Christmas Crackers

Crackers (2)

I wanted to make something to put little stocking fillers in for Christmas and was going to make gift bags but in a flash of inspiration I thought what about crackers. So I had a think about how to do it and came up with these. They are just a strip of knitting with a couple of rows of eyelets, sewn into a tube with an empty loo roll tube put inside and a couple of icords threaded through each set of eyelets and tied in a bow.

The body of the cracker could have a fair isle design knitted in or an intarsia picture. You could put the initial of the person the gift inside is for (which is what I intend to do) either by knitting it in or Swiss darning it on afterwards. I might do it by sewing buttons on.

The cracker doesn’t have to be in Christmassy colours, you could make it in the colours of the recipient’s favourite team or just their favourite colours.

You could use ribbon instead of icord.

Here are the patterns I came up with.

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Christmas Cracker On The Bond

Bond Cracker

You will need oddments of Double Knitting yarn in colour A, colour B and colour C and a cardboard loo roll tube.

Using Keyplate 2 and colour A, ewrap cast on 36 sts.
RC 000
Knit 23 rows
Starting from the furthest needle on the right, transfer the 4th st and every following 4th stitch onto it’s adjacent needle. (There should be 8 transfers in total)
Knit 3 rows.

Change to colour B
Knit 28 rows. (RC 54)

Change to colour A
Knit 3 rows.
Transfer stitches for eyelets as before.
Knit 23 rows. (RC 80)

Cast off using backstitch.

Join the side seams.

Insert the cardboard tube.

Using colour C, make 2 icords approximately 17 inches long, thread one through each set of eyelets and tie in a bow.

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Christmas Cracker On The Standard Gauge

Standard Gauge Cracker

You will need oddments of 4ply yarn in colour A, colour B and colour C and a cardboard loo roll tube.

Using colour A, ewrap cast on 52 sts.
Set at T6.
RC 000
Knit 33 rows.
Starting from the furthest needle at the right, transfer the 6st and every following 6th stitch to it’s adjacent needle. (There should be 8 transfers in total).
Knit 5 rows.

Change to colour B.
Knit 44 rows (RC 82)

Change to colour A.
Knit 5 rows.
Transfer stitches for eyelets as before.
Knit 33 rows. (RC 120)

Cast off using backstitch.

Join the side seams.

Insert the cardboard tube.

Using colour C, make 2 icords approximately 17 inches long, thread one through each set of eyelets and tie in a bow.

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I hope some of you will find these useful.

Talk to you later,

Susan

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7 Responses to Christmas Crackers

  1. Alyssa-Jean's Knitwear says:

    Reblogged this on Heather's Crafty Space and commented:
    Susy has come up with a great idea for little xmas gifts….go check it out 🙂

    Happy Crafting.
    Heather x

  2. Yvonne says:

    Brilliant idea!Thanks

  3. These are really a cute idea, thanks so much Susan!

  4. Susan Ross says:

    This is such a great idea, thanks so much for sharing the patterns. I’l be making these up for grandchildren for sure.

    • susyranner says:

      You’re welcome. You’ll have the crackers made in no time, they knit up very quickly.

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