Cornucopia

   

I love the little cornucopias I see on trees, filled with tiny presents or bits of evergreen and berries, so I experimented with a few styles. Still, they are all based on a granny square with an extra round on two sides only with a join up the other two sides.

MATERIALS

I’ve used several different materials, and you can use whatever you like, to get whatever size you want. My personal favorite is a size 8 crochet thread with a US size 4 steel hook (which Annie’s says is a 2mm). It is about 4” in length, from the bottom to the uppermost corner.

TIPS

  • When crocheting the first round of a granny square, if you pick up the tail of the thread and crochet it into one of the dcs, it will prevent your center chain/circle from becoming too large.

  • Turning your granny square each round will help it to stay beautifully squared. It is not essential to do so though, if you are more comfortable working it in the conventional way.

ABBREVIATIONS

  • sl st Slip Stitch

  • dc Double Crochet

  • ch Chain Stitch

  • beg Beginning

  • Shell Shell Stitch (3dc, ch 2, 3d) (this is also the corner pattern)

PATTERN #1

Made with Alize Miss Batik 3724, steel hook size 4 (2mm)

  1. Ch 4 [this is your beginning dc and a chain into which the rest of the round will be worked], 2 dc into beg ch, (ch 2, 3 dc into same beg ch) X 3, ch 2, join to top of ch 3 with sl st

    [Four 3dc sets, separated by ch 2 spaces]

  2. Turn square over, ch 3 [this is the 1st dc, now and throughout the pattern], 2 dc into the joining ch 2 space, (ch 1, 3dc, ch 2, 3 dc into next ch 2 space) X 3, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2 in beg ch 2 space, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3

    [Four 3dc, ch 2, 3 dc sets, separated by ch 1 spaces]

  3. Turn square over, ch 3, 2dc into joining ch 2 sp, (ch 1, 3 dc into ch 1 sp, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3dc into ch 2 corner space, ch 1) X 3, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2 in beg ch 2 space, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3

    [Four 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc corner sets, eight ch 1 sp, four 3 dc sets]

  4. Turn square over, ch 3, 2dc into joining ch 2 sp, (ch 1, 3 dc into ch 1 sp, ch 1, 3d into ch 1 sp, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3dc into ch 2 corner space, ch 1) X 3, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2 in beg ch 2 space, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3

    [Four 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc corner sets, twelve ch 1 sp, eight 3 dc sets]

5.  Ch 3, work 1 shell into each ch 1 sp across, in corner work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, 2dc], work 1 shell into each ch 1 sp across next side, 1 dc into corner.

Note: You have only worked 2 sides

[six shells, three 2 dc separated by 2 ch in middle corner, 1 dc in beg and end corners.]

6.  Fold the square in half, and crochet or whip stitch the 2 plain sides together. Close off at the end with a sl st into the base corner.         I didn’t have any little presents, but I did have some miniature bottles and clothespins to fill my cornucopia with!

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