Well, my hook has been super busy with Christmas crochet projects this year, the first one being the adorable Christmas Santa Gonk. A lovely amigurumi pattern designed by Ling Ryan for Hooked on Patterns, I can’t remember where I bought this one, may have been Ravelry. So cute!
I used acrylic DK yarn for my trial run and then 100% cotton yarn by Drops, for the finished version. If you visit www.hookedonpatterns.com, there is a host of extras available as long as you have purchased the original pattern.
This is my first attempt at designing and swatching a small tapestry crochet piece. I have always loved how this looks in knitted work and really wanted to see if I could achieve a decent crisp look. Still working on that! haha, but the interesting thing about this technique is that you never turn your work, and the second colour is carried along the back of the swatch as you crochet. The stitches used are all dc (UK terms) and through the back loops only. Note to self ‘ I must spend more time on this technique in the future’.
Christmas Baubles – Free Pattern
There are many lovely free patterns out there for colourful Christmas Baubles but I wanted to try something different, something more open and lacy but quick to makeup and a great stash buster too.
These baubles are made using 100% cotton from my stash and used less than 10gms to make. I designed them to be made in two halves and joined around the centre to finish, you will need a balloon and some fabric stiffener to finish but all the instructions and details on how to make are included in my Free Pattern available to download Here.
They really brightened up my tree, especially in the daylight when the lights are not twinkling, they just added that splash of colour I needed. I hope you try them, please let me know if you find any problems with my pattern, I would love to see your makes if you want to send me a link.
More Christmas Tree Ornaments
Are you a hoarder like me? I keep everything that I think will come in useful for ‘something crafty’. Well, this hoard was a blessing and was used as the centre circle for these little crochet wreath tree ornaments. Can you guess what they were originally? – Curtain pole rings! complete with their own little hook ready to add the tiesto hang on the tree.
I made these to give as little thank you gifts to the ladies who come to my crochet classes and support a worthy charity. We have raised over £1000 for Velindre Cancer Fundraising to date and have had some great fun with our makes. These are made using DK acrylic yarn and again great stash busters.
Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without some home made cards, so my watercolours came out for a little play and I doodled a bit to get some ideas for cards for the special people in my life. Let’s hope I get time to finish them. Even if I don’t, it’s so relaxing and such a stress buster when I paint, definitely right up there with crochet!
Wishing you a Happy Healthy and Creative Christmas and New Year!