Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Quick Tip Tuesday: Wreath Ornaments

Don't you enjoy being crafty just a little more during the holidays? It's like a time built for those of us who like to knit, crochet, sew, cook, and what have you. Every year I find myself thinking about how I can toss a little creativity onto our holiday decor and packages. This year, I settled on making some small wreaths that could be used as bows on packages and then hung on the tree as an ornament. Originally, I thought I would just use the wreath pattern from Churchmouse yarns. But I changed my mind one wreath in and did my own thing. So, I thought I'd provide you with an outline of what I did in case you want to make up some of your own!

Materials you will need for the white/cream part of the wreath:
Wire wreath (I got mine from Hobby Lobby for 50% off making them $1!)
Worsted weight yarn in white or cream (or bulky weight)
Size US 15 needles
Muslin or some other fabric to sort of match your yarn
Tapestry needle

Cut your muslin or fabric in striped and wrap them around the wire wreath. This layer will just give your knitting a little support on the wire. (If you don't have muslin or fabric on hand, what about an old white t-shirt or maybe even paper towel.)

Holding your yarn doubled (if using worsted) or single (if using bulky), cast on 13 stitches using the long-tail cast on. Purl back across.

Right side: Knit all stitches.
Wrong side: Purl all stitches.
Repeat these two rows until your work will wrap around the wreath circumference. 

With a long piece of yarn that matches your knitting, stitch the backside closed. (I used a mattress stitch, but you can also whip stitch). Use your cast on and bind off tails to whip stitch the ends together. 

I then looked through my patterns and pattern books to find a flower that I liked and made that up. I settled on this cute crocheted flower from Crochetmylove Designs (in her Fancy Flower Diaper Cover pattern). The yarn and hook/needle you will need to make your flower depends on the pattern you select. For this one, I happened to have a skein of a sparkly silver yarn I got free at a conference. I held it double and crocheted it on a US F hook. I then stitched it onto the wreath covering the area where I seamed the two ends together.

I am really happy with how they turned out! A couple will stay on our tree and the other three will be sent off to homes of family and friends who love a good handmade item. Of course, now I want to create a snow-inspired bigger wreath!!! Here is a photo of the one I used the Churchmouse pattern to make. It is so fluffy and fun and makes a great addition to our tree!

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