Christmas crochet

With everything that has happened this year it was very important to me to make this Christmas very special with as many handmade decorations and presents as possible. I also wanted to share as many patterns and tutorials with you as possible, so that seasoned and new crocheters alike can find something special to make.

Winter wreath

This blog is really to put all the makes together, so you can find them all in one place.

It all started with this gorgeous frosty wreath for John Lewis & Partners. The leaves and berries are taken from my book, ‘Crocheted Wreaths for the Home’.

You will find the video tutorial on John Lewis website or just click here

I also taught a lovely virtual class over Zoom for them, it was all about crochet snowflakes. I uploaded the video to my YouTube and IGTV so that it’s a good reminder for everyone who attended the class and now everyone can make a snowflake.

You will find the written pattern and chart here

Next up is the lovely Mistletoe wreath I made for LoveCrafts. I show you how to make the whole wreath from the base to crochet leaves, berries and how to put it all together. The base is made from ivy vines and is super easy to make.

You will find the written pattern here

The video is on LoveCrafts YouTube channel here

The final Christmas tutorial is for the adorable crochet stockings which are taken from the Christmas wreath from my book.

I made them into a garland for Search Press, they are super fun to make and perfect for using oddments of yarn.

You will find the video here and the written pattern here

The stockings take me nicely to my biggest Christmas make of this year…..my super-duper fabulous Advent Calendar. I’m completely late with it, but I didn’t actually think I would finish it this year, so I still count it as a win.

The pattern is the same one as for the lovely stocking for Search Press and from my book, but I have used thicker yarn and hook. The yarn is West Yorkshire Spinners Retreat on 6 mm hook. I have embroidered the numbers, very badly, with DMC gold metallic embroidery thread, number E3821. I have never embroidered with this thread and oh my it is not easy at all! I started with split stitch and ended with whatever, by the time the first few numbers were done I had enough and just used any easy stitch. I didn’t mark out the numbers first I just did it by eye, that’s why they are all different sizes, but I actually like them like that.

When all the stockings were finished I joined them together in 4 columns with strands of the same yarn by just attaching them with knots. Then attached them to the base of the wreath followed by some small baubles which I knotted to lengths of yarn and then to the base of the wreath and added a few to the stockings.

The wreath and baubles I bought in Home Sense a few weeks ago, they have such amazing decorations. The wreath is fab because it has a wire base, so it was easy to attach the lengths of yarn with stockings and baubles.

I finished it off by adding some fairy light to the wreath and hey presto!

I am overjoyed with the Advent Calendar and so happy I finished it before Christmas.

Merry Christmas and happy making,

Anna x

Mistletoe wreath

I am sure you have probably already realised that I love a wreath and mini ones are the cutest. I’ve created this wreath for LoveCrafts from scratch. The base is made from ivy vines and the leaves and berries crocheted.

You will find the full vide tutorial on how to make every part on loveCrafts YouTube channel

Below is the written pattern for the leaves and berries

Materials

Painbox 100% Wool Worsted

B – Cream

A – Slate Green

3.50mm crochet hook

Pattern note – Pattern is written using UK terminology with US conversion given in abbreviation list.

Abbreviations

Ch – chain

Dc (US sc) – double crochet

Htr (US hdc)– half treble

Htr3tog (US hdc)– half treble 3 together – [yrh, insert hook into next st or as directed, yrh, pull up a loop] 3 times, yrh, and pull through all 7 loops on hook.

Sl st – slip stitch

Yrh – yarn around hook

Leaf (make 14)

With A make 12 ch

Rnd 1: sl st in second ch from hook, * 1 dc in next 3 ch, 1 htr in next 3 ch, 1 dc in next 3 ch *, sl st in last ch, ch 1, working on the other side of foundation ch, sl st in first ch, rep from * to *, sl st in last ch.

Fasten off.

Berry (make 8)

With B make 3 ch, htr3tog in third ch from hook, ch 2, sl st in same ch as htr3tog.

Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

I blocked the leaves by pining out and steaming then used glue gun to attache them to the wreath.

Happy making,

Anna x

Crochet Snowflake

I have taught a lovely class yesterday to My John Lewis customers. It was my first class over Zoom and it was a lot of fun.

I promised to post a video on how to make the snowflake as a reminder to class participants and it’s a perfect opportunity to share the snowflake with everyone.

Below you will find the written pattern and chart and the video is on my Instagram IGTV and Facebook page. I’ll post the video with subtitles onto my YouTube later on.

Crochet Snowflake

Materials

Any Double Knitting yarn would be great to use for this project.

3.00 or 3.50 mm crochet hook, size depends on your tension. If you are loose crocheter use the smaller one, if your crochet is tight use the bigger one.

Finished size

After blocking – approximately 8 cm from point to point across.

Abbreviations [] – work instructions within brackets as many times as directed * – repeat instructions following the single or double asterisk as directed Ch – chain Ch-sp – chain space Dc (US sc) – double crochet (US single crochet) Htr (US hdc) – half treble (US half double crochet) Miss (US skip) – omit st(s) Rd(s) – round(S) Rep – repeat Sl st – slip stitch St(s) – stitch(es) Tr (US dc) – treble (US double crochet)

Pattern note

  • Pattern is written using UK terminology, with US conversions given in brackets in abbreviation list.

Snowflake – written pattern

Ch 5, sl st to first ch to make a ring.

Rnd 1: 4 ch (counts as 1htr and ch-2 sp), working into the centre of your ring, [1htr, ch2] 5 times, sl st to second of beginning ch2.

(6 ch-2 sp)

Rnd 2: sl st to first ch-2 sp, ch 1, [1dc, 1htr, 1tr, ch3, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc] all in the same space, * miss next st, [1dc, 1htr, 1tr, ch3, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc] all in the next space, rep from * until all spaces have been worked,

sl st to first dc.

Rnd 3: sl st in next 2 sts, so you reach next ch-3 sp, sl st in ch sp, 

* ch3, sl st in same sp, ch5 sl st in same sp, ch3, sl st in same sp, ch 3, sl st in next ch-2 sp, rep from * until all spaces have been worked, sl st to first space.

Fasten off.

Loop

Join yarn to any ch-5 sp created on last round, ch 15 and sl st to same sp.

Making up

Weave in all ends using tapestry needle.

For best finish, block your snowflake by pining it out on a towel, inserting a pin in every point and steam gently with an iron, being careful the iron does not touch the fabric.

Chart

 A symbol chart is a visual representation of a crochet pattern. Each round is depicted, stitch by stitch, using symbols that represent the stitches.

Once you get familiar with the symbols that represent each stitch, it is easy to read charts. They are designed to read exactly like they look, so the fabric that you are creating in your hands will look just like the visual diagram on the page.

The important thing to know to work from a crochet symbol chart is where to put the stitches. In this chart you will work round-by-round reading images instead of in words.  This chart is worked from the inside out, starting in the centre and working counterclockwise. The end of round is represented with slip stitch which is the black or pink dot.

Also, round numbers are placed at the start of round and each round is different colour so it is not confusing.

Enjoy

Anna xx