Monday, November 16, 2015

Crochet Christmas Wreath - free pattern

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Last year I shared my Christmas Tree pattern with you which was a huge success. For this Christmas it's going to be a beautiful wreath which includes patterns for holly leaves, pine cone and berries. 

Christmas Wreath 
Holly leaves

The pattern is written in standard American terms.

ch - chain
st - stitch
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet (UK - double crochet)
hdc - half double crochet (UK - half treble)
dc - double crochet (UK - treble)
sc2tog - single crochet worked together in 2 consecutive stitches (sc decrease)

Materials needed:
DK/light worsted weight yarn 
Crochet hook size G/4.00 mm
Tapestry needle

Each leaf measures approximately 4 inches long and 2 inches wide

Note: For working a **picot, make ch 2 and sc in the previous stitch.

Round 1: Ch 15, sc in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next 3 ch, dc in next 3 ch, hdc in next 3 ch, sc in next 2 ch, 3 sc in last ch, sc in next 2 ch on the other side, hdc in next 3 ch, dc in next 3 ch, hdc in next 3 ch, sc in next ch, sc in next ch at the tip, ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in next 4 ch

Round 2: sc in next 2 sts, [hdc, picot, sc] in next st, sc in next 3 sts, 

hdc in next st, [dc, picot, hdc] in next st, sc in next 3 sts, [hdc, picot, sc] in next st,

sc in next 2 sts, ch 4, sc in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, sc in next 3 sts,

[sc, picot, hdc] in next st, sc in next 3 sts, [hdc, picot, dc] in next st,

hdc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, [sc, picot, hdc] in next st, sl st in next st. Break off yarn. 

To make the vein on the leaf, hold yarn beneath the leaf and insert the hook from top of the leaf near the stalk and pull the yarn to the top thus forming a loop or chain. Insert hook in next st or in front of the loop formed and again pull yarn through the loop, repeat the process until you reach the tip of the leaf. Break off yarn and weave in the loose ends.

For the berries I used 3.5 mm hook. Also you'll need a small amount of toy filling to stuff the berries as well as the pine cone.
Note: Work in continuous rounds without joining at the end of each round.

Round 1: Using red ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
Round 3 to 5: sc in each sc around (12)
Stuff the berry with filling. 
Round 6: sc2tog 6 times (6)
round 7: sc in each sc, break off yarn leaving a long tail. Using a tapestry needle weave the tail through all the stitches and pull it tight to close the opening. Weave in the loose end.

Pine cone 
Note: Work in continuous rounds without joining at the end of each round. Fill with stuffing as you progress.
Round 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
Round 2: 2 sc in each st (12)
From the next round onwards work into the back loops only.
Round 3: [sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] 3 times (15)
Rounds 4 to 8: sc in each st around (15)
Round 9: [sc in 3 sts, sc2tog] 3 times (12)
Round 10: sc in each st around (12)
Round 11 (work into both the loops): sc2tog 6 times. Break off yarn leaving a long tail. Weave the tail though all the stitches, pull it tight and close the opening.  

You will have 8 rounds of unworked front loops stitches into which you will be working the scales.

Join yarn in the unworked front loop of 1st stitch in round 10 and work [sc, dc, sc] in every alternate stitch of round 10,

For rounds 9 and 8 work [(sc, 2 dc, sc) in next st, skip next st] around.
Round 7 and 6 work [(sc, 3 dc, sc) in next st, skip next st] around.
Round 5 to 3 work [(sc, 4 dc, sc) in next st, skip next st] around. Break off yarn and weave in the loose ends.

Now you have your holly, berries and pine cones ready. Additionally you'll need a cardboard cut into circle as big as you want the wreath to be, craft glue and ribbon. First glue a layer of leaves to the circle as shown below. 

Then form the second layer by gluing leaves in the space between 2 leaves. Tie the cones together and tie the berries together and secure them to the wreath by sewing them through the cardboard using yarn needle and thread.

Tie a ribbon and your wreath is ready!

I hope you enjoy making this beautiful wreath. 
Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A cardigan for me

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I'm neither satisfied nor disappointed at my first attempt to crochet a clothing item for myself. This is the Filigree cardigan from Redheart and it looks fabulous on the model, but I'm not sure if it looks even half as good on me. It seems to be little big for me. The main reason why I chose to make this cardigan was to use up the pink yarn. I had plenty of this yarn left over from my previous projects. I used it to make the ruffles blanket, hooded cape, hexagon blanket and several other small projects but still I was left with plenty of it and when I saw the cardigan pattern in Pinterest I immediately decided that this was how I was going to use up the yarn. Though I'm not very pleased with the look it is warm and cozy to wear, so this winter it's going to be put into good use. 

Since I was working on the cardigan I didn't make much progress on the tapestry pillow cover. 

Baked a pumpkin cake today. Recipe from here. It was quite dense, I would have preferred a lighter cake. I think that recipes that use oil instead of butter always turn out denser. Anyway 3/4th of the cake is gone by now.

Have a great day!

Friday, October 16, 2015


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Started something new to use up my ever-enlarging collection of scrap yarns --- a pillow cover. 

Have a happy weekend!

Saturday, October 3, 2015


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Happy weekend!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

It's 'Desert in Bloom' baby blanket!

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Thank you so much, ladies, for your participation and your prompt responses. It was a tough competition indeed. I found many of the titles you suggested to be apt for this blanket but unfortunately I could choose only one. 

Sandra of Beautiful Broadwalk is the winner for suggesting the title 'Desert in Bloom'. Congratulations Sandra! I need your email address.

The pattern is now available in all my online stores.

The pattern will be available at a discounted price of $3 in my Craftsy and Ravelry stores until this weekend.

Thank you so much and have a great day!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Help me name the blanket!

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The baby blanket that I was working on for quite a long time is finally over. The pattern is written and photographs taken but I am still not able to come up with an appropriate name for this blanket. Can you help me? If you can think of a suitable title for this baby blanket please leave a comment or you can also email me the title. If I select yours I will in turn let you have the pattern for free. 

Only one title per person please. 

No time limit, open until I get a suitable title.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Cake & Crochet - whole wheat chocolate banana cake recipe

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"Cakes & Crochet" - would have been a lovely name for my blog. I always bake cakes and I always crochet which results in an ever-expanding waistline. For a few days I had tried staying away from baking but now I am back to my old baking self. 

I bake banana and apple cakes frequently. I have even shared the recipes for some of them here, but this is different. I would definitely say this was the best banana cake that I had ever made. It was so light and fluffy for a fruit cake made using whole wheat flour. Okay, I did sneak in a little bit of all purpose flour because I was skeptical of using 100% whole wheat flour. May be next time I'll try the same cake with only whole wheat flour and let you know how it turns out. Now for the recipe ...

Whole wheat chocolate banana cake

Adapted from here


Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
All purpose flour - 1/2 cup
Cocoa powder - 2 tbsp
Butter - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp
Eggs - 3 small 
Ripe bananas -  3 medium, mashed
Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp
Yoghurt - 1/2 cup
milk - 1/4 cup
Vanilla - 1 tsp
Baking soda - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp


  • Sieve both flours, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. (I sieved the whole wheat flour first separately because the flour that I had at home was not finely ground)
  • Mash the bananas well. 
  • Cream butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time followed by vanilla.
  • Now add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and mix gently.
  • Finally fold in yoghurt, milk and the mashed bananas. 
  • Pour into the prepared baking pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes or more. To check if your cake is done insert a toothpick (I use a knife) into the center of the cake and if it comes out clean then your cake is done.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and leave it for 10-15 minutes before removing from the pan.  

The crochet that you are seeing here is my current WIP. 

Have a great day! 
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