Craft away winter blues and raise your mood through making Emma Mitchell‘s meditative crochet winter garland. Grab your crochet hook and the softest yarn you own to whip one up today.
Oh the weather outside is frightful… Sadly you don’t have an open fire, snow hasn’t settled in East Anglia for 2 years and you’re not entirely sure what to do with chestnuts (we’re certainly not). Sometimes winter brings greige skies, muddy puddles and a feeling of gloom. Fear not, dear crafter. Grab yourself a quilt or blanket, a pot of tea and a cake or three, fetch a hook, yarn and scissors and follow this recipe for gentle, doily-ish scalloped woolly joy.
The repetitive movements of your hands and eyes as you make these little lacy half mandalas release feel good chemicals in your brain. It’s true! (Read all about it on page 38 in my Craft Away Winter Blues article in Mollie Makes 61, out 10 December.) A pennant a day helps to keep the winter drabs away! When you’ve finished hooking a little pile of them, join them into a garland your neurons will thank you for – it’s a spot of Spring in December.
Please note: this pattern is written in uk crochet terms. Abbreviations: slip stitch (sl st), chain (ch), double crochet (dc), half treble crochet (htr), treble crochet (tr).
Dc: insert hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook
Htr: yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over pull through all three loops on hook
Tr: yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through final two loops on hook.
How to make a semi circle pennant
Join with a sl st to make a ring.
Ch 2, make 10dc in the ring, ensuring your stitches are close together. Turn.
Ch 6 (counts as 1 tr, 3 ch).
*Sk 1 dc, tr in the next dc, ch 3* repeat * * 3 more times, 1 tr in the last dc. Turn
Ch 1 *dc htr, tr, htr, dc in 3 ch sp* rpt * * 4 more times to make a scallop in each 3chsp. Turn
Ch 5, sk 2 st, 1dc in 1st tr of previous row *ch 6, sk 4 st, 1dc in next tr of previous row* rpt * * 3 more times, ch4, dc in final dc of previous row. Turn
Ch3, 3 tr in 5 ch sp, *7 tr in next 6 ch sp* rpt * * 3 more times, 4 tr in final 4 ch sp.
Break yarn and weave in the ends.
How to attach a semi circle pennant onto the string
Ch 60. Holding a pennant so that the curved edge hangs down and the straight edge is at the top make a series of dc into each stitch of the straight edge. Ch 20 rpt for each pennant. Ch 60, break yarn and hang your garland.
About Emma Mitchell
Emma is a jewellery maker, crochet designer and craft journalist. She dreamed up and co-edited the Mollie Makes Big Comic Relief Crafternoon 2015. She’s a fan of cake and hedgerow liqueurs, especially together.
Cure the winter blues along with other makers on Instagram (#making_winter) and Twitter (#makingwinter). www.emmamitchelldesigns.co.uk
Read Emma’s Good Read, Craft Away Winter Blues, in Mollie Makes 61, out 10 December.
Photography by Oh No Rachio