The older I get, the more I love Christmas. Especially the run up to Christmas.
I love decorating the house. I love baking gingerbread biscuits and mince pies, and decorating the cake. I love having an Advent candle and burning a little more down every day. I love gathering presents together, creating little parcels of love to send off to all my friends and family. I love carols and wrapping presents and…..you get the picture.
This year, I decided to make a new Christmas wreath. We already have one, that I made several years ago – a beautifully elegant red base with white thread snowflakes. That goes on our front door, and I love it, but I wanted something a little different.
After assuring my mother that this new wreath would not replace our snowflake wreath on the front door, I embarked on a wreath to match (more or less) the colours of our Christmas tree decorations. We have a blue-and-silver theme for our tree, with little splashes of turquoise and purple, so those are the colours I went with for my new wreath.
Ta da! Isn’t it gorgeously lush?
63 holly leaves, 24 holly berries, 18 small stars, ten big stars, seven sort-of Christmas roses, and one little bird. All gathered together on a 25cm ring.
Obviously I had to make up my own designs for all the little elements – though I say ‘my designs’ hesitantly, because I’m quite certain there’s not much original in the holly leaves! However, the design as a whole is all mine 🙂
What you’ll need
- One 25cm polystyrene ring
- 4mm crochet hook
- DK yarn in small quantities. I used Stylecraft Special DK in the following shades: white, royal, violet, empire, lapis, petrol, grey, cloud blue, lobelia, silver, duck egg, wisteria, aster, denim.
- Note: how much of each colour you’ll need will vary, so I can’t give you quantities. It’s a great stash-bush project, though!
- Tapestry needle for sewing in ends
- Pins to pin all the motifs in place
Gauge isn’t important for this project. What’s important is making sure that when you work the base for the wreath, you have a long enough starting chain. You need to be able to wrap it around the wreath comfortably, without too much stretch.
The pattern is written in US terminology. It has been tested, but we’re only human; forgive any errors!