Mistletoe Pattern

Hello!

Here is, as promised, the pattern for the crochet mistletoe in the wreath below:
I’m writing in British crochet terms:
Chain stitch: start with a slip knot on hook, yarn over hook and pull through knot on hook
SL ST: slip stitch (insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull back through)
DC: double crochet (insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull back through stitch, yarn over and pull through both stitches on hook)
HTR: half treble (yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull back through stitch, yarn over and pull through all three stitches on hook)

These instructions can be quite confusing at first but once you get the hang of all the stitches the crochet grows really quickly. If you are stuck, try searching crochet stitch tutorials on youtube – that was how I taught myself.

So the pattern:
– Using a green wool (I find ones which are part cotton work best for definition) Chain 8
– 2 HTR into the first 2 chain stitches
– 3 DC into the next three chain stitches
– 2 SL ST into the next two chain stitches
– You should have come to the end of the chain. Now chain 8 more stitches.
– Repeat steps 2-4 above so: 2 HTR, 3 DC, 2 SL ST
– You should now have two leaf shaped pieces of crochet. From the bottom of the second leaf, do a SL ST into the bottom of the first leaf to pull them together.
– Crochet a chain of stitches for the required length of the mistletoe stem – I usually go for about 6.
– Fasten off

For the berries, use white wool:
– Chain 2
– 1 HTR into the first chain stitch
– 1 SL ST into the second stitch and pull and shape to make a berry
– Fasten off

Hopefully you will find this useful!

Blogging love

xxxx

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Crochet Christmas Wreath

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Hello again!

So, for my first creative blog post I thought I’d share a little Christmas project before we get too far into 2014. This Christmas Wreath was inspired by this wonderful blog here: http://www.attic24.typepad.com/

Attic24 is, in my opinion, the best blog for crochet out there. Lucy, the Attic24 blogger, has created some amazing wreaths which inspired me to create the one above. Like hers, I crocheted what was essentially a scarf and sewed it, sock-like, onto a polystyrene wreath. I then crocheted holly leaves (Attic24 pattern), mistletoe, berries, curly feelers(Attic24 pattern), leaves and a ribbon.

It took me about 4 weeks to complete as I used it for creative downtime between studying :¬) It is definitely the most satisfying crochet project I have made to date and, as Attic24 has shown, can be modified to suit anytime of year, not just Christmas.

The mistletoe pattern was my own and the ribbon was just many rows of double crochet but I attach links to the rest of the patterns I used below. I’ll try to put up a tutorial for the mistletoe pattern in due course.

I hope this inspires you to give crochet a go!(I personally find it much easier than knitting so if you find that tricky try crochet instead!)

Till next time

Blogging love

xxxx

Holly leaf pattern from Attic24: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/holly-leaves.html (the leaves were made using this pattern but without adding the row of spikes)
Curly feelers: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/2013/11/autumn-wreath-ta-dah.html (the pattern is about halfway down this page and really simple)

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