Christmas project: Knitted gingerbread house

This Knitted Gingerbread House is a fun, festive Christmas project I’ve been meaning to do for ages!

I haven’t written this as a pattern – as I knit it to fit around spare cardboard! But here are some tips on how to knit your own gingerbread house:

Materials used:

In addition to the wools you will need: Cardboard, Duct Tape, Box Cutter, Ruler, Glue Gun, Scissors, Crochet Hook (to edge some of the sides), 4x double-pointed needles (I used 4mm for the fine, white icing and 6mm for the peppermints).

Skills needed:

Knit Stitch, Purl Stitch, Casting on and off, Knitting in the Round, Cabling, Increasing and Decreasing Stitches.

Tips and tricks:

BASE: Knit the base using tan/light brown wool and stocking stitch (alternation rows of knit and purl stitch). To create a look of icing, I cast on and off with white wool on all panels except the top of the front and back pieces with the pointed tops – instead, I crocheted these edges with white wool.

SHAPING THE POINTED ROOF: To shape the gabled roof at the front and back I decreased one stitch on both sides of the right side row (knit stitch) until there were only two stitches left.

CABLED PATTERN ON THE ROOF: I cast on 48 sts (must be a multiple of 8) and created diamond cables with white on top of the tan/brown wool).

PEPPERMINTS: The peppermints are knit in the round by casting on 8 sts with white; next round inc1 in every st adding the red wool for each inc st; working one round alternating red, white; inc1 every other st, using the red for the inc; working one round alternating red and white (following the pattern of the previous round) then doing all those previous steps in reverse by decreasing instead of increasing until you are back to 8 sts! If you are new to knitting, instead of making the more complex peppermints I have done you can do simpler pompoms or even cut candies out of felt!

COLOURED CANDIES: Cast on 2 sts, inc 1 in both, k1 row, p1 row, then in the final row i knit both sts together and then pulled one st over the other.

EXTRA PIPED ICING: I added piped icing to the corners and to make a door. To do this I knit i-cords as follows:

  1. Cast on 2 sts with the white wool

  2. Slide the sts to the opposite end of the needle so the loose working wool is NOT at the end near the tip

  3. With the loose working wool pulled tightly across the back of the sts, start to k this row on the first st at the end of the row and knit across

  4. Continue to knit for as long as you need your cord to be, sliding the sts to the opposite end after every row and pulling the wool tightly across to knit the first

  5. Cut the wool leaving around 20cm hanging

  6. Thread a wool needle and pass it through these 2 sts as you pull them off the needle

  7. Pull this loose wool end tightly to close the top

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