Christmas Crafts


Christmas is coming.......
 
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With just 90 days to go before hanging our Christmas Stockings for Santa to fill,
my thoughts have been turning to festive fun!
 
 
 
Holly Bunting has been my first project.
 
There are lots of ways to decorate this simple holly bunting -
use knitted holly berries, or try buttons, ribbons, bows, jingle bells, flowers ......
 
 

 
 
 
Holly Bunting

Holly Leaves

Using 2 strands of green DK yarn knitted together and 5mm or 6mm needles ~

Cast on 1 stitch

Row 1:       Knit
 
Row 2:       Knit 3 times into the stitch                               (3sts)

Row 3:       Knit front & back into the first stitch, k1, knit front & back into the last stitch         (5sts)
Row 4:       Cast off 1 stitch, k3                                         (4sts)
Row 5:       Cast off 1 stitch, k2                                         (3sts)
Row 6:       Knit front & back into the first stitch, k1, knit front & back into the last stitch         (5sts)

Row 7:       Cast off 1 stitch, k3                                        (4sts)

Row 8:       Cast off 1 stitch, k2                                        (3sts)

Row 9:       Slip 1 stitch, k2tog, pass slip stitch over          (1st)

Repeat rows 2 – 9 as many times as you wish - to give you the length of bunting you require.
 
Fasten off.  
Tie a knot on the cast on and cast off tails to make a hanging loop.


Berry
Using a single strand of red DK yarn and 4mm needles ~
Cast on 2 stitches
Row 1:       Knit in the front and back of every stitch          (4sts)
Row 2:       Purl in the front and back of every stitch          (8sts)
Row 3:       Knit
Row 4:       P2tog four times                                            (4sts)
Row 5:       K2tog twice                                                    (2sts)
Row 6:       P2tog
Cut the yarn and fasten off
Tie the cast on and cast off tails together (this pulls the berry together)
Make as many berries as you like and add them to the holly leaf bunting.
 
 
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How about some cute little Christmas stockings for family & friends -
with some sweet treats of a little gift inside?
 
 

Requirements:

DK yarn

4mm needles

Notes:

You can knit these in one colour or two.
If you want the border in white (like mine in the photo above), then use white for the knit rows, then change to your main colour.

4” Christmas Stocking


Using DK yarn & 4mm needles, cast on 20sts

Knit 2 rows 

Beginning with a knit row, work in stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) for 16 rows


Shape heel as follows -

Row 1:  K12, turn

Row 2:  P4, turn

Row 3:  K6, turn

Row 4:  P8, turn

Row 5:  K10, turn

Row 6:  P12, turn

Row 7:  K14, turn

Row 8:  P16, turn

Row 9:  Knit to end

Beginning with a purl row, work in stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) for 8 rows


Shape toe as follows -

P2tog all across row  (10sts)

K2tog all across row  (5sts)

Break off yarn.

Thread the yarn on to a needle and thread it through the remaining sts.

Pull tightly and fasten off.

Sew up side seam.

Add a little ribbon bow or Christmas button



5” Christmas Stocking


Using DK yarn & 4mm needles, cast on 24sts

Knit 4 rows

Beginning with a knit row, work in stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) for 18 rows


Shape heel as follows -

Row 1:  K14, turn

Row 2:  P4, turn

Row 3:  K6, turn

Row 4:  P8, turn

Row 5:  K10, turn

Row 6:  P12, turn

Row 7:  K14, turn

Row 8:  P16, turn

Row 9:  K18, turn

Row 10:  P20, turn

Row 11:  Knit to end
 
Beginning with a purl row, work in stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) for 10 rows


Shape toe as follows -

P2tog all across row  (12sts)

K2tog all across row  (6sts)

Break off yarn.

Thread the yarn on to a needle and thread it through the remaining sts.

Pull tightly and fasten off.

Sew up side seam.

Add a little ribbon bow or Christmas button



6” Christmas Stocking


Using DK yarn & 4mm needles, cast on 28sts

Knit 6 rows

Beginning with a knit row, work in stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) for 22 rows


Shape heel as follows -

Row 1:  K16, turn

Row 2:  P4, turn

Row 3:  K6, turn

Row 4:  P8, turn

Row 5:  K10, turn

Row 6:  P12, turn

Row 7:  K14, turn

Row 8:  P16, turn

Row 9:  K18, turn

Row 10:  P20, turn

Row 11:  K22, turn

Row 12:  P24, turn

Row 13:  Knit to end

Beginning with a purl row, work in stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) for 12 rows


 Shape toe as follows -

P2tog all across row  (14sts)

K2tog all across row  (7sts)

Break off yarn.

Thread the yarn on to a needle and thread it through the remaining sts.

Pull tightly and fasten off.
 
Sew up side seam.

Add a little ribbon bow or Christmas button

4" Christmas Stockings

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You will find the pattern for this cute little basket at ~
 
 
 
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Marianna’s Ferrero Rocher Mini Xmas Pudding
DK yarn
4mm needles

 
Using brown, cast on 21sts
1st Row:                S1, * k1, p1, repeat from * to last 2sts, k2
2nd Row:               S1, * p1, k1, repeat from * to end
Repeat the last 2 rows three times more

Change to white ~
Knit 4 rows
13th Row:             S1, knit to end
14th Row:             S1, purl to last st, k1

Repeat last 2 rows once more

17th Row:             *K2tog, repeat from * to last st, K1

Cut yarn (leaving a ‘tail’ to use for sewing up), draw the end through all stitches, pull up tightly.
Sew up the seam.  Darn away ends.

 
Holly leaves – (makes 2)
Using green yarn cast on 1 stitch
 
Row 1:  Knit
 
Row 2:  Knit 3 times into the stitch                                           (3sts)

Row 3:  Knit front and back into the first stitch, k1, knit front and back into the last stitch               (5sts)

Row 4:  Cast off 1 stitch, k3                                                          (4 sts)

Row 5:  Cast off 1 stitch, k2                                                          (3 sts)

Row 6:  Knit front and back into the first stitch, k1, knit front and back into the last stitch                (5sts)

Row 7:  Cast off 1 stitch, k3                                                          (4sts)

Row 8:  Cast off 1 stitch, k2                                                          (3sts)

Row 9:  Slip 1 stitch, k2tog, pass slip stitch over                             (1st)
 
Row 10:  Knit 3 times into the stitch                                              (3sts)

Row 11: Knit front and back into the first stitch, k1, knit front and back into the last stitch              (5sts)

Row 12:  Cast off 1 stitch, k3                                                        (4 sts)

Row 13:  Cast off 1 stitch, k2                                                        (3 sts)

Row 14:  Knit front and back into the first stitch, k1, knit front and back into the last stitch             (5sts)

Row 15:  Cast off 1 stitch, k3                                                        (4sts)

Row 16:  Cast off 1 stitch, k2                                                        (3sts)

Row 17:  Slip 1 stitch, k2tog, pass slip stitch over                            (1st)

Fasten off

 
Berry
Using red yarn cast on 3 stitches

Row 1:  Knit in the front and back of every stitch               (6sts)

Row 2:  Purl

Row 3:  K2tog three times                                                           (3sts)

Cast off purlwise

Sew leaves and berry onto pudding 
 
 
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Chocolate Orange Covers
 
Chocolate Orange Covers - Christmas Pudding, Santa Hat, Snowman

 
Chocolate Orange Covers ~
Christmas Pudding                 Santa Hat                Snowman


 
Chocolate Orange Cover ~ Christmas Pudding
 
Christmas Pudding Chocolate Orange Cover
 
DK YARN
3.5mm knitting needles

 
Using Brown ~

Cast on 43sts

1st Row:  S1, *k1, p1, repeat from * to the last 2sts, k2

2nd Row:  S1, *p1, k1, repeat from * to end

Repeat last 2 rows five times more

Change to White ~

Knit 6 rows

19th Row: S1, knit to end

20th Row: S1 purl to last st, K1

Repeat last 2 rows twice more

25th Row: *K2tog, repeat from * to last st, K1

26th Row:  P2 tog, to end

Cut yarn, leaving a 'tail' to use for sewing up, draw the end through all stitches, pull up tightly
 
Add a couple of holy leaves and some red berries ~  


Holly leaves – makes 2 leaves joined together
 
Using green yarn cast on 1 stitch
 
Row 1:       Knit
 
Row 2:       Knit 3 times into the stitch                              (3sts)
 
Row 3:       Knit front and back into the first stitch, k1, knit front and back into the last stitch         (5sts)
 
Row 4:       Cast off 1 stitch, k3                                         (4sts)
 
Row 5:       Cast off 1 stitch, k2                                         (3sts)
 
Row 6:  Knit front and back into the first stitch, k1, knit front and back into the last stitch         (5sts)
 
Row 7:       Cast off 1 stitch, k3                                         (4sts)
 
Row 8:       Cast off 1 stitch, k2                                         (3sts)
 
Row 9:       Slip 1 stitch, k2tog, pass slip stitch over           (1st)
 
Row 10:     Knit 3 times into the stitch                               (3sts)
 
Row 11:     Knit front and back into the first stitch, k1, knit front and back into the last stitch         (5sts)
 
Row 12:     Cast off 1 stitch, k3                                         (4sts)
 
Row 13:     Cast off 1 stitch, k2                                         (3sts)
 
Row 14:     Knit front and back into the first stitch, k1, knit front and back into the last stitch         (5sts)
 
Row 15:     Cast off 1 stitch, k3                                         (4sts)
 
Row 16:     Cast off 1 stitch, k2                                         (3sts)
 
Row 17:     Slip 1 stitch, k2tog, pass slip stitch over            (1st)
 
Fasten off
 
Berry
 
Using red yarn cast on 3 stitches
Row 1:       Knit in the front and back of every stitch          (6sts)
Row 2:       Purl
Row 3:       Knit
Row 4:       P2tog three times                                          (3sts)

Cast off purlwise

Tie cast on and cast off tails together (this pulls the berry together)

Sew leaves and berry on to the top

Fill with a Terry’s Chocolate Orange

Chocolate Orange Cover ~ Santa Hat
 
Santa Hat Chocolate Orange Cover
 
DK YARN
3.5mm knitting needles
 
Using White ~
Cast on 43sts
Knit 8 rows
Change to Red ~
Work 12 rows in stocking stitch (1row knit, 1 row purl)
Shape the top ~
 
Row 21:     *K5, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1            (37sts)
 
Rows 22, 24, 26, 28, 30:               S1, purl to last st, k1
 
Row 23:     *K4, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1            (31sts)
 
Row 25:     *K3, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1            (25sts)
 
Row 27:     *K2, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1            (19sts)
 
Row 29:     *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1            (13sts)
 
Row 31:     *K2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1                 (7sts)
 
Cut off yarn, leaving a tail – thread the tail through the remaining 7sts, and pull up tight
Sew up the side seam, using the corresponding colour for each section.
Darn away ends
Add a bobble or a pompom on to the top of the hat
To make a bobble –
 
Bobble
 
Using White cast on 3 stitches
Row 1:       Knit in the front and back of every stitch                   (6sts)
Row 2:       Purl
Row 3:       Knit
Row 4:       P2tog three times                                                   (3sts)
Cast off
Fill with a Terry’s Chocolate Orange
 
Chocolate Orange Cover ~ Snowman

 

 

Snowman Chocolate Orange Cover

 

DK YARN
3.5mm knitting needles
 
Using Red ~
Cast on 43sts
Knit 2 rows
Change to White ~
Work 12 rows in stocking stitch (1row knit, 1 row purl)
Change to Green ~ 
Knit 4 rows
Work 2 rows in stocking stitch
Shape the top ~
Row 21:     *K5, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1            (37sts)
Rows 22, 24, 26, 28, 30:               S1, purl to last st, k1
Row 23:     *K4, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1            (31sts)
Row 25:     *K3, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1            (25sts)
Row 27:     *K2, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1            (19sts)
Row 29:     *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1            (13sts)
Row 31:     *K2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1                 (7sts)
 
Cut off yarn, leaving a tail – thread the tail through the remaining 7sts, and pull up tight
Sew up the side seam, using the corresponding colour for each section.
Darn away ends
Add a bobble or a pompom on to the top of the hat
To make a bobble –
Bobble
 
Using red yarn cast on 3 stitches
Row 1:       Knit in the front and back of every stitch                   (6sts)
Row 2:       Purl
Row 3:       Knit
Row 4:       P2tog three times                                                   (3sts)
Cast off
Add a face ~
For the eyes – sew on two small black buttons (or use a length of black yarn)
 
For the mouth – use a length of black yarn and make 3 or 4 running stitches
For the nose – using a length of orange yarn ~
Cast on 4sts
K4,
K2tog, k2tog,
K2tog,
Fasten off
Sew on the nose, using the cast on and cast off tails
Fill with a Terry’s Chocolate Orange
 
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Christmas Keyrings
 
I made lots of these for the school's Indoor Christmas Market.
 
They really are quick to knit.
 
And they make a fun little gift.
 
Tiny Christmas Stocking Keyrings

Christmas Flower Keyrings
 
Tiny Christmas Stockings

 

Length ~ 3”



 



Using DK yarn & 4mm needles, cast on 12sts

Knit 2 rows

Beginning with a knit row, work in stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) for 12 rows

 
Shape heel as follows -

Row 1:  K8, turn

Row 2:  P4, turn

Row 3:  K6, turn

Row 4:  P8, turn

Row 5:  K10, turn

 
Beginning with a purl row, work in stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) for4 rows

 
Shape toe as follows -

P2tog all across row     (6sts)

K2tog all across row     (3sts)

Break off yarn.

Thread the yarn on to a needle and thread it through the remaining sts.

Pull tightly and fasten off.

Sew up side seam.

 
Add a keyring split ring.
 
Christmas Stocking Keyrings
 

Christmas Flower Keyrings
 
 



 

 
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Marianna’s Little Santa Hat Bottle Topper

 
 
 




 
Santa Hat Bottle Topper
 
Red DK yarn

White DK eyelash yarn (I used King Cole Moments)
 
4mm needles



Using white, cast on 16sts

Knit 2 rows

Change to red ~

3rd Row:    S1, knit to end

4th Row:    S1, purl to last st, k1

Repeat the last 2 rows 4 times more

13th Row:    *K2tog, all across row

14th Row:     S1, purl to last st, k1

Repeat last 2 rows once more

17th Row:     K2tog,  k2tog

18th Row:     P2tog, fasten off

Sew up the seam.  Darn away ends.


 
Pompom


Using white yarn cast on 3 stitches


Row 1:      Knit in the front and back of every stitch              (6sts)


Knit 5 rows


Row 7:      K2tog three times                                                (3sts)


Cast off


Fasten off, leaving a little tail

Thread the tail onto a sewing needle and weave in and out all around the outside and pull tight to gather up

Sew pompom onto the hat


Add the hat to a bottle for a little festive fun!
 



Or you can use this pattern for Lindor Chocolates if you prefer ...........

 


 


 

 
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Striped Decorative Bows - these look so cute in candy cane colours!
 



You can use any yarn weight to make these sweet little decorative bows, as dimensions do not really matter.

I used DK (8ply) yarn and 4.5mm needles


This gave me ~

 

Small bow – 2” (5cm)


Medium bow – 3 ¾” (9cm)

Large bow - 5” (13cm)



Small Bow


Cast on 10sts

Work in garter stitch – 2 rows of each colour – until you have 4 stripes.

For the 5th stripe – knit 1 row and cast off knitwise

Darn away all ends

Wrap a length of yarn around the centre to form a bow



Medium Bow

Cast on 16sts

Work in garter stitch – 2 rows of each colour – until you have 6 stripes.

For the 7th stripe – knit 1 row and cast off knitwise


For the centre wrap –

Cast on 7sts -

Work in garter stitch – 2 rows of each colour – until you have 2 stripes.

For the 3rd stripe – knit 1 row and cast off knitwise

Join the cast on and cast off edges together to form a ring
 
Darn away all ends

Push the bow through the centre ring – and pull into shape


Large Bow

Cast on 22sts

Work in garter stitch – 2 rows of each colour – until you have 8 stripes.

For the 9th stripe – knit 1 row and cast off knitwise


For the centre wrap –
 
Cast on 9sts -

Work in garter stitch – 2 rows of each colour – until you have 4 stripes.

For the 5th stripe – knit 1 row and cast off knitwise

Join the cast on and cast off edges together to form a ring

Darn away all ends

Push the bow through the centre ring – and pull into shape


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Cute little striped Mini Christmas Stockings
 
 
 

 

 
Mini Christmas Stockings
 
Using DK yarn & 4mm needles, cast on 20sts
Knit 2 rows
Beginning with a knit row, work in stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) for 16 rows
 
Shape heel as follows -
Row 1:  K12, turn
Row 2:  P4, turn
Row 3:  K6, turn
Row 4:  P8, turn
Row 5:  K10, turn
Row 6:  P12, turn
Row 7:  K14, turn
Row 8:  P16, turn
Row 9:  Knit to end
 
Beginning with a purl row, work in stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) for 8 rows
 
Shape toe as follows -
P 2tog all across row  (10sts)
K 2tog all across row  (5sts)
Break off yarn.
Thread the yarn on to a needle and thread it through the remaining sts.
Pull tightly and fasten off.
Sew up side seam.
 
Make a twisted cord, or crochet chain, or add a ribbon for hanging.
 
These cute little mini stockings look great in stripes - and any combination of colours look great.
 
Have fun!
 
 

 
 
 
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Baby's First Christmas Stocking

My friend's daughter recently had a beautiful little baby girl ~ and I have really enjoyed making little garments for her. Then, as I have been making mini Christmas stocking decorations for a school bazaar I suddenly had the idea of making a little stocking to celebrate a baby's first Christmas. It's funny how two different projects have merged into a new one!



 


You will find the pattern instruction for the Mini Christmas Stockings above ~
 
 
 
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Christmas Pudding Baby Hat

 
 
Newborn - 3 months           Christmas Pudding Baby Hat

 

Size

Width:    5 ½ “ (14cm)   11” (28cm) all around 
 
Height:   5 ½ “ (14cm)

 
Requirements :

DK yarn in dark brown and cream for the hat

DK yarn in green and red for the holly leaves & berries

 4mm needles

 

Pattern:

Using brown, cast on 65sts

Knit 8 rows


9th Row:        S1, knit to end

10th Row:      S1, purl to last st, k1

Repeat last 2 rows 8 times more

Cut off brown, join in cream


27th Row:      S1, knit to end

28th Row:      S1, purl to last st, k1


Shape the top ~
1st  Row:  (K6, K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                   (57sts)
2nd, 4th,6th,8th,10th  Rows:  Purl
3rd  Row:  (K5, K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                  (49sts)
5th  Row:  (K4, K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                  (41sts)
7th  Row:  (K3, K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                  (33sts)
9th  Row:  (K2, K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                  (25sts)
11th  Row (K1, K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                  (17sts)
12th  Row ( K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                         (9sts)
Cut yarn (leaving a long ‘tail’ to use for sewing up), draw the end through all stitches, pull up tightly.
Sew up the seam.  Darn away ends.

 
 
Holly leaves – makes 2 leaves joined together

Using green yarn cast on 1 stitch

Row 1:          Knit

Row 2:          Knit 3 times into the stitch                      (3sts)

Row 3:          Knit front and back into the first stitch, k1, knit front and back into the last stitch           (5sts)

Row 4:          Cast off 1 stitch, k3                                (4sts)

Row 5:          Cast off 1 stitch, k2                                (3sts)

Row 6:  Knit front and back into the first stitch, k1, knit front and back into the last stitch      (5sts)

Row 7:          Cast off 1 stitch, k3                                (4sts)

Row 8:          Cast off 1 stitch, k2                                (3sts)

Row 9:          Slip 1 stitch, k2tog, pass slip stitch over  (1st)

Row 10:        Knit 3 times into the stitch                      (3sts)

Row 11: Knit front and back into the first stitch, k1, knit front and back into the last stitch      (5sts)

Row 12:        Cast off 1 stitch, k3                                (4sts)

Row 13:        Cast off 1 stitch, k2                                (3sts)

Row 14:  Knit front and back into the first stitch, k1, knit front and back into the last stitch      (5sts)

Row 15:        Cast off 1 stitch, k3                                (4sts)

Row 16:        Cast off 1 stitch, k2                                (3sts)

Row 17:        Slip 1 stitch, k2tog, pass slip stitch over  (1st)

Fasten off

 
 

Berry

Using red yarn cast on 3 stitches

Row 1:          Knit in the front and back of every stitch           (6sts)

Row 2:          Purl

Row 3:          Knit

Row 4:          P2tog three times                                           (3sts)

Cast off purlwise

Tie cast on and cast off tails together (this pulls the berry together)

 

Sew leaves and berry onto pudding hat
 

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Festive Crochet Gift Bags


Why not make your own cute festive gift bags this year?

These are really easy - and quick to make ....... and you can easily alter the width or length to suit.

 
 


 
 
Make them in stripes ...... or in one colour
 
 
And add a pretty ribbon bow
 
The instructions are at ~

http://mariannaslazydaisydays.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/gift-bag.html

 
 
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Knitted Christmas Tree


 
Quick and simple to make -
 



 


Knitted Christmas Tree Decoration

 

Using 2 strands of red DK yarn and 4mm needles cast on 5sts 



Knit 4 rows, Cut off red yarn.



Join in 2 strands of green (or green & white)

 

Cast on 6 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows (17 sts).



Knit 2 rows.



Decrease row: sl1 k1 psso, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (15 sts).



Repeat the last 3 rows until 3 sts remain.



Knit 2 rows.



Sl1 k2tog psso, tie off this stitch leaving about 6 inches of yarn to create a loop for hanging the decoration.



Weave in the ends at the cast on edge.



If desired sew on beads, buttons or sequins

 

It is a very tight knit, but the finished product is quite stiff so hangs nicely.

 


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Xmas Tree – Knit - with beads or sequins
 

 

 

Tree height ~ 4” (10cm)

I made these cute little trees using DK (8ply) yarn & 4mm needles

(but smaller or larger trees can easily be made by changing the yarn thickness used)

 

Using white or green yarn, cast on 2sts
Row 1              Kfb, k1
Row 2              K3
Row 3              Kfb, kfb, k1
Row 4              K5
Row 5              Kfb, k2, kfb, K1
Row 6              K7
Row 7              Kfb, k4, kfb, k1
Row 8              K9

Row 9              Kfb, k6, kfb, k1
Row 10            K11

Row 11            Cast off 3sts, knit to end
Row 12            Cast off 3sts, knit to end
Repeat Rows 5 – 10

Row 19            Kfb, k8, kfb, k1
Row 20            K13

Row 21            Cast off 3sts, knit to end
Row 22            Cast off 3sts, knit to end
Repeat Rows 7 - 10

Row 27            Kfb, k8, kfb, k1
Row 28            K13

Row 29            Kfb, k10, kfb, k1
Row 30            K15

Row 31            Cast off 5sts, knit to end
Row 32            Cast off 5sts, knit to end

Change to red yarn ~

Knit 5 rows

Cast off

 

Darn away ends

Add tiny beads or sequin embellishments

Add a little hanging cord if desired

 
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Mini Gift Bags
 
These are great for small gifts - or why not put some chocolate coins inside ?
 

Mini Festive Gift Bags
You will find the instructions, and a photo tutorial at ~
 
 
 
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I really enjoyed knitting this cute ribbed hat & fingerless mittens -
 
first Christmas Present done !!!
 
 
 
 
These would look great in any sparkle yarn ........
 
I used King Cole Christmas Glitz DK
 
 
 
 

Festive Fun – Glitz Hat & Fingerless Mittens

This design is super easy!  And because ribbing is stretchy it will fit all sizes.

Requirements ~

I ball of King Cole Glitz DK

4mm needles

 

Instructions ~

Fingerless Mittens

Cast on 36sts

1st Row:       S1, k2, * p2, k2, repeat from * to last st, k1

2nd Row:      S1, p2, * k2, p2, repeat from * to last st, k1

Repeat the last 2 rows 25 times more

Cast off loosely.

Sew up the side seam leaving a gap for the thumb.

Make another mitten the same.

 

Hat

Cast on 92sts

1st Row:       S1, k2, * p2, k2, repeat from *to last st, k1

2nd Row:      S1, p2, * k2, p2, repeat from * to last st, k1

Repeat the last 2 rows 25 times more

It is easy to adjust the hat height here ~ by increasing or decreasing the number of rows

 

To shape the crown: Row 1:         S1, k2, * p2tog, k2, repeat from * to last st, k1
Row 2:         S1, p2, * k1, p2, repeat from * to last st, k1
Row 3:         S1, k2, * p1, k2, repeat from * to last st, k1
Row 4:         S1, p2, * k1, p2, repeat from * to last st, k1
Row 5:         S1, k2tog, * p1, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1

Row 6:         S1, p1, * k1, p1, repeat from * to last st, k1

Row 7:         S1, k1, * p1, k1, repeat from * to last st, k1

Row 8:         S1, p1, * k1, p1, repeat from * to last st, k1

Row 9:         K2tog all across row to last st, k1                          24sts

Row 10:       P2tog all across row                                               12sts

Row 11:       K2tog all across row                                              6sts

 

Cut the yarn leaving a ‘tail’.

With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops and secure

Sew up side seam and weave in ends.

 

Add some cute pom-poms if desired.
 

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Crochet Santa Decoration 

 
 
 
 
Crochet Santa Decoration 
 
This pattern is written using UK terminology.
 
Requirements:
 
A little red, white & pink DK yarn
3.5mm crochet hook
Black or navy yarn for the face
A small jingle bell
 
Instructions:
 
Using white ~
Make a foundation chain of 20chain stitches. Join to form a circle.
Rounds 1 - 4
Chain 3, then make a tc in every chain stitch all around.
Join with a slip stitch. 20sts.
 
Change to pink ~
Work 4 further rounds
 
Change to white ~
Work a further 2 rounds
 
Change to red ~
Work a further 4 rounds
 
Next round - Chain 3, *1tc, work next two stitches together, repeat from * all around.
 
Work a further 5 rounds, decreasing one stitch on every round.
 
Sew up the back seam.
 
Embroider a face - eyes, nose, mouth in a dark colour, & a moustache in white.
 
Stuff lightly.
 
Sew along the bottom.
 
Add a little silver or gold jingle bell and a hanging cord to the top of the hat.
 
 


For a long hat variation - work as above until joining in the red.
Using red work in rounds decreasing one stitch in every round until 3sts.

Finish off as above.
 
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Pretty Crochet Christmas Baubles

 

 
To make these cute Christmas decorations ~
 
Crochet small circles using white crochet cotton.
Join two together by threading ribbon through the last round.
Stuff lightly with polyester stuffing.
Tie a bow with the ribbon. Add a crochet chain or gold string hanging cord.
 
It's so easy.
 
I ran our of stuffing whilst I was making these. I was so determined to finish them that I couldn't wait to go shopping for more ....... so I looked around for something I could use to fill them......
And what did I find?
Well plastic milk bottle tops actually !!!
The decorations with the green centres have a milk bottle lid inside!
 
A little crazy maybe, but a great solution.
 
 

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Easy Snowflake Christmas Decoration

These little decorations are really easy to make ~

 



 



 

They are simple to vary .....
Make them in one colour, or with a contrast colour edging
 
or make them two tone
with the centre and edging in the same colour
  
 

 


 
 
 
To make the Snowflake Motif ~
 
These instructions use UK terminology
 
Use a medium weight yarn. I made these with DK yarn and a 4mm hook.
 
Chain 3 stitches and join with a slip stitch into a circle.
 
Chain 1, then make 5 double crochet stitches into the circle. Join with a slip stitch. (6sts)
 
Chain 5, then make 3 trebles and chain 2 into next 5 stitches, make 2 trebles in last stitch and join to first 5 chain with a slip stitch.
 
 
 
Chain 2, then (make 2 trebles, chain 3, make 3 trebles) into the first chain space, then (make 3 trebles, chain 3, make 3 trebles) into each chain space all around. Join with a slip  stitch.


 
 
To make an edging ( if desired) ~ in the same or a contrasting colour
 
Double crochet all around.
 
 

 
 
To make a hanging cord ( if desired) ~ chain 30. Attach to the motif.
 
 
 
Have fun .....
 
 
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Snowflake Placemat


I have really enjoyed crocheting these  hexagon motifs ~ so I played around and came up with this ~ Snowflake Placemat
 

snowflake placemat


To make the Placemat ~

Make 7 hexagon motifs
 
I made one hexagon in two colours and used it for the centre.
 
Join together around the centre motif by joining at the corners.
 
Make a double crochet border all around the outside edge.
 
 
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Cute baby hat & slippers in festive red



Cute baby hat & slippers in festive red


festive red baby hat




festive red baby slippers

 

Another quick and easy project ~

a perfect gift for a December baby ..... 

 

Festive Crochet Baby Hat            0 – 3 months

 

Requirements:


DK yarn

4mm crochet hook



 

Pattern:

This pattern is written in UK terminology      


tc = treble crochet        dc = double crochet

 Worked in the round
Using Red

Chain 3,  join with a slip stitch into a ring.

Round 1:   ch2, make 9tc into ring, slip stitch to join. (10sts)

Round 2:   ch2 then 1tc in same stitch as ch2, 2tc in each stitch all around, join with slip stitch. (20sts)

Round 3:   ch2  then1 tc in same stitch as ch2,  * 1tc in next stitch, 2tc in next stitch repeat from * all around,  join with slip stitch. (30sts)

Round 4:   ch2  then1 tc in same stitch as ch2,  * 1tc in next stitch, 1tc in next stitch , 2tc in next stitch repeat from * all around,  join with slip stitch. (40sts)

Round 5:   Ch 2, tc in each stitch all around, join with slip stitch. (40sts)

Rounds 6- 12:    Repeat round 5

Using White

Dc all around

Join with slip stitch.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.  Add a pretty ribbon bow
 
 
Festive Crochet Baby Slippers
 
The baby slipper pattern instructions are at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basic-baby-booties-3
I made mine in red yarn, them finished off with one round in white,
before adding a matching ribbon bow.
 
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Christmas      Crochet Baby Hats            0 – 3 months
 
http://mariannaslazydaisydays.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/christmas-baby-hats-hope-you-think.html




 
So cute .......... !
 
You will find the instructions at ~ 
 
 
 
 

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This pattern (the information and photos) may not be copied or reproduced
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‘This work is registered with the UK Copyright Service.’
 
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6 comments :

  1. Awww....these are all so cute. They would make great gifts.

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  2. What an amazing variety! Your snowflakes are too cute, the baubles are wonderful, but I'm spellbound by all the mini stockings!

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  3. Loved your crafty and clever knitted trees and the top down baby jacket. Thanks !

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  4. Hi Marianna I love your baby pudding hat and was wondering if you had a Christmas hat like an elf shape a long tail and a Pom Pom at the end thank you so much

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  5. very beautiful gifts, thanks for sharing.

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