Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Crochet Christmas Wreath tutorial.

Yes it's that time of year!

Now to get into the spirit, why not take it that step further...

Make you very own Babble Christmas Wreath.


Here is how!

You will need:
Yarn - two colours I used 8 ply
String - not too chunky.
Styrofoam wreath.
Size 3.5 or 4 mm crochet hook.
Some strips of fabric.
Stuffing.
Hot glue gun, and lots and lots of refills for it.



To start- set aside two weeks and a huge amount of patience.
But it will be worth it! ...
I did count the Babbles, 115 in total. Whew...

I have made two sized babbles.
Small and Large.
As the string is rougher it will made those babbles a bit bigger,
but that adds to the texture.

This is in English crochet terms...

Small Babble:

Chain 2 making the first chain loose.
Row 1... 6 double crochet back into first chain.
Join with a slip stitch to first double crochet.
Row 2... 1 chain,
2 double crochet into each double crochet from Round 1.
Join with a slip stitch to first double crochet.
Row 3... 1 chain,
1 double crochet in each double crochet from previous Round.
Join with a slip stitch to first double crochet.
Row 4... Same as Round 3 
Row 5... 1 chain, decrease row by:
Crocheting 2 double crochet together all the way around.
You will be left with 6 stitches in total.
Trim end and leave some yarn to sew the opening closed.
Stuff your babble with some stuffing and sew closed.
This will be the end that you will hot glue to the wreath so it
does look to shabby.


Large Babble:

Chain two making the first chain loose.
Row 1... 6 double crochet back into first chain.
Join with a slip stitch to first double crochet.
Row 2... 1 chain,
2 double crochet into each double crochet from Row 1.
Join with a slip stitch to first double crochet.
Row 3... 1chain, 
( 1 double crochet in first stitch, 2 double crochet in next stitch.)
Repeat ( - ) to end.
Join with a slip stitch to first double crochet.
Row 4... 1 chain,
1 double crochet in each double crochet from previous Row.
Join with a slip stitch to first double crochet.
Row 5... Same as Row 4.
Row 6... Same as 4.
Row 7... 1 chain, decrease row by.
( 1 double crochet into first stitch, 
double crochet the next 2 stitches together.)
Repeat ( - ) to end.
Row 8... 1 chain, decrease row by:
Crocheting 2 double crochet together all the way around.
You will be left with 6 stitches left.
Trim end and leave some yarn to sew the opening closed.
Stuff your babble with some stuffing and sew closed.
This will be the end that you will hot glue to the wreath so it
does look to shabby.

Now I have made a lots of Babbles for my wreath.
You could do a smaller wreath or use these Babbles as part
of some other festive display.

Now to prepare your Styrofoam wreath.


I  have wrapped strips of fabric to my wreath 
as I don't want the hot glue to make contact with the styrofoam.
You can hot glue the fabric together 
but just overlap the fabric and glue into place. 
I don't think that hot glue and styrofoam go together very well.
By covering it you have a nice base to start glueing 
your Babbles onto. 
You will use a lot of hot glue, I think I used about 20 sticks.


Now I wanted my wreath to look a bit tidy so a made a crocheted circle 
to cover the back as well.
I did this by starting with 11 chain.
Miss 1 chain,
Double crocheting into the next 3 chain,
Half treble into next 3 chain,
Treble into the last 4 chain.
I then turned my work over and matched the same stitches.
Trebles in the trebles, Half trebles in the half trebles
and Double crochet in the Double crochet for the next row.
I continued this for 6 rows. 
Every 7th row I did one plain treble row.
I just found that evened out the shape.
It will depend on how big your wreath is to how many rows in total.
I think mine is about 76 rows.
I sewed my circle together and hand stitched it to the babbles on either side.


I know that sounds like a lot of work.
But you don't really have to do that as you don't really see it.


So there you have it.
Your very own Babble Christmas Wreath.

I hope you enjoy making your own.
Don't forget to send me some photos of your finished wreaths.
As I always love seeing your work.






15 comments:

sister outlaws said...

Well I came onto the computer looking for a crochet wreath and here it is as if you were a genie making my wish come true! Yay!

jabbott said...

You have made a jolly good job x

Anna-Marie Field said...

Hi Michelle, Nicely done!!! I Love it!!! And it is so versatile!!! Just change the colors for different holidays!!! A pastel one would be lovely for Easter, maybe with little chicks somewhere in it!!! Well done and thank you for this lovely tutorial!!! Have a great day!!!
Love
AMarie

carmen benito said...

Esta super divina la corona, seguro que la realizare para ponerla en mi puerta, muchas gracias, www.facebook.com/deliciasdecrochet

Danette Bartelmay said...
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Danette Bartelmay said...

You make the cutest darn things Michelle!!!
~Danette

Frances said...

I love this idea...must remind myself to start one...very early next year! Of course, in other colors it would be a great decoration for other times of the year.

Many thanks! xo

Mereknits said...

It is just perfect. Well done my friend.
Meredith

linda said...

It's lovely, what a fun idea! :)

Nana Go-Go said...

Simply lovely. I was thinking of making one with my new pom-pom maker but sadly, I'm suffering from pom-pom fatigue!I'll just gaze admiringly at yours instead!

Lee Ann said...

What a terrific wreath! Thank you very much for posting! :)

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Lee Ann said...

What a terrific wreath! Thank you very much for posting! :)

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Lee Ann

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Claudia said...

I love it!!!! :)

needlekrafter said...

very nice, Michelle! :)

Ganchibearte bearte said...

I love it!!! Happy new year!!!