Sprouts!

I love sprouts. Boiled, sauted with chesnuts and bacon, fried leftovers, even shredded in salads. I just can’t resist them. Now I have “sprouts a la crochet”! This garland is hanging in my kitchen, strung with lights and making me smile. It might be the ultimate in kitsch, but I love it!

These little sprouts are easy to make. I used DK cotton and a 3mm hook, but any yarn will do. They’re made in two parts, a centre ball and then a frill for the leaves.

Centre Ball (UK crochet terms)

Rnd 1:6dc into ring

Rnd 2: 2dc in each dc around. 12dc

Rnd 3: (1dc, 2dc in next st) 6 times. 18dc

Rnds 4 – 7: dc around

Rnd 8: (1dc, dc2tog) 6 times. 12dc

Stuff with hollow fibre toy stuffing.

Rnd 9: (dc2og) 6 times. Fasten off yarn and sew gap to close.

Frill:

Make 31ch.

Row 1: 1dc in 2nd ch from hook and in each dc across, turn. 30dc

Row 2: Ch2 (does not count as a stitch), [5htr in next dc, 1sl st in each of next 2dc] 10 times. Fasten off yarn.

Wrap frill around centre ball and stitch in place.

You can string the sprouts onto yarn or ribbon to make a garland, tie them to your tree with ribbons or stick them onto gift tags.

You can see more sprout photos on my Instagram page.

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