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Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!
Sorry. Couldn’t resist.
Who doesn’t need some extra luck in their lives? I know I always can!
St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays that I really don’t have many decorations for…certainly not as much as Halloween or Christmas. If you’ve seen any of my other posts, you may notice that I love garlands! I knew that I wanted to make a wreath and my mom actually suggested that I try wrapping one of my garlands around a wreath frame to give it a ruffly appearance. So I tried it and it didn’t work, but I liked where she was going with that idea. After thinking about it for a week or so, it finally came to me. I could make three separate garland pieces, stitch the bases together and wrap that around the wreath frame. Bingo!
And how fun to change up the colors instead of one solid color! I couldn’t wait to try it!
One of my favorite things in the world are the holidays. They make me incredibly happy. It’s something to look forward to and prepare for and, best of all, the decorations! I love to decorate! Like I said before, I don’t have many St. Patrick’s Day decorations and I’m seriously thrilled with how this wreath turned out. It surpassed all of my expectations and I’m looking forward to creating more wreaths, one for every holiday. (Do you know any people who have to buy one of every color of a single item? Like one style of shoe in every color option available because they just love the design so much? That’s totally me!)
This wreath is made with Red Heart yarn and I’m completely smitten with their selection of colors. All the pieces of this wreath are individually made and then stitched with yarn onto the ruffly main body. This pattern uses common, basic stitches—nothing fancy—and some minor embroidery with cross stitching the letters on the tags with yarn. There are graphs provided in the instructions for the cross stitching. One single crochet stitch of your tag is equal to one square on the graph. Please don’t be intimidated by the cross stitch. All you are doing is stitching an “X” shape where the graph indicates. That’s it! Easy peasy.
Still with me?
Good, because I know you can absolutely rock this pattern!
A word of caution: I wouldn’t recommend using this wreath as an outdoor decoration. I don’t think it would hold up well against wind, rain, snow or extreme sunshine. If you keep it indoors, it should last for many many years to come.
Luck Maith! (It means Good Luck in Irish!)
St. Patrick’s Day Wreath
* 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver – Tea Leaf 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
* 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver – Aran 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
* 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver – Medium Thyme 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
* Small amount of Red Heart Super Saver – Black and Cornmeal 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
Or any worsted weight yarn.
* Boye Aluminum 6-Inch Crochet Hook, H8/5mm
* 3.75 mm (F/5) hook
* 18” wire wreath frame
* Packaging or Crafting Twine
* 10 (1 3/4″) miniature clothes pins
* Tapestry needle
Finished Size Approximately:
19 ½” diameter
5 dc in same space
(Dc, ch 1, dc) in same space
Single Crochet 2 Together (sc2tog)
Insert hook into st, YO and draw back through st, insert hook into next indicated st, YO and draw back through st, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook. (A decrease was made.)
YO – yarn over
FC – foundation chain
ch(s) – chain(s)
st(s) – stitch(es)
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
tc – triple crochet
sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
V-st – V-stitch
sl st – slip stitch
The wreath body is made by making 3 separate garlands, stitching the 3 garlands together and then wrapping the group evenly around the form.
* American crochet terms used throughout.
Main Wreath Body
Make 3 (one in each color)
FC: Ch 540
Row 1: In 5th ch from hook, dc (V-st was made); continue to V-st in every ch across to the end; ch 1, turn.
Row 2: *Sc in ch-1 sp, shell st in next ch-1 sp* Repeat from * to * across. Finish off.
Holding the ends of the three garlands together (thyme, aran then tea leaf) and using the F hook and tea leaf yarn, sl st through the FCs of all three colors. For example, insert hook into the first FC st of the thyme, and then through the corresponding FC st of aran, and then again through the tea leaf, then sl st. Repeat with every st to the end of the FC.
Note: Stitching the garlands together is optional, but I found that it made it easier to keep everything even and in line when wrapping around the wreath form.
The FCs that you stitched together are what needs to be touching the wreath form when wrapping so that the shells are facing out. Wrap the garland around the form until the two ends are together. Stitch the ends together to secure.
The letter tags are crocheted individually and then the letters are cross-stitched on using graphs.
FC: Ch 10
Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, sc across; ch 1, turn. (9 sc)
Row 2: Sc across; ch 1, turn. (9 sc)
Row 3 – Row 11: Repeat Row 2. (9 sc)
Row 12: Sc in next 4 sts; ch 1, turn. (4 sc)
Row 13: Sk 1 st; sc in next 3 sts; ch 1, turn. (3 sc)
Row 14: Sc in next 2 sts; sl st in last sc; ch 1, turn. (2 sc)
Row 15: Sk 2 sts; sc in last st. Finish off. (1st point made)
Now you will finish working the other side of Row 12. Flip the piece so that the point you already made is on the right. Work from the middle of Row 12 toward the outside of the tag.
Row 12: Attach yarn in the 4th st from the left, 4 sc across; ch 1, turn. (4 sc)
Row 13: Sc in next 3 sts; ch 1, turn. (3 sc)
Row 14: Sk 1 st; sc in next 2 sts; ch 1, turn. (2 sc)
Row 15: Sc in 1st st; ch 1. Do not turn. (1 sc)
Sc evenly around the entire piece, (sc, ch 2, sc) at upper corners of tag and (sc, ch 3, sc) at the lower points; sl st in top of the 1st sc of row. Finish off. Weave in end.
Using the graphs, cross stitch one letter per tag using the Medium Thyme color. Each sc on the tag counts as one block on the graph. Each block on the graph counts as one “X”.
Cauldron (Pot of Gold)
Note: Cauldron is made in two pieces, the body and the rim. They are later stitched together.
FC: Ch 13
Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, sc across; ch 1, turn. (12 sc)
Row 2: 2 sc in 1st st; sc in next 10 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (14 sc)
Row 3: 2 sc in 1st st; sc in next 12 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (16 sc)
Row 4: 2 sc in 1st st; sc in next 14 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (18 sc)
Row 5: 2 sc in 1st st; sc in next 16 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (20 sc)
Row 6 – Row 10: 20 sc across; ch 1, turn.
Row 11: Sc2tog; sc in next 14 sts; sc2tog; ch 1, turn. (18 sc)
Row 12: Sc2tog; sc in next 12 sts; sc2tog; ch 1, turn. (16 sc)
Row 13: Sc2tog; sc in next 10 sts; sc2tog; ch 1, turn. (14 sc)
Row 14: Sc2tog; sc in next 8 sts; sc2tog; ch 1, turn. (12 sc)
Sc evenly along the edge of pot. Finish off. Leave about a 10” tail for sewing onto wreath.
FC: Ch 19
Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, 17 sc across. In last ch, 4 sc. Along the back edge of the FC, 16 sc across. In last ch, 3 sc; sl st in top of 1st sc made; ch 1. (40 sc)
Row 2: 17 sc across; (2 sc in next st) 2 times; 18 sc across; (2 sc in next st) 2 times; sc in last st; sl st in top of 1st sc made. (44 sc) Finish off. Leave about a 10” tail for sewing.
FC: Ch 4; sl st in 1st ch made to form a loop; ch 1. (Or make a magic circle…whichever, you prefer.)
Note: When you make your slip knot, leave a long tail and make your single crochets around the tail as you go. After you’re finished making the coin, pull the tail tight and it closes the hole.
Row 1: 8 sc in loop; sl st in top of 1st sc made; ch 1. (8 sc)
Row 2: 2 sc in ea st around; sl st in top of 1st sc made. Don’t ch 1. (16 sc)
Row 3: Sl st in ea st around; sl st in top of 1st sl st made. Finish off. Leave about a 4” tail for sewing.
With Tea Leaf
FC: Ch 4; sl st in 1st ch made to form a loop.
Row 1: (Ch 3, tc, hdc, tc, ch 3, sc) in loop 4 times; ch 6. Working in the bottom loop of the ch and starting in the 2nd ch from hook, sc. In next ch, sc. In next 3 ch, sl st. Sl st in the last sc you made before starting the ch 6. Finish off.
Lay the rim horizontally across the top of the pot. Only overlap one row on each piece. Using a tapestry needle and black, st the 2 pieces together. With the needle and tea leaf yarn, st the clover to the bottom right side of the cauldron.
Lay 3 coins side by side, with sides touching. With 2 more coins, place each over the point in which the bottom coins touch. You will have 5 staggered coins. St together with cornmeal yarn.
Once the coins are one piece, st (with black yarn) the coins to the back of the cauldron rim in a way that the upper half of the coins are peeking out from behind the rim.
With the baker’s twine, wrap the twine around the upper third of the wreath, tying with a simple bow at the back. Evenly space out your letter tags and hang on the twine with the mini clothes pins.
With your remaining coins, place sporadically around the rest of the wreath until you are satisfied with their placement. Stitch them to the wreath garland with the long tail or extra cornmeal yarn.
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