Every summer, without fail, my parents packed three kids, a road map, tent, and whatever was less essential but would still fit into our truck, and we drove. Three kids packed onto a vinyl seat in the middle of July made for some hot, long miles. But each next year we’d be so eager to go explore again. Why? We traveled to new places, saw new landscapes, experienced new climates and saw how things were made.
I especially remember the quintessential candy shops in the middle of small tourist towns. Our parents would let us stop and watch fudge be mixed through that front glass window. We saw taffy stretched and sometimes, just sometimes, we would go inside.
Today I realize being surrounded by walls of candy provided more magic than purchasing or eating the candy. Here is a knit lollipop pattern to offer some of that magic right at home. My boys have been tending their candy store for the past few weeks, making signs, writing receipts, and inventing flavors. We sure hope these inspire some hours of fun play for you and your children as well.
makes one lollipop
3 different colors of worsted weight wool yarn from your stash, approximately 19 feet of each color
2 size 6 double pointed needles
Wooden dowel rod 6″ long, 3/16″ diameter
Optional small scrap of ribbon
Holding three different colors together and using like one strand, CO 3.
Row 1: K3
Row 2: Keep your stitches on the same needle and slide them from the left all the way to the right to knit again.
Row 3: Pull the yarn across the back and K3** (NOTE: You are knitting an icord.)
Repeat inside of double stars until you have 16” of icord.
Decrease Next Row: K2TOG, K1 (2 stitches left on the needle)
Decrease Next Row: Knit the last 2 stitches together, (1 stitch left on needle)
Cut yarn, thread yarn needle and draw through the last loop to knot off.
Step One: Thread a yarn needle with a single piece of yarn and bend CO end of the icord in ½” to start your inner lollipop swirl.
Step Two: Sew the bend together tightly.
Step Three: Continue to bend around and sew the icord to itself tightly in a circular swirl. Keep all stitching on one side of the lollipop as this will become your back. Be careful not to twist knitting.
Step Four: Continue until your entire icord is coiled and stitched tightly together.
Step Five: Knot off, pull the yarn to the inside and secure. Secure all loose ends.
Step Six: Finally, position your dowel rod at the base and wiggle it back and forth to pry stitching open. Continue wiggling back and forth and shoving the dowel rod up until it reaches the top of your lollipop swirl. Try to keep the dowel rod hidden by shoving it in between the open spaces inside your icord.
Optional: If you like, you can secure a small ribbon bow around the base of your lollipop.
Your lollipop is done. Time to make more flavors.
Brenda Massei wonders how the day went by so quickly while playing and discovering with her husband and two sons. She blogs at Pioneer Kids about pioneer inspired living in the city and country as she lives in both. She also sells Waldorf inspired items on Etsy.