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There are quite a few archways in my house and for some reason I feel like they need some sprucing up. They just look so naked. What better (and more flexible) way to highlight these architectural designs then by lining the arches with crocheted garlands!
Even my husband likes them, so they must not be too girly.
If you could see our house, it is decorated with country/rustic items: deer, black bears, grubby candles and oil lanterns. When I was growing up I never thought that was how my house would be decorated, but the truth is that I love it! I’ve always been fond of nature, the outdoors and animals. As a child, I played in the woods behind our house, building forts and swimming in a creek that I later found out had poisonous snakes in it! Yikes!
So it’s comfortable. The decor, not the snakes!
So a good portion of my designs will have country flare and if you’re into that sort of thing too, then by all means sign up for my newsletter so that you will never miss a new pattern! I actually thought about selling the items that I make, but I haven’t wanted to part with anything yet. I use everything I make. Maybe that will be something I get into later on down the road. Who knows.
And, as if I don’t already have enough junk in my house, I like to keep things fresh and new by decorating for the holidays. Plus, my kids enjoy it. I fully intend to make a garland for every holiday and I will post the new pictures as I move along. I missed Easter this year because I was trying to get this blog up and running, but I will catch it next year. Any suggestions for the colors that wouldn’t look like it needs to go in a baby’s room?
I realize that not everyone has archways in their home so a few other ideas I had about where to put these festive garlands included:
1. stringing along a banister for a staircase
2. framing a square doorway
3. wrap around a year-round tree
4. lining the tops of your kitchen cabinets (I personally really like this one, especially if you ran a strand of white Christmas lights along with the garland. It would substantially accentuate your work!)
5. draping across a mantle
6. framing a window
7. decorating a child’s room (out of reach of smaller children, of course 🙂 )
8. draping around tables at a party
There are so many possibilities! And that was literally just off the top of my head.
The holiday garlands are incredibly easy to make and you can customize them to any length that you wish by simply adjusting the number of chains you make in the foundation chain. One hundred chains is roughly equal to two feet of length. You can also use any color combination under the sun or even a basic monochromatic approach.
With this pattern, you will also be working in the round. You start out working along the foundation chain, but then you add stitches to the end and begin working on the opposite side of the foundation chain. It’s explained better in the pattern so be sure to read through all of the instructions before you begin.
I’ve also created a garland that resembles burlap, but without the itchiness! You can see that pattern here.
Where would you hang a Holiday Garland? Feel free to comment below!
For the Valentine’s Day garland:
* 1/3 skein of Red Heart – Perfect Pink (Color A) 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
* ½ skein of Red Heart – White (Color B) 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
* ¾ skein of Red Heart – Cherry Red (Color C) 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
* Boye Aluminum 6-Inch Crochet Hook, H8/5mm
* Tapestry needle
For the St. Patrick’s Day garland:
* 1/3 skein of Red Heart – Tea Leaf (Color A) 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
* ½ skein of Red Heart – Aran (Color B) 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
* ¾ skein of Red Heart – Medium Thyme (Color C) 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
* 5.00 mm (H/8) hook
* Tapestry needle
Finished Size Approximately:
8 feet (2.44 m)
FC – foundation chain
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
sk – skip
hdc – half double crochet
ea – each
sp – space
sl st – slip stitch
Pattern can be completely customized. One hundred chains is the equivalent of approximately 2 feet (0.61 m). Simply adjust your foundation chain to your desired length.
*** American crochet terms used throughout.
FC: Ch 400
With Color A
Round 1: In 2nd ch from hook, hdc. 2 hdc in ea ch across leaving the last ch unworked. In the last chain, work 5 hdc. Now you will be working along the back ridge of the FC. In ea ch, 2 hdc until the last st. In the last st, work 4 hdc. Sl st in the top of the ch 2 of round. Finish off if changing color.
Note: You can weave in your ends or crochet your next round right over top of them.
With Color B
Round 2: Starting anywhere on Round 1, ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), *dc in next st, ch 1* Repeat from * to * all the way around. Sl st in the third ch of the ch 4 of round 2. Finish off if changing color.
With Color C
Round 3: In any ch-1 sp, sc. *In next ch-1 sp, 3 hdc, in next ch-1 sp, sc* Repeat from * to * all the way around. Sl st in first sc made of round.
Finish off. Weave in end.
I’d love to see your finished projects as well! Feel free to post any of your finished projects made from the patterns found here at Highland Hickory Designs to my Facebook page. We can have our own little showcase! (No spam please. It will be deleted. Thank you for understanding.)
Where would you hang a Holiday Garland?