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.
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.