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Camel Stitch Hat – Free Crochet Pattern

Here we go, it’s the pattern for the Camel Stitch hat that I’ve been sharing over the last few weeks.

I used the lovely Scheepjes Colour Crafter premium acrylic, which makes a wonderful hat.  It’s soft, warm, hard wearing and comes in about a million colours.

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Materials

Scheepjes Colour Crafter, 1 ball of lilac – 1082 Zwolle (colour 1)
Scheepjes Colour Crafter, 1 ball of neon pink – 1257 Hilversum (colour 2)
Large pompom maker (or cardboard rings cut to size)
8mm crochet hook

You’ll need to be able to get the yarn for this of course.  Depending on where you live there is a stockist for you.

In the Benelux, check this enormous list here.  Wool Warehouse* ships all over the planet.  In the US Deramores* and Paradise Fibers also have you covered and in South Africa go to my friends at Be Inspired.

Measurements

Child: to fit from 4-10 years
Adult: to fit from 10 years

Abbreviations

(US Terms)
ch chain st
Hdc half double crochet
Hdc3blo half double crochet in the third back loop only
Hdc3flo half double crochet in the third front loop only
Inc 2 half double crochet in one stitch
Sc3blo single crochet in the third back loop only
Sc3flo single crochet in the third front loop only
ss slip stitch
sts stitch(es)

Notes

This project is worked in the round, with no joining at the end of each round.
We will also be working with the yarn triple stranded.  A video of the technique can be found here:

Instructions

Colour 1
Round 1 9 Hdc into a magic ring (9).
Round 2 Inc in each stitch around (18).
Round 3 *Inc in the first stitch, Hdc3blo in the next.* Repeat 8 times (27)
Round 4 *Inc in the first stitch, Hdc3blo in the next 2 stitches.* Repeat 8 times (36)
Round 5 *Inc in the first stitch, Hdc3blo in the next 8 stitches.* Repeat 3 times (40)
Round 6 Child *Inc in the first stitch, Hdc3blo in the next 9 stitches.* Repeat 3 times (44)
Round 6 Adult Hdc3blo in the next 5 stitches, *inc, Hdc3blo in the next 9 stitches.*Repeat 3 times, Inc, HDC3blo in the last 4 stitches.
Round 7 *Inc in the first stitch, Hdc3blo in the next 10 stitches.* Repeat 3 times (48)
For the child size, stop increasing here and skip to round 11.
Round 8 Hdc3blo in the next 6 stitches, *Inc, Hdc3blo in the next 11 stitches.* Repeat 3 times, Hdc3blo in the last 5 stitches (52)
Round 9 *Inc in the first stitch, Hdc3blo in the next 12 stitches.* Repeat 3 times (56)
Round 10-19 Hdc3blo around (60). Attach colour 2 to continue around.
For extra slouchiness, add a couple more rounds before starting the visor.  However, for the adult size, there will be minimal yarn left, so feel free to just use it all and then start the visor.

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Visor

Colour 2
Round 20 Sc3blo in the next 18 sts (the next 23 stitches for the adult size.).  Hdc3blo in the around to where the sc round in colour 2 begins (the next 34). CH2, turn.
Round 21 Hdc3flo in the first and next 33 sts (the HDC sts from the previous round). CH2, turn.
Round 22 hdc3blo in the next 34 sts. CH2, turn.
Round 23 hdc3flo in the next 34 sts.
Round 24 CH20, Sc in the 2nd and next 17 CH sts.  Continue Sc3flo in the next 34 sts.  CH20. Sc in the 2nd and next 17 CH sts.  Work 3 sc down the side of the visor and sc in each or the 18 Sc3blo sts from round 21.  Work 3 sc into the side of the visor, and ss to join to base of the chain cord.

Assembly

Make the pompom and attach to the top of the hat.

Camel Stitch Hat, free crochet pattern by @missneriss

Now, enjoy!

Do share your projects on Ravelry, your pictures on Instagram and tag me @miss__neriss (follow me while you’re at it) and pin the photos all over your Pinterest.

Chunky Camel Stitch Hat Free pattern by @missneriss. Yarn: Scheepjes Colour Crafter, available from Wool Warehouse: http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=819303&m=63378&u=1168367&afftrack=cc&urllink=www%2Ewoolwarehouse%2Eco%2Euk%2Fyarn%2Fscheepjes-colour-crafter-all-colours&lplid=mkDktw%2BCcC9XnK7MrBr8Pw%3D%3D

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Miriem Shawl Pattern is LIVE!

And it’s 20% off!

To celebrate the launch of this design, I’ve created a coupon for you to use at the checkout on Ravelry until this Friday the 22nd of October.  Enter code miriem and check out.  It’s that simple.

Miriem Shawl crochet pattern by @missneriss. Available on Ravelry

Miriem Shawl crochet pattern by @missneriss. Available on Ravelry

I’m so happy with the results of this design.  Ever since I took part in the Winterlight KAL a few months ago, I’ve been wanting to create a similarly shaped shawl in crochet, showing off the amazing yarn that I picked up from Circus Tonic Hand Dyed Yarns.  I still have four skeins of this glorious yarn that is waiting patiently to become something special, but that’s a story for another day…

I’ve named the shawl after my dear friend Miriem, who has been in The Top Five for almost 20 years now!  This is a girl who has routinely gone above and beyond what you could possibly expect any friend to do.  Let’s just say, if there are bodies to be buried, it’s Miriem that I’m calling.

Miriem Shawl crochet pattern by @missneriss. Available on Ravelry

About the pattern:

It is worked in rows, on the bias.  The base stitch is a half double crochet (HDC). However, it is a deep HDC. Meaning, each HDC stitch goes around the regular top two loops, and also around the 3rd loop at the front of the stitch. This removes the line that rows of HDC stitches tend to create, making the design truly reversible.

What you’ll need:

Almost 800 metres of 4ply (sock) weight yarn. I used yarn from Circus Tonic Handmade; to catch shop updates, I highly recommend following Hannah on Instagram as yarn sells out in a heartbeat. I also recommend checking the sock yarns on both LoveCrochet.com* and Wool Warehouse* as their selections are fantastic.

Miriem Shawl crochet pattern by @missneriss. Available on Ravelry

what are you still doing here?  Get over to Ravelry!

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Sidetracked -Yarn, The After Party

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I’m busy plugging away on my Aquarel blanket (progress report on that this week), but today I’m taking some time out to investigate a new project.

A new fortnightly pattern booklet from Scheepjes has just landed on my doorstep.  It’s called Yarn: The After Party, and complements the twice yearly bookazine – Yarn* – that was launched earlier this year.

The concept behind The After Party is to keep the creative juices flowing between Yarn editions, and each booklet will include a single pattern and a colour chart with all the available yarns.  The styling is amazing, it makes me excited for the next instalment!

The booklet is in English and Dutch (which is great for me to practice my Dutch pattern reading), and for all us Ravelry nerds, it’s also available as a digital download for a euro.  If you buy the yarn for the design from one of the retailers, the booklet is free.

The Linen and Lace Cardigan in this edition was designed by Annelies Baes.  Annelies is such a talented garment designer, she is fully dedicated to figuring out how to create the best fit!

I’m sure it’ll be an enjoyable project, the linen soft is so easy to work with, it was such a pleasure while I was making my Rustic Lace Blanket over the winter.

Right, so the important info:  You can get The After Party at your favourite Benelux Scheepjes stockist, and Deramores* will ship them worldwide.

Still don’t have a copy of Yarn?  Get it here*.

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Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap – For Kids!

I’m really not a fan of Dutch winters.  I’ve had this wrap ready to show you for ages, but haven’t had any decent light-filled days to photograph it. Finally at the weekend there was glorious sunshine, so Raina and I spent the morning outside taking pics.

Peek-a-boo button wrap for kids. Using Scheepjes Stone Washed XL, designed by MissNeriss.

Raina really loves her wrap.  It looks cute on her, don’t you think?

Peek-a-boo button wrap for kids. Using Scheepjes Stone Washed XL, designed by MissNeriss.

Peek-a-boo button wrap for kids. Using Scheepjes Stone Washed XL, designed by MissNeriss.

Peek-a-boo button wrap for kids. Using Scheepjes Stone Washed XL, designed by MissNeriss.

The Scheepjes Stone Washed XL is also a seriously snuggly yarn.  Even though it’s a cotton/acrylic blend, it’s warm enough that Raina had no complaints about the cold when it was only 5 degrees outside!

I’m in the process of writing the instructions for kids sizes.  I need to get hold of a few different sized kids and a tape measure!

Stay tuned, the instructions and measurements are coming soon.

You can pick up the yarn at Scheepjes retailers all over the Benelux, or internationally from Wool Warehouse*.

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Crochet Brioche Beanie – WIP

Last week I shared with you the beginning of a new project, using a crochet Brioche stitch that I’ve figured out.

Brioche Work in Progress, using Scheepjes Colour Crafter

This week I’m showing you some of the work in progress.

I love the stitch pattern, the colour change is so effective.  At first glance it really looks like knit!

Crochet Brioche stitch pattern by MissNeriss. Tutorial on missneriss.com

And then there’s the decrease:IMG_2380

This took a bit of figuring out, but the overall effect is amazing.

Then there’s the trim:IMG_2378

I’m considering making this a bit longer, because it’s going also turn up: I'm considering making this a bit longer, because it's going

And the final touch?  The pom pom!  According to The Guardian, pom pom beanies are right on trend in 2015, and lucky for me I’m all over it!

But aren’t these colours just insane?  The vibrancy of the Scheepjes Colour Crafter is amazing.  I haven’t edited the images to boost the saturation at all.  Quite the opposite, in fact!  Orange and hot pink (or is it really Shocking Pink?) are probably my favourite colour combination.  They’re just such happy shades.  I have a cousin who would rock these colours and my aunt would easily pull off decorating her house using these two.  In fact I think she may have even done it!

Next week, the reveal!  And you know what the best part is, I’ve made this hat to be One Size Fits All!  Well, most…

You can pick up the yarn at Scheepjes retailers all over the Benelux, or internationally from Deramores, Wool Warehouse, and at Paradise Fibers in North America!

Egyptian Star Flower Stool – Free Pattern

I’ve had the patterns for this ready for a week now, but I haven’t shared it because I still couldn’t decide on a name!  I made the mistake of asking for recommendations on Facebook, and I think honestly there were around 200 different suggestions!  They were all amazing, and it was wonderful what different people could see when they look at the stool.  Some saw Aztecs, others carnival, the circus, Arabian style, Moroccan even.  I loved all the suggestions!

Tapestry crochet stool by missneriss

There were a couple that really stood out – Star Flower, Moroccan Candy, and the Circle of Life.  The Moroccan Candy was probably my favourite, but then it doesn’t really give room to use other colours.  And I had the inspiration from Lucky the Camel on Holidays in Egypt earlier this year, and I can’t decide if the top of the stool is a star or a flower, so star flower it is!  So I’m enormously excited to bring you the pattern for the Egyptian Star Flower Stool!

En dames, voor jullie heb ik het ook in het Nederlands vertaald, met dank aan mijn vriendin Kirsten van Haak Maar Raak!  Do be kind, it is the first time I’ve written a design in Dutch.

You’ll need 5 ball of Scheepjes Catona Denim, which you can pick up from Wool Warehouse* or Caro’s Atelier in the Benelux and Germany.

You can find the patterns below/beneden vindt jij het patroon.

Click here for English

Klik hier voor Nederlands

Enjoy, do let me know if you have any questions or issues, and please don’t forget to add this to your Ravelry favourites so more people can find it!

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Peek-A-Boo Button Wrap – Gratis Nederlands Patroon

Finally, the Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap has been translated into Dutch.  Well, actually the pattern was translated ages ago by my new friend Peggy (more about her shortly), but it has taken me a while to post it here for you.

I’m completely bowled over by the positive response that I’ve had to this design.  It was such a pleasure to make, and I love the buzz that has surrounded it.

Now, let me tell you about Peggy.  For you Dutch girls, Peggy curates a wonderful Facebook group called Dutch Crochet Talent, which is essentially THE Dutch language crochet group.  I mean, there are lots of different groups, but this one is my favourite.  It’s a great atmosphere in there.  Lots of beautiful designs being shared and positivity all round.  I’ve always been to afraid to post in Dutch speaking groups, but I’m made to feel so welcome that my heart wants to burst!

It’s thanks ultimately to Peggy that this translation came about.  She asked me if I would translate it, and when I told her that I didn’t know where to start she offered to do it for me.  Seriously, a woman that I’ve not (yet) met in person just offered.  Offered!

So, without further ado, dank aan Peggy voor de vertaling, gaan we!

Crochet body warmer

Wat heb je nodig?

Garen: Scheepjeswol Stone Washed XL kleur Garnet (850)
Elk bolletje Stone Washed XL is 75 meter
Small:  10 bollen
Medium:  12 bollen
Large:  15 bollen
XL:  17 bollen
Haaknaald: 5mm
Knoop: 7cm diameter (evt van bamboe) verkrijgbaar in de betere handwerkwinkel of online
Schaar- Rolmaat – Naald – Eucalan Wasmiddel

Steken verhouding van 8 hst x 5 toer = 5 x 5 cm

gauge up gauge across

Gebruikte Steken

Losse (L)
Half stokje (HST)
Half stokje  in de achterste lus (HSTA)
Half stokje in de voorste lus (HSTV)

Patroon voor Medium

Toer 1: Haak 117 + 2 lossen (of tot 70 cm).  Let op!  Niet te strak haken, of gebruik een grotere haaknaald om de lossen te maken.

Toer 2: Haak een Half stokje (HST) in de 3e losse vanaf de naald, daarna 116 halve stokjes.  Je hebt nu 117 halve stokjes (of 70cm lang).

Toer 3: Keerlosse, Halve stokje in de achterste lus (HSTA), daarna halve stokje in de voorste lus van de volgende steek (HSTV).  Herhaal tot het einde van de toer (HSTA daarna HSTV enz.)

Tip: Het is belangrijk dat je een oneven aantal steken hebt dan bereik je op een eenvoudige manier de textuur van het vest. Eindig je in de achterste lus dan start je in de voorste en vice versa. Het effect ervaar je naarmate de toeren zich opvolgen.

Effect wordt anders wanneer je voorste- en achterste lus niet aanhoudt.

Herhaal toer 3 tot 25cm.

Nu starten we met  de eerste mouw. Keerlosse, volg de HSTA/HSTV steken tot de 20e steek (dit word de begin van de mouw) , haak 35 lossen, 35 steken overslaan, en herhaal daarna de HSTA/HSTV steken tot het einde van de toer.

Keerlosse, HSTA/HSTV tot de losse van de vorige toer.  35 Gewoon HST in de losse, ga daarna verder met the HSTA/HSTV steken tot het eind.

Herhaal toer 3 voor een verdere 37 cm en daarna maken we de 2e mouw. Let op!  Begin de mouw van de bovenste kant (korter boven de mouw).  Dit zal de achterkant van  jouw wrap worden.

Herhaal de instructies van de eerste mouw.

Ga verder met de 2e paneel aan de voorkant, voor 25 cm, begin daarna aan het knoopsgat. Haak van de bovenkant 37 HSTA/HSTV, daarna 7 lossen, 7 steken overslaan, en verder met de HSTA/HSTV tot het einde van de toer.

Haak nog  7 toeren (of tot het bolletje op is) en je bent klaar!

Naai de knoop 9 cm van het eind en 25 cm van bovenkant op de voorkant tegenover de knoopsgat.peek-a-boo Button crochet body warmer

Werk de draden weg en block je wrap vest.

Tip: Let op met het  meten, je kunt altijd en toer toevoegen of verwijderen als het nodig is om de juiste maat te vinden.

SMALL MEDIUM
CM Toeren CM Toeren
Lengde 70 Lossen 117 + 2 70cm Lossen
117 + 2
Achterkant 32 32 37 37
Voorkant 
(knoop)
20 20 25 25
Voorkant 
(knoopgat)
27 27 32 32
CM Steken CM Steken
Begin Mouw (vanaf bovenkant) 12.5 20 12.5 20
Eind Mouw (vanaf bovenkant) 20 32 22.5 35
Begin Knoopgat (vanaf bovenkant) 23 37 23 37
Knoopsgat maat 7 7
LARGE X-LARGE
CM Toeren CM Toeren
Lengde 75cm Lossen
123 + 2
75cm Lossen
123 + 2
Achterkant 42 42 47 47
Voorkant 
(knoop)
30 30 35 35
Voorkant 
(knoopgat)
37 37 42 42
CM Stitch Count CM Stitch Count
Begin Mouw (vanaf bovenkant) 15 24 17.5 28
Eind Mouw (vanaf bovenkant) 25 39 27.5 43
Begin Knoopgat (vanaf bovenkant) 25 40 25 40
Knoopsgat maat 7 7

printvriendelijk formaat hier: Pattern-Peekabo-Wrap-Vest-NL (dank ook aan Peggy!)

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Say Hello to the Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap

Crochet body warmer

Finally!  But, it was worth the wait, right?

Peek-a-boo Button Body Warmer

I picked up a mannequin from Xenos just to be able to show this off to you properly, and the form is just perfect.

peek-a-boo Button crochet body warmer

And so is the peek-a-boo button.  Better than I ever could have imagined.  I’ll be honest, when I first ordered the yarn and the button, I hadn’t really calculated the size of the button correctly, but now I couldn’t imagine having chosen anything else.

Standing collar on the crochet body warmer

I love how there is just enough strength in the stitch to hold the collar up at the back.  It’s always surprising just how soft and supple the Scheepjes Stone Washed is after blocking – I wasn’t sure if the collar would keep standing!

The back of the body warmer

Most of all, I adore the texture of the stitch I used.  It’s a very ordinary Half double Crochet, but in alternating front and back loops, giving the design just that little bit extra texture.  Plus the stitch allows just enough stretch for the top to really mold to the shape of the figure.

Can you tell how happy I am with the result?

Coming very soon, the pattern!  I’m drafting it in multiple sizes.  So we’ll have sizes from S through to XL next week!

The pattern is now live!  You can pick it up here: Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap.  Coming soon: pattern in Dutch! OMG that’s going to be tough 😀

Christmas Bunting

Today is the very last day of the Scheepjeswol Christmas Blog Hop and I’m so sad that it’s over, yet very happy to be able to send it off, hopefully in style!

A fabulous Christmas-themed blog hop hosted by @Scheepjeswol. Check out all ten fantastic creations, all with free patterns!

How incredibly beautiful is Heike from Made with Loops bag?  Fair Isle, I promise you, will be absolutely THE biggest yarn trend of 2015, so get onto it!

Here’s today’s project from me, some lovely and very simple Christmas Bunting.

Christmas Bunting, part of the Scheepjes Christmas Blog Hop, see and make all ten of the beautiful Christmas projects!I had some left over yarn once I had finished my Christmas Wreath and I wanted to use it up for something fun to decorate the house with this Christmas, and I just love bunting, so bunting it was!

I came up with a very simple half double crochet pattern that works up in a jiffy.  Each flag can be made in under ten minutes!  It’s a great scrap project too, so you don’t have to worry too much about how much yarn you have lying around.

What you’ll need:

Scheepjeswol Stone Washed in five colours.  I used the same as in my wreath: 801, 807, 815, 813 and 814.
4mm hook
Scissors
Tapestry needle
Measuring tape

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How To:

Choose one of your colours, then start with a slip stitch, and chain 2.  Half double crochet into the second chain from the hook and there you will have the foundation of the triangle to start building your bunting.
From here on, you will need to increase at the end of each row with 2 half double crochets into the last stitch.
Row 2: Chain 2, 2 HDC (half double crochet) into the next stitch (3 stitches in total), turn.
Row 3: Chain 2, HDC into the next stitch, 2 HDC into the last stitch (4 stitches), turn.
Row 4: Chain 2, HDC into the next 2 stitches, 2 HDC into the last stitch (5 stitches), turn.
Continue this pattern until you have a stitch count of 17 (16 rows in total), then tie off and weave in the ends, making sure you keep the nice point at the bottom of the triangle.

Make 3 of each colour (or more if you’d like to make it longer)

Here’s a chart to help make it a bit easier:

Use this chart to create a Half Double Crochet Bunting triangle for your Christmas Bunting

To join the bunting, take your lightest colour (801) and start chaining, working the end in as you go.  Chain for 60cm to create a long enough tie, then attach to the first bunting triangle by single crocheting into the first and then all 17 stitches along.  Continue to chain, leaving about 8cm in between triangles.  Repeat this pattern until you have attached all your triangles to the chain, then to finish off, chain a further 60cm before cutting the yarn and weaving in the end.  The finished bunting will measure about 4m in length.

And you’re all done!  Now all that’s left to do is find the perfect spot to hang it!

Christmas Bunting, part of the Scheepjes Christmas Blog Hop, see and make all ten of the beautiful Christmas projects!On a wall…

Christmas Bunting, part of the Scheepjes Christmas Blog Hop, see and make all ten of the beautiful Christmas projects!Or in a window…?

And that’s it.  The Christmas Blog Hop is over for this year *sob*.  I hope you found some wonderful inspiration – I certainly did.  But before I go, here’s a recap of what we’ve seen in the last ten days:

 The beautiful Knitted Star motif from Crafts from theCwtch

 The seriously cute Reindeer Mug Cozy (including fluffy butt – haha!) by Haak Maar Raak

 Jellina-Creation’s lovely Christmas Tree Garland

Atty’s cool Bauble Coasters

Christmas Wreath for the Scheepjes Christmas Blog Hop - see all ten amazing designs and their free patterns, including how to make this wreath for yourself!My Christmas Wreath

 The most beautiful Christmas Baubles you’ve ever seen, by 50 Shades of 4 Ply

 The deliciously warm Fair Isle mittens by Canadutch

Vicarnos adorable little snowman

and finally,

This spectacular Fair Isle Christmas gift bag from Made with Loops.

What a collection of designs, I’m so happy to have been involved – surrounded by such talent!

Merry Christmas.

A Christmas Wreath

If you follow me on Facebook at all (you should, btw), you would have seen me posting about the Scheepjes Christmas Blog Hop all week, and today it’s my turn!

A fabulous Christmas-themed blog hop hosted by @Scheepjeswol.  Check out all ten fantastic creations, all with free patterns!

Thanks so much to Atty’s for yesterday’s post, wasn’t it just fabulous?  I’m definitely going to make some of those coasters, but I don’t know if I’ll actually use them as coasters, or get some Christmas washi tape and decorate my walls!

So let’s get to my contribution for this fabulous event, a yarn wreath.

Christmas Wreath for the Scheepjes Christmas Blog Hop - see all ten amazing designs and their free patterns, including how to make this wreath for yourself!

For this I used a couple of different techniques instead of just crochet.  I made pom poms in varying sizes, and also made yarn-wrapped balls to decorate this gorgeous wreath.

Christmas Wreath for the Scheepjes Christmas Blog Hop - see all ten amazing designs and their free patterns, including how to make this wreath for yourself!

What do you think of my palette?  I wanted something different, yet a little bit Christmas-sy and so I took Kirsten’s advice and spent countless hours (days?) trawling through Design Seeds for just the right colours and I thought that this one was just perfect.

Christmas Palette, design seeds

So let’s get to the instructions, shall we?

What you’ll need:

3 mm crochet hook
Scheepjeswol Stone Washed yarn in five shades (801, 807, 815, 813, 814)
A 25cm Styrofoam ring that has a flat side
About 20 Styrofoam balls in three sizes (4, 5 and 6 cm)
Fabric glue
Cardboard to make pom poms (or a pom pom maker if you prefer)
Scissors

How to:

First start working on the ring.  Using the glue, fasten the end of the lightest shade of yarn (801) to the Styrofoam ring.  Once it’s a little dry, start working the yarn around and around, adding dobs of glue as you go to ensure it all stays in place.  Once you come back to the beginning, snip the yarn, and fasten it all in place.  Set aside to dry thoroughly.

To make the Yarn Wrapped balls, take the colour of choice (make multiple in each size and colour), fasten the end of the yarn to the ball with the glue and start winding the yarn around the ball, like you’re just winding any old ball of wool.  Make sure that you add dobs of glue every now and then to keep the yarn in place.  Once it’s completely covered, snip the yarn and glue the end in place.

Christmas Wreath for the Scheepjes Christmas Blog Hop - see all ten amazing designs and their free patterns, including how to make this wreath for yourself!

To make the pom poms, first cut two pieces of cardboard into corresponding sizes to your balls and make them into doughnuts.  I like to cut an opening to help wind the yarn around, but you should use your favourite pom pom method.  Using the various colours, wind the yarn around the cardboard until it’s very full, then cut and fasten it all together, trimming it to be a nice, round ball.

Christmas Wreath for the Scheepjes Christmas Blog Hop - see all ten amazing designs and their free patterns, including how to make this wreath for yourself!

To make the crochet balls, you’ll need the different size styrofoam balls and a matching stitch count.

4cm ball:
Start with a magic ring, and stitch 6 single crochets (UK double crochet) into the ring, tightening it once you’re done.
For the second round, increase into each stitch around with single crochet so that you have 12 stitches around.
Round 3: Increase, then single crochet into the next stitch, repeating around until you have 18 stitches.
Round 4: Increase, then single crochet into the next 2 stitches, repeating around until you have 24 stitches.
For the next 5 rounds, single crochet around, before beginning your decrease at round 10. Insert the ball here too.
Round 10: Decrease (2 single crochet together), then single crochet into the next 2 stitches, repeating around until you have 18 stitches.
Round 11: Decrease, then single crochet into the next stitch, repeating around until you have 12 stitches.
Round 12: Decrease around until you have 6 stitches, cut the yarn, tie off and using a tapestry needle close up the ball.

Christmas Wreath for the Scheepjes Christmas Blog Hop - see all ten amazing designs and their free patterns, including how to make this wreath for yourself!

5 cm ball:
Follow the above instructions until you’ve completed round 4.
Round 5: Increase, single crochet into the next 3 stitches, repeating around until you have 30 stitches.
Round 6-13: Single crochet around and after round 13 insert the ball.
Round 14: Decrease, single crochet into the next 3 stitches, repeating around until you have 24 stitches.
Continue with the instructions from round 10 of the 4 cm ball.

6 cm ball:
Follow the instructions for the 5 cm ball until you’ve completed round 5.
Round 6: Increase, single crochet into the next 4 stitches, repeating around until you have 36 stitches.
Round 7-19: single crochet around, and after round 19 insert the ball
Round 20: Decrease, single crochet into the next 4 stitches, repeating around until you have 30 stitches.
Complete the ball as per the instructions from round 14 of the 5 cm ball.

Assembly

Now is the time to put it all together.  I like to vary the colours, sizes and textures, trying to make sure that no two balls of the same size and texture are next to one another.  Start building your wreath using the fabric glue to attach each ball to the wreath and its neighbour.  This will take some time as the glue needs to dry a little before you can proceed.  Make sure you hold the wreath up to see how it’s coming together often so you can get a feel for the result.

Once you’re happy, leave it to dry properly over night, and then you’re ready to hang it!

Christmas Wreath for the Scheepjes Christmas Blog Hop - see all ten amazing designs and their free patterns, including how to make this wreath for yourself!

What do you think? Will you try to make one?  I’ve really enjoyed the process and I absolutely love the result.  I’ve started buying all my Christmas decorations in matching colours and if you check back here in a few days, you’ll see that I have something to go with this that I think you’ll love.  I’m also using the leftover balls as baubles for the tree – fun!

In the mean time, be sure to visit 50 Shades of 4ply tomorrow for the next installment of the Scheepjes Christmas Blog Hop!

Love,
Nerissa