Thursday, 4 December 2014

Crochet Christmas wreath tutorial

Source: Pinterest

Another Christmas craft inspired by these crochect Christmas Wreaths from Pinterest.

You will need:
some card (such as a cereal box)
scissors/craft knife
something round to use as a template
crochet hook
green yarn
embellishments of your choice (eg sequins, beads ribbon).

Start by drawing out your template on the card and cutting it out. 

If you are using scissors rather than a craft knife when cutting out the inner part of the circle, make a hole and then snip to the edges before cutting round the edge. 

The larger the distance between the inner and outer circles the wider your wreath will be. You should also think about the size of the inner circle and how you want your wreath to look.

Next up is the crocheting. I've used UK terms followed by US terms in brackets. 

ss - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
tc - treble crochet
htc/hdc - half treble/half double crochet

Join your yarn to the card with a dc (sc) and work dc (sc) around the wreath. 

Take this bit slowly and make sure the tension as you crochet is even to give a good finish. Hold the loose end close to the card and crochet over it for a few centimetres to secure it and avoid the need to weave it in at the end. Push the stitches as close together as possible to ensure the card is covered.

Once you've crocheted around the whole wreath the next step is to add the shell pattern.

Repeat the following stitches all the way round - dc, htc, tc, htc, dc, ss (sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, ss)
If you find that the shell pattern doesn't quite match up when you've worked all the way round, don't worry you can cover that up the ribbon hanger.

Once you've worked the shell pattern all the way round snip a long tail, 20-30cm and secure. Make a loop securing with a knot and weave the tail in to the backside of the wreath.

Next up the embellishments. You can choose whatever embellishment you want. I went with a mix of beads and sequins in red and yellow.

I used some red thread as I loved the contrast with the yellow sequins and little gold stars. I tried to space the sequins and stars evenly out around the wreath, placing six of each at regular intervals. The seed and bugle beads I stitched in a more random order. 

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