Although it is Christmas very soon, if you are still looking for a quick home made Christmas gift idea, then these Chocolate Orange Covers would be perfect. They are cheap and quick to make and look fantastic. I didn't have to buy anything except the chocolate oranges to make these as they basically used odds that I had left from other projects. In addition to this they probably took around an hour to make each one and I think they make this tasty chocolate a fun present too!
I started off using this pattern from Crochet with Kate as a basis for my covers, but after making one they came out way too big for the Chocolate oranges I had made. Either my gauge was way off or her chocolate oranges were much bigger!!
It wasn't too difficult to make them smaller, I just one less increase row on each half and only had 3 rows before adding the closing method. Pretty much everything else I kept the same and just adjusted the patterns to make different characters. I did end up using the embroidery french knots as eyes rather than safety eyes as I found they dug into the chocolate and didn't give quite as good a finish.
I ended up making the reindeer, robin and Christmas pudding that was suggested on the blog, but also adapted the robin to make a penguin and a snowman. Having completed all of them I am not quite sure who is my favourite but I think Rudolf may just be my favourite!
If you have any more last minute presents you want to make for family, friends or even teachers then I would definitely recommend making these!
I hope that everyone has a fantastic Christmas however you are celebrating. See you next week for the final post of the year!