The second blog post in my blogmas series is a tutorial on how to make my go-to hand made Christmas card. I like to be able to give an extra special card to those that are important to me, and I feel that a hand made card is much more thoughtful… and what could be better than a crocheted card?
I’m not going to ramble on, so here is my tutorial for an easy crocheted christmas card. See below for links to a printable PDF version of this tutorial.
Row 1 & 2 -> With green yarn, ch3. Dc into 1st st (Counts as row 1 & 2)
Row 3 -> Ch1, turn. Dc into same st. 2dc into next st. (3sts)
Row 4 – 15 -> Ch1, turn. Dc into same st. Dc in each st until the last st. 2dc into the last st. Repeat until the final row has a total of 15 sts.
Edging -> Dc in each st around the triangle and 3dc into each point. Sl st into 1st st and tie off. Weave in end.
Step 2 – Brown Tree Trunk
Row 1. Chain 5, dc into 2nd st from hook and dc into each st along (4sts)
Row 2 – 6. Chain 1, turn. 4dc along. Repeat until you have 6 rows in total. Tie off and leave a long end to sew to the back of the tree. Weave in ends and cut off at the back of the tree. (You won’t see the small ends as they will be stuck to the card)
Step 3 – Tree Decorations
Cut a length of sparkly embroidery floss (enough to sew the button on and zig zag in back stitch) You can use any button you like – but I chose a star shape. You can also sew on beads if you like or use any kind of decorations you think would look nice. Tie off at the back of the tree.
Step 4 – Writing on Card
Place your Crocheted Christmas tree onto your card and figure out where you’d like to write a message. This is completely optional as the tree would be enough. I like to write Merry Christmas at the top – but any seasonal message is nice. I mark out my letters with pencil then go over it with a black fine liner. I also use a gold glitter gel pen to outline the card and put some details in to the writing.
Step 5 – Adhesive
Turn your tree over so the back is facing upwards. Take your Copydex and spread evenly over the back of the tree. You don’t want to put too much on as you don’t want your card to get damp and bend – but you also want to out enough on that your tree sticks on properly. Put your card under a heavy book and leave overnight to dry.
Step 6 – Write your card and give it to someone special
Write your message inside the card and seal in your envelope. Now give it to someone special. I bought my cards from Paperchase – but any craft shop should sell blank cards. I also chose Kraft card as I like the rustic look, but you could use coloured card or cards with a scalloped edge for more detail. Use whatever craft supplies make you feel happy and Christmassy and have fun!
Tis the season to get crafting. Fra la la la la, la la la la.
For the next few weeks I am going to be participating in a self-made blogmas. What this means, is that I’ll be uploading more blog posts than usual; and I’ve been working hard to be able to publish some free patterns for you, and some other Christmas related ramblings. This is as much for you as it is for me. I am very anxious that we are rapidly approaching the end of the year, and I have so many things I want to ‘say’ before the end of 2017.
This is a special time of the year, when it seems as though we are all running around like headless chickens trying to get everything done before the Christmas Holidays so we can sit down and have a much needed break, spend time with Family, and eat ourselves silly. Although I will be referring to this series of blog posts as ‘Christmas’ blog posts; please understand that the majority of these posts are only seasonal, and relevant to our Winter break. I am not a religious person but I do love giving and sharing with friends and family; and I want to celebrate that in these posts.
This is a super-easy, super-quick pattern…
The first free pattern I have to share is for a Classic Christmas Wreath decoration. This is a super-easy, super-quick pattern that you can personalise for your tree. I have made this several times but have only just, for some reason written up the tutorial. This can be personalised to suit your Christmas tree theme and will also make a lovely gift for friends and family; not to mention ‘Secret Santas’ at work. I personally love to give homemade presents to those that I love, and something festive is sure to go down a treat.
All you need is a curtain ring, some scrap yarn, some lengths of ribbon, and if you want some extra details you can add sparkly embroidery floss and beads. These look nice when you make quite a few and make them in different shades of green – but you don’t need to make them in Green. You could try making multi coloured wreaths for more of a modern look.
I hope you enjoy making these simple, classic Christmas decorations. I would love to see how you personalise these wreaths to match your own trees and festive themes. Share on Ravelry and on Instagram using the hashtag #lovecharliecrochetdesigns
There, I said it. I am addicted to Yarn. I have an obsession with starting new projects. And whilst we’re at it… I also compulsively buy wool.
Am I the only one with these problems? I don’t think so… (Or I hope not!)
Over the last month, I have made a lot of progress with ‘Love Charlie’ and I have successfully uploaded a Crochet Podcast to YouTube each week, as well as focusing on this blog. I have also published 2 free crochet patterns on Ravelry and am pattern testing for other designers. Phewww… Not only that, but I also work full time. Yes. 40 hours a week. I think I deserve a pat on the back!
So my problem that wasn’t that much of an issue before, is actually becoming a bit of a bother. What I don’t want is for Crochet or ‘Love Charlie’ to become stressful for me. I want to enjoy every minute of it. So I’m having to learn how to manage my time.
The problem is… I now have:- 7 current WIPS, 4 designs to write up, make, test and publish, and at least 2 new WIPS for September, never mind the 4 blankets I already have the yarn and patterns for. (<- they keep whispering to me from the stash) Having such a long to do list is off-putting and I feel as though I’m really not getting anywhere. Working on so many projects and splitting my time up into tiny fractions – never completing anything or making noticeable progress. So without further ado, and before I have to cart myself to the local Yarnaholics Anonymous (I wish there were such a thing!) I decided it was time for a WIP ban, or at least a WIP-athon for September.
Here’s where this blog post gets collaborative. A massive thank you to Laura at Gosling and Plumb for helping me write this post. Not only for providing material, but also being a great inspiration. Over the last year, I feel we have become IG friends rather than followers. Please please please go and check out her Instagram and blog.
I have been inspired by the lovely Laura over at Gosling and Plumb (who has the sweetest Instagram account). Laura’s been concentrating on a handful of unfinished projects this August… and she is absolutely smashing her target. Blanket after beautiful blanket has been finished and photographed, and I can only imagine the sense of accomplishment she must be feeling. I know I’d be proud of myself if I had so many finished objects in such a short amount of time.
When I say beautiful blankets, I mean beautiful blankets. Laura has a serious eye for colour – her palettes are incredible, and I believe she mostly uses Stylecraft yarn which I adore. I messaged Laura to say that she had inspired me and I asked her what had influenced her amazing August WIP Challenge and here’s what she said…
I was inspired to start my August WiP Challenge by an Instagram post by @yarning_mama. She said that she not only hoards yarn, but also WiPs, and that she was banning herself from starting anything new in August, but would tackle some of her unfinished projects instead. That got me thinking – without even trying I thought of 6 things that were lying around waiting to be finished! So I decided to do the same, but knew that I’d be a lot more likely to actually stick to it if I made myself accountable to the good people of Instagram!
Laura – Gosling and Plumb
I have some serious self doubt that I’ll be able to keep my hands from picking up any new projects… I am going to try my hardest (I promise) not to start anything new until I have finished a couple of WIPS that are in desperate need of completion. My only exception is… (I can make my own rules up, right?) if I have a design idea like my Blossom Coaster and just have to make it before the concept leaves my head, I may allow myself to start a new WIP…
However, I am somewhat afraid of loathing projects because I am forcing myself to finish them. I don’t want this challenge to suck the joy from crochet. Despite my worries, when I asked Laura what her thoughts about her August WIP Challenge were, I was encouraged even further. My mind is set. I’m definitely going to do this!
Despite my fears, I’ve actually quite enjoyed finishing off so many things in a relatively short space of time. It’s definitely helped having support and encouragement from our lovely crochet community on IG (and it’s so nice knowing that I’m not the only one that has trouble sticking to one project and actually getting things finished!)
Laura – Gosling and Plumb
There are five more days left of August, and I have no doubt that Laura will finish her 6th WIP on her to-do list. 6 WIPS! I doubt that I can finish so many WIPS in one month. I am dubious that I’ll even finish the four I’ve set myself to finish – although, like Laura said, making herself accountable to her Instagram followers has helped her a lot. I will post updates on my own account of how I’m getting on, so please keep encouraging me as I jog-on through this WIP-athon. Laura is right when she says we have a lovely crochet community on Instagram. I am so amazed and surprised by the amount of support I have received in the last month. I want to thank every single one of my followers and subscribers. Every comment and like widens my smile, and you guys are helping me to become who I want to be. (Soppy I know… But I’m a sucker for sentimentality)
I’m feeling pretty proud of myself for getting this far and, even though I lack motivation at times, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be able to finish the final UFO before the end of the month – hurrah!
Laura – Gosling and Plumb
Here are the four WIPs I am absolutely determined to finish!
Finish pattern testing for Blue Ammonite Designs. I’m not bothered about finishing the whole Cottage Garden Throw this month, I just want finish the test for Emma.
Finish my Cath Kidston themed Baby Blanket so I can write up the pattern and ask for testers. (I also need to come up with a name for this beauty. If you have any ideas, please leave a comment.)
Tapestry Horse Blanket. I have spent way to long on this one and it’s not for myself, so I really need to prioritize this one for September. It has taken such a long time because I really need to concentrate on it and follow a chart. I can’t simply hook this one on car journeys and whilst watching TV.
The last one hasn’t even been started. But I am SO excited for this WIP. I am taking part in Hannah’s crochet along (thecozycottagecrochet) She is hosting a September Shawl Along. I have had this yarn for a fair few months now, and a pattern lined up for just as long. I am using Galaxy DK yarn with the Butterfly Prayer Shawl which is a free pattern on Ravelry. I am also excited because this is my first podcast CAL i’ll have ever taken part in. 🙂 Woohoo!
So, I have 5 more days of ‘freedom’? Hahaa! And then it’s time to knuckle down and Hook It! I will keep you updated on my Crochet Podcasts on YouTube and I’ll let you know how I get on. Right now though, I better hop in the shower and finish packing… I’m off on holiday! A week in the Lake District with my better half and about 3 bags of Craft-related goodies. I will post lots of photos on my Instagram @lovecharlie.co
Have a lovely weekend!
Love Charlie. Xx
**Special thanks to Laura for helping me. I enjoyed collaborating with another crocheter and I hope there will be more opportunities in the future. Good Luck on your 6th WIP. I know you can do it!
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working on a couple of baby blankets… and whilst designing one of them, I had an idea that I just had to act on. So I went off on a tangent that paid off in the end. I managed to design two crochet coasters. (Both Blossom themed) I made a circular coaster and a square one. There’s a story behind the blossom theme, but I’m waiting until I release one of the blanket patterns to tell you about that. I’ll be writing up the pattern for both of the coasters, so here is the first… I’ll upload the circular one in the next few weeks…
I have used Scheepjes Catona and a 2.5mm crochet hook. I desperately wanted to try Scheepjes Catona as I’ve heard a lot about it online – and I’m not disappointed. Usually when crocheting with cotton, I choose Rico essentials or DMC Natura, but Scheepjes is so much more cost effective! I couldn’t believe the price difference. I just can’t get my head around why the prices are so different. There is such a lovely colour range, and the Catona colours suited this project much better than the equivalent I found in Rico Essentials Cotton. You can buy Scheepjes Catona from Black Sheep Wools in store and online…
If on the other hand, you have cotton in your stash, feel free to use it! You don’t need a lot of each colour, and you can make it in any colour-way you wish. I think it might be nice to use lilac shades instead of the pinks to give a ‘forget me not’ look rather than blossom.
Not only can you make this as a coaster using cotton, but I believe it would also make a nice lacy blanket if you made several squares and joined them together. This pattern is versatile, and apart from the colour changes (and weaving in ends) it is easy, and rather painless. If you continued using one colour per square, there would be no ends to weave in!
However, I have to confess that the ends I couldn’t crochet in as I went along, I just cut off after the knot on the underside as it’s pretty much going to stay on a sideboard/desk/table… and I don’t think it’s going to be exposed to any damage that may tease the knots loose. I would definitely have had a different attitude if I was making something more wearing such as a blanket, garment or bag.
Although this square was designed as a coaster, I’m excited at all the possibilities that this square can be made into. Blankets. Coasters. Bunting. Bags….
I look forward to seeing your creations. This pattern is on Ravelry too! If you post pictures on social media, use the hashtag #lovecharliecrochetdesigns so I can see all your lovely makes.
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Thanks for reading. Also, I’m now uploading Crochet Podcasts onto YouTube. Check out my channel lovecharliecrochet – I’d love for you to subscribe and leave a comment. My next video will be uploaded before Thursday and I’ll show you what I keep in my Crochet Notions Pouch.
Love Charlie, Xx
**This pattern has not been pattern tested by anyone other than myself. If you find any mistakes, please kindly let me know and I’ll make amendments and re-upload. Thank you! Xxx
So initially, I wanted the first blog post on my new blog to be the release of my Amigurumi Bee pattern (See my Instagram) However, I’m still waiting for pattern testers to get back to me, and in the meantime I have designed a dish cloth using the trinity stitch, and some gorgeously soft cotton I found at Black Sheep Wools.
I bought some Vinnis Colours Nikkim 100% Cotton in Avacado and Pale Khaki with the intention of designing a dish cloth… and design a dish cloth I did 🙂 Bonus points that the colours match our kitchen! But if you haven’t got a green kitchen… there are so many other beautiful colours in this range, even some mixed ‘tie-dye’ colours.
I really hope you like this free pattern. It is a really quick make, and the stitch is lovely. There’s so much texture and prettiness (looks like several tiny flowers or little stars) and this cotton is wonderful to work with. P.s these would also make great facecloths and brilliant gifts for friends and family.
**I haven’t had pattern testers test this one, so if you see any mistakes let me know and I’ll make amendments and update the PDF.
If you don’t know the trinity stitch or ‘dc3tog’ watch this tutorial by New Stitch a Day on Youtube (Don’t worry about the sc3tog as this tutorial is American. It is the same stitch I promise) Trinity Stitch Tutorial
And if you’re unsure of the Crab Stitch… check out this great tutorial by Bella Coco on Youtube – Crab Stitch Tutorial
Let me know what you think in the comments below… and follow me on Instagram to see daily edits of my weird and wonderful life ❤ (You can also see close ups of the stitch definition) If you post photos I’d love to see them. Use the hash tag #lovecharliecrochetdesigns