Candy Cane Wreath

candy cane wreath

Hello everyone!

I just can’t believe how fast the time is going. It really needs to slow down. I can remember being a kid and it seemed to take F-O-R-E-V-E-R for Christmas to get here and now you blink and it’s over… *Sigh*

One thing I do enjoy is working on holiday crochet projects! It makes the holidays last just a tiny bit longer as I work away on my decorations and gifts.

And this week, I’ve created the Christmas edition of the crochet wreaths I’ve been designing for all of you!

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I wanted to try a different shape this time (other than a circle) and after scouring the internet, I came across the candy cane wreath form! Bingo!

I have to admit that I struggled to figure out just what I wanted to put on this wreath! I tossed around the idea to just keep it plain like this…

candy cane wreath

I tried adding a decorative bow…

candy cane wreath

candy cane wreath

But I knew I could do more. Most of my wreaths are very detailed and there was no way I was going to offer you a pattern that looked naked or like I didn’t really try.

So the day before the pattern was released, it finally hit me! A black bow with a silver buckle like Santa’s belt and some mistletoe. And then suddenly it was all very simple. How did I not have this idea a few days ago? It would’ve made for a lot less stress!

This pattern is so easy. There are no complicated stitches. The stitches you need to know are the single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet.

candy cane wreath

You can also dress this wreath up any way you choose or leave it completely plain. The choice is yours! I’ve even included instructions to make a standard candy cane with even sized stripes if you prefer that look.

If you’ve missed my other holiday wreaths, you can see them again here. There’s the Valentine’s Day (it’s heart shaped!), St. Patrick’s Day, American Flag, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Yes, I missed Easter because I was brand new to blogging and very busy. But I’m planning on catching that holiday when it comes back around again.

I do hope that you enjoy the Candy Cane Wreath pattern and Merry Christmas!

Here is a pin for your Pinterest board…

candy cane wreath

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Candy Cane Wreath

Materials Used:

Finished Size Approximately:

21” height x 12” width (with black bow)

Gauge:

Not Important

Special Stitches:

Back Loops Only

candy cane wreath

 

Bottom Loop

Flip your chain over and the bottom loop is the loop underneath.

candy cane wreath

Single Crochet 3 Together (sc3tog)

Insert hook into indicated st, YO and draw back through st. *Insert hook into next indicated st, YO and draw back through st* Repeat from * to * 1 more time. YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook. A decrease was made.

Shell Stitch

5 double crochets in same space

V-Stitch

(Double crochet, chain 1, double crochet) all in same space.

Abbreviations:

FC – foundation chain (beginning chain)
YO – yarn over
ch(s) – chain(s)
st(s) – stitch(es)
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
V-st – V-stitch
sl st – slip stitch

Notes:

  • Everything uses the H hook except for the berries that use the F hook.
  • The tails from your “pieces” are what you can use to stitch each piece together.
  • If you prefer a candy cane that has equal sized stripes, make all of your red and white stripes with the Piece B pattern.

*** American crochet terms used throughout.

Instructions:

Piece A

(Make 2 with Burgundy)

FC: Ch 55

Row 1: In 5th ch from hook, dc (counts as V-st). *Skip 1 ch, V-st in next ch* Repeat from * to * across. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st ch-1 space from previous row. *Shell st in next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1 space* Repeat from * to * across. 3 dc in last ch-1 space. Finish off. Leave a 3” tail for sewing pieces together.

Piece B

(Make 4 with Burgundy)

FC: 105

Row 1: In 5th ch from hook, dc (counts as V-st). *Skip 1 ch, V-st in next ch* Repeat from * to * across. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st ch-1 space from previous row. *Shell st in next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1 space* Repeat from * to * across. Finish off. Leave a 3” tail for sewing pieces together.

Piece C

(Make 5 with Burgundy)

FC: Ch 25

Row 1: In 5th ch from hook, dc (counts as V-st). *Skip 1 ch, V-st in next ch* Repeat from * to * across. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st ch-1 space from previous row. *Shell st in next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1 space* Repeat from * to * across. Finish off. Leave a 3” tail for sewing pieces together.

Piece D

(Make 10 with Aran)

FC: 75

Row 1: In 5th ch from hook, dc (counts as V-st). *Skip 1 ch, V-st in next ch* Repeat from * to * across. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st ch-1 space from previous row. *Shell st in next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1 space* Repeat from * to * across. 3 dc in last ch-1 space. Finish off. Leave a 3” tail for sewing pieces together.

Assembly

Note: I stitched all of my pieces together first and then wrapped them around the frame. I don’t recommend this method and won’t be doing it again. The pieces all twisted and it was very difficult to untwist the entire length of stitched together pieces. I would recommend stitching 4 – 5 pieces together, wrapping them around the frame, stitching 4 – 5 more pieces together and then stitching that set to the first set that is already wrapped and wrap that 2nd section and repeat to the end. It would be much easier.

The main body of your wreath will follow the pattern below, working up the shorter side of the candy cane and down the longer side. Make sure that the wrong side of your pieces are facing outward. They have a bit of an arch to them and it gives the wreath more body. Facing your pieces wrong side out is optional though.

Using a tapestry needle and the tails left from your pieces, stitch the ends together according to the chart.

Order Piece Order Piece
1st A 12th D
2nd D 13th B
3rd C 14th D
4th D 15th C
5th B 16th D
6th D 17th B
7th C 18th D
8th D 19th C
9th B 20th D
10th D 21st A
11th C

 

Using a clothespin, secure the first end of Piece A to your wreath form on the shorter side. Begin wrapping the piece around the frame where the foundation chain is touching the frame and the shells are facing outward. They may lean over a little, but this is okay. Don’t wrap your pieces too tightly.

candy cane wreath

 

candy cane wreath

When you are satisfied with stripe placement, remove your clothespins. Use your tapestry needle and some extra burgundy yarn and stitch the pieces together at both ends of the wreath like the photo below. Make sure your stitches wrap around the bottom wire of the wreath form to keep your pieces from slipping off.

candy cane wreath

Belt Bow

With Black

FC: Ch 6

Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, sc. Sc in next 4 chs. Turn. (5 sc)

Row 2 – Row 124: Ch 1, sc in next 5 sts. Turn. (5 sc)

Trim

Round 125: Ch 1, sc in next 5 sts. Ch 1. Working along the long side of the ribbon, sc evenly to the next corner. (sc, ch 1, sc) in the corner space. Sc to the next corner. (sc, ch 1, sc) in the corner space. Continue single crocheting evenly along the opposite long edge of ribbon. In the last corner st, sc, ch 1, sl st in 1st sc made of round.

Finish off. Weave in ends.

Folding Bow

Leave about 7.5” – 7.75” ribbon tail on either side to hang loose. Follow the photos for how to fold the strip.

candy cane wreath

candy cane wreath

Once you’re happy with the shape of your bow. Take a few feet of black yarn and begin winding it around the center of the bow. Don’t bury your beginning end since you can tie off to it once you are finished wrapping. Tie a knot to secure, leaving long ends to tie to wreath form.

candy cane wreath

Buckle

(Make 1 with Light Gray)

FC: Ch 33

Round 1: Work in bottom loops. In 2nd ch from hook, sc. Sc in next 3 chs. Sc3tog using next 3 chs. Sc in next 4 chs. Sc3tog. Sc in next 6 chs. Sc3tog. Sc in next 4 chs. Sc3tog. Sc in next 3 chs. Sl st in 1st ch of round. Be careful not to twist.

Finish off. Leave a long tail for sewing (about 10” – 12”)

Lay buckle horizontal. Attach the buckle to the middle of the bow using a tapestry needle and the long tail left from making the buckle. As you make your way around the buckle, work 3 long loose stitches about midway up the side of the buckle for the post that runs through a belt hole (refer to the photo below). Also, be sure to finish stitching up the rest of the seam where the beginning of Round 1 begins and ends.

candy cane wreath

Mistletoe

(Make 3 with Medium Thyme)

FC: Ch 10

Round 1: Work in bottom loops. Sl st in next 2 chs, sc in next 2 chs, hdc in next 2 chs, sc in next 2 chs. In last ch, 4 sl sts. Working along opposite side of the FC and working in back loops only, sc in next 2 chs, hdc in next 2 chs, sc in next 2 chs, sl st in next ch. In last ch, 3 sl sts, sl st in 1st st of round. Finish off. Leave long tail for sewing.

Using the long tails and a tapestry needle, stitch the tops of the three leaves so that they fan out.

Berries

(Make 3 with Aran and F hook)

FC: Make a magic circle OR ch 3, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop.

Round 1: 4 sc in loop, sl st in 1st sc of round.

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in next 4 sts, sl st in 1st sc of round. Finish off. Leave a long tail for sewing.

Using a tapestry needle and the long tails of the berries, stitch the berries to the mistletoe leaves at the top of the leaves in the same area you stitched the leaves together.

Place your black bow just above the middle of the long side of the candy cane. With the long tails of the black bow, wedge between the folds of the wreath and tie behind the candy cane or tie to the frame. Once your bow is in place, use the long tails from the mistletoe leaves to repeat the above process. Place just below the bow as shown in the photo.

candy cane wreath

For the large silver bow, cut a section from the spool that is roughly 3 feet. Wrap around the hook part of the candy cane and then tie a simple bow at the top. If you choose not to use the ribbon, you can attach wire to the frame to make a hanger.

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2 thoughts on “Candy Cane Wreath

    1. Hi Marie! I’m so glad you love the candy cane wreath! I bought the candy cane shaped frame from an Etsy seller called Your Bargain Place. He/she appears to be out of them, but I know you can still get one from Amazon if you don’t mind shopping with them.

      Erica

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