A Very Crochet Christmas – Crochet Pooling Table Runner

Since I finally worked out how to do planned pooling when making my bag a couple of months ago I wanted to do some more, but this time with a Christmassy feel.  Although I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to make with it initially I bought as many balls of Christmas colours I could find for a reasonable price in the UK.   This turned out to be more of the Lily Sugar n Cream and although I wanted to experiment with acrylic rather than cotton the price dictated and I got more cotton.

The mistletoe colour actually ended up being slightly easier to pool than the moonstone, I guess because there are less colours in it, but I also found the colour changes to be a little more consistent in length than the moonstone, although it was definitely not perfect.

I started with pooling one ball, and then ended up working 4 balls in a strip.  At this point I sort of wished I had doubled the pattern to increase the width but had spent quite a bit of time on it and didn’t want to start again.   So the sensible solution seemed to be to use 4 more balls to make another strip the same size and use the final ball to join them together then work a simple single crochet border.

The whole pooling effect actually matched up quite well considering it was done in 2 strips, but next time I try I am going to increase the width of the pooling.   I think that now having completed this project with larger pieces I feel more confident in tackling a bigger pooling project, or perhaps in a different pattern next time.

The Christmas colours of the mistletoe make it the perfect colour table runner for the Christmas period and it really looks great with the Christmas lantern on it.

I hope that you enjoyed seeing my Christmas table runner and join me next week for the final Christmas post this year.

Vicky x

A Very Crochet Christmas – Christmas Wreath

I have always wanted a wreath on my door at Christmas, but have never bought one before.  This past year I have been much more involved with crochet facebook groups and have seen a whole load of wreaths made for all different times of the year.    Feeling inspired, I decided this year would be the year I would have a wreath on my door at Christmas.

To start off I bought a polystyrene wreath base from Hobbycraft for £4.00 and for the rest I used scraps of wool that I already had.   As I have been making all my Christmas presents this year, I haven’t had loads of spare time to make Christmas decorations so I wanted to make the wreath as quickly as possible.   As a result of this I decided not to crochet the part that goes around the wreath base, but decided instead to wrap the wool around the base and superglue the ends.  I used the Aldi baby wool I got a couple of months ago in blue and white to create the background.

Christmas Wreath
Christmas Wreath

The decorations I all made and glued on using scraps of paintbox aran yarns and silver crochet thread I already had at home.   The snowman and his hat I just made up as I went, using basic circles and single crochet increases and decreases to make his shape.   The snowflakes and Holly leaves I probably could have worked out but being as I didn’t have much time, I used the excellent patterns from Attic24.   The berries I used the embroidery technique French knots which also held all the leaves together.

Finally I made some small pompoms in white using my finger as the wrap around size.   All the decorations I simply glued onto the wreath, I much prefer to sew as little as possible as I’m not wonderful at it.   After everything dried, I attached a plaited loop to the top of the wreath, threading it through the back of the wrapped wool to hang the wreath up.

Christmas Wreath
Christmas Wreath

 

The whole wreath took around 2 to 3 hours to make, most of it was made whilst my daughter was napping so definitely easy to do and I love looking at it hanging on the inside of the front door every time

I come down the stairs, it really cheers up the hallway which doesn’t often see many Christmas decorations!

I’m definitely going to make more wreaths in the future as they are quick and fairly cheap to make.  Join me next week for more Christmas decorations.

Vicky x

 

A Very Crochet Christmas – Nativity Scene

This week in Cosy Crochet’s Christmas I would like to show you all the Nativity scene I made last year.

We have always had a nativity scene under the Christmas Tree (since it is the reason for Christmas!) and most of the child friendly displays avaliable are not toddler friendly.  Last year Lily was just about 1 and didn’t really know not to eat the small figures, so when I saw the nativity pattern in a magazine, I knew this was the solution.   There would be nothing dangerous about a crocheted nativity.   They wouldn’t be ruined and it would also provide the kids with a distraction, rather than playing with the Christmas Tree decorations.

Last year the kids just played with it, but this year I hope we can use it to act out the nativity story.   You can find the pattern for the nativity figures part 1 here for FREE  and Part 2 here also for FREE.   The pattern includes all the figures; Mary, Joseph, Jesus (and manger), 2 Shepherds and a lamb, 3 wise men and an angel.   I added my own donkey and a stable with a star on top.  To hold the stable in its shape I put cardboard between crochet panels and sewed them together.   It seems to be holding ok, even after being in storage for a year!  I also added my own mat for the whole nativity to sit on.

Crochet Nativity
Crochet Nativity

I hope you enjoyed my  crochet nativity scene, and if you get a chance the pattern took me less than a week to make and is definitely worth it if you have little ones in the house.   I’ll get a photo of it under my tree this year and put it on my social media sites.

See you next week for more Christmas patterns.

Vicky x

A Very Crochet Christmas – Christmas Elves

Christmas has come to Cosy Crochet (a bit early I know, but I couldn’t wait any longer!)   This week is the first of the Christmas items I have been working on for you – Jingle the Elf.

Now my children are ages 4 and 2 they definitely seem ready to properly buy into all the Christmas traditions and one I have really wanted to start is the Elf of the Shelf.  However, rather than just buying any old elf, I decided to make one.   Although making one elf very quickly turned in to 2 elves!

So this week I would like to introduce to you Jingle and Candy the Christmas Elves.   The kids have already seen me making them and know they will be coming out closer to Christmas to report to Santa how well they are behaving.   What they don’t know however, is that elves can get themselves into all sorts of mischief!   I definitely look forward to seeing the kids reactions to what the elves get up to throughout the lead up to Christmas.   I am really hoping they will build up their excitement to Christmas day.

Jingle and Candy Elves
Jingle and Candy Elves

We usually put our decorations up as close to the beginning of December as we can so the elves will probably come out then.  The elves only took me a day to make each and so if you wanted to make 1 or 2 or several of these elves, there is still plenty of time.   They use mostly single crochets (plus increases and decreases) and loop stitch to create their hair.  I used the paintbox simple aran yarns to make them, but any aran yarn would work.

You can purchase the patterns for Jingle and Candy separately for £2.99 each, or get both patterns for £5.   As usual you can find them for sale on both my etsy and ravelry stores.

I hope you love my elves as much as I do, and I look forward to seeing any of the elves you make.   Keep an eye on my social media platforms to find out more about the mischief that Candy and Jingle get up to in our house over the Christmas period.

See you next week,

Vicky x

Crochet Baskets

This week I would love to share with you some more makes from around the home.   As winter is coming I wanted a hanging basket to put all the hats, scarfs and gloves in, to keep that all tiny.   I also needed a new washing basket, but could never find one I liked for the price, so I decided to make one of my own.

I have been working with Bernat Home Maker Dec Yarn for these baskets, something which is completely new to me.  I had 3 balls in pebble beach variegated and 2 balls in spice variegated colour.  I used the spice option for the hanging basket and the pebble beach for the washing basket.

It took a while to get a good hook and gauge to create the look of the basket I wanted.   I didn’t want the washing basket full of holes and I eventually ended up using a 4mm hook after much trial and error.   I started with a simple circle increase in single crochet for the base and just kept extending it until the circle reached 15 inches.   At this point I did a row of single crochet in back loops and then continued the sides in moss stitch to give more of a basket feel.

I worked moss stitch until it was 11 inches tall and then created the handles.   For each handle, I chained 20 and skipped 10 moss stitch patterns (sc, ch1) and made sure they were opposite each other.   I think continued with a further 4 rounds of moss stitch to finish off the handles and the basket.   It was really simple and easy to create and looks amazing.  Its quite flexible and will be easily washed perfect if anything gets too dirty.

Crochet Baskets
Crochet Baskets

 

The second basket I made was the handing basket.   This time I used an 8mm hook and used 2 strands of the spice together.   This time I worked my base circle in hdc until is measured 12 inches and then I stopped increasing.   As this is a handing basket I decided not to work a row in back loops as I did above.  I then worked 9 rows of half double crochet before working some short rows to decrease one portion of the basket and add more depth.  I finished by adding a chained handle and a final row of crab stitch.

This basket looks great hanging above the bag and shoe area and has easily fitted four sets of hats, scarfs and gloves, and would probably take more if we needed it too.

I really liked how soft the Bernat home maker yarn is and would definitely use it again.   I think in future I would double strand the yarn and use a larger hook as it works up much quicker.  The hanging basket took me a few hours, about a third of the time of the washing basket!

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my baskets this today.  See you next week,

Vicky x

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