Poinsettia Shimmer Garland | New Crochet Pattern


As I am writing this, a pre-Christmas turkey is baking in the oven, and cranberry sauce is cooling in the fridge. Above the computer where I am working, my mother's famous Christmas Village covers two small book cases and the entire entertainment center. At night the warm, white lights glow inside the hand-painted miniature houses and almost seem to reflect off the white felt ground where old-fashioned people walk about town with presents in hand. Over the speakers the melodies of my ultimate favorite Christmas album, Ferrante and Teicher's Snowbound, creates a rather dreamy aura as I prepare to share with you my latest Christmas crochet pattern.

After designing my last Christmas garland, the Snowflake Shimmer Garland, I grabbed a skein of Caron Simply Soft Party in Red Sparkle and set to work on my next idea, poinsettias. I was inspired with this idea and designed the motifs without too many do-overs (as opposed to the chunky hat I have been working on over the last few days where I have ripped at least three times in one day).


Last time I used Vanna's Glamour which is a size 3 yarn, or sport yarn, whereas Caron's Party is medium weight. But I didn't think this would be a problem. With the finished product at hand, I am pleased with the resulting thickness, though Vanna's Glamour does offer a more delicate garland.

I attached them as before and made the garland strand with double strands as well, but since the yarn was thicker, and I used a slightly larger hook, I had to cut back on the number of stitches for the length of the strand. I possibly could have worked the garland with one strand instead of double, but the double strands give me confidence that the piece will have adequate drape.

For the pictures I envisioned draping them on a lovely mantle covered in Christmas decorations. We have a mantle and we have Christmas decorations but I didn't get around to it. Instead my sister took these amazing pictures for me so that I didn't have to strain my brain. I am after all a photographer of necessity instead of hobby. But I have grown to enjoy it more than I used to.

All right! So lets share the pattern.


Poinsettia Shimmer Garland

Skill Level easy


Finished Size 

72in/183cm long (motif measures 3in/7.5cm in diameter) 

Material

Medium Weight yarn (approximately 70 yards) – I used Caron Simply Soft Party in Red Sparkle
Crochet hook E (3.00mm) and G (4.50mm)

Gauge

Round 1 of motif measures 1in/2.5cm

Picot: ch 2, sl st in previous st.

Motif (make 7)

Round 1: ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, sl st in ch-3: 12 dc
Round 2: ch 2, 2 hdc in each dc around, sl st in first hdc: 24 hdc
Round 3: ch 1, skip first hdc, (sc, dc, tr) in next hdc, picot, (tr, dc, sc) in next hdc, sl st in next 2 hdc, repeat from * around, make last sl st in first ch-1, sl st in next 4 sts: 47 sts
Do not finish off.

Garland Strand

With size G hook, hold two strands together, ch 5, sl st in fifth ch to form ring, ch 1,
10 sc in ring, sl st in first sc, ch 265, sl st in fifth ch to form ring, ch 1, 10 sc in ring,
sl st in first sc, finish off.

Attaching Motifs

Find the center of the garland strand and attach one motif by slip stitching to chain. Attach
motifs on either side of first motif at even intervals (or more specifically, 7” apart),
leaving extra space at ends. Weave in all ends.


What I love about making crochet garland is how simple it is to make. Each motif takes around an average of 15 minutes or less, and the garland strand probably only 10 minutes. All in all, I'd say this project from start to finish takes roughly 2 hours. I can't work for hours straight anymore without injuring my neck muscles, but if you can, then bully for you!

If you decide to try this pattern, make sure and send me some pictures. You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Or email me even! A PDF version is available for purchase on Ravelry and at GingerPeachyStore on Etsy!

Meanwhile, don't forget to leave a comment letting me know what you think!

Right now I am working on some chunky hats that I just adore. I can't wait to share them with you! Come back soon! Until then, merry Christmas! 

This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.

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