Spring wreathMarch 10, 2015
Hi my dears,
do you like the spring? I love the spring very much. My mood always jumps over 100% :-) This is my most beloved period of the year. I just finished the new free tutorial for you and hope, you will like it :-)
When I made this wreath, I combined many different techniques. I used bright colors – I love this combination very much and I am pretty sure, you will see it on my other projects also :-). I used my favorite star stitch, I added ribbon bow and wicker heart. I enjoyed making this wreath and really hope, that you will enjoy it too.
This tutorial consists of 3 parts:
The Star Stitch Wreath
The Ribbon's Bow
The Wicker Heart
Let's begin with The Star Stitch Wreath
Single crochet (SC)
Half double crochet (HDC)
Yarn over hook (YO)
Yarn weight: Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) 100% cotton
e.g. Catania Solids by Schachenmayr SMC
Yardage: 136 yards (124 meters)
Unit weight: 50 grams (1.76 ounces)
Gauge: 26.0 sts = 4 inches
You will need about 70 g of yarn/ about 191 yards for all wreath
Hook: 3 mm
Colors: 165 light blue (if you don´t find this color you could use also number 253 – it is a little bit darker, but in same color line), 100 Light Yellow, 281 Orange, 256 Raspberry , 236 Pistachio green, 212 Kiwi green
Other material: as a base of my wreath I used the polystyrene wreath size 20 mm, then I needed common sewing thread, common sewing needle, needle with blunt tip, beaded garland, wicker heart and ribbon bow, scissors.
The gauge of the stitch: 16 rows and 33 stitch in 10 cm square
Note: Please remember, that if you will have another size of the wreath then I, you should adjust the number of stitches and rows according to your wreath and your own style of crocheting. Always it is better to make the sampler. Make first 4 rows and try it, if it is enough for your wreath, if yes continue :-)
I used star stitch. I like this stitch very much. You could make this stitch by different ways and this is the way, I like most.
Beginning: make 43 CH
Row 1: Pick up a loop in second stitch from the hook and in each of next 4 CH (you will have 6 loops on the hook), YO and through all loops on the hook, then make 1 CH.
[Pick up a loop in the middle of the star (under the CH you made), then in the next stitch and in each of next 3 stitches, 1 CH ] as you see on the picture below.
Repeat to the end of the row. You will have 13 stars – enough for the wreath, ending with 1 HDC in last CH (same CH as last loop of last star), turn.
Row 2: 2 CH (count as first stitch), insert a hook in last HDC from previous row and make 1 HDC, 1 HDC in very first star from previous row, then make 3 HDC in the middle of each star across, ending with 1 HDC in the top of turning CH, turn.
Row 3: Change the color. You will have blue stitch on the hook, cut the thread. Change the color in your hand, take yellow thread and make 2 CH with yellow thread. Then pick up the loop in second stitch from the hook (yellow stitch), and in each of next 4 stitches from previous row. You will have 6 loops on the hook, then YO and through all loops on the hook, make 1 CH. [Then insert a hook in the middle of the star and pick up the loop. Then pick up the loop in each of 4 stitches from previous row. You will have 6 loops on the hook, then YO and through all loops on the hook, make 1 CH ] - repeat the group in brackets across, ending with 1 HDC in last stitch ( same stitch like last loop of last star), turn.
Row 4: 2 CH (count as first stitch), insert a hook in HDC from previous row and make 1 HDC, 1 HDC in very first star from previous row, then make 3 DC in the middle of each star across, ending with 1 HDC in top of turning CH, turn.
Try the sampler on the wreath, if it suits good.
Repeat row 3 – 4 until row 84, then end the work.
Light blue: Rows 1, 2, 13, 14, 25, 26, 37, 38, 49, 50, 61, 62, 73, 74
Light Yellow: 3, 4, 15, 16, 27, 28, 39, 40, 51, 52, 63, 64, 75, 76
Orange: 5, 6, 17, 18, 29, 30, 41, 42, 53, 54, 65, 66, 77, 78
Hot pink: 7, 8, 19, 20, 31, 32, 43, 44, 55, 56, 67, 68, 79, 80
Hot green: 9, 10, 21, 22, 33, 34, 45, 46, 57, 58, 69, 70, 81, 82,
Dark Green: 11, 12, 23, 24, 35, 36, 47, 48, 59, 60, 71, 72, 83, 84
Neaten free threads. Place the crocheted part on the wreath, make some nice pins work to you could sew it together. Use needle with blunt tip and yellow thread. Make nice stitches, from inner edges to the second inner edge across, as you see on the picture below.
Please, be sure, that you have nice straight stripes :-)
Then sew last edges. Neaten free threads.
And main part of your wreath is finished :-)
Continue tomorrow with The Ribbon's Bow tutorial :-)