How to Make an Easy Crocheted Holiday Garland

comments (11) November 25th, 2014     

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Make a few chain stitches between each bauble. To add the bauble (star, felt flower, bead, etc.), slide the item up to your hook, yarn over (letting the item drop to the back of the work), and draw through the loop on your hook. You may want to vary the number of chains between each thing—its up to you!
To get started, gather all of your supplies.
Draw a star on a piece of paper and use it as a template to cut stars from fabric scraps. Fold a few stars in half and roughly cut out a slit in their centers so that youll be able to thread them onto the garland.
Make a few chain stitches between each bauble. To add the bauble (star, felt flower, bead, etc.), slide the item up to your hook, yarn over (letting the item drop to the back of the work), and draw through the loop on your hook. You may want to vary the number of chains between each thing—its up to you!

Make a few chain stitches between each bauble. To add the bauble (star, felt flower, bead, etc.), slide the item up to your hook, yarn over (letting the item drop to the back of the work), and draw through the loop on your hook. You may want to vary the number of chains between each thing—it's up to you!

Photo: Linda Permann

This week, I wanted to make something fun and whimsical for the holidays...that required no extra purchasing on my part. If you're like me, you probably have gobs of beads, felt flowers, fabric scraps, and yarns stashed away, and this project is the perfect, simple way to put them on display. You can use pretty much anything you have that has a hole large enough for yarn to pass through.

  To get started, gather all of your supplies.

I collected scrap yarn (light worsted weight), buttons, beads, felt flowers, and fabric scraps (which I cut into stars). You'll also need scissors, a yarn needle, and a size I-9 crochet hook-other sizes will work, too, but that's what I used.

  To make the stars, draw a star on a piece of paper and use it as a template. Cut stars from fabric scraps. Fold a few stars in half and roughly cut out a slit in their centers so that you'll be able to thread them onto the garland.
  Next, thread ALL of the materials onto the yarn. You'll need to keep pushing them back when you just want to crochet with the yarn, so keep that in mind when you load it up. To make this easier, you can make several shorter lengths of garland and connect them.

Be sure to vary the arrangement of all of your pretty things-star, bead, button, flower, star, bead, etc. Push all of the baubles toward the ball end of the yarn so that you have a few feet of yarn to work with. Make a few crochet chains to start. (To make a chain: Yarn over and draw the loop through the loop on your hook. Repeat.)

  To add a bauble, slide it up to your hook, yarn over (letting the item drop to the back of the work), and draw through the loop on your hook. Make a few more chain stitches before adding the next bauble. You may want to vary the number of chains between each one.

When you are finished, fasten off and weave the end back and forth through the first few chains.

  Hang the garland wherever you like. The neighbor's cat loved it, and so did this tiny tree in our yard.

See more of my projects on my personal blog, and look for my new book, Crochet Adorned, in stores August 11, 2009.

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Comments (11)

EchoLin writes: love it, while, i guess i have no such a patience. well done.
Posted: 2:30 am on March 13th
pastormom writes: This is soooo sweet. I just found it, way after Christmas, but just in time for Valentine's Day. I've been crocheting little hearts with no ummm...ultimate purpose. But now I've found a purpose! I can just chain them together and maybe weave them up the banister on the staircase, or drape them around a doorway (we just took down the fir garland around the doorway and it looks so empty!).
Thanks for such a simple, sweet idea!
Posted: 6:18 pm on January 28th
JennlovesSteve writes: I love this!
It is so cute!
I will make some for Valentines Day!
Posted: 5:15 pm on January 24th
kreativelady writes: Linda, I love it. I have so many different scraps around the house in almost every medium you can think of. I have been in the house with the nasty weather these days. This would look classy around my "little ficus tree" I have in the livingroom. It looks so bare, but that will be fun. I love to crochet. I am also making fleece scarfs for the family. Kreativelady.

Posted: 1:48 pm on December 23rd
LindaPermann writes: SecretSugar- you can definitely do it without crocheting- just tie knots in between each bauble instead.
Posted: 5:35 pm on December 6th
Secretsugar writes: This is a very cute project, but I think I actually like the look of the uncrocheted garland at the top of the page best. Of course, that would use MANY more baubles, stars, etc....
Posted: 9:39 am on December 6th
Toffy writes: Very cute idea and easy.
Posted: 9:10 am on December 6th
granitatogo writes: I can see this would really brighten up my daughter's drably colored college room! And I need desperately to use up some of my precious clutter.
We're moving in the spring so I will have less to move. Then I'll fun building up another clutter collection in our new apartment!
Posted: 5:47 am on December 6th
VainParade writes: I do this all the time with seashells and crochet thread!
;) Great idea.
Posted: 9:25 am on December 5th
LindaPermann writes: It's great for year round use! You could just make strands to dangle from your window (um, kind of like a beaded curtain) or use strings of it to tie up your gift packages. Lots of possibilities, plus you get to use some of that beady fabricy clutter that inevitably builds up.
Posted: 5:21 pm on December 3rd
CalPatch writes: oh, this is so sweet! i'm not all that into holiday decor (oops, did i just admit that?) but this makes me want a tree to decorate. i think it would be a great room-perker-upper for any time though...
Posted: 4:48 pm on December 3rd
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