This week I would like to share a Christmas wreath that I have made. I am always a bit of a bar humbug when it comes to Christmas decorations, making my family wait until the weekend before Christmas. This year however, even I agree that next weekend is leaving it a bit TOO late! Our decorations have gone up this weekend.
On Friday I suddenly had the urge to make a wreath. In years gone by I have made one out of foliage. I love doing this but am by no means an expert. It also takes a fair bit of time. In a supplement from Simply Knitting (magazine) they had a pattern for a knitted one which, back in November, I quickly dismissed. This week however I hunted it out.
The yarn the pattern suggested did look amazing:
Image from Readicut yarns
You can see why it would work really well. Having left it so late (typically) I did not have the time to hunt around for it, or order it online so I went to my local shop and found a great substitute: Shaggy from Sirdir.
If you are like me and have not got a wreath you can make one of these in an afternoon.
Materials: 1 ball of the Shaggy Scarf wool. (0601)
8 mm needles
25cm polystyrene ring
2 meters of ribbon (I used ribbon with wire in to help the bow hold its shape)
decorations of your choice (I used three glittered pine cones)
Pattern: Cast on 10 stitches. Knit each row until the knitting fits around the ring (about 1 metre).
Sew the knitting onto the ring. (After struggling for a bit I put the seam on the outside and then twisted it around when finished. I suggest you do this from the beginning!).
Sew the 2 ends together.
I folded the ribbon in half with the loop at the top. Wrapping each end around the ring completely I then tied a bow. At the base I then used cotton to attach the three glittered pine cones.
That is it! Finished.
I now have to work out how to attach it to my door without upsetting my OH. (I am not allowed to put holes in anything so may have to invest in suckers).
The best thing about this is that it can be got out each year and the materials were not that expensive. Perfect if you ask me!
We have had quite a busy weekend, finished off with Candles by Candlelight at the local church. After that I shall be coming back to have a browse around the other blogs over at Handmade Monday whilst looking at my Christmas tree! The perfect end to a lovely weekend. Hope you all have a lovely week 🙂