Thursday, 1 December 2016

Comfy Festive Make: crocheted Christmas Tree Decorations


I've really enjoyed creating these four tree decorations; I hope you enjoy making them, too!

Materials:
  • 3mm hook
  • DK wool
  • 6mm safety eyes x 6
  • Small amounts of white and black felt, for the robin's eyes
  • Glue
  • Twigs for antlers
  • Thread for hanging (I've used silver thread)

Notes:
  • This pattern is written using UK terminology.
  • The bodies for these decorations are done in arigurumi style, in that each row is simply a continuation of the one before.  If you need to join each row with a slip stitch anywhere I've made it clear in the pattern.
  • These are not toys.  The safety eyes are great, but make sure young children don't put Rudolph (twigs) or the Penguin (felt eyes) near their mouths!
  • Please don't replicate this pattern or sell it on or promote it as your own.  If you wish to make these items and sell them on you may sell the finished product; if you can link back to my pattern or give Comfy Marmalade credit for the pattern even better!

ROBIN:
Body (arigurumi style):
  • With brown wool, make a magic ring, ch1, 7dc (7)
  • Round 1: 2dc in each st (14)
  • Round 2: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next*, continue to end (21)
  • Round 3: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 2st*, continue to end (28)
  • Round 4: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 3st*, continue to end (35)
  • Rounds 5 - 14: 1dc in each st (35)
  • Round 15: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 4st*, continue to end (35)
  • Round 16: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 3st*, continue to end (28)
  • Round 17: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 2st*, continue to end (21)
  • Round 18: *dc2tog, 1dc in next st*, continue to end (14)
  • Attach safety eyes between rounds 9 & 10, 4st apart.  Stuff the body.
  • Round 19: dc2tog, continue to end (7)
  • Fasten off.  Weave the wool in and out of the 7st and pull gently to close the space.  Weave in the ends.

Red breast:
Join each round with a slip st.
  • With red wool, make a magic ring, ch1, 7dc, join with a sl st (7)
  • Round 1: ch1, 2dc in each st, join with a sl st (14)
  • Round 2: ch1, *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next*, continue to end, join with a sl st (21)
  • Round 3: ch1, *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 2st*, continue to end, join with a sl st (28)
  • Round 4: 1dc in each st (28)
  • Fasten off and leave a long tail. Sew onto body.

Beak:
  • In orange wool, ch 4
  • Round 1: 1dc in 2nd st from hook and in each st thereafter (3)
  • Round 2: 1dc in 2nd st from hook and in each st thereafter (2)
  • Fasten off, leaving with a reasonable length of wool.  Fold your beak so that the ch4 that you started with becomes the base of the beak and the single stitch you finished with becomes the point.
  • Sew up the sides of the beak, no need to stuff as its so small!  Attach to body.

Wings (make 2):
  • In brown wool, make a magic ring, ch1, 7dc, join with a sl st (7)
  • Round 1: ch1, 2dc in each st, join with a sl st (14)
  • Round 2: 1dc, ch3, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, 1dc into next st of main bit of wing, sl st into next st
  • Fasten off leaving a reasonable tail and sew onto body.

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PENGUIN:
Body (arigurumi style):
  • With black wool, make a magic ring, ch1, 7dc (7)
  • Round 1: 2dc in each st (14)
  • Round 2: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next*, continue to end (21)
  • Round 3: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 2st*, continue to end (28)
  • Round 4: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 3st*, continue to end (35)
  • Rounds 5 - 14: 1dc in each st (35)
  • Round 15: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 4st*, continue to end (35)
  • Round 16: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 3st*, continue to end (28)
  • Round 17: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 2st*, continue to end (21)
  • Round 18: *dc2tog, 1dc in next st*, continue to end (14)
  • Attach safety eyes between rounds 9 & 10, 4st apart.  Stuff the body.
  • Round 19: dc2tog, continue to end (7)
  • Fasten off.  Weave the wool in and out of the 7st and pull gently to close the space.  Weave in the ends.

White breast:
Join each round with a slip st.
  • With white wool, make a magic ring, ch1, 7dc, join with a sl st (7)
  • Round 1: ch1, 2dc in each st, join with a sl st (14)
  • Round 2: ch1, *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next*, continue to end, join with a sl st (21)
  • Round 3: ch1, *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 2st*, continue to end, join with a sl st (28)
  • Round 4: 1dc in each st (28)
  • Fasten off and leave a long tail. Sew onto body.

Beak:
  • In orange wool, ch 4
  • Round 1: 1dc in 2nd st from hook and in each st thereafter (3)
  • Round 2: 1dc in 2nd st from hook and in each st thereafter (2)
  • Round 3: 1dc in 2nd st from hook (1)
  • Fasten off, leaving with a reasonable length of wool.  Fold your beak so that the ch4 that you started with becomes the base of the beak and the single stitch you finished with becomes the point.
  • Sew up the sides of the beak, no need to stuff as its so small!  Attach to body.

Wings (make 2):
  • In black wool, make a magic ring, ch1, 7dc, join with a sl st (7)
  • Round 1: ch1, 2dc in each st, join with a sl st (14)
  • Round 2: 1dc, ch3, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, 1dc into next st of main bit of wing, sl st into next st
  • Fasten off leaving a reasonable tail and sew onto body.

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RUDOLPH:
Body (arigurumi style):
  • With brown wool, make a magic ring, ch1, 7dc (7)
  • Round 1: 2dc in each st (14)
  • Round 2: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next*, continue to end (21)
  • Round 3: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 2st*, continue to end (28)
  • Round 4: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 3st*, continue to end (35)
  • Rounds 5 - 14: 1dc in each st (35)
  • Round 15: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 4st*, continue to end (35)
  • Round 16: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 3st*, continue to end (28)
  • Round 17: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 2st*, continue to end (21)
  • Round 18: *dc2tog, 1dc in next st*, continue to end (14)
  • Attach safety eyes between rounds 8 & 9, 4st apart.  Stuff the body.
  • Round 19: dc2tog, continue to end (7)
  • Fasten off.  Weave the wool in and out of the 7st and pull gently to close the space.  Weave in the ends.

Nose:
  • With red wool, make a magic ring, ch1, 7dc (7)
  • Round 1: 2dc in each st (14)
  • Rounds 2 - 4: 1dc in each st (14)
  • Round 5: dc2tog, continue to end (7)
  • Fasten off leaving a tail for sewing to the body.  Stuff the nose. Weave the wool in and out of the 7st and pull gently to close the space.  Sew to the body.

Antlers:
Gently but firmly stick the twigs into the head.  Glue in place if needs be.


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SNOWMAN
Body (arigurumi style):
  • With white wool, make a magic ring, ch1, 7dc (7)
  • Round 1: 2dc in each st (14)
  • Round 2: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next*, continue to end (21)
  • Round 3: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 2st*, continue to end (28)
  • Round 4: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 3st*, continue to end (35)
  • Rounds 5 - 14: 1dc in each st (35)
  • Round 15: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 4st*, continue to end (35)
  • Round 16: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 3st*, continue to end (28)
  • Round 17: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 2st*, continue to end (21)
  • Round 18: *dc2tog, 1dc in next st*, continue to end (14)
  • Stuff the body.
  • Round 19: dc2tog, continue to end (7)
  • Fasten off.  Weave the wool in and out of the 7st and pull gently to close the space.  Weave in the ends.

Head (arigurumi style):
  • With white wool, make a magic ring, ch1, 7dc (7)
  • Round 1: 2dc in each st (14)
  • Round 2: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next*, continue to end (21)
  • Round 3: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 2st*, continue to end (28)
  • Rounds 4 - 11: 1dc in each st (28)
  • Round 12: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 3st*, continue to end (28)
  • Round 13: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 2st*, continue to end (21)
  • Round 14: *dc2tog, 1dc in next st*, continue to end (14)
  • Attach safety eyes between rounds 8 & 9, 3st apart.  Stuff the body.
  • Round 15: dc2tog, continue to end (7)
  • Fasten off.  Weave the wool in and out of the 7st and pull gently to close the space.  Weave in the ends.

Carrot:
Same as beak for robin and penguin.  Attach to head.

Scarf:
With blue wool, ch 4.
Row 1: 1dc in 2nd st from hook, 1dc in next 2 st (3)
Row 2: ch 1, dc in each st (3)
Repeat row 2 until scarf measures approx 25 cm.
Fasten off and weave in ends.  Wrap around snowman and secure with a couple of stitches.


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To attach thread for hanging:
  • Cut four lengths of thread approx 25 cm long.
  • Using a sewing needle, attach it to the top of the head and secure the ends together with a knot.

The end!


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