Christmas Crochet Garland
When I think of Christmas decorations my mind often goes to crochet garlands – I love them! I think they bring a lot of interest and cheer to a space. This Christmas Cookie Garland combines frosted cookies, candy canes and star cookies all using simple crochet stitches and basic assembly techniques. In this blog post I share with you the FREE Christmas crochet garland pattern along with several photos so you can see the stitches and constructions close-up.
Another thing I love about crochet garlands is that you can use each piece of the garland for its own ornament or decoration. (I have some other crochet garland patterns available – just click on the title to see the pattern: Celtic Heart Garland, Celtic Shamrock Garland, Patriotic Plarn Banner, Pumpkin Garland)
Do you know someone who is a great baker? Or do you know someone who loves to eat what a great baker makes? 😉 Both would love this Christmas garland and could decorate with it year after year! And, as an extra bonus, these cookies won’t add anything to your waist-line – they are calorie- free!
Let’s get started!
Skill Level: Easy
Frosted Cookie = 4” diameter; Star =4” across; Candy Cane = 3 ½” tall
Chain length = 60”
Acrylic medium weight (Size 4) yarn in multiple ‘cookie’ colors – 1 skein light tan with small amounts of all other colors: Pink, Dark Brown, Yellow, Red, White and Green
(For my garland I used Caron Simply Soft (100% acrylic; 315 yds [288 meters]/170.1 grams) in these specific colors: B9604 Watermelon, 750 Chocolate, 703 Bone, 782 Gold; 729 Red, 701 White, 770 Cool Green)
Small amount of yellow felt and yellow sewing thread
2 – 12” white pipe cleaners with ¼” of ends folded over (this helps them not to have a sharp edge)
Small amount of fiberfil
3 – 12” lengths of ½” red ribbon and red sewing thread
8 acrylic pom-poms – 4 (1 ½ ” diameter) and 4 (2” diameter)
Adjustable Ring = Wrap yarn around hand to create a loop; pull working end of yarn through lp with hk; work stitches into loop and then pull yarn tail to tighten and close up center hole
*Watch a short video tutorial of this technique here*
Beg. CL (beginning cluster)= ch 3, [YO 2 times, insert hk into same st, YO, draw up a lp, (YO, pull through 2 lps) 2 times] 2 times; YO, pull through all lps on hk
CL (cluster)= [YO 2 times, insert hk into same st, YO, draw up a lp, (YO, pull through 2 lps) 2 times] 3 times; YO, pull through all lps on hk
Each element is crocheted and completed first and then sewn to a triple-stranded chain length.
Larger hook is only used for chain length – use smaller hook for all other elements.
When working Frosted Cookie, mark the beg. of each round with a stitch marker. Do not join each round (Rnds 1-5) with a sl st – work in spiral.
Instructions for the Christmas Crochet Garland:
Special stitches are written in bold and italicized text and defined above
Frosted Cookie –- FRONT – Make 3:
Crochet 2 with Pink and 1 with Dark Brown (for Rounds 1 – 5):
Round 1: Work 6 sc in an adjustable ring.
(If you would rather not do the adjustable ring, then simple ch 2 and work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hk. Do not join.)
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)
Round 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around. (18 sc)
Round 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts) around. (24 sc)
Round 5: Working in the front loops only, (sl st in next st, 5 dc in next st, sl st in next st) around; (8 petals/scallops). Fasten off.
Round 6: With Bone join with hdc in any unused back loop from Rnd 5; *ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next st, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st) around; join with sl st to starting ch-2.*
Round 7: Ch 2, hdc in next st and in each st around; join with sl st to starting ch-2.
Round 8: Ch 2, hdc in same st; (hdc in each of next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around; Fasten off.
Frosted Cookie – BACK – Make 3:
With Tan and smaller hook work as for Rounds 1-4 for FRONT of cookie
Round 5: Work as for * to * in Round 6 of FRONT of cookie
Rounds 6 and 7: Work as for Rounds 7 and 8 of FRONT of cookie.
Using a small amount of all colors used in project, embroider small stitches (for sprinkles) on Chocolate Frosting Cookie
Holding wrong sides facing of one FRONT piece and one BACK piece, sc through both loops of last round of each piece; When only about 10 sts left unworked, stuff cookie with small amount of fiberfil; Finish sc in remaining sts and join with sl st to first st. Fasten off.
Star Cookie – Make 2:
With Yellow ch 5; join with sl st to form ring.
Round 1: Beg. CL, (ch 3, CL) 4x; ch 3, join with sl st to top of 1st CL. (5 CLs)
Round 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in top of CL, ch 3, 3 dc in same st; sc in next ch-3 sp; *(3 dc, ch 3, 3dc) in next CL, sc in next ch-3 sp *; Rep. from * to * 3 more times; join with sl st to beg. ch-3.
Round 3: Sl st in next 2 sts and in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 2, 3 dc in same sp, ch 1, sc in next sc, ch 1; *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, sc in next sc , ch 1*; Repeat from * to * 3 more times; join with sl st to 1st st.
Round 4: Sc in same st as sl st, sc in next 2 sts, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch-2 sp, sc in next 3 sts, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next 3 sts * Rep. from * to * around; join with sl st to 1st st. Fasten off.
Trace star shape onto yellow felt and cut out. Using matching sewing thread and sewing needle, attach felt to back of star shape. Trim excess felt so does not show on front.
Candy Cane – Make 2:
With White ch 52
Row 1: Working in the back bar of the ch, hdc in 3rd ch from hk and in each ch across. Fasten off. Turn.
Row 2: Join Red with sl st in 1st st, ch 2, hdc in next st and in each st across.
Fasten off leaving a long tail for assembly.
Wrap white and red length around pencil; Using yarn needle and red yarn tail, sew edge of red row to edge of white row so piece creates a tube of red and white twisted together; Fold pipe cleaner in half and insert into tube. Bend tube to form candy cane shape and sew up both ends.
Chain length for hanging:
With a triple strand of green, ch 20, sl st in 20th ch from hk; ch 120, sl st in 20th ch from hk. Fasten off.
Assembly of the Christmas Crochet Garland:
Using photo as a guide layout all pieces along chain length (with RS facing) starting with Chocolate Frosted Cookie in the center; Pin all large pieces in place and then layout all pom-poms in between
Using yarn needle and green yarn, attach pom-poms to chain length – push needle through center of pom-pom, thread ends through chain length and tie into double knot; weave ends into chain length.
Attach large pieces using yarn needle and color that matches piece
Tie 3 lengths of ribbon into bows and sew on to chain length above each Frosted Cookie using sewing needle and red thread.
Ta-da! Your Christmas crochet garland is complete – I hope you enjoyed making and/or gifting the Christmas Cookie Garland. Of course, if you would like to make your own pom-poms, you can do that, too using the same yarn you used for the cookies and candy canes. (I highly recommend the Clover Pom-Pom Maker which you can purchase here and see how to use it when making the Pom-Pom Sheep Ornament, a FREE crochet pattern you can find here – this pattern includes a video tutorial for the pom-pom maker, too!)
Thank you for stopping by – Happy crocheting!
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