Thursday, 4 December 2014

Tutorial :: Crochet Christmas Wreath

Day number 4 in my Advent Makes - another case of Pinspiration - this time some crochect Christmas Wreaths.


So how did I go about making them ...


Materials:
  • some card (such as a cereal box)
  • scissors
  • pen
  • something round to use as a template
  • crochet hook
  • green yarn
  • thread
  • needle
  • embellishments of your choice (eg sequins, beads ribbon).

First draw out your template on the card and cut it out. 


To cut 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'll give UK terms followed by US terms in brackets. 

Abbreviations:
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 bumpy bits.


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 bumpy bits don't quite match up when you've worked all the way round, don't worry you can cover that up with a bit of ribbon.

Once you've worked the bumpy bits 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. As with the Pinspiration pic you can choose whatever embellishment you want. I went with something similar to the bottom left corner, a mix of beads and sequins in red and yellow.


I decided to stitch these on using 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. 

And this is the finished decoration...

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