How to Crochet Mistletoe

Crochet Mistletoe free pattern
Photo Credit: Andrea Ellison

It’s five years since I first published this pattern and still I haven’t been able to improve on it. I thought it was too early to start thinking about festive or “Holiday” crochet patterns, but this week “how to crochet mistletoe” is my most popular pin on Pinterest! So, here it is again, complete with the original photos! For those of you who keep asking why I write patterns when you find photo tutorials so much easier, this will make you happy (I hope!!)

How to crochet mistletoe
Photo Credit: Andrea Ellison

If  you have 5 minutes to spare, some green yarn and a crochet hook, you can make this – really – even if you only have the most basic crochet skills. Last year I used these to adorn my home made Christmas cards, this year it has been transformed into a rustic  style garland which will soon be hanging in my kitchen window.

Here’s how: (note – I write in UK crochet terms)

With any weight yarn and a suitable crochet hook to make a firm piece of fabric (I used Rowan Pure Wool  Double Knitting and a 3.5 mm crochet hook for these photos, but it works equally well with an aran weight or chunky yarn you could even try holding your yarn double and see if you prefer the result).

Chain 9, making sure you leave a long tail when you make your slip knot.

Turn, skip the first chain and work a treble into the second chain from the hook. Work a treble into each of the next 5 chains.

Work 1 slip stitch into the last 3 chains.

Using the long tail from the slip knot and yarn, chain 3, fasten off and tie a knot. Cut yarn.

Now make a second in exactly the same way. Sew the two leaves together and stitch 3 small beads in place as berries. Now sit back admire your festive endeavours! I can’t wait to see what you all do with them …

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Circle in A Square Motif

This is one of the classic crochet motifs and one of my favourites. I wrote a simple version of the pattern for Craftseller magazine, way back in September 2012, and it’s one I use quite often.  You can easily join this motif to make blankets or even a small cushion like the one I designed for Craftseller.

I know that not everyone finds it easy to follow a written pattern (but persevere it’s a skill which opens a whole world of crochet patterns to you), so I was really happy to see fellow designer Vicki Brown had made a tutorial for this classic motif over on her blog. Even better is the fabulous little time lapse video she posted on her facebook page. Pop over and take a look I really admire Vicki’s designs and love reading her blog.

Don’t forget , if you’re looking for more crochet inspiration you can click on the free patterns tab here for more ideas and simple makes.