Readers of my crochet blog might have noticed that I have a thing for making clothes for cork gnomes that reflect the season. But I have a small problem, I’m running out of corks and we only have fizz on special occasions. So I thought it was high time to make a crochet cork that is roughly the same size and shape of a cork and can be dressed up the little gnome clothes.
The crochet cork measures approx. 5 cm high by 3 cm wide (at its head). I have used a coin to add weight to the bottom and to allow it to stand up. It can be made without the coin and should stand up, but is more likely wobble. So if you have run out of corks why not make this quick under one hour crochet project.
Coin or disc of 2 cm diameter (I used a UK penny)
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The cork is worked from the top down.
Join each round with a slip stitch and then chain 1 and start next round.
This pattern is written using UK crochet terms.
Inc – 2dc in the same stitch
Dec – 2 dc together over 2 stitches
BLO – Working into the back loop only (the loop that is on the wrong side of your work, i.e., the inside of your cork)
Foundation: Make 6 dc into magic circle (6).
Round 1: Inc x 6 (12).
Round 2: 1 dc, inc. Repeat 6 times (18).
Round 3: 1 BLO (back loop only) dc in each stitch (18).
Round 4 – 6: 1 dc in each stitch around (18).
This is a good time to add the safety eyes or sew eyes on with black thread.
Round 7: 1 BLO (back loop only) dc in each stitch around (18).
Round 8: 1 dc, dec. Repeat 6 times (12).
Round 9: 3 dc, inc. Repeat 3 times (15).
Round 10 – 13: 1 dc in each stitch around (15).
Stuff the cork fully and position the coin at the bottom. Then crochet the coin into the cork.
Round 14: 3 dc, dec. Repeat 6 times (12).
Round 15: Dec- Repeat 6 times (6).
Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew up the bottom.
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