Sunday, 1 December 2013

*Free Knitting pattern*: Festive yule logs!!! o<:0)

Hello everybody,

Happy 1st of December!
Advent starts today- yay :D I am so happy, I have a Lindt, Thorntons and zhu zhu pets toy advent calendars, how lucky am I? :) My tree and decorations officially go up today too so that is also exciting!
To mark the start of the festive month I thought I would put up a free knitting pattern- my latest design- these mini yule logs, with an opening at the bottom to pop a treat in!:

I made a traditional one and also a winter wonderland frosty snow style one (you can pretty much pick your own colours though to create whatever flavour or style of log you want :).
They are relatively quick to make as they don't require much sewing and are knitted all in one piece but they are very cute and would make the perfect table setting at a festive dinner party- that is what I am going to use them for :-)
Lets get started!...
You will need:
For the main cake piece:
  • 3.25 mm knitting needles
  • DK yarn in your cake colour (a lighter/reddy brown for the traditional log or sponge cake colour for frosty log)
  • DK yarn in your frosting colour (a dark brown for traditional or white/cream for frosty log)
  • A small amount of DK yarn or embroidery thread for your swirl of cream filling (white for traditional, red for the frosty log)- The swirl is optional but I think it adds the perfect finishing touch :)
  • (Per cake) an 8cm x 8cm square of cardboard.
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors
  • A hot glue gun/strong craft glue (this is optional but is useful)
For the holly decoration:
  • Red buttons, knitted balls, beads, pom poms or whatever you like for the berries :)
  • Green felt for the leaves, or you could knit some little leaves and sew them on instead, once again- whatever suits you really! :)
For the snowy/glitter top:
  • Clear nail varnish or glue that dries clear
  • Glitter
  • Paint brush


Using 3.25mm needles and DK yarn in your cake colour cast on 4sts, then work as follows:

- Kfb into each stitch (8sts)
- P across row (8sts)
- Kfb into each stitch (16sts)
- P across row (16sts)
- *K1, Kfb into next st* repeat from * to * across row (24sts)
- K across row (24sts)

Change to your icing/frosting colour and work 27 rows of: K2, P2 ribbing

Then change back to your cake colour and work as follows:

- K across row (24sts)
- *K1, K2tog* repeat from * to * across row (16sts)
- P across row (16sts)
- K2tog across row (8sts)
- P across row (8sts)
- K2tog across (4sts)

Then thread end of yarn through the 4 remaining stitches on the needle and gather them up.

Making up:

Sew up the cake coloured ends of the cake (so they form the circular ends- gather the 4sts at then end then seam together).

Then sew in from each end, along the main body of the cake (The icing/frosting coloured piece), leaving about a 2inch gap in the centre. (This is so that you can get your cardboard piece and sweet inside :)

Make sure all loose ends are darned in and cut and then sew a swirl of filling on at each end of the cake in backstitch if you wish.

Next roll your cardboard piece and pop it inside- making sure the two edges of the rolled cardboard are in line with the opening of the kitted piece (So you still have an opening you can get a treat in to and out of :P). You can then glue the edges of the knitted piece flush with the edges of the cardboard if you want. This will fully cover up the cardboard piece giving a neat finish and it will hold it in place too :)


The opening/slit lies hidden on the bottom of the cake- The decoration is applied to the other side/the top side.

(If you do not want an open roll just pop the cardboard inside and then just seam up the last 2 inches instead)

For the glitter effect, paint some of your clear nail varnish or clear drying glue over the top of your roll then dip your paintbrush in your glitter and brush it over where you have applied the glue/varnish for a snow dusted effect:


Stick or sew on your holly decoration or other chosen decoration.
Then last but not least, pop a sweetie or surprise inside and; voila!
Your mini yule log is complete :-)
When you are done with your yule logs and the treats inside are gone you can always pop them on your tree by just pushing a pit of one of the branches through the opening in the back!
I hope you like my pattern, I had lots of fun making it  :D
If you have any questions/queries about the pattern or making up or anything don't hesitate to comment below.
See you all soon,
Bye xxXxxXxxX
I am using standard UK knitting abbreviations:
Kfb - Knit into the front and back of the stitch (increase by one)
st/ sts - Stitch/ Stitches
P- Purl
K- knit
K2tog- Knit two stitches together (decrease by one)
P.P.S. Please do not sell items made from this pattern without asking first, Thanks :)

PPPS!!!- I have listed more new items in my Folksy shop and as it is now December I am offering FREE GIFT WRAPPING on every order! :) Please do pop over and take a look- just in case you see anything you like:

Byeeeeeeeeeee oxoxoxo


  1. Aw they are too cute! :D

    1. Thanks, I am so glad you like them! :-D xxx

  2. Adorable
    I may make one an stuff it and put it on string as christmas dec


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