Christmas Crochet for Handmade Monday

I sincerely apologise to those of you who find it hard to think about Christmas in September, but I’m afraid those of us who hand craft seasonal bits and pieces have to start early or we run out of time! I could really do with an extra pair of hands, as I haven’t yet worked out a way of crocheting whilst needlefelting! I’m back with the crochet hook at the moment because I have just had a new delivery of Planet Penny Cotton Club yarn, and this time I have just a few packs with Christmas crochet in mind, lovely Snowdrop.

Planet Penny Cotton Club yarn in Snowdrop

It’s perfect for the Crochet Christmas Bunting in the tutorial here, which is featured in a magazine published in a few days time,  Simply Crochet.

I’ve been experimenting with my own ball of ‘Snowdrop’ to come up with a couple more patterns to use this lovely yarn.  Would you like to see?  There are crochet snow flakes…

…and crochet Hearts…

crochet heart Christmas decorations

and Snowflakes and Hearts…

Crochet Christmas Garland hearts and snowflakes

Christmas Crochet Packs of yarn, crochet hook, buttons and patterns will be available in the next few days in the Etsy shop…

Re-assuming my needlefelting hat, I discovered a fragment of old lace in a box the other day (you see how I’ve benefited from all that boring tidying up I’ve been doing?) and combined it with a new twig heart.  I had been a little wary of it, because the wire shaping was so noticeable, (I presume it was made with florists in mind) but I’d raided my Mother-of-Pearl button box and it made all the difference…

needlefelt robin in a twig heart

And there was still that last dyed top to transform…Remember this?

A rather uninspiring blue/grey…  But then I remembered some beautiful binding I bought in France over two years ago…

(… it was lovely to revisit the occasion on Planet Penny via this post – blogging is a wonderful thing!)   and with some matching buttons came up with something which I am very happy to have in my wardrobe…

(The camera is lying about the blueness of the dye, BTW!)

There will be a short ‘break in transmission’ over the next week or so as I’m going to be away.  Excitingly, I’ve been invited to a book launch in London on Wednesday for Buttonbag’s new craft book, closely followed by a trip to the South Coast to visit the family so there will be lots to tell you about when I’m here again (note to self: charge the camera battery!) 

I’ll leave you now with the usual link to Handmade Monday over on Wendy’s Handmade Harbour.   Have a lovely week and I’ll be back before long…

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26 thoughts on “Christmas Crochet for Handmade Monday

  1. Free Spirit Designs

    your hearts and snowflakes are soooooooo pretty! i’m sure they will be gracing many trees this year 🙂

    i love how you have finished off your blue top, the little touches definitely make it 🙂 i feel inspired to try and transform a few things in my own wardrobe!

    its sounds like you have an exciting week ahead… i look forward to hearing all about it! x

  2. Wendy

    Wow – love the snowflakes and hearts (particularly love the idea of the snowflakes a a Christmas tree garland), and I love the buttons on your robin wreath. Lovely addition. Will look forward to hearing about the book launch – sounds very exciting indeed, please tell all as soon as you can, with lots of piccies, please! x

  3. Ginny

    I do like your snowflake and heart bunting and individual decorations. It makes me want to learn to crochet, as it seems like you can be a bit more versatile that with knitting.

  4. highland monkeys

    An extra pair of hands would be useful sometimes wouldn’t it? But then you’d have to knit extra gloves :0D
    Like your cotton yarn it makes lovely snowflakes and your top has benifited from a makeover

  5. Fiddly fingers

    I do like your Christmas makes but can’t think that far ahead yet! The little buttons on your robin wreath reminded me of snowflakes and set it off beautifully I thought.

  6. Jan @ Handcrafted by Picto

    The white snowflakes look lovely against the red background and the green of the tree.
    In a crafters world Christmas is just around the corner, if you don’t get ahead you get left behind.
    Enjoy your trip 🙂

    Jan x

  7. fatmonica

    Wow,I’m in awe of all your achievements.I love the snowflake bunting and the stars,they look so good against the green of the tree. I love what you’ve done with the shirt.Really like the wreath with your beautiful robin!

  8. Jean

    Truly inspirational as usual. I will be off to buy Simply Crochet tout suite, whilst keeping a beady eye out for your new Christmas kits.
    Jean x

  9. Alison

    I love your snowflakes and heart bunting, really pretty. I think it’s wonderful you’ve got your own ‘designer’ wool. Have a lovely week. Ali x

  10. Mrs. Micawber

    I love those hearts – especially combined with the snowflakes. How fun to be featured in Simply Crochet!

    What gorgeous binding and perfect for your top. Have fun on your trip!

  11. Handbagsbyhelen

    So much to love in this spots. Always love the robins, but now there’s pretty christmas tree decorations and some I love what you’ve done with the shirt

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