Monday, August 20, 2018

Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Happy Monday to all of you!!!  I’m excited to share one of my latest designs - “Fall Pumpkin Wreath.”  My design has a different take than the standard, rectangular-shaped piece that is made and wrapped around a Wreath form. I wanted something a bit different.  I wanted a wreath that looked "mesh-like..." 

Now, this project is not a quick to make wreath.  It takes a little time to make all the needed crochet squares to have a "full wreath".  And, then it's optional if you want to make the stem, curlicue and facial features.  I think it looks good plain - maybe just add a bow/ribbon.  It is a beginner friendly project. So, please don't be intimidated. 

I used Chenille stems (aka pipe cleaners) to attach each square to the foam wreath.  You could use a wire wreath form if preferred. 

How cute would this look, if done, as a Snowman, Santa, Uncle Sam (4th of July), Turkey (Thanksgiving-themed) -- basically any month/holiday???  It does require more yarn, but I think, overall, it is worth it...

Fall Pumpkin Wreath 
Size:  12" wreath

Materials:
--8mm hook
--#4 worsted weight yarn in Orange, Black, Brown and Green (I used Hobby Lobby's Crafter's Secret Big Idea - Orange - 810 yds/skein; and then a very small amount of Green, Brown and Black)
--12" foam wreath (or you could opt to use a wire wreath)
--tapestry needle for weaving 

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
HDC:  half double crochet
MR:  magic ring
Rep:  repeat
FO:  fasten off

Directions:
1.  Ch21.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (20)
2.  HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (20)
3-20.  Rep #2.  At the end of Row 20, FO and weave ends. 
You will need to make anywhere from 22 -25 squares.  I made 22 for my wreath, but I think it could've used 3 more. 

Once you have the squares made, you will want to fold each square, accordian-style and then tightly secure a Chenille stem in the center.
Now, you are ready to start attaching each piece to your wreath.  Make sure to secure each Chenille stem tightly around the wreath form.
Here is a picture of the wreath completed.  I think it looks just fine like this -  maybe add a bow or weave some ribbon, OR, maybe attach a small plaque (wood or metal) with a word on it across the wreath...


Stem:
1.  With brown yarn, 6 HDC into MR.  Sl st join to first st.  Ch1.  (6)
2.  1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (6)
3.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (9)
4.  1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (9)
5-8.  Rep #4.  At the end of Round 8, FO and leave a tail for attaching.  (9)

Curlicue:
1.  With green yarn, Ch21.  2 SC in 2nd ch from hook.  2 SC in each ch across.  FO and leave tail for attaching.

 Eyes/Nose (make 3):
1.  With black yarn, double-stranded, Ch2.  1 SC in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn.  (1)
2.  2 SC in st.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
3.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
4.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
5.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st, 2 SC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
6.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and leave a tail for attaching.  (5)

Mouth:
1.  With black yarn, double-stranded, Ch17.  3 DC into the 3rd Ch from the hook.  Sl st into the next 6 Ch.  3 DC into the next ch.  Sl st into the next 6 Ch.  4 DC into the last Ch.  Rotate to work on the opposite side of the base ch.  Sl st into the next 3 Ch.  3 DC into the next Ch.  Sl st into the next 6 Ch.  3 DC into the next Ch.  Sl st into the last 3 Ch.  FO and leave a long tail for attaching. 

And, here it is, with a stem, curlicue and face added....
I hope you all will enjoy this pattern.  I would love to see your creations.  You can email me a picture(s) of your completed project and I will add it to my blog post; you can also hashtag(#rilla2u) on Instagram; or share your post on my Crocheting & Crafting Facebook page...

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Happy Crocheting...

Legal:
--don't use/claim my design as your own
--don't use/claim my pics as your own
--okay to make and sale your finished work 
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