By now you’ve hung the stockings, wrapped the gifts, finished your last batch of cookies and watched quite a number of Lifetime Christmas movie specials. You’re ready to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. But just in case you didn’t get out all your crafty spirit yet – or there are bare patches on your tree – Consider whipping up these quick ornaments brought to you by Becca Brench of Pride of Lions.
Becca is an epic crochet-er who has finished upwards of 17 afghans and recently chronicled just a few of the many hats she’s created. She lives in the wilds of Western, MA and has a fierce life keeping the the lions at bay out there. Just kidding, but her blog is named after those magnificent beasts – Check her and her many crochet patterns out at Of Lions.
Since most of what I have to make ornaments with is yarn, I try to use it in creative ways so that I don’t have a whole bunch of similar ornaments on the tree. This week’s ornaments are crocheted chains which are dipped into starch and then pinned onto an outline.
These are the outlines I used: christmas shapes I printed this so that I didn’t have to make any shapes freehand, because I know in advance how that would turn out!
- Christmas shapes printout
- yarn in yellow, red, green, brown, blue (I used Caron Simply Soft)
- yarn needle (optional)
- crochet hook (I used size F, but any size that goes with your yarn is fine)
- something to put the starch in (bag or bowl)
- large piece of cardboard or styrofoam or something that you can pin your ornaments on
- Basic Tutorial on how to Crochet a Chain Stitch (it’s simple! You can do it!)
I didn’t like how this ornament turned out in my practice batch, but decided at the last minute to include it just in case someone else did like it.
Blue section: starting at top right hand corner, chain 37, join with a slip stitch to first ch.
With red: Join with a slip stitch to 2nd chain, chain 27, join with a slip stitch to 4th ch. With the two middle sections, make sure the chain isn’t twisted before you join them the 2nd time.
Yellow: Join to 3rd ch with a slip stitch, chain 20, join to 3rd st again with a slip stitch. Weave in ends if desired.
Pin, starting with the blue section at the top right of the ornament and working inwards. Leave overnight.
Note: With any of the ends, if they end up sticking out after you wove them in, or if you decided not to weave them in, wait until after you starch them to cut them off, because after the ornament has been starched, the ends are a lot less likely to come out again.
Hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that you are ready for the big day tomorrow!
PS – You can always use this technique to make any shapes you want, not just Christmas, to turn them into a great bunting to decorate for a party or nursery for your child.