Tuesday, October 20, 2015

How to Crochet a Mini Christmas Wreath

With Christmas creeping up (at least in the world of handmade as there is only so much 'making' time until December), I thought it would be fun to add a festive project to the Lakeside Cabin from "Let's Go Camping! Crochet Your Own Adventure". A wreath for the door. Of course, once I made that, the caravan (also in the book) looked bereft. Now, I can't stop making mini decorations....
p.s. please ignore the paint on my fingers in the photos.
Materials:
gold or silver 4ply yarn
embroidery thread (or 4ply yarn) in red and green (or white)
needle

Abbreviations (US terminology)
ch = chain
st/s = stitch/stiches
ss = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
sk = skip

N.B. All rounds are worked in continuous spirals
 Round 1. Using 2.5mm crochet hook and gold yarn, ch10. Ss back into the first ch to form a loop.
Round 2. Working over the 10ch loop rather than into it, crochet 12sc evenly distributed around the loop. Ss back into the first sc. (12)

Round 3. *1sc, 2sc into the next st. Repeat from * until end of round. (18)
Round 4. *2sc, 2sc into the next st. Repeat from * until end of round. (24)
Round 4. *3sc, sk one st. Repeat from * until end of round. (18)
This will cause the wreath to start curving back around like a donut.
Round 5. *2sc, sk one st. Repeat from * until end of round. (12)
 Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the first and last round together through the central hole.
For the French Knots 
Secure the thread to the wreath then wrap the needle anywhere between 1 - 4 times. 
 Place the tip of the needle back through the wreath and draw through the wraps.
 After a few french knots have been embroidered, thread the needle with green yarn and scatter some straight stitches to create leaves. Continue on with french knots until you think "Wahoo".
At this stage, my wreath is so new I have it stuck to the caravan with a needle. However, because it's going onto the door temporarily, I will fastsen it on with small pieces of double sided sticky tape - then it will be easy to remove after Christmas.
The  Lakeside Cabin wreath was made with a gold base and white embroidery thread for the french knots. 
If you are feeling particularly festive, you could attach a brooch back and wear it on your shirt!
Let me know in the comment section below if you have any questions.
Lots of love,
Kate. xxx

10 comments:

  1. such a cute wreath & it will totally make a cute brooch!
    ...are the patterns on Ravelry so we can link to the patterns that we have made from the book?

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    1. That's such a great idea - I don't know how to do it though!

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    2. It's a pretty easy process .. the link on the info is here.......http://www.ravelry.com/faqs/17226

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  2. Splendid, thank you !!!!
    Love from Belgium!

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  3. How adorable! I remember hooking up wreath pins to wear as a teenager (in my early days of crochet). Yours is a lot prettier!

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  4. Sooooo süß der Kranz, vielen Dank. Ich bin Oma und habe für meine Enkelin einen Wohnwagen gehäkelt, da muss natürlich der süsse Weihnachtskranz noch an die Türe. Ich schaue immer wieder gerne auf ihre Seite und staune was sie für tolle Sachen machen. Liebe Grüsse Inge aus Deutschland

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