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Birthday Wreath

crochet

Small enough to post and much more fun than a shopbought card, this wreath from Crochet Wreaths and Garlands is decorated with balloons so it’s suitable for many occasions. Personalise it with your own message on the tag. 

Materials
DMC Petra 3 (100% cotton, approx. 280m per 100g ball) crochet thread
1 ball each of shades:
53326 (A)
54460 (B)
5415 (C)
53045 (D)
2.5mm crochet hook
Stitch marker
Polyester toy stuffing
Cord for balloon strings
15cm diameter light wicker wreath
Pins
Hot glue gun
Coordinating ribbon for hanging loop
Cardboard luggage tag

Finished Measurements
Each balloon: 3.5cm long
Wreath: 15cm diameter

Tension

15 sts x 15 rows = 5cm square working double crochet, using a 2.5mm crochet hook.

Abbreviations

st(s) stitch(es)

dc double crochet

PM place marker

rep repeat

dc2tog double crochet 2 stitches together

* asterisk indicates beginning of repeated section of pattern 

For the wreath

Balloon (make 3 in A, 3 in B, 3 in C and 4 in D)
Round 1: Using A, B, C or D, make a magic ring, 4dc into the ring. Work in a continuous spiral. PM in last st and move up as each round is finished.
Round 2: 2dc in each st to end. 8 sts.
Round 3: *1dc, 2dc in next st; rep from * to end. 12 sts.
Round 4: *1dc in each of next 2 sts, 2dc in next st; rep from * to end. 16 sts.
Rounds 5 to 8: 1dc in each st to end.
Round 9: *1dc in each of next 2 sts, dc2tog; rep from * to end. 12 sts.
Round 10: *1dc in next st, dc2tog; rep from * to end. 8 sts. Stuff balloon.
Round 11: [Dc2tog] around. 4 sts.
Round 12: 3dc in each st around, sl st in beg to join. 12 sts. Fasten off.

 

Making Up and Finishing

Tie a short length of cord onto each balloon for the string.

Lay your wicker wreath on a flat surface and use blocking pins to position your balloons where you want them to be. Glue firmly in place with a hot glue gun.

To finish off the wreath, add a hanging loop at the top and stitch or glue in place. Finally, add the cardboard luggage tag with your greeting.

This project is from Crochet Wreaths and Garlands by Kate Eastwood. To get more blog posts like this one - direct to your inbox - be sure to sign up to our mailing list here. 



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