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crochet for christmas

hello and welcome!

this is my last blog post of this year.

how are you, are you busy and stressed or isn’t it all so bad? for me it is time to take a break from my blog but i will be back sometime in january.

hopefully the last weeks/days of 2013 will be great for you and your loved ones! i know this year was quite hard for many people and animals.

so i hope 2014 will give you all you need including safety, love, lots of fun (isn’t it a good thing to have the giggles every now and then) and a good health.

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thanks for all the sweet messages that you have written me, i am very happy you did!

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and below some pictures of my christmas decoration, hope you like to take a look at them? 

this is the link for more info about my christmas decoration of last year.

until next year!

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this is the way it looks …

by day light
in the evening
these are some ornaments of last year
and there are also some greens and spring flowers
thanks for visiting! hope to see you in 2014!


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christmas decoration

 

the past week i’ve been thinking about whether or not i will have christmas decorations in my living room this year. i’m not a big fan of it actually, although in other people’s houses, i find it often quite nice. last year i gave much of my christmas stuff away – to the charity shop – but some christmas balls i still have in a large cardboard box. christmas trees are not for me because i get rashes and red eyes of them. but entirely without decoration in december looks so … grumpy, i think.

so i made something myself and have no money spent.

everything i thought i could use i put on my table and have made a first selection and after a while i made a final choice: what colors appeal most to me and what fits the colors in the room.

 

this is what i chose:

a few christmas balls

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cotton yarn (left overs), glitter yarn and thread with glimmery things

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hooks for hanging christmas balls

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an old earclip of my mother, a few beads, ‘silver’ rings which were on the caps of perfum bottles and crochet pointy earrings

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nothing is new, the copper-colored yarn i bought on ebay years ago, the other glitter yarn is from an old vest of my mother, the white thread with the glowy things i have ever detached from an object. most motifs i already had, i have crocheted only a few new ones and all the edges around the motifs.

 
anyway, this is the result 
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how to make 

i realize that you do not have the same stuff as i have and you might not have glitter yarn lying in the closet. maybe it is an idea to ask family, friends, neighbors if they have discarded rings and earrings, which you can use. maybe someone has old clothing with beautiful buttons, sequins or yarn.
 
the garland

on this photo wrapped around a white glass.

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make 3 chains, 1 sc into the second chain from hook, *3 chains, 1 sc into the second chain from hook*, repeat between * and * until your garland is long enough.
 
edges

around all the motifs you can – if you like that – crochet an edge of just single crochets or 1 sc, 1 ch, 1 sc or slip stitches.
look here for the tutorial for little squares and if you scroll down the page you will see how you can crochet a pretty edge.

motifs

below you will find links to patterns/tutorials for small motifs

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1. for these round motifs on the right see the pendant pattern and for the little cup see this page

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2. for a simple but pretty triangle, see here for the pattern (diagram, there are more patterns for triangles on the same page)

free crochet pattern - triangle

3. and those gray pointy things on the same picture you can make in any color you like, see here for the tutorial

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  • a pretty flowery motif is mypicot pattern number 4007, the first 3 rounds. you can find the diagram here
  • and the japanese diagram for a flowery circle (bottom left on the pattern page) you can find here
  • the diagram for a simple star you can find here 
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6. for a circle with a glittery edge you can use my tutorial for crocheting rounds 

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 7. that counts also for this:

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tutorial: a cover for a glass jar

  • crochet rounds until it has the size of the bottom op your jar
  • next round. crochet into the back loops only and without increasing the number of stitches
  • next 4 rounds. crochet 1 stitch into every stitch (without increasing)
subsequently:
  • round a: 3 chains, skip 1 stitch, 1 dc into the next stitch, 1 ch, *skip 1 stitch, 1 dc into the next stitch, 1 ch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, slip stitch into the 2nd ch.
  • round b. 4 chains, 1 treble into the next dc, 1 ch, *1 treble into the next dc, 1 ch*, repeat between * and *  until end of row, slip stitch into the third ch.
  • round c. 7 chains, skip 2 spaces and 1 treble, make 1 tr into the next tr, 3 ch, *skip 2 spaces and 1 treble, make 1 tr into the next tr, 3 ch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, slip stitch into the third ch.
  • round d. 11 ch, skip 2 spaces and 1 treble, make 1 tr into the next tr, 3 ch, *skip 2 spaces and 1 treble, make 1 tr into the next tr, 3 ch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, slip stitch into the third ch.
  • round e. attach glitter yarn to any stitch and crochet 1 sc into all the chains and the trebles. weave in the ends.

 

8. and if you like the white vase cover see here for the tutorial

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9. for this decoration i have a couple of large and smaller beads strung on a thread together with the earclip and hung it on the edge of the vase with a hook.

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that’s it, do you like these decorative things? you can hang it in the christmas tree or as a garland on the wall. hope you will have enough time to crochet your own christmas decorations!

 

enjoy!
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