Don't leave your bathroom out of the Christmas spirit. Festive crocheted toilet roll covers pop over a standard toilet paper roll and turn it into a decorative accent. Disguise a spare roll as Santa or Mrs. Claus, turn one into an angel or just embellish a standard tube with decorative holiday accents. Holiday-themed spare roll covers also sell well at holiday bazaars, and because they take so little in the way of materials, usually turn a handy profit.
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Besides a standard toilet roll, you'll need a crochet hook and 55 to 85 gr (2 to 3 ounces) of yarn for each roll cover. Choose worsted weight yarn and a size G or H hook for a bulky cover that works up quickly. Baby or sports weight yarn worked with a size D or E hook will create a thinner, more delicate cover. Craft shops often carry Santa, Mrs. Claus, elf and fashion doll forms designed specifically for toilet paper roll crafts. Instead of legs, the dolls have a moulded tube that fits into the centre of the roll.
Work the roll cover starting at the centre top. Work five chain stitches and join them into a ring with a slip stitch. Make three chain stitches, then work 11 double crochet stitches into the centre of the ring. Slip stitch into the third chain of the starting chain to join the round.
Start the next round with three chain stitches, then work a double crochet in the top of the chain-three from the round below. Work two double crochet stitches in each double crochet around. Slip stitch into third chain of the starting stitches.
Work three more rounds in double crochet, increasing 12 stitches evenly spaced around each round. Your last round will have 60 stitches.
In the next round, work one double crochet stitch in the back loop only of each double crochet stitch. This forms a slight defining ridge around the top edge of the cover. Continue working in rounds without increasing until the crocheted tube is about 6 inches long. Finish off by breaking or cutting the yarn and pulling the end through the last loop on your hook.
If you're working a cover that uses a toilet roll insert doll, start the basic pattern with 12 chain stitches, joining them with a slip stitch. Work 24 double crochet stitches into the ring, then proceed with the basic pattern to finish the crocheted cover for the toilet paper roll. Work the top of the doll's outfit separately. Dress the doll and insert the plastic base through the centre opening in the crocheted cover. Sew the top to the base, using a length of yarn threaded through a yarn needle.
Work the pattern in red, green and white ombre yarn, widely available in craft shops at holiday time. Make a Christmas red cover and add a ruffle of shell stitches in white around the base and in the ridge stitch at the top edge. For a candy cane pattern, alternate red and white yarn in stripes as you work the body of the roll cover. For Santa and Mrs. Claus, work the roll cover in red and use white, black and gold to add details to their outfits. Work an angel's robe in white with gold or silver ruffles.
Dress up the basic roll cover pattern with embellishments for the holiday. Top a white or green cover with a crocheted red poinsettia or a Christmas rose. Tuck crocheted holly leaves and berries into a ruffled bottom edge. or add gold borders and braid to a blue cover to turn your spare roll into the little drummer boy's drum.