through hole in top of pudding and stitch or tie knot

You can make an inside cover to hide the ribbon and stitching by following round 1 to 5 of the pudding base.

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