Winter makes me think of a great many things, and I am sure you can name them with me: cold, warm drinks, sweaters, fires in the fireplace (if you are lucky enough to have a fireplace), and of course, snow!
Since I live in the Mid-South, snow is often a "lucky enough" item as well. We've had some lovely winters before, but our snow still only comes in January or February, and then normally in light dustings. I can't help but envy those who can count on feet of snow before Christmas. Instead we surround ourselves with lovely winter images from Thomas Kinkade and Terry Redlin and watch live cams from Colorado and other such places.
All of these good, wintry feelings must involve Christmas, and Christmas activities. I talked about a few of my latest projects in my last post, most importantly, my crocheted garland.
Thus I am so happy to be able to finally present to you my free pattern for Snowflake Shimmer Garland! In fact, it is my first ever perfected garland. I am so happy with the way these turned out.
I tried making a strand of shamrock garland earlier this year but I didn't like the way it turned out, and then the holiday was over and I just put it aside for the next year.
This Snowflake Shimmer Garland worked out quite well. I sketched a few ideas of motifs for Christmas garland, knowing that some would probably end up in the trash bin, and then set to work with a ball of Vanna's Glamour in Diamond and a very small hook. I chose to make 7 motifs, although a more dense garland would work just as well I think.
For the garland string, I knew a single strand of Vanna's Glamour would be too light, so I tried it with two strands held together and a larger hook. This worked beautifully! Unfortunately, I didn't like the idea of just ending it. What do other people do? I did some research and found this lovely method of crocheting a circle at each end and decided to do that.
Have I piqued your interest? The pattern is quite easy and only takes a little time to work up.
Snowflake Shimmer Garland
Skill Level easy
Finished Size 72” (182 cm) long (motif measures 2 3/4” (7 cm))
Fine Weight Yarn (about 70 yards) – I used Vanna’s Glamour in Diamond
Crochet hook B (2.25mm) and G (4.00mm)
Round 1 of motif measures 3/4” (2 cm)
Motif (make 7)
Round 1: ch 4, 11 dc in 4th chain from hook, sl st in beg ch-3: 12 dc
Round 2: ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, * ch 1, skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc, repeat from * around, ch 1, sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3: 24 dc
Round 3: ch 3, dc in first dc, dc in next dc, * 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, repeat from * around, sl st in first ch-3: 30 dc
Round 4: ch 1, (sc, ch 3, sc) in first dc, sl st in next 2 dc, * (sc, ch 3, sc) in next dc, sl st in next 2 dc, repeat from * around, sl st in first and in next ch: 24 sc
Finish off, leaving a long tail.
With size G hook, hold two strands together, ch 5, sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 1, 12 sc in ring, sl st in first sc, ch 285, sl st in fifth ch to form ring, ch 1, 12 sc in ring, sl st in first sc, finish off.
Find the center of the strand and attach one motif by slip stitching to chain. Attach motifs on either side of first motif at even intervals (or more specifically, 6 1/5” apart), leaving extra space at ends. Weave in all ends.
String your new garland from the mantle, or the entertainment center, or anywhere you like. Just be sure to show it off! Because it is so festive, you can even leave it up for New Years Eve. Of course, I leave my Christmas decorations up until the middle of January sometimes. Or give them as gifts! That is what I'm doing with mine.
I am currently working on my next garland pattern. The theme is poinsettias and the yarn is red and sparkly! But before I share the next pattern, I will be posting about my latest mixed media project. Come back soon to see what I have done!