I bought some yarn in the colors of Clare’s curtains to make her a pennant garland but when I saw this wreath, I was inspired. I think this would make a pretty gift to celebrate a new baby. Decorate it with a little embroidered “It’s a…” sign, or the baby’s name or a crocheted flower or even some little glittery birds in a nest. This one however, was the perfect home for Clare’s little owl friend.

This was fun and a very easy beginner Crochet project. Check out the DIY after the jump.


What you need:

- Yarn – I used Vanna’s Choice in Scarlet, Vanna’s Choice Baby in Pink Poodle and Vanna’s Choice in Rust

- Crochet Hook G/6 (or whatever size you have)

- Styrofoam ring form – this one was 16″ from Michaels, but you can make it any size

- Embroidery needle and thread (or a yarn needle)

- Coordinating ribbon for hanging

- Scissors

Key:
DC: Double Crochet
Ch: Chain Stitch
SC: Single Crochet 
Whipstitch
Changing yarn color (sorry about the ad for Saw VI)

Crochet:

1. Ch 20, turn

2. Ch 3, DC in second stitch and 18 more across (including the initial Ch 3, this will look like 20 DC across)

* At this point check that your width reaches around your ring form and touches on the back. It should be snug but not stretched. If it does not fit, start over and adjust by adding or subtracting a stitch or 2.

3. Turn

4. Ch 3, DC in second stitch and 18 more across.

5. Repeat step 4 until your length reaches around the outside of your wreath snug but not stretched

* Change colors as you wish to create an interesting pattern. The stripes will also guide you when you are sewing your crochet onto your ring form at the end of the project.

Attaching crochet to ring form:

1. Thread your needle with embroidery thread or yarn and tie a loop at the end of your thread.

2. Pick up both sides of the crochet piece with the needle and pull the needle through the loop at the end of your thread and pull tight.

3. Sew all the way around the ring whipstitching the two sides of the crochet piece together. It is helpful to use the stripes to keep you crochet piece lined up. Tuck all the the loose threads inside as you go.

4. When you get to the end, tie off the embroidery thread. You may also tie it to the beginning tail of your thread to connect the circle.

Finishing:

1. Using embroidery thread or yarn matching your ring, whipstitch the two sides together all the way around the circle. Stitch the loops closest to the foam ring together to make your wreath appear seamless. Tie off the thread.

2. Attach any decorative elements, a bow, a small plush, a little plaque and a ribbon to hang your wreath.

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