Monday, December 5, 2016

Mini Wreath Pin

The other day I went rifling through my jewelry drawer for something or other, and I stumbled across a small crocheted wreath pin. Well, three of them. And it got me thinking.

Crocheted Mini Wreath Pin

At that point I didn't remember making them, but I knew they were my handiwork. I went in search of the pattern. I had to have it somewhere, right?

Well, no, I don't. Slowly, the memories returned. I do remember the initial idea behind them. (I found an old pin my great-grandmother made, and I wanted to do something similar.) I bought a couple skeins of yarn (which I still have--these pins don't take much). And I knew I still had the box of safety pins I bought for that initial batch.

I remember I gave them to everyone that particular December. How long ago? A good decade, probably. Maybe longer. (After 2001. Before 2007. I can't narrow it down any further.)

Time to reverse engineer the things. Turns out there wasn't much to them. Not surprising. I didn't write it down, so it had to be something easy enough.

And so, for me, so I have a record, I am going to put the pattern here. Because I know what I did now. And I don't want to have to figure it all out again.

Crochet Wreath Pin


Materials:
Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Lily's Sugar 'n Cream Christmas Sparkle)
Size G Hook
Safety Pin
0.23 in/6mm Bells (although a larger sized bell could work)
Sewing Thread
Tapestry Needle
Sewing Needle

Gauge:
Gauge is not critical (it'll just be a bigger or smaller wreath), but my finished piece has a 2 inch diameter.

Instructions:
Ch 5. Join with sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 3. Work 15 dc into the ring (or the number to fill out the ring--a couple dc more or less won't be a big deal). Sl st into the top of the ch st.
At the same time: Attach the safety pin by holding the non-opening side to the back of the work. Work 2-3 dc over it (while working them into the ch 5 ring). It doesn't matter where in the round this gets done, but I generally do it near the beginning.

Attach safety pin to back of work by crocheting over it

Safety pin with two double crochets worked over it

Round 2: Ch 1. Work one reverse sc into each dc around. Then cut yarn and fasten off.
Wind in ends.

Back View

Once the base is made, cut a short piece of red yarn and tie it into a bow.

Attach the bow and the bell to the wreath using sewing thread.

Crocheted Mini Wreath Pin (with quarter)

33 comments:

  1. Glad you remembered! Those look like easy gifts for folks.

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  2. It is cute! Funny how we can come upon something like this and have trouble figuring out all the details; glad you were able to pull it all together and do so!

    betty

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  3. Hi Liz - they do look fun ... and would make a great prezzie or give-away for a charity/prize or two ... I agree - the blog is a great place to note things down ... cheers Hilary

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  4. Very sweet gifts and so fun for the holiday!

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  5. These look excellent. Are you adding them to your craft stalls?

    You could probably attach a little bit of card to them and use them as gift tags as well (perhaps pinned to some ribbon for attaching to gifts but still being reusable as a brooch). :-)

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  6. Heh, I guess you don't want to go another ten years and then realize you forgot the pattern again. Unless there's some catastrophic digital meltdown and your record of it disappears... (No, I'm sure that won't happen :P)

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  7. My great grandmother used to make those, and then my mother for a while. They're really cute—perfect for the season!

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  8. This is very cute and such a nice gift. Speaking of gifts, I would like to order 4 monogrammed gift card holders.....I need an M, B, J, and an S. M and B are for men. The other 2 are for girls but no pink!. I hope you have 4. I would have to figure out how to pay and you will need my address:)

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    1. We'll do it through my Etsy shop. https://www.etsy.com/shop/ZiziRho Message me there (for some reason, your comments aren't coming through my email--a glitch somewhere, I'm sure) and we can get into particulars.

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  9. Cute! I've come across projects like that before where I've had to reverse engineer to try to figure out how I did it :)

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    1. Isn't it the worst, though? You know you knew, but you just can't recall.

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  10. A fun gift and a smart way to save the instructions. :)

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    1. Now I just have to remember I posted it to the blog ;)

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  11. They are very adorable. Could you make a pin about any theme? I have an idea! I shall return for the answer.

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    1. I don't know. What's the theme? I'm not the most clever designer, but if I have a good starting point, I can usually come up with something.

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    2. A blogging friend was looking for a bowling themed pin. She likes bling. I'd love to have one made for her and send it as a surprise.

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    3. That sounds interesting. I'll have to ponder it. (You can email me directly at mllelizka [at] gmail [dot] com, and we can go into more detail.)

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    4. Okay! Thanks. Sent you an email :)

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  12. So cute! And amazing you were able to remember doing them!

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  13. That is adorable! I'd wear it. :)

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  14. My mom used to make these! Now I have to go search and see if I can find one of hers! Very cute

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    1. It'll turn up at the strangest time. At least that's how it happens for me.

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