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    Crochet Wreath Pattern: Country Winter Wreath

    Crochet wreath with lights hanging on a fireplace mantel.
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    It’s almost that time of year and while we may be celebrating a bit differently this year, I can still decorate for the season. When I set out to design my Country Winter Wreath crochet pattern, I wanted to create something that was timeless and classic, accessible for beginners, yet easy to customize. Seems like a tall order but I feel like I was able to hit all my goals with this pattern.

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    I really like the minimalist look for wreaths and Christmas decor in general but I wasn’t satified with just a beautifully, classic crochet wreath. I wanted to kick it up a notch and make it extra festive. Because, let’s be honest, this feels like a year where we’ll need all the extra festiveness we can get

    I used Whims Merino DK yarn in this design which is a Z-twist yarn. This z-twist really gives crochet stitches a boost in stitch texture. I wanted to choose a basic stitch that would really pop because of that z-twist. I used one of my favourite stitches: The Thicket Stitch. (You can find a stitch tutorial for how to crochet the Thicket Stitch HERE). The result is an absolutely gorgeous stitch texture with no extra effort or difficult stitching required.

    Lime and gold furls crochet hook laying on top of red yarn

    My Country Winter Wreath Crochet Pattern was designed to be easy to customize as well. Don’t like the minimalist look like I went with? Try adding some christmas baubles, extra lights, some greenery, small amigurumis or figurines. The only limit is your imagination my friends.

    While you’re here, check out some of my other easy crochet christmas patterns available for free here on my blog:

    Skill Level:

    • Easy

    Terminology:

    • U.S.

    Supplies:

    If you’re planning on buying the materials for this project, please consider doing so through this affiliate link. It helps to support the blog at zero cost to you and allows me to continue to bring you great free crochet patterns like this one.

    Christmas wreath lit up on a mantle

    Abbreviations:

    You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this pattern for a small fee HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy.


    Finished Size:

    • Wreath Body: 6” wide x 44.5” long laid flat
    • Bow: 3” wide x 31” long laid flat

    NOTES:

    • Gauge is not vital to the project although it will affect the amount of yarn needed.
    • This pattern is easily adjustable to be used with other sizes of wreath forms.  Chain an even number of stitches that fit snuggly around the wreath form you have and follow the pattern instructions until your piece is long enough to fit your wreath form.

    Country Winter Wreath – Free Crochet Wreath Pattern

    White Crochet Wreath with a large red bow

    Wreath Body

    Using undyed yarn, CH 32.
    Row 1: (SC, DC) in the 2nd CH from the hook.  SK 1, (SC, DC) in the next CH*.  Repeat instructions in * * until 2 CHs remain.  SK 1, SC in the last CH. (31)

    light up crochet christmas wreath


    Rows 2 – 184:  CH 1 and turn. (SC, DC) in the first ST. *SK 1, (SC, DC) in the next ST*.  Repeat instructions in * * until 2 STs remain.  SK 1, SC in the last ST. (31)

    This piece is meant to fit snuggly against the wreath form.  If you aren’t matching gauge or you find your piece isn’t long enough to fit your wreath, continue to add rows of pattern stitch until your piece fits.
    FO.

    close up of the texture on the country winter wreath an easy crochet christmas pattern

    Bow

    Using red yarn, CH 14.
    Row 1:  HDC in the 2nd CH from the hook and each CH across (13)
    Rows 2 – 110: CH 1 and turn.  HDC in the first ST and each ST across (13)
    FO.

    Large red crochet bow close up image



    Piece for Center of Bow

    Using red yarn, CH 7.
    Row 1:  HDC in the 2nd CH from the hook and each CH across (6)
    Rows 2 – 16: CH 1 and turn.  HDC in the first ST and each ST across (6)
    FO leaving a long tail. 

    Battery Pocket (Optional)

    Using undyed yarn, CH 10
    Row 1: (SC, DC) in the 2nd CH from the hook.  *SK 1, (SC, DC) in the next CH*.  Repeat instructions in * * until 2 CHs remain.  SK 1, SC in the last CH. (9)
    Rows 2 –11:  CH 1 and turn. (SC, DC) in the first ST. *SK 1, (SC, DC) in the next ST*.  Repeat instructions in * * until 2 STs remain.  SK 1, SC in the last ST. (9)
    Row 12: CH 1 and turn.  SC in the first ST and each ST across. (9)
    FO leaving a long tail to seam the pocket onto the wreath.

    wreath on a wall, made with this easy christmas crochet pattern

    Assembly

    Adding the Lights (Optional)

    If adding lights to your wreath, hold one end of the lights with one hand to hold it in place and use the other hand to wrap the lights around the wreath form until you are back to where you started.  Use a piece of tape or some pins to hold each end of the lights in place temporarily while you cover the wreath with your fabric.

    Pin holding the end of a strand of lights onto the wreath form
    Pin holding the end of a strand of lights onto the wreath form

    Watch How I Wrap My Wreath with Lights Here:

    Covering the Wreath

    With the right side of your wreath body piece you created facing you, wrap the wreath body piece around the wreath form so the long ends touch and the stitches line up.  Using a long length of yarn threaded onto a tapestry needle, mattress stitch the long ends together, working through the ends of the rows.  If you’re using the lights, make sure that the short ends of your wreath body start and end where your lights start and end so that you can make sure the battery pack can be left on the outside of the wreath.  When you reach the end, sew the two ends together and leave a small space for the cord for the battery pack.  FO and weave in ends.

    Here’s a quick video showing me wrap my wreath with crochet and assembling the bow:


    easy christmas wreath on a grey and white door.

    Assembling and Adding the Bow

    Step 1: Lay the bow piece horizontally on a flat surface in front of you.  Take the short ends and cross them over each other to create an x-shape like in the image here.  Pinch the center of the bow together and using a tapestry needle threaded with red yarn, sew a running stitch through all layers of the center of the bow, leaving a tail of a few inches remaining at the end.

    crochet bow tutorial image 1

    Step 2: When you’re finished your running stitch, grab both ends of the yarn and cinch the middle together and tie a knot in the yarn, on the back of the bow.  Leave the tails to secure the bow to the wreath later.

    crochet bow tutorial image 2

    Step 3: Wrap the center piece for your bow around the center of the bow and match the short ends up on the back of the bow. Use your tail to seam the short ends together and secure it to the bow.

    crochet bow tutorial image 3

    Step 4: Using your remaining tails, sew the bow onto the center, bottom point of your wreath.  To help keep your bow from slipping/sagging, when you’re finishing sewing the bow onto the wreath, run your tails under the fabric, in opposite directions and out towards the back of your wreath.  Secure with a knot on the back of the wreath, making sure to poke the knot back inside the fabric.  Now do this process again back towards the front of the wreath, making sure to hide the knot behind your bow.  FO and weave in your ends.

    crochet christmas crafts free crochet pattern

    Adding the Battery Pack Pocket to your Crochet Wreath (Optional)

    Place the pocket piece on the wreath, opposite to the bow. Using your tail, threaded on a tapestry needle, sew around the outside of the battery pack pocket, attaching it to the back of the wreath, leaving one of the short sides of the pocket piece open.  Weave in your ends and place battery pack inside the pocket.

    Crochet christmas decor made with this crochet christmas decor free pattern

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: https://www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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    Crochet Christmas Gnome Free Pattern

    crochet christmas gnome wearing a knobbly red hat surrounded by Christmas decorations
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    When it comes to making crochet Christmas gifts, you’ve got to start early. It requires a lot of planning in order to get everything done in time to get your crochet gifts under the tree. (If you need help planning, check out my Holiday Gift Project Planner article and download the free tracker to get yourself on-track for Christmas gift making). But, if I’m honest, Christmas sneaks up on me EVERY. YEAR. And despite my best intentions, I always end up changing the plan last minute or falling behind. When I designed this crochet christmas gnome free pattern, I kept that in mind. I know I’m not the only one that wants to whip up something fun and unique for Christmas each year but it needs to happen fast. So, Gnorman Gnome was created.

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    Gnorman Gnome’s base is made with faux fur yarn (I used Fable Fur Yarn from Crochet.com HERE) which gives him the furry beard that a gnome needs without brushing out strands of yarn, attaching strands of yarn etc. The Fable Fur yarn is a super bulky weight yarn so the base whips up in a flash.

    Free Crochet Patterns Using Faux Fur Yarn

    Ready to get started using faux fur yarns? Here are some free crochet patterns that I have available on my site to get you started:

    Adding Pellets to the Base of Your Crochet Gnome

    Polypellets/plastic pellets are added to the base to help keep Gnorman Gnome standing upright and also enables him to be utilized as a door stop.

    To add the pellets to the base, you need to have the pellets contained to prevent them from coming out of your crochet. I used cheep nylon anklets that I got fro the dollar store. It was a package of 2 pairs for $1.25. That gives me enough to do at least 4 different projects that use the plastic pellets for a small price. I fill the nylon I’m using with pellets until I feel satisfied with the weight/amount that fits inside the base and then I tie a knot in the nylon, close to the top of the pellets. Usually I have enough nylon left over to turn the remaining nylon inside-out to pull it over the part containing the pellets to double up the amount of nylon covering the pellets. I knot it again and place it inside my project.

    If you plan to give Gnorman Gnome to a child that may be a bit rough with him, you may want to sew a small pouch for your pellets to go into as a cotton fabric pouch would be more secure that the nylons.

    The hat for this crochet christmas gnome is made using worsted weight yarn and works up quickly. The hat was designed to give it a lumpy/twisted look but still stay upright. The top starts off in a cork-screw type curl and then some lumps and bumps are added as you progress. The hat features only one colour change so it limits the amount of ends you weave in. I’ve also given instructions to limit how noticeable the colour change is. Using the invisible join technique, the colour change is practically… well… invisible!

    Two little feet are created using black worsted weight yarn and they aren’t stuffed so that Gnorman Gnome can stand up on his own. A small nose is created using a cream coloured yarn (or any skin tone you’d prefer) in worsted weight and sewn onto the base. So in total there are 5 quick and easy to make parts that make up this crochet christmas gnome free pattern. It’s a great crochet christmas gift and you can make an army of them in no time. Let’s get started making our crochet christmas gnome Gnorman Gnome.

    (If you’re looking for some other last-minute crochet christmas gifts, check out this round-up of free crochet patterns that make great last-minute gifts HERE. You may also be interested in checking out my Free Crochet Christmas Decoration Pattern Round-Up as well.)

    Christmas in July Make Along

    I’m participating in the Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter. Come join the fun! 31 bloggers have teamed up to bring you a month full of free patterns to kick start the handmade holiday season — including crochet, knitting, sewing, and crafting projects. There’s something new to make every day in July. Each week will have a theme.

    Week 1 (July 1-7): Babies, Kids, and Teens
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    How To Join the 2020 Christmas in July Make Along

    • You can join in by crocheting, knitting, sewing, or making the projects as you have time.
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    Crochet Christmas Gnome Free Pattern: Gnorman Gnome

    Side profile of the crochet scandinavian gnome project

    Skill Level:

    • Intermediate


    Terminology:

    • U.S. Terminology

    You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this pattern for a small fee HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy.

    Supplies:

    If you’re planning on buying the materials for this project, please consider doing so through this affiliate link. It helps to support the blog at zero cost to you and allows me to continue to bring you great free crochet patterns like this one.

    Abbreviations:

    • CH = Chain
    • ST = Stitch
    • SL ST = Slip Stitch
    • MC = Magic Circle
    • SC = Single Crochet
    • SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
    • SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
    • FO = Finish Off

    Tutorials You May Find Helpful For this Project

    Tips & Tricks for Working with Faux Fur Yarn

    How to do the Magic Circle

    How to do the Single Crochet Stitch

    Finished Size: 

    • Approximately 10” tall from bottom of base to tip of hat and approximately 6” wide at the widest point of the base

    Gauge: 

    • Base Gauge: 4 sts x 5 rows = 2”
    • Hat and Feet Gauge: 11 sts x 12 rows = 2”
    • Gauge is not vital to the project as long as tension is maintained throughout the project and there are no holes where stuffing can be seen.  However, please note if you do not match gauge, it will affect the size of your project and therefore, potentially the amount of yarn required.

    Notes:

    • The base of this project is worked with the wrong side facing out to show the better-looking side of the fur. 
    • This project is worked in continuous rounds.  Do not join at the end of every row (unless indicated).  Use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of every round, moving it up at the start of each new round.

    Special Techniques:

    • Invisible Join: FO leaving a tail that is at least 5 – 6 inches in length.  Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle.  Place the tapestry needle through the top of the 2nd ST from front to back and pull through.  Place tip of needle into top of the last ST of the round, under the back loop of the stitch, and pull through to the back of the work.  Weave in the end.

    Crochet Christmas Gnome Free Pattern – Gnorman Gnome:

    Crochet Christmas Gnome with a furls crochet hook and a skein of fable fur yarn

    Base

    Round 1: Using Fable Fur in Ursa and 5.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 6. (12)
    Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6. (18)
    Round 4: (SC 2, SCINC) x 6. (24)
    Round 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6. (30)
    Rounds 6 – 16:  SC around (30)
    Join last ST to he first ST with a SL ST and FO and weave in ends.

    Nose

    Round 1: Using Brava Worsted Weight in Cream and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 6. (12)
    Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6. (18)
    Rounds 4 – 6:  SC around (18)
    Round 7: (SC, SCDEC) x 6. (12) – Start adding stuffing.  Adding a bit more with after each row.  Stuff firmly.
    Round 8: (SCDEC) x 6. (6)
    FO leaving a long tail to sew onto the base.

    close up shot of the red and whit knobbly hat worn by the gnome in this Crochet Christmas Gnome Free Pattern

    Hat

    Round 1: Using Brava Worsted Weight in Red and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 5 into the MC. (5)
    Round 2: SC around (5)
    Round 3: (SCINC) x 5. (10)
    Round 4: SC 9, SC 5 in the last ST (14)
    Round 5:
    (SCDEC) x 3, SC 8, SC 5 in the last ST (16)
    Round 6: (SCDEC) x 3, SC 9, SC 5 in the last ST (17)
    Round 7: (SCDEC) x 3, SC 10, SC 5 in the last ST (18) – Start stuffing tip of hat and continue to add stuffing as you go.
    Rounds 8 – 9:  SC around (18)
    Round 10: (SCDEC) x 3, SC 11, SC 5 in the last ST (19)
    Round 11: (SCDEC) x 3, SC 12, SC 5 in the last ST (20)
    Round 12: (SCINC) x 2, SC 16, (SCINC) x 2 (24)
    Round 13: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30) – Stop stuffing hat.  Further stuffing will be added during assembly.
    Rounds 14 – 15: SC around (30)
    Round 16:  SC 2, SCINC, (SC 4, SCINC) x 5, SC 2 (36)
    Round 17:  SC 15, SC 5 in the next ST, SC 14, (SCDEC) x 3 (37)
    Round 18:  SC 12, SCINC, SC, SCINC, SC 16, (SCDEC) x 3 (36)
    Round 19: (SC 5, SCINC) x 6 (42)
    Round 20: SCINC, SC 18, SCINC, SC 22 (44)
    Round 21: (SC 10, SCINC) x 4 (48)
    Round 22: (SC 7, SCINC) x 6 (54)
    Rounds 23 – 24:  SC around (54)
    Round 25: (SC 8, SCINC) x 5, SC 8, SC 5 in the last ST (63)
    Round 26: SC, SCINC, SC 11, SCINC, SC 8, SCINC, SC 5, (SCDEC) x 5, SC 5, SCINC, (SC 6, SCINC) X 2, SC 4, SCINC (65)
    Round 27: SCINC, SC 2, SCINC, SC 60 (66)
    Round 28: (SC 9, SCINC) x 6, (SCDEC) x 3, SC (70)
    Round 29: (SCDEC) x 4, (SC 9, SCINC) x 6, SC 2 (72)
    Round 30: SC around (72)
    FO using invisible join (see special techniques),.  Attach white yarn to first ST of round 30.
    Round 31: (SC 11, SCINC) x 6 (78)
    Round 32: SC around (78)
    Round 33: (SC 12, SCINC) x 6 (84)
    Round 34: SC around (84)
    Round 35: (SC 13, SCINC) x 6 (90)
    Rounds 36 – 39: SC around (90)
    FO using invisible join (see special techniques), leaving a long tail to secure hat to faux fur base.

    Crochet Gnome with a furry beard and a knobbly red and white hat

    Feet (Make two)

    Round 1: Using Brava Worsted yarn in Black and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 6. (12)
    Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6. (18)
    Round 4: (SC 2, SCINC) x 6 (24)
    Rounds 5 – 7: SC around (24)
    Round 8: SCDEC, SC 10, SCDEC, SC 10 (22)
    Round 9: SC around (22)
    Round 10: SCDEC, SC 9, SCDEC, SC 9 (20)
    Round 11: SC around (20)
    Round 12: SCDEC, SC 8, SCDEC, SC 8 (18)
    Round 13: SC around (18)
    Round 14: SCDEC, SC 7, SCDEC, SC 7 (16)
    Round 15: (SCDEC) x 2, SC 4, (SCDEC) x 2, SC 4 (12)
    Round 16: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
    FO leaving a long tail. DO NOT STUFF.  Weave the tail through the FLO to close the opening. 

    Assembly

    Sew the nose onto the base two rows down from the top. 

    Add plastic pellets/weighted beads to nylon stocking.  Secure closed and place inside the faux fur base. Add stuffing to base around and on top of the nylon stocking. Find my tutorial on how to make a weighted base for amigurumi HERE.

    Place the hat on top of the faux fur base and use the tail to sew onto the base, adding stuffing to the hat and base as you seam.  Stuff firmly. 

    Sew feet onto bottom of the base so that the tips of the feet stick out a bit beyond the fur so that they are visible.

    I hope you have enjoyed this crochet christmas gnome free pattern for Gnorman Gnome! I’d love to see your finished gnomes so don’t forget to tag me @theloopylamb when sharing on Facebook and Instagram.

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: https://www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

    I’d love to see your finished items made with this crochet christmas gnome free pattern!  Please share your finished makes by tagging the pattern on Ravelry, sharing it to our Facebook page or Instagram.  Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest 

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