a christmas wreath – free crochet pattern

#crochetwreath #madewithloops

Hello friends!

Today I want to show you what you can do with some old curtain rings, some left over yarn and a crochet hook. If you are after a pretty hand made decoration for your Christmas tree or a quick festive little gift for a friend, these cute wreath’s are just the thing.

#crochet wreath, #madewithloops

Let’s start: (UK Terms)

1 – Using Yarn A (green), work 54 dc’s around the curtain ring.

2 – *Ch2, skip 2 dc’s, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * around (you will have 18 2ch-spaces).

3 – *5 tr’s in first 2ch-sp, skip next 2ch-sp, slip stitch in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * around.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

4 – Using Yarn B (red) thread through the 2ch-spaces and tie a bow.

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You are all done! Make a few and then…

5 – Hang on your tree or give away as gifts.

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christmas gift bag – a free pattern

Scheepjes festive blog hop buttonA little while ago I was invited by the lovely peeps at Scheepjeswol to participate in their advent calendar blog hop. Coming up with an idea using some beautiful Scheepjeswol what was not to like and I set to work right away. Today is my day to share my idea with you.

Before I start I would like to introduce you to yesterday’s contributor, Annelies Baes and her blog here Go and check out her cute little crochet snow man ornament, I dare you not to find it irresistible and make a few. All other previous contributors can be found via the Scheepjeswol link here. There are some truly amazing creations there which should keep you busy during the festive season.


So, a few weeks ago I received my happy mail of yarn from Scheepjeswol and set to work. My idea was to produce a small gift bag using the above colours in a stranded colourwork pattern. I love colourwork in knitting and crochet and have always been inspired by Scandinavian, Estonian and Fair Isle patterns.

What do you think…?


…I am quietly chuffed with the way it’s turned out. The Scheepjeswol Stone Washed yarn is not only fast becoming one of my favourite yarns to work with, but is also absolutely perfect for this kind of work.

The bag measures 22 cm high x 18 cm wide and is perfect transportation for a small knitting/crochet project, as a gift bag instead of wrapping paper, or simply a gift for someone special.

The pattern is available totally free in three languages. You can download your own PDF version by clicking English, German or Dutch versions.


I hope you enjoy making this bag as much as I have designing it.  Why not share your version of the bag with us on the Scheepjeswol facebook page or by emailing a photo to me (my email address is on the right).

Tomorrow will be Nerissa’s turn to share another beautiful blog hop advent creation with us. Make sure you visit her blog MissNeriss and see what she has in store for us.

Happy Knitting!



a christmas wish

A big thank you to all of you who have supported me this year, have left lovely comments (I love reading them), purchased my patterns (watch out for many more), joined me in my ‘homely blanket quest’ (I hope you have loved it as much as I have) and generally made my inspirational journey more fun.


Sing hey! Sing hey!
For Christmas Day;
Twine mistletoe and holly,
For friendship glows
In winter snows,
And so let’s all be jolly.


Christmas Wish

I hope you visit and share more inspirational colour, knitting and crochet with me in 2014!


the ‘homely blanket’ quest – last square

dear diary,

We have come to the end of our ‘homely blanket’ crochet along, well almost. Today I give you the last square, number 35 to do, and then all you have to do is crochet all of the squares together.

So far I have crochet about half of my squares together…

homely blanket as at Oct 2013

…as you can see I have used cream coloured DK yarn and I am crocheting together using simple double crochet. I might need to do a few ‘filler’ squares at the end if there are gaps, but that should be easy enough. I would just make some simple small granny squares for that. As for the border…I am not sure yet. I am going to try a few different options and will let you know my decision and let you have the pattern, in case you want to do the same.

As I am away over Christmas I am crocheting my squares together when I get back, ready for the big ‘TahDah’ moment on New Years Day, so watch out for that!

But now, without further ado…square 35 – A Christmas Star…

Quest Square 35

Ch 6, ss to form a ring

Rnd 1: 6ch (counts as 1tr, 3ch), [3tr, 3ch] 3 times into ring, 2tr into ring, ss to join.

Fasten off A and join B at any 3ch (corner) sp.

Rnd 2: 3ch, 2tr in same sp, *1fptr round each of next 3tr, **[3tr, 3ch, 3tr] into 3ch corner sp; rep. from *twice and from *to** once more, [3tr, 3ch] in last corner sp, ss to join.

Fasten off B and join C at any corner sp.

Rnd 3: 3ch,2tr in same sp, *1tr in each of next 2 sp between tr’s, 1fptr round each of next 3tr, 1tr in each of next 2 sp between tr’s, [3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in corner sp; rep. from *twice, 1tr in each of next 2 sp between tr’s, 1fptr round each of next 3tr, 1tr in each of next 2 sp between tr’s, 3tr, 3ch in last corner sp, ss to join.

Fasten off C and join A at any corner sp.

Rnd 4: 1ch, 2dc in same sp, *1dc in each of next 5sts, 1htr in each of next 3sts, 1dc in each of next 5sts, [2dc, 1ch, 2dc] in corner sp; rep. from * twice, 1dc in each of next 5sts, 1htr in each of next 3sts, 1dc in each of next 5sts, [2dc, 1ch] in last corner, ss to join.

Fasten off A and join B at any stitch.

Rnd 5: Work 1dc in each st around, working 3dc in 1ch corner sp.

Break off B and join C.

Rnd 6: Work 1dc in each st around, working 3dc in middle corner st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Happy Christmas and enjoy the last square. x

christmas preparations

dear diary,

Dried Oranges

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

The festive preparations are well under way around here at Made with Loops, and I am loving every minute of it. To me there is nothing more exciting than Christmas time…getting all the decorations down from the loft…


…and lovingly waking them from their long sleep. Finding them perfect places around the house, so that they can shine and sparkle in all their finery, whilst all the while Michael Buble is singing in the background. What could possibly be better?!?

Inspiration 3

I have almost finished all my handmade gifts, that’s a first for sure, just a few ends to sew in on this Nordic Shawl…


…a gift for a vsp (very special person). After that I am done and can start thinking of ‘me’ knitting or crochet…Yay!!!

We won’t have a tree this year as we are not going to be here. I am so excited, as in…


…days we are going to Germany to spend Christmas with my family. So so soooo looking forward to staying with my ‘little’ sister, chatting, knitting, drinking tea, crocheting and more chatting…what could possibly be better. The whole family will be together on Christmas eve to celebrate the traditional German festivities and to me there is nothing better than that.

I can almost smell and taste all the delicious festive treats already…


Are you enjoying your festive season as much as I am mine?, I hope you are x

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