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Monday, October 19, 2009

Crochet Wreath


I bought some yarn in the colors of Clare's curtains to make her a pennant garland but when I saw this wreath, I was inspired. I think this would make a pretty gift to celebrate a new baby. Decorate it with a little embroidered "It's a..." sign, or the baby's name or a crocheted flower or even some little glittery birds in a nest. This one however, was the perfect home for Clare's little owl friend.

This was fun and a very easy beginner Crochet project. Check out the DIY after the jump.




What you need:

- Yarn - I used Vanna's Choice in Scarlet, Vanna's Choice Baby in Pink Poodle and Vanna's Choice in Rust

- Crochet Hook G/6 (or whatever size you have)

- Styrofoam ring form - this one was 16" from Michaels, but you can make it any size

- Embroidery needle and thread (or a yarn needle)

- Coordinating ribbon for hanging

- Scissors

Key:
DC: Double Crochet
Ch: Chain Stitch
SC: Single Crochet 
Whipstitch
Changing yarn color (sorry about the ad for Saw VI)



Crochet:

1. Ch 20, turn

2. Ch 3, DC in second stitch and 18 more across (including the initial Ch 3, this will look like 20 DC across)

* At this point check that your width reaches around your ring form and touches on the back. It should be snug but not stretched. If it does not fit, start over and adjust by adding or subtracting a stitch or 2.

3. Turn

4. Ch 3, DC in second stitch and 18 more across.

5. Repeat step 4 until your length reaches around the outside of your wreath snug but not stretched

* Change colors as you wish to create an interesting pattern. The stripes will also guide you when you are sewing your crochet onto your ring form at the end of the project.

Attaching crochet to ring form:

1. Thread your needle with embroidery thread or yarn and tie a loop at the end of your thread.

2. Pick up both sides of the crochet piece with the needle and pull the needle through the loop at the end of your thread and pull tight.



3. Sew all the way around the ring whipstitching the two sides of the crochet piece together. It is helpful to use the stripes to keep you crochet piece lined up. Tuck all the the loose threads inside as you go.

4. When you get to the end, tie off the embroidery thread. You may also tie it to the beginning tail of your thread to connect the circle.



Finishing:

1. Using embroidery thread or yarn matching your ring, whipstitch the two sides together all the way around the circle. Stitch the loops closest to the foam ring together to make your wreath appear seamless. Tie off the thread.



2. Attach any decorative elements, a bow, a small plush, a little plaque and a ribbon to hang your wreath.

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8 Comments:

Blogger Jaime said...

i die, i want this!

October 19, 2009 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger RachelDenbow said...

This is beautiful! I think I may have to try it now!!!

October 19, 2009 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Stevee said...

This is so cute!!!! I want one!

October 19, 2009 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

WOW!! this is a fab idea! I never would have thought to make a crochet wreath, now I know what I'm doing for my Christmas wreath this year, thank you so much for the inspiration!

October 19, 2009 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Tam said...

Where is Clare's owl friend from? he's adorable!

October 20, 2009 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Jacinda said...

Tam - he is from Starbucks (weird, right?) circa 2007. I couldn't resist his bookishness.

October 20, 2009 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger themagicalbean said...

This is so great! I can't wait to make one, and I wish I could have the owl too...:)

October 26, 2009 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My Mom's birthday is on Monday and I needed something super inexpensive but cute to give her...and this is perfect, thank you! I'll go to the store today and pick up everything :D

October 9, 2010 at 8:30 AM  

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