Friday, January 13, 2012

Free Pattern Friday! Valentine's Day Yarn Wreath

Valentine's Day Yarn Wreath
As soon as the Christmas decorations come down in my house, I like to get things moving on to the next holiday. Sure I could try to decorate for "Winter" but I really love red and pink and hearts and all that stuff, so I go straight for Valentine's Day!
I'm sure some people would wait until February to decorate (if they decorate at all) but then what do you have? Two weeks? No way! I say decorate in January and revel in the awesomeness longer. (That is the reason I decorate for Halloween at the beginning of September, after all!)

I have a spot in my kitchen where I always hang a wreath. My front door is a craftsman-type, with windows at the top and a little ledge, so I can never quite figure out hanging a wreath there. I always look for a cute wreath for Valentine's day at the usual places: Target, Hobby Lobby, etc, but I never find the right one. So with all these awesome yarn wreaths I love to drool over on Pinterest, I thought I'd make my own! This one is super easy and the heart pattern is fun and quick.

Free pattern after the jump!




Valentine's Yarn Wreath

Materials:
12" Styrofoam wreath form 
Bulky variegated yarn (I used Hobby Lobby's First Love Yarn in "Kisses")
Any color worsted weight yarn (I used hot pink, pale pink, aqua, light blue, lilac, and purple)
Yarn, 16 gauge wire, 12 foam wreath
E Hook (or your favorite)
Yarn needle
Polyester stuffing 
16 gauge wire (optional)
Decorative ribbon or trim
Stick pins


Key:
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
st: stitch
sc2tog: single crochet 2 st together (decrease)

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Begin by tying the yarn around the wreath in one spot. Don't worry about hiding the knot, as it will be covered. Wrap the yarn all the way around the wreath, trying to not overlap the strands. This makes the yarn's color changes more even. When you reach the end, cut the yarn leaving a few inches and wrap the tail to the back. Use a crochet hook and pull the tail under a few strands to hide it.


Heart A (smallest--make 2):
R1: Starting at point of heart, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, and sc 3 into the ring. Pull closed.

R2: Work 2sc into each st (6)
R3: (2 Sc into next st, sc into next st)* repeat to end of round (9)
R4: (2 Sc into next st, sc into next 2 st)* repeat to end of round (12)
R5: (2 Sc into next st, sc into next 3 st)* repeat to end of round (15)
R6: (2 Sc into next st, sc into next 4 st)* repeat to end of round (18)
R7: Sc into the next 9 st, skip next 9 st.
*You have now started the right side of the top of the heart.
R8: Starting at the first stitch of R6, sc into each st (9)
R9: (Sc2tog, sc into next st)* repeat to end of round (6)
Fasten off by slip stitching into the next stitch. Leave a tail. Using the yarn needle, weave tail through last row of stitches and pull tightly to close the hole. Use a stuffing tool or the eraser end of the pencil to stuff the heart lightly. 
Attach yarn back onto the open side of the yarn, starting on the inside and you will work around the opening. You can either tie a knot to attach the new yarn or you can insert the hook on the outside into the first stitch and pull the yarn up through the work, and sc for your first stitch. Repeat R7-9 on the other side to create the second top bump. Weave in ends and set aside.


Heart B (medium--make 1):
R1-R6: Work as for Heart A
R7: (2 Sc into next st, sc into next 5 st)* repeat to end of round (21)
R8: (2 Sc into next st, sc into next 6 st)* repeat to end of round (24)
R9: Sc into next 12 st, skip next 12 st.
*You have now started the right side of the top of the heart.
R10: Starting at the first st of R9, sc into each st (12)
R11: (Sc2tog, sc into next 2 st)* repeat to end of round (9)
R12: (Sc2tog, sc into next st)* repeat to end of round (6)

Fasten off by slip stitching into the next stitch. Leave a tail. Using the yarn needle, weave tail through last row of stitches and pull tightly to close the hole. Use a stuffing tool or the eraser end of the pencil to stuff the heart lightly. Attach yarn back onto the open side of the yarn, starting on the inside and you will work around the opening. You can either tie a knot to attach the new yarn or you can insert the hook on the outside into the first stitch and pull the yarn up through the work, and sc for your first stitch. Repeat R9-12 on the other side to create the second top bump. Weave in ends and set aside.

Heart C (large--make 2):
R1-R8: Work as for Heart B
R9: (2 Sc into next st, sc into next 7 st)* repeat to end of round (27)
R10: (2 Sc into next st, sc into next 8 st)* repeat to end of round (30)
R11: Sc into next 15 st, skip next 15 st.
*You have now started the right side of the top of the heart.
R12: Starting at the first st of R11, sc into each st (15)
R13: (Sc2tog, sc into next 3 st)* repeat to end of round (12)
R14: (Sc2tog, sc into next 2 st)* repeat to end of round (9)
R15: (Sc2tog, sc into next st)* repeat to end of round (6)
Fasten off by slip stitching into the next stitch. Leave a tail. Using the yarn needle, weave tail through last row of stitches and pull tightly to close the hole. Use a stuffing tool or the eraser end of the pencil to stuff the heart lightly. Attach yarn back onto the open side of the yarn, starting on the inside and you will work around the opening. You can either tie a knot to attach the new yarn or you can insert the hook on the outside into the first stitch and pull the yarn up through the work, and sc for your first stitch. Repeat R11-15 on the other side to create the second top bump. Weave in ends and set aside.

Heart D (extra large--make 1):
R1-10: Work as for Heart C
R11: (2 Sc into next st, sc into 9 st)* repeat to end of round (33)
R12: (2 Sc into next st, sc into 10 st)* repeat to end of round (36)
R13: Sc into next 18 st, skip next 18 st.
*You have now started the right side of the top of the heart.
R14: Starting at the first st of R13, sc into each st (18)
R15: (Sc2tog, sc into next 4 st)* repeat to end of round (15)
R16: (Sc2tog, sc into next 3 st)* repeat to end of round (12)
R17: (Sc2tog, sc into next 2 st)* repeat to end of round (9)
R18: (Sc2tog, sc into next st)* repeat to end of round (6)
Fasten off by slip stitching into the next stitch. Leave a tail. Using the yarn needle, weave tail through last row of stitches and pull tightly to close the hole. Use a stuffing tool or the eraser end of the pencil to stuff the heart lightly. Attach yarn back onto the open side of the yarn, starting on the inside and you will work around the opening. You can either tie a knot to attach the new yarn or you can insert the hook on the outside into the first stitch and pull the yarn up through the work, and sc for your first stitch. Repeat R13-18 on the other side to create the second top bump. Weave in ends and set aside.

You may now begin sewing your hearts together. Arrange them as you would like and stitch them in a line. It's easier to use one color and stitch through all of them across, keeping your stitches hidden, rather than changing yarn colors.
The next step is completely optional but I found that it really helped the hearts on my wreath stand up and stay in line. Once you've stitched the hearts together, start at the back on one side and feed a long piece of wire all the way through to the other side. After making it all the way through, insert both ends into the wreath form.

In a word processing program, print "Happy Valentine's Day" and trim into a banner. Curl edges and pin to wreath.

Cut a length of trim 24" in half, so you have two 12" pieces. Loop them around the top of the wreath and tie at the top. Hang her up! Easy right? Happy Valentine's Day! (or as my little boys say, Happy Valentimes!)



25 comments:

  1. You are SO sweet to do this!!! Thank you!!!!

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  3. OMG this is so cute and ty for your frre patterns, sorry can not hang around i have to start crocheting have 4 of them to do for the granddaughters <3 coffee is on if you went to help ;) Lol

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  4. This is totally adorable...Love free pattern Friday! Thanks for sharing with your loyal followers lol Hope the book is going well...can't wait to see it :)

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  5. What a great idea! I am always looking for something cute to give hubby for this special day.

    Cora

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  6. Thanks Vickie! Ha I wish I could help :)
    The book's going great, Alison! Thanks for asking :D
    What a great idea, Cora! Should be a cute gift!

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  7. How many skeins did it take to wrap the wreath? Just one? I just found this and it's so adorable, I am going to HL today to get my yarn, etc. to make it!! Thank you so much for sharing how you made it.. You are so generous..

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  8. Less than one, Brenda! Glad you like it! :)

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