Scandi Baubles

Years ago, when I designed these decorations for Craftseller, hardly anyone had heard of Hygge, and the Scandi phenomenon was still  a twinkle in Instagram’s eye! But, I loved the simple colours and decoration and was very happy that they re-appeared the next year in a different magazine (same publisher) where they were declared “on trend” – probably the first – and only time I’ve been ahead of the curve! This pattern is currently available for free on Ravelry. You’ll find instructions for the tree and the heart. You can use any yarn. Cotton has a lovely sheen, 4 ply will make them smaller, DK or Aran will be bigger. I used pre – cut felt shapes from the high street and a little bit of surface crochet to decorate mine.

Their beauty lies in their simplicity, easy stitches, quick to make an so many options for decoration. Buttons, beads, embroidery, change the colours. Go to town with ribbons and make wreaths and garland. Believe me, I’ve tried them all over the years. I hope you enjoy them and that you’re enjoying the festive spirit that seems to be everywhere at the moment. I for one am starting to feel very festive – especially as Mr T hauled the decorations down from the attic today and finally have some fairy lights hanging in the kitchen! Now, back to those crochet sprouts …

Featured In Simply Crochet

yourcrochetchristmas2016-768x1024It might be a little early for most of you to be thinking about Christmas, but not for designers and magazine publishers  – we’ve already moved on to planning spring issues!

If you really want to get ahead with some festive decorations or gift making, this special edition of Simply Crochet magazine has plenty to offer. “Your Crochet Christmas” is packed with inspiration and  simple makes and is the perfect excuse to sit down with a cuppa and start making a list. I was thrilled to see my bright bauble wreath featured on the cover. I loved making this – and felt exceptionally chuffed to see it featured so prominently  – you see Christmas doesn’t have to mean red, green and bit of sparkle!

Anyway, it’s in the shops now, so go take a peek in your local newsagent. Simply Crochet comes out monthly and is always full of great makes, if you can’t find it locally, you can buy a digital subscription here.

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