Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Knitted and Crocheted Christmas Decorations

It's Wednesday and that means Y-Y-Y-Yarn Along!
Can you tell I'm excited?  It's just ten days until Yarndale and the unveiling of my yarny Christmas tree and I'm bouncing off the walls with nervous energy. 

Today I have lots of things to show you that will be adorning the tree to accompany the baubles of my own design. 
I know that most of you wont be thinking much about Christmas decorations, yet, however it's always useful to Pin or bookmark things for a later time and get organised, isn't it?  So here goes...
(have a bit of this on in the background to set the scene if you like..)

Mini Stockings!

mini stockings


These are from a pattern by Little Cotton Rabbits (Ravelry link here). They're knit on two needles and sewn together at the end.  Uber cute and there is a choice of pattern charts to follow.  The tutorial is photo-heavy which is useful.

And while we're doing mini things - I made more mini mittens!

mini mittens


Pattern from Lewis Knits (Ravelry link here).

I found these Puff Centred Stars via Pinterest and had to learn a few new crochet skills to make them but it was worth it.  The one in the photo is a work in progress but they look great when finished.  
The yarn I used is golden.

crochet puff stars


The pattern is free to download on Ravelry.

I was inspired by these crocheted Christmas lights on Pinterest but couldn't find a link to them (it's now been updated to an etsy error page so I think it was an item that was once for sale).
I improvised a similar design and they're so cheerful. I think they look a bit like chilli pepper lights in an abstract kind of way.

crochet christmas lights

Simply a long chain with a row of single crochet and then some tear drop shapes in rainbow colours.

Similarly, I loved these on Pinterest but the Pin just says Scraponique which is a gorgeous Dutch blog but I couldn't find the direct pattern so I improvised again. I'm pretty impressed with the outcome of this one as I'm not a seasoned crocheter.

Making christmas decorations


I've added some jingle bells to them.

I modified my own knitted bauble pattern to make some mini baubles with some gifted Noro yarn.

mini knitted baubles


I love these little bouncy baubles - they're about an inch wide - and the alternating colour of the yarn meant that there wasn't much effort involved.

More improvisation occurred in the shape of some garlands with more gifted yarn - Louisa Harding this time.  The yarn is a bit sparkly which you can't really see in the photo.

crochet garlands


The garlands are long chains with a single row of crochet and then shell stitches/picot points.
The picot one naturally twisted to create a fantastic spiral which I adore!

The last thing to share with you today is awesome.
Knitted toadstool ornaments!

knitted toadstool ornaments


The knitted 'shrooms pattern (Ravelry link here) is actually for play food style brown mushrooms but I found my way to it via these gorgeous toadstool ornaments. Instead of gluing on the felt spots I added bullion/french knots in white which was really simple to do.
Aren't they cute?  I think they're my favourites.

Knitting Christmas Ornaments

There's much more going on the tree - some of the baubles I made last year, along with some new ones, from 55 Christmas Balls to Knit (great book!) will be there along with a few surprises and, of course, all of the baubles made with my own pattern. I'll talk a bit more about those next week.

The only thing I've read this week is PomPom Quarterly Magazine - finally, a knitting magazine I like! Thank you to Deb for pointing me to it.

What are you crafting at the moment? Have you started on holiday/festive projects yet?

44 comments:

  1. Love all your christmas projects. Your tree is going to be amazing. Can't wait to see it.

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  2. gosh are you on the ball or what? You've made some lovely holiday ornaments and you are FAST.

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    1. Thanks, Karen. Not feeling quite so on the ball as there's so little time left for this project, now! I'm not that fast - these have been in the works for a little while.

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  3. I love to knit and crochet christmas decorations - I did a small "yarn bombing for peace" last year when I put small christmas decorations all around the town and park for people to find and take home - I hope to do that again this year but in much bigger scale so I must start knitting earlier to get more done! thanks for the inspiration, all these patterns go straight to my pinterest so I can work on them later :) and my favorite ones from your wide selection are the mushrooms - just adorable!

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    1. That is such a wonderful idea! I have been thinking about a little personal yarn bombing project. Perhaps I'll start at Christmas.
      I'm glad you liked the patterns :o)

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  4. Love to see your Christmas knits- how fun. The little mushrooms are just too cute!

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  5. Those are all adorable!

    Best of luck with the tea cosy.

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  6. Those decorations are so awesome! You are inspiring me to get some done - I'm hoping I will have some time. Can't wait to see that tree!

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    1. Thanks - I'm glad you found something to inspire you, Donna :o)

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  7. These decorations are all so cute, I crocheted some toadstools, last Christmas. Deb x

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  8. Hi Hannah
    Love your blog and I am so inspired by your decorations! Keep up the good work, loveley to find like minded folk! Best wishes
    tracy

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    1. Hi Tracy
      Thank you for your lovely words :o)

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  9. I love the Christmas lights. All of your ornaments are going to look great on your tree for yarndale. I hope you share pictures.

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    1. Thanks, Jen. I hope to have the chance to photograph everything so everyone who can't make it can get a feel for the event :o)

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  10. Hehe...the mushrooms remind me of Mario Brothers :) Maybe you need some green ones too!

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    1. That's funny - I was thinking of green ones at one point!

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  11. So cute, I love mini anything! Your tree will look amazing!
    x
    Natalie
    Marigolds' Loft

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  12. Hannah, I can't wait to see your tree. I have thought about doing an entire DIY craft tree for a while but never had the oomph to get moving on making so many decorations.

    I just finished a city-themed mobile for my friend's baby shower and I'm working on a felt "statement" necklace for my friend's 3 year-old daughter's birthday.

    I'm always thinking ahead to Christmas decorations. I might make some cinnamon bird ornaments I found on Martha Stewart. I think the smell of them baking would be great for a fall weekend.

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    1. Cinnamon bird ornaments and felt necklaces - it all sounds delightful!

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  13. hi hanna
    love all your christmas knitting projects.your tree will lookk amazing!!!!!
    blessings regina

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  14. Wow, so much beautiful creativity. Your tree is going to look amazing, wish I was going to Yarndale so I could get to see it ;)

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  15. Oh. My. Goodness. I don't know where to start. Knitting or Crochet. Darn! I have to finish the projects I have going on as they're not for me. Well Christmas is still a few months away. If I hurry I can get it all done!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. You can definitely get it all done, Betsy :o)

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  16. WOW! I'm so impressed with all of your creations! I'm so inspired to go make some Christmas ornaments now!

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    1. Thanks, Kerry. I'm glad you found some inspiration here :o)

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  17. You have been so busy!! Love everything and wish you much success! :)

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  18. Wow you have been busy!
    Makes me look lazy on the yarndale front, although I can now knit baubles without a pattern (you can't tell though cause I keep undoing them, I've got 2 finished ones) ._.

    I forgot about yarnalong...I'm shattered now; Wednesday is two-hours-of-English-and-three-hours-of-maths-day!

    Love the toadstools so much!

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    1. You're not lazy at all, Sally! It's great that you've managed to memorise the pattern.
      Your Wednesdays sound challenging. I think you can enter your link into Yarn Along restrospectively if you wanted to.

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  19. This is the second shout-out I've heard for Pom Pom Quarterly, so I'll have to check it out. All the tiny decorations are lovely--the stockings, Christmas lights, and mushrooms are my favorites!

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. I'm really enjoying Pom Pom as most of the knitting mags here are so outdated.

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  20. Oh my goodness, you have such cute ornaments! I will have to bookmark some of those for fun... what great gifts too! I love the toadstools but it's hard to pick a favorite.

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  21. WOW - fantastic - can't wait to see the tree! Thank you for being part of Yarndale!! Xxx

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    1. Thanks for having me, Carole! I feel so honoured to be a part of this exciting event and have had a blast making all the decorations :o)

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