Finished object – Christmas ornaments

Every year I like to make a new and different ornament for each of us.

This year the kids got a snowman each, and hubby got a Mario star. I’m actually thinking of maybe doing a Mario ornament for him for the next few years, he is such a big Mario fan!

The snowmen I made up as I went along, but the pattern for the star is here: http://arpelia.blogspot.com.au/2008/03/super-mario-invincibility-star-crochet.html I just added a crochet chain for hanging.

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And now I am stuck trying to think of a decoration for me.

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Oh Christmas tree

I love Christmas crafting! As I may have already said our decorations were destroyed a little earlier in the year, also we will not be having a proper tree this year.

But I couldn’t bear the thought of not having a tree at all so I sat down last night and this morning and cranked this little beauty out.

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The pattern for the tree can be found here http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-for-Christmas/Crocheted-Christmas-Trees-from-Lily-Sugar-N-Cream/ml/1

however I made a few little modifications to it. I Used 2 strands of  DK (8 ply) With a 5 mm hook, and added in 5 extra rows without increases.

The tinsel is made using fun fur and using surface stitch. Here is a link to a good tutorial for it  http://www.crochetspot.com/how-to-crochet-surface-crochet-or-surface-slip-stitch/

Also instead of using a felt bottom for the tree I crocheted one, here is the pattern for the base of the tree.

5mm hook 2 strands DK

Base of tree

Ch 3 join

R1   Dc6 in ring

R2   Dc twice in each stitch (12)

R3   Dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (18 stitches)

R4   Dc in next 2 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (24 stitches)

R5   Dc in next 3 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (30 stitches)

R6   Dc in next 4 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (36 stitches)

R7   Dc in next 5 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (42 stitches)

R8   Dc in next 6 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (48 stitches)

R9   Dc in next 7 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (54 stitches)

R10 Dc in next 8 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (60 stitches)

R11 Dc in next 9 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (66 stitches)

finish off.

And the star on top is my own design too. I threaded a bamboo skewer though the back of it, then stuck it through to top of the tree. (of course you couldn’t do this if it were intended for a toy.)

1 strand of DK (8ply) and a 3.5 mm hook

Little star

Ch 3 join

R1 Dc 5 into ring

R2 Dc tr dc in each st around (15 st)

R3 Dc 2tr dc in each tr, sl st in each  dc around, finish.

After I did the tinsel and sewed the star buttons on, I stuffed it, put a circle cardboard insert in the bottom (made from an old cereal box) And slip stitched the base to the tree.

Merry KNitmas?

So going through our shed the other week, we discovered it was not as water proof as we thought it was and our box of Christmas decorations was ruined.

So I am planning on making the tree decorations now, and making sure they get stored somewhere a little safer this time. I came up with this little number today, however I am not quite sure what to name it.

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You will need:

Approx 3 to 5 meters of green yarn, I used DK weight

Plastic ring from a milk or juice carton

2 bamboo skewers 

2 beads that will fit snugly on the fat end of the skewer (you can whittle it down a little to make it fit.)

About another meter of white yarn

And some craft glue.

Pattern is in AUS/UK Terms In US terms dc is sc.

Start by double crocheting into the milk carton ring. dc around keeping the stitches close together so the plastic doesn’t show through, join. 3dc into each dc around, join. This makes a nice little wave in the fabric. Finish off at this point, and tie a loop of yarn for hanging.

Cut 1 1/2 inches off the pointy end of the kebab sticks. Use a little glue on the ends and stick it through the beads. Now you have your knitting needles. I wove them though the fabric of the wreath, but you may like to glue them on.

Next roll your white yarn into a ball, and use the craft glue to stick it onto the wreath. Ta-da, a crocheted knitters wreath!