Chocolate oranges have been a big part of our Christmas traditions for the last 5 years. I first made chocolate orange covers for the nursery ladies when Coot first went to her nursery. They were owls and I followed a pattern. They were very well received.
And because I love a cute little crochet gift, and a chocolate orange, I have continued making chocolate orange covers every year. Luckily I haven’t had to make as many as that first year for the last couple of years, as Coot has only had two teachers at a time! However this year is going to be a bad one. At Noot’s pre-school they have key workers but the children interact with all the ladies so I’ve got a fair bit of work to do!! And this year Coot has a teacher share in her class so I’m looking at making around 13 chocolate orange covers.
Last year I made Christmas pudding covers but couldn’t find the pattern I used anywhere so this year I made it up myself. It may be because the oranges have decreased in size but this year the pattern is completely closed which means you could also use the cover as a little dish for sweets.
Chocolate Orange Cover Pattern – this pattern uses US crochet terms.
You will need: 4mm hook
Stylecraft special dk; walnut, cream and green for holly leaves.
Three red buttons.
A chocolate orange
Stitch markers (unless you like to live dangerously!)
- Magic circle, 6 sc into magic circle (6sc).
- 2 sc in each sc around (12sc).
- 2sc in first sc then 1sc in next sc, repeat 5 more times (18sc).
- 2sc in first sc then 1sc in next 2 sc, repeat 5 more times. (24sc).
- 1 sc in next 3 sc then 2sc in next sc, repeat 5 times (30sc).
- 1 sc in next 4 sc then 2sc in the next sc, repeat 5 times (36sc).
- 2sc in first sc then 1 sc in next 5 sc, repeat 5 more times (42sc).
8-15. 1sc in each sc around (42sc). – 8 rows.
- 1sc into 5 sc then sc2tog, repeat 5 more times (36sc.)
- 1sc in each sc around (36sc.)
Fasten off walnut yarn.
- This row creates the drips of the cream on the Christmas pudding and is very flexible so choose your own pattern of stitches. Using cream yarn, chain 1 and sc into first sc, then 1sc in next 5sc and insert hook in a stitch 3 rows below current row and make stitch as usual. 1sc in next 2sc and insert hook 2rows below current row and make stitch as usual. 1 sc in next 7 sc and insert hook 3 rows below current row and make stitch then 1 sc in next 2 sc and insert hook 4 rows below current row and make stitch. 1Sc in next 5sc and insert hook 3 rows below current row then 1sc in next 3sc and insert hook 5 rows below current row and make stitch. 1Sc in next 5 sc and insert hook 3 rows below current row and make stitch. (36sc).
19-22. 1 sc in each sc around (36sc). – 4 rows.
Make two slip stitches and fasten off and sew in all ends.
For the holly leaves there are some fantastic crochet patterns out there. I use and love this one by Lucy from Attic24.
Just a heads up that this holly leaf pattern is in UK crochet terms.
The “rule” of art is generally odd numbers, but I felt that three buttons was the most important and that three leaves was a bit much. Of course when you make your own covers you can choose how many leaves/berries you want.
If you don’t have the right kind of buttons in your button box or like me you need a ton of similar buttons I recommend a quick search on ebay.
I am so pleased with how these have turned out. I hope you enjoy this pattern, please let me know if you have any queries or problems and I will do my best to help 🙂
I am also working on adapting this into a bird cover, but we will have to cross our fingers as I struggle to work out the beak!!