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German Christmass Cookies “NĂĽsschen” Free Crochet Tutorial

These cookies are very traditional German Christmas cookies every family bakes in December. This is my very first recipy and these cookies are my husband’s favourite! The crocheted version would be a cute decoration for your kitchen or a beloved toy for your kid!

Here you can find both the free crochet pattern and the original recipy!

Ingredients:

  • 3 mm crochet hook
  • stitch marker
  • dark brown and light brown (or even yellow) yarn
  • scissors
  • sewing needle
  • yarn leftovers for stuffing

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase the number of stitches)
  • X 6 – repeat 6 times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown

The pattern:

Top part:

Start with dark brown yarn: 6 sc in Magic Ring

Round 1: Sc in each st (6)

Change to the light brown yarn.

Round 2: Inc X 6 (12)

Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)

Round 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)

Rounds 5-6: sc in all st (24). Fasten off and cut the yarn, weave in the end.

Bottom part:

Crochet with the light brown yarn: 6 sc in Magic Ring

Round 1: Sc in each st (6)

Round 2: Inc X 6 (12)

Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)

Round 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)

Round 5: (sc in next 3 st, inc) X 6 (30). Fasten off, cut the yarn leaving a longer tail for sewing.

Sew two parts together, stuff it with yarn leftovers. Note: the bottom part has to be inside out (the “right” side should be inside, see the pics).

Taadaaaaa, finished!

Now check out the eatable recipe 🙂

Plätzchen “NĂĽĂźchen”

  • 300 g ground haselnuts
  • 300 g soft butter
  • 200 g sugar
  • 300 g flour
  • 1 tea spoon baking powder
  • 2 packages vanilla sugar
  • about 100 whole haselnuts for decoration

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven 180°C, soft butter and sugar mix together, add other ingridients.
  • Mix everything in a homogeneous dough
  • Shape small balls (2 cm diameter) and put it on a baking sheet
  • Press a whole haselnut in each dough ball (until a half of the nut will be inside).
  • Bake 12 minutes and let the cookies cool down (When you get the cookies out of the oven, they will still feel very soft. Dont worry about it and let them cool down, they will ge harder very fast!).

Bon appetit!

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Christmas Cookies Free Crochet Pattern

I continue introducing original German cookie recipes to you. Crocheted version you can use as Christmas decorations! And today’s cookie is the Nougat Rings!

This recipe is very special to me because I am making it for the first time this year! Usually I am quite conservative if it’s about Christmas recipes but this year is so different in many ways, so I have tried something new.

At the end of the pattern you can also find the real recipe!

You will need:

  • 3 mm crochet hook
  • stitch marker
  • dark brown yarn
  • light brown yarn
  • scissors
  • sewing needle
  • colourful yarn leftovers for decorating

Abbriviations

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase the number of stitches)
  • dec – 2 sc together (used to decrease the number of stitches)
  • X 6 – repeat 6 times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown

Note:

  • Every next round is crocheted in the back loop only!!!!
  • Colour change tails can be used as stuffing

The pattern:

Dark brown Ch 6, change to the light yarn and ch 6, sl st to the first ch to join the circle.

Now the colours will be kept as in the chain. So change the yarn to the light one after a half of the circle and change back to the dark yarn at the end of every round. The tails can be left here to serve as a stuffing of the cookie. Remember to crochet in back loops only!

Rounds 1-2: sc in all st (12)

Round 3: (inc, sc in next st) X 6 (18)

Round 4: (inc, sc in next 2 st) X 6 (24)

Rounds 5-6: sc in all st (24)

Now you crochet using the light yarn only.

Round 7: (dec, sc in next 2 st) X 6 (18)

Round 8: (dec, sc in next st) X 6 (12)

Now use colourful short yarn leftovers to make the sugar.

Sew the round 8 with the base chain.

Congratulations, the cookie is finished!

And as promised, here is the real recipe of the Nougat Rings Cookies:

  • 40 g nougat
  • 120 g soft butter
  • 120 g powdered sugar
  • 160 g flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 90 g instant flakes
  • chocolate and colourful sugar for decorating

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven 200°C, soft butter and nougat mix together, add sugar.
  • Add flour, eggs and flakes to the dough and put it in a fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Put the dough in a plastic bag with a small hole (around 1 cm diameter).
  • Press the dough out of the bag in ring shapes on a baking sheet.
  • Bake 12 minutes and let the cookies cool down.
  • Decorate with chocolate and sugar. Enjoy!

I hope you had fun baking and crocheting these beauties with me!

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Egg Cozy Baby Yoda

Is not the Child the most adorable character of a TV show ever? I could not stop looking at him watching the series and now when the season is over, I miss him. So I crocheted one for me to think of baby Yoda when I am having a breakfast! As always: simple pattern, beginners are welcome! Join me if you miss baby Yoda, too!

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You will need:

  • 3,5 mm and 6 mm crochet hook (I have crocheted the head with the smaller hook so one cant see the fill)
  • light brown and green yarn
  • scissors
  • stitch marker
  • safety eyes (I had 5 mm)
  • sewing needle
  • black yarn to embroider the mouth
  • fiberfill

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in 1 st
  • dec – crochet 2 st together
  • X N – repeat N times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown

If it is your first amigurumi attempt ever, you might want to have a look at my tricks for crocheting amigurumi and ideas for interesting amigurumi stuffing. I am sure you will find it helpful! Have fun crocheting!

The pattern

Good news first: now you can find nicecrocheting and my pattern on Instagram!

The body (light brown yarn):

Round 1: 5 sc in magic ring (5)
Round 2: inc X 5 (10)
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 5 (15)
Round 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 5 (20)
Round 5: (sc in next 3 st, inc) X 5 (25)
Rounds 6-12: sc in all st (25)

Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in the end.

The head (green yarn):

Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 )
Round 2: inc X 6 (12)
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)
Round 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)
Round 5-8: sc in all st (24)
Round 9: (sc in next 2 st, dec) X 6 (18)
Round 10: (sc in next 1 st, dec) X 6 (12)
Fasten off and cut the yarn leaving a tail for sewing the head to the body.

Ears (green yarn):

Round 1: 4 sc in magic ring (4)
Round 2: sc in all st (4)
Round 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) X 2 (6)
Round 4: sc in all st (6)
Round 5: (3 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st) X 2 (9)
Round 6: sc in all st (9)
Fasten off and cut the yarn leaving a tail for sewing.

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Put the safety eyes in, sew the ears to the head, embroider the mouth and stuff the head. Your egg cozy is finished!!!

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Was it fun to crochet with this tutorial? Have a look at my other patterns, maybe you will find something you like there!

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Cute Plush Bunny Crochet Pattern

The free crochet pattern for the adorable bunny is here waiting for you! It’s very easy to make even with basic crochet skills but the result will look impressive, I promise! The bunny is so cute and stylish, perfect present for anyone!

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You will need:

  • 3,5 mm crochet hook
  • stitch marker
  • light turquoise, turquoise and white (for the scarf, take any colour you like) yarn, also light brown yarn leftovers for the nose
  • safety eyes (I had 10 mm)
  • sewing needle
  • scissors
  • fiberfill

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase the number of stitches)
  • dec – 2 sc together (used to decrease the number of stitches)
  • X 6 – repeat 6 times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown

If it is your first amigurumi attempt ever, you might want to have a look at my tricks for crocheting amigurumi and ideas for interesting amigurumi stuffing. I am sure you will find it helpful! Have fun crocheting!

Legs + Body (start with light turquoise yarn):

Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 )
Round 2: inc X 6 (12)
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)
Round 4-10: change to turquoise yarn; sc in every st (18) Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in the end.
First leg is finished. Make the second leg exactly the same but do not cut the yarn, continue crocheting both legs together.
Round 11: sc in next 9 st, 1 ch, insert the hook in a st of the last round of the second leg and sc in next 18 st (around the whole leg), sc in next st (ch), sc in next 9 st, place the stitch marker here, it is the last st of the round (38)

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Rounds 12-15: sc in all st (38)

Round 16: sc in next 8 st, change to the light turquoise yarn (do not cut the turquoise yarn!), sc in next 3 st, change to turquoise yarn (do not cut the light turquoise yarn!), sc in next 27 st (38)

Round 17: sc in next 7 st, change to the light turquoise yarn (do not cut the turquoise yarn!), sc in next 5 st, change to turquoise yarn (do not cut the light turquoise yarn!), sc in next 26 st (38)
Round 18: sc in next 6 st, change to the light turquoise yarn (do not cut the turquoise yarn!), sc in next 7 st, change to turquoise yarn (do not cut the light turquoise yarn!), sc in next 25 st (38)
Rounds 19-20: sc in next 5 st, change to the light turquoise yarn (do not cut the turquoise yarn!), sc in next 9 st, change to turquoise yarn (do not cut the light turquoise yarn!), sc in next 24 st (38)

Round 21: dec, sc in next 3 st, change to the light turquoise yarn (do not cut the turquoise yarn!), sc in next 9 st, change to turquoise yarn (do not cut the light turquoise yarn!), sc in next 3 st, dec, sc in next 19 st (36)

Round 22: dec, sc in next 3 st, change to the light turquoise yarn (do not cut the turquoise yarn!), sc in next 7 st, change to turquoise yarn (do not cut the light turquoise yarn!), sc in next 3 st, dec, sc in next 19 st (34)

Round 23: dec, sc in next 3 st, change to the light turquoise yarn (do not cut the turquoise yarn!), sc in next 5 st, change to turquoise yarn (do not cut the light turquoise yarn!), sc in next 3 st, dec, sc in next 19 st (32)

Round 24: dec, sc in next 3 st, change to the light turquoise yarn (do not cut the turquoise yarn!), sc in next 3 st, change to turquoise yarn (now you can cut the light turquoise yarn, fasten it off), sc in next 3 st, dec, sc in next 19 st (30)

Round 25: dec, sc in next 8 st, dec, sc in 18 st (28)
Round 26: dec, sc in next 8 st, dec, sc in 16 st (26)
Round 27: dec, sc in next 8 st, dec, sc in 14 st (24)
Round 28: dec, sc in next 8 st, dec, sc in 12 st (20)
Fasten off and cut the yarn leaving a tail for sewing.

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Tail (light turquoise yarn):

Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 )
Round 2: (inc, sc in next st) X 3 (9)
Round 3: sc in all st (9)
Round 4: (dec, sc in next st) X 3 (6)
Fasten off and cut the yarn leaving a tail for sewing. Sew the tail to the body.

Arms (make 2, start with light turquoise yarn):

Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 )
Round 2: (inc, sc in next st) X 3 (9)
Change to the turquoise yarn.
Rounds 3-5: sc in all st (9)
Round 6: (dec, sc in next st) X 3 (6)
Stuff the crocheted part of the arm.
Rounds 7-15: sc in all st (6)
Fasten off and cut the yarn leaving a tail for sewing.

Ears (make 2, turquoise yarn):

Round 1: 4 ch, 2 sc in the second from the hook, sc in next st, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st (8)
Round 2: 3 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st (12)
Rounds 3-6: sc in all 12 st (12)
Round 7: (dec, sc in next 4 st) X 2 (10)
Rounds 8-12: sc in all st (10)
Fasten off and cut the yarn leaving a tail for sewing.

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Scarf (turquoise yarn):

30 ch
Rounds 1-2: 3 ch,dc in all st
1 ch, join the scarf and crochet single stitches  through both sides. Fasten off, cut the yarn, weave in the end.

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Head (turquoise yarn):

Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 )
Round 2: inc X 6 (12)
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)
Round 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)
Round 5: (sc in next 3 st, inc) X 6 (30)
Round 6: (sc in next 4 st, inc) X 6 (36)
Round 7: (sc in next 5 st, inc) X 6 (42)
Rounds 8-14: sc in all st (42)
Round 15: (sc in next 5 st, dec) X 6 (36)
Round 16: (sc in next 4 st, dec) X 6(30)
Round 17: (sc in next 3 st, dec) X 6 (24)
Place the safety eyes (between the Rounds 9 and 10, 4 st between the eyes), embroider the nose and the mouth, sew the ears to the head.
Round 18: (sc in next 2 st, dec) X 6 (18)
Round 19: (sc in next st, dec) X 6 (12)
Round 20: (dec) X 6 (6)
Stuff the head and sew the last Round.

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Sew the arms to the body, stuff the body, put the scarf on the neck and sew the neck to the head. And the bunny is finished!

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Was it fun to crochet with this tutorial? Have a look at my other patterns, maybe you will find something you like there!

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The Nutcracker Story: Ballerina Marie Amigurumi Pattern

Inspired by the Nutcracker ballet! As Marie follows the Nutcracker to the beautiful Land of Sweets, her crocheted prototype appears after the Nutcracker pattern in my blog 🙂 By the way, this cute couple might be a perfect last minute Christmas gift for someone who loves the romantic story of Nutcracker.

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You will need:

  • 3,5 mm crochet hook
  • 2,5 mm crochet hook
  • light blue, brown, beige yarn (I have chosen the yarn in the way, that the blue yarn is thiner (matches to the 2,5 mm hook), and the beige yarn is one size thicker. This makes the waist proportions nicer)
  • red yarn leftovers for the mouth
  • a small piece of wire or a small scrunchy (for the hair bun) and a short decoration inkle
  • sewing needle
  • scissors
  • fiberfill

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase the number of stitches)
  • dec – crochet 2 sc together (used to decrease the number of stitches)
  • X N – repeat N times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown

If it is your first amigurumi attempt ever, you might want to have a look at my tricks for crocheting amigurumi . I am sure you will find it helpful! Have fun crocheting!

The Pattern:

Start with the light blue yarn.
Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
Round 2 – 3: sc in all st (6)
Change to the beige yarn.
Rounds 4 – 8: sc in all st (6)
Round 9: (sc in next st, inc) X 3 (9)
Rounds 10 – 12: sc in all st (9)
Round 13: (sc in next 2 st, inc)X 3 (12)
Round 14: sc in all st (12)
Change to the light blue yarn.
Round 15: in back loop only: sc in all st (12)
Rounds 16 – 19: sc in all st (12)
Round 20: sc in next 3 st, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st (16)
Rounds 21-22: sc in all st (16)
Stuff
Round 23: sc in next 2 st, 2 ch, skip 4 st, sc in next 4 st, 2 ch, skip next 4 st, sc in next 2 st (12)
Round 24: (sc in next 2 st, dec) X 3 (9)
Change to the beige yarn.
Round 25: sc in all st (9)
Round 26: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 3 (12)
Rounds 27-29: sc in all st (12)

Embroider the mouth (on the Round 26, red yarn) and eyes (between the Rounds 27 and 28, brown yarn) one stitch apart from each other. Stuff the head.

Round 30: (sc in next 2 st, dec) X 3 (9) Do not fasten off, cut the yarn leaving a tail for sewing.

Sew the last round. Fasten off, weave in the end.

The hairs (brown yarn): I have decided to not crochet the hairs but to use the yarn. For that I have prepared 12 yarn sheafs: each consists of three yarn pieces 10 cm long, knotted together on one end. Pull each sheaf through the head on the hair line (described below) in the way that the knots stay inside and the hairs look out. Use the crochet hook for that.

The hair line:

I started from the stitch above the left eye between the Rounds 28 and 29. And then we go from the left to the right. Then put the hair bunches in 4 more stitches of the round to. Afterwards we go 1 Round down and one stitch to the right, place the hairs (6 hair bunches are used until now). Then we again go 1 Round down and one stitch to the right, place the hairs (7), as well as to the three next st to the right (10). After that we move 1 Round up and 1 stitch to the right (11), again 1 Round up and 1 stitch to the right. And now the line is joined, we take all the hairs and shape them in a bun on the top of the head (using the wire or the scrunchy). Place the decoration inkle on the bun.

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Skirt (light blue yarn):

Crochet in the front loops of the last beige round. Insert the hook in the first loop, make 3 ch. Make it also in the beginning of the second round. Both rounds end with a sl st.
Round 1: 4 dc in all st
Round 2: keep crocheting this block until the round ends: (3 dc in next st, dc in next st).

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Arms (start with light blue yarn):
Place the crochet hook in the middle of a hole for the left arm, crochet around it (5 stitches: 4 st outside and 1 st at the neck), sl st, make 15 chain, cut the yarn.

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The right arm make in the same way but do not cut the yarn. Join with the last ch of the left arm, change to the beige yarn, make 50 chain and join to the 1st beige ch with a sl st. Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in all ends.

Marie is finished! If you want her to get the love story she deserves, do not forget to crochet the brave charming Nutcracker (tutorial here)! Do not they look cute together?
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Did you like to crochet with the tutorial? Check out my other patterns here!

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