Right, people, it’s crochet time. Hooks to the ready, my fine fearless friends. Mince pie, anyone? That’s it – do pass the plate round.
We’re getting properly festive here at the ‘Yarn. The tree is up. The Toddler Twinnage is over-excited. The Stoic Spouse is…. stoic. And there are decorations, especially the little trees, Santa, paper chains, wreaths, and candles that I knitted the other week. But now we’ve got our hooks all ready, it’d be a shame not to use them, so shall we make some crochet versions of all of these? Please say yes.
OK, let’s take it from the top. Here’s a very easy little crocheted Christmas tree. The method is exactly the same as for the knitted version. Find some lovely green DK (aka light worsted) yarn. I’m using Fyberspates Vivacious in ‘Deep Forest’, which is just about perfect for a subtly variegated, leafy effect. Look!
You’ll need to work a square in double crochet (US terminology, so that’s treble crochet here in the UK). With a hook sized to match your yarn, loosely chain between 15 and 22 stitches, depending on whether you want a smaller or larger tree. (I recommend making a variety of sizes if you’re working a little plantation of these trees.) Turn your work, chain 3, then work back working double crochets (US terms) into every stitch. Repeat until you’ve worked a beautiful square. Woah, you’re ahead of me! Look, I’ve only got this far:-
When you’re done, enjoy a mug of lovely mulled wine. Aaahhhhhhhhhhhh. 🙂
Now for the making up. Follow the directions exactly as for the knitted version. In short, fold the square nearly-but-not-quite in half, as in this photo. It really won’t work well if you fold it completely in half, so it does need to be like this:-
Roll the tree up from one side across to the other, using the long tails to sew up the base and a curved seam up the back from bottom to top. You’ll need a smidgeon of toy stuffing to bulk out the top part of the tree.
So far, so good, but isn’t it just begging for a few decorations? As before, I’m using tiny metallic pipe cleaners for tinsel and to shape the star on top, and metallic beads for baubles. But feel free to go for it with the sequins and the glitter, too. Express your inner bling, people. 🙂 Quick tip: if you stick the ends of the pipe cleaners into the crocheted fabric, they should stay pretty still without having to sew them. Easy, no? Hurrah! Here’s the finished tree, standing slightly aloof from its knitted colleagues:-
Now, one more easy-peasy crochet make for today, and then we’ll leave the crochet paper chains and wreaths for my next post, OK?
So, here’s a very quick and simple candle. It’s even easier than the Christmas tree. First, you need to crochet a rectangle in pale cream yarn. You can use any thickness of yarn and you can use either single crochet or double crochet stitches (US crochet terms). In the example below, I’ve worked double crochets in chunky yarn, which gives quite an uneven surface, but if you want a very smooth, realistic surface you could use quite thin yarn in single crochet stitches.
Now, how big a rectangle to make? Well, the example in the photograph was made from a rectangle 24cm wide and 12cm high. So perhaps start with that, and then vary the size any way you like. (I wouldn’t recommend attempting a tall narrow candle, though, unless you want to reinforce it with wire.) I rolled up the rectangle loosely from the side, and sewed it down the back using the cast off tail of yarn. Making the wick is easy. Take a narrow metallic pipe cleaner. Leave a 2cm end to poke into the candle, then bend round to make a little circle for the centre of the flame, then twist round again to make a bigger loop that you can pinch at the top to form the tip of the flame. Cut the pipe cleaner so that both ends have 2cm spare. Twist the two ends together and poke them into the crocheted fabric. And you’re done!!
Would you like another mince pie? Oh…. they seem to have all gone. I don’t know how that happened… Um…