Crochet Reindeer Christmas Decoration/Mat: Little Christmas Twist On A Triangle Granny

After completing my Christmas granny triangle Santa and Elf decorations/mats I decided to make a reindeer themed one next – complete with red nose!

These Christmas themed granny triangles are perfect for decorating with this Christmas they would make great mats/coasters and could easily be made into bunting by attaching the to a crochet chain or ribbon.

These little makes are also perfect for using up leftover wool too.

Crochet Granny Triangle Christmas Reindeer Decoration/Mat Instructions

Materials

  • 4.5mm crochet hook.
  • Wool, small amounts (around 25g) of:
    • Red.
    • Light Brown.
    • Brown.
    • Black.

Notes:

  • Push bobbles out to the front after completion.
  • Change wool colour on the last yo of the previous stitch.

Bobble stitch (bob):

To make the bobble stitch (bob):

(yo, insert hook into ch2 gap, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops – picture 1) 4 times (picture 2), yo then pull through all loops on hook (picture 3).

Picture 1.
Picture 2.
Picture 3.

Making the Christmas Reindeer decoration

Main decoration:

Starting in red using 2 strands at the same time:

ch4, ss into sc at start of row to make a round.

Round 1: Into round: ch3 (counts at a stitch) bob, tr/dc, [ch2, tr/dc, bob, tr/dc] into next ch2 gap twice, ch2, change to 1 strand of brown, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 2: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 2tr/dc into ch2 gap, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr] in next ch2 gap, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 3: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 2tr/dc into ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc, into next ch2 gap, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 4: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 2tr/dc into ch2 gap, [ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap twice, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to black [tr/dc, bob, tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, change to brown, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to black [tr/dc, bob, tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, change to brown, [ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch gap twice, ch2, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 5: ch1 (counts as a stitch) sc into ch2 gap, sc around the edge – placing an sc into each tr/dc and 2sc into the ch2 gaps, ss into top of ch1 at start of round.

Fasten off.

Antlers:

In the 3tr/dc above the eyes:

Right antler: insert hook into top of tr/dc closet to the eye.

Left antler: insert hook into the tr/dc furthest from the eye.

Light brown wool:

Row 1: Insert hook, pull up loop, ch1 and sc into the same stitch. 2sc.

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row.

Row 3: ch8, htr/hdc in 2nd ch from hook, htr/hdc 5 more times, ss into stitch at the base of the ch. sc into next stitch, ss into last stitch, ch8, htr/hdc in 2nd ch from hook, htr/hdc 5 more times, ss into stitch at the base of the ch.

Fasten off.

Repeat for the other antler.

Sewing Tutorial: Quick Make Christmas Large Holly Decoration, Complete With Pom Pom Detail

This large Christmas holly decoration is a perfect last minute sewing make

I always end up near Christmas in a frantic rush as I have forgotten to make something or something will happen that I need a make for, this year I am ahead and I have made a couple of extra things that I can use if needed. First up is a large Christmas holly decoration – I have had something like this in mind for a while now and am really happy I have finally managed to get one made. This is perfect if your needed a last minute make as it does’t take long to put together and can be made using leftover fabrics.

I made this using some leftover fabrics from the Colourful Christmas fat quarters set gifted to me by The Craft Cotton Company – The rest of the fat quarter set was used to make a Christmas themed tutorial for their blog.

Large Christmas Holly decoration:

Materials:

  • 2 Fabric fat quarters, you could also join smaller fabric pieces together to make a patchwork holly.
  • A4 piece of paper.
  • Pencil.
  • Thread.
  • Needle.
  • Pins.
  • Red wool.
  • 3.5cm pom pom maker, or two pieces of card with a 3.5cm diameter.

Making the Christmas holly decoration:

Step 1: Take the paper and pencil and draw out a large holly shape, cut out to make your template and then use to cut out 4 pieces of fabric leaving a 0.5 cm seam allowance. Make sure when cutting that the front pieces are cut with the fabric facing right side up and for the back pieces that the fabric is paced right side down. This will give you two front and two back pieces.

Step 2: Take a front and back piece and place right sides together, sew around leaving a 6cm gap for turning. Turn out the right way and sew the gap closed. Repeat with the remaining front and back piece.

Step 3: Add detail to the leaves by sewing a line down the middle of the leaf and then add some extra lines starting from the middle line and going out towards the edges.

Step 4: Place the leaves together with one slightly over-lapping the other and sew along the edges to join.

Step5: Make the pom poms using the red wool and the pom pom maker/card circles. Then sew to the holly leaves.

Crochet Elf Christmas Decoration/Mat: Little Christmas Twist On A Triangle Granny – Part 2!

It started with a crochet Santa Christmas decoration based on a granny triangle and next up is an Elf themed version! I have really liked making these decorations/mats – they work up very quickly too so are ideal for any last minute makes/gifts. I still have a couple more of these left to make and will share them over the next few weeks.

Crochet Elf Triangle Christmas Santa Decoration/Mat Instructions

Materials

  • 4.5mm crochet hook.
  • Wool, small amounts (around 25g) of:
    • Pink.
    • Dark pink.
    • Red.
    • Green.
    • Black.

Notes:

  • Change wool colour on the last yo of the previous stitch.

Making the Christmas Elf decoration

Main decoration:

Starting in pink:

ch4, ss into sc at start of row to make a round.

Round 1: Into round: ch3 (counts at a stitch) 2tr/dc, [ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap twice, ch2, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 2: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 2tr/dc into ch2 gap, change to red, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr] in next ch2 gap, ch2, change to pink, [3tr/dc , ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 3: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 2tr/dc into ch2 gap, change to red, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, change to green, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to red, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to pink, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc,] into next ch2 gap, [ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap twice, ch2 ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 4: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 3tr/dc into ch2 gap, change to red, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, change to green, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to red, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to pink, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, [ch2, 3tr] into next ch2 gap three times, ch2, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 5: ch1 (counts as a stitch) sc into ch2 gap, sc around the edge – changing colours when needed so the sc colour matches the previous round colour, placing an sc into each tr/dc and 2sc into the ch2 gaps, ss into top of ch1 at start of round.

Fasten off.

Eyes:

Black wool:

Make a magic ring, ch1, 4sc into ring. 

Fasten off, leaving long thread to attach. 

Sew the eyes onto the decorations. 

Cheeks:

Pink wool:

Make a magic ring, ch1, 4sc into ring. 

Fasten off, leaving long thread to attach. 

Sew the cheeks onto the decorations. 

Crochet Santa Christmas Decoration/Mat: Little Christmas Twist On A Triangle Granny

This little Santa decoration is quick and easy to make – perfect for decorating with this Christmas, it would also make a great mini gift or can even add a little extra Christmassy-ness to a gift.

I wanted to combine a Christmas themed make with a Granny square/triangle, and after a drawing out a couple of different ideas it became clear I was focussing towards something using a granny triangle shape. First up to be made was a Santa – complete with beard and pom pom detail, I made sure I added some extra texture to the beard sections so they stood out separately from the hat section!.

This make is perfect for using up leftover wool too.

I still have a few more ideas for these so keep and eye out for a couple more of these triangle decorations over the coming weeks!.

Crochet Granny Triangle Christmas Santa Decoration/Mat Instructions

Materials

  • 4.5mm crochet hook.
  • Wool, small amounts (around 25g) of:
    • Pink.
    • White.
    • Black.
  • 3.5cm pom pom maker/two pieces of card with a 3.5cm diameter.

Notes:

  • Push bobbles out to the front after completion.
  • Change wool colour on the last yo of the previous stitch.

Bobble stitch (bob):

To make the bobble stitch (bob):

(yo, insert hook into ch2 gap, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops – picture 1) 4 times (picture 2), yo then pull through all loops on hook (picture 3).

Picture 1.
Picture 2.
Picture 3.

Making the Christmas Santa decoration

Main decoration:

Starting in pink:

ch4, ss into sc at start of row to make a round.

Round 1: Into round: ch3 (counts at a stitch) 2tr/dc, [ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap twice, ch2, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 2: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 2tr/dc into ch2 gap, ch2, change to white [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr] in next ch2 gap, change to pink, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 3: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 2tr/dc into ch2 gap, ch2, change to white, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, change to red, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to white, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, change to pink, ch2, [3tr/dc, change to 2 strands white, ch2, tr/dc, bob, tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, [ch2, tr/dc, bob, tr/dc] into next ch2 gap twice, ch2, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 4: ch3 (counts as a stitch) [bob, tr/dc] into ch2 gap, change to 1 strand of white, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, change to red, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to white, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to 2 strands of white, [tr/dc, bob, tr, ch2, tr/dc, bob, tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, [ch2, tr/dc, bob, tr/dc] into next ch2 gap three times, ch2, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 5: ch1 (counts as a stitch) sc into ch2 gap, sc around the edge – changing colours when needed so the sc colour matches the previous round colour, placing an sc into each tr/dc and 2sc into the ch2 gaps, ss into top of ch1 at start of round.

Fasten off.

Eyes:

Black wool:

Make a magic ring, ch1, 4sc into ring. 

Fasten off, leaving long thread to attach. 

Sew the eyes onto the decorations. 

Pom pom:

Make a pom pom using white wool, then attach to the point at the top of the santa hat.

Crochet Christmas Gnome Cushion Pattern Take Two: A Pair Of Christmas Gnomes! (Corner To Corner Crochet)

Since making my previous Christmas gnome corner to corner crochet cushion and gnome wall hanging I’ve been wanting to do a few more variations, however I’ve not had chance to make them yet as I’ve been so busy with other projects.

Finally I’ve had a gap between makes where I can squeeze in a few of these different variations and the first one completed is for a pair of Christmas gnomes – complete with pom poms on their hats!.

I have used different colours for the gnomes but you could always use the same colour for both, and you don’t have to use the blue and green either – they could be any colour you choose.

The pattern for this pair of Christmas gnomes cushion is available now over on my Etsy and Ravelry shops.

Keep an eye out for a few more variations of these Christmas gnomes over the next few weeks!

Granny Square With A Twist: Crochet Granny Triangle Blanket Pattern

I love crocheting with Granny squares – there are so many different types around and they all look amazing. Its been a little while since I had a chance to work on something granny themed so I decided it was time to try something. I have previously created a blanket with a bit of a twist on a traditional granny square with my Granny’s Log Cabin Blanket pattern and I decided to continue with this different trend.

For the twist on a granny square this time instead of a traditional square shape I have opted for a triangle shaped blanket, and if using the triangle shape wasn’t enough I have also thrown in a few different stitches into the mix to give some extra texture.

I love how this blanket has turned out – about half way through I hit a bit of a problem where it wasn’t laying correctly and I realised it was due to a stitch i has tried to use, I realised this wasn’t going to work and had to unravel most of it – it was then left in a project bag for a long time before I could face starting it again! however, eventually I got started on it again and altered the stitch that had caused the initial problems – I am really pleased I didn’t give up completely as I think it would have been such a shame for it not to be finished.

The pattern to make your own Granny’s Triangle Blanket it now available over on my Etsy and Ravelry shops.

You can choose to use the different colours every 2 rows like I have, but also you could use different colours on each row (perfect for using up leftover wool) or do the whole blanket in one single colour.