Friday, 20 March 2009

Crochet Spring Garland Tutorial

Every now and again, I put down my wire and long to return to something more gentle on the fingers ...as the signs of Spring are everywhere, and there's nothing like celebrating properly with a little bit of cheerful crochet to brighten up your home, I've come up with this garland.
So, pick some lovely spring colours and crochet this garland just in time to decorate your home for Easter - enjoy !



You will need:
2.5mm crochet hook
DK crochet cotton ( I have used Patons crochet cotton) – selection of colours for the eggs, flowers and bunting length
Polystyrene eggs ( 60 mm) – I bought these from here
Assortment of Buttons
Embroidery floss /cotton thread for sewing on flowers and buttons












Stitches (UK) & Abbreviations Used :

yrh : Yarn round hook

St: (stitch)

Ch: (Chain)

Sl St: (Slip Stitch)

2 Half treble together ( 2htr tog) :yrh, insert hook into next stitch , draw yarn thro' ( 3 loops on hook), yrh, draw yarn through 2 loops ,insert hook into next stitch ( 4 loops on hook), yrh, draw through 2 loops, yrh, draw through all 3 loops

Half Treble Crochet (htr) : yrh, insert hook into next stitch ( 3 loops on hook), yrh, draw yarn through all 3 loops on hook

Double Treble Crochet (dtr): yrh twice ( 3 loops on hook), insert hook into next St, draw yarn through 1st st ( 4 loops on hook), yrh, draw through 2 loops, yrh, draw through next 2 loops, yrh, draw through last 2 loops.

dc: Double crochet


The Egg

Firstly, Ch 4, Sl st to first stitch to form ring.


Round 1:
2Ch (counts as 1st htr), 7 htr into ring (8 stitches), Slst to 2nd Ch of first 2Ch


Round 2:
2Ch ( counts as 1st htr), htr into next Ch ,2 htr into each and every next stitch ( 16 stitches) Sl St to 2nd Ch of first 2Ch


Round 3:
2Ch ( counts as 1st htr), htr into next Ch ,2 htr into each and every next stitch ( 32 stitches) Sl St to 2nd Ch of first 2Ch


Round 4 -8:
2Ch ( counts as 1st htr), htr into each and every next stitch Sl St to 2nd Ch of first 2Ch


Round 9:
Put the egg inside your crochet and now you need to crochet with your egg in-situ – a bit fiddley but worth persisting.

2Ch (counts as 1st htr), In next st ,3 htr, in next stitch 2htr tog, * 4htr,2htr tog,* repeat (** ) twice, 2 htr in next 2 stitches, ( 27 stitches) ,sl st to 2ch chain of first 2ch

Round 10:
2 Ch, In next st* 4 htr, 2htr tog,* repeat (** ) four times, 3 htr, (24 stitches), Sl st to 2ch of first 2ch


Round 11:
2 Ch, In next st * 4 htr, 2htr tog,* repeat (** ) three times, 4 htr, Sl st to 2ch of first 2ch


Round 12:
2 Ch, In next st * 4 htr, 2htr tog,* repeat (** ) three times, 3 htr, Sl st to 2ch of first 2ch


Round 13:
2 Ch, In next st * 4 htr, 2htr tog,* repeat (** ) twice, 1htr, ( 12 stitches) Sl st to 2ch of first 2ch and fasten off leaving a long yarn



To Finish Egg:
Sew a running stitch with the attached long yarn around the top of the opening of the egg and draw up to close and fasten off. You can then sew this end in, or crochet a small length of chain stitches to make a loop to hang your egg. Embellish with buttons, flowers or both.




Crocheted Flower:

Firstly, Ch 4, Sl st to first stitch to form ring.
4 Chain,
2dtr, 4 Ch, 1 dc into the ring – this forms the first petal. Repeat (4ch, 2dtr, 4Ch, 1dc) further 4 times ( 5 petals in total) and fasten off. Embellish with a button


For the Bunting:
Row 1:Crochet a length of Ch stitches the length you require the bunting.
Row 2:3 dc into each and every chain - the resulting effect is a length of crochet that curls round each other

To assemble the Bunting:


Thread on your eggs and sew on your flowers along the length of the crochet. I have also adapted the original egg pattern to cover a larger polystyrene egg, and also added some crocheted carrots .



(I hope this tutorial is easy to follow,and that my pattern writing is correct , please comment if there needs an amendment or you need any help.I'm still trying to get to grips with documenting all my patterns, so apologies in advance for any fauxpas !)