How to Crochet a Fall Wreath

Fall is the perfect season to make a crochet wreath. You can get creative adding a variety of different autumn-inspired colors and appliques. Hang wreaths on front doors or on your walls. Make them big or small. Create many small ones or one statement piece. This guide shows you some of the different decisions that you’ll make when creating your own crochet wreath design. Of course, you can use the same basic guide to crochet wreaths for any season.

Getting Started: Materials

The first thing that you need to do is to gather the materials you want to use to make your crochet wreath.

Wreath Forms

You can purchase many different kinds of wreath forms from your local craft store. This forms the starting point for your crochet wreath. Alternatively, you could crochet a circular tube and stuff it, amigurumi-style, to create your own wreath. The two crochet fall wreath samples shown in this guide are:

  • 14″ green metal wreath
  • 8″ grapevine wreath

Plastic, straw, wood, and styrofoam are some of the other options for crochet wreath materials. You can find wreath forms in almost any size, so the first decision to make is the desired size and material for your wreath.

Yarn for Crochet Fall Wreaths

Of course, you can use any yarn that you want for your crochet wreath project. The great thing about a project like this is that you can easily mix many different types of yarns. You can also play around with many different colors for the season, depending on the theme of your project and the decor in your home. The options used in this guide include:

  • Red Heart Collage in Potpourri colorway
  • Red Heart Dreamy in Celery and Dark Taupe colorways
  • Red Heart Hygge Charm in Fireball and Evening Star colorways

Step One: Wrap the Wreath

Once you have your wreath and your yarn, the next thing to do is to cover your wreath. This serves as the background of the project. There are a few different ways to do this.

Yarn Wrap your Wreath

The first option is simply to wrap the yarn around the wreath. This is a great way to display the colors of a beautiful yarn as the foundation of your wreath. The example above shows Red Heart Collage wrapped around the wire wreath frame. You can see a styrofoam wreath form wrapped in a lightweight yarn if you take a look at the winter-themed Sparkle-Wrapped Pompom Wreath free crochet pattern:

Crochet a Wrap for your Wreath

Another popular option is to crochet a wrap that goes around the wreath. There are varied ways to do this but the main thing that you want to do is to crochet a solid background that wraps entirely around the wreath, seaming it together with the wreath inside. Often, it makes sense to make the wrap in several pieces to get the fit just right, stitching it all together at the end.

You can use any crochet stitch that you want to make a wrap for your wreath. However, it’s smart to choose a dense, solid design, rather than one that has more openwork spaces, because you don’t want to see the wreath form peeking out beneath the crochet fabric. In the sample above, we used crochet seed stitch. Other good choices include single crochet, linen stitch, and closed shell stitch.

For this project, we crocheted a chain in Dreamy celery, making it long enough to wrap around the width of the wreath frame. Then we crocheted seed stitch to create a fabric that is tall enough to fit one section of the wreath. (This particular wreath already has sections. Mentally divide any wreath into 4-8 sections to get the right size for your own pieces.)

Then we repeated that process, making three more seed stitch crochet wreath wraps in the celery colorway and another three in dark taupe.

Wrap the pieces around the wreath in the desired layout. Seam them together to encircle the wreath in crochet fabric.

Pom Pom Cover

Another option is to adhere pom poms to the wreath surface. We see that in the Halloween Wreath free crochet pattern:

No Wrap

If you like the look of your wreath frame without any yarn on it then you don’t need to wrap it at all Grapevine wreaths already have a nice fall design to them, so you can leave them as is.

Step Two: Add a Bow

You don’t have to add a bow to your wreath, but it’s usually a nice touch. You can always add the bow at the end of the project. However, we like to add it at the start, because it gives you an idea of how much room you have to work with on the wreath once the bow is added. You can add one or more bows in any size and style and place them anywhere on the wreath, although the top and bottom center of the wreath are the most common placements.

Crochet a Bow

One great way to begin your fall wreath is to crochet a bow. There are so many different bows that you can make. One of the easiest methods is to crochet a rectangle, using a favorite solid crochet stitch. After you have finished off, pinch the rectangle in the center, wrapping that center point with yarn to create the shape of the bow.

You can attach a crochet bow to your wreath in a number of ways. Above we wrapped the yarn around the center of the bow, leaving ends long enough to tie the bow onto the wreath. Alternatively, you can stitch it on or adhere it using fabric glue.

Yarn Bows

Another option is to simply tie yarn into a bow. You can use any yarn, of course, but bulky and super bulky yarns often work best since they create big bows.

In the above example, we put together three strands of Red Heart Collage, tied them (held together) around the wreath, and then tied them into a bow.

Another version is to tie three separate bows side by side. Play around with sizes, placement, and styles.

Step Three: Add Crochet Appliques

Now it’s time to add the crochet appliques. This is the best way to incorporate different fall-themed motifs to get the specific look of an autumn wreath (as opposed to one for other holidays.)

Popular fall motifs include:

  • Leaves
  • Apples
  • Pumpkins and other gourds
  • Squirrels, mice, and other forest creatures
  • Acorns
  • Owls
  • Corn/maize
  • Wheat/grain

We used a double-strand of Hygge Charm and Dreamy yarn to create leaves using the motif in our free Fall Leafy Banner pattern.

We also used Collage to make the single point leaf in our Fabulous Fall Wreath free crochet pattern.

We also made some single point leaves using double-strands of Red Heart Hygge Charm yarn.

Step Four: Add a Centerpiece

After adding your appliques, the only thing left is to decide if you want something in the center of your wreath.

For the grapevine wreath, we crocheted a simple double crochet circle that we attached to the back of the wreath. Another option is to use crochet chains to create a cobweb in the center of the wreath, which is appropriate for Halloween wreaths. Yet another popular choice is to add amigurumi, perching it on the bottom of the wreath so that it stands up inside of the wreath. Use common autumn motifs to create that amigurumi; see suggestions above.

You can add the appliques, background, amigurumi, bows, and all other details in any layout you desire. Play around with placement until you have a wreath that you like. Make the wreath minimal, as both of these are, or layer details all over for a more abundant design.

Crochet Fall Wreath Patterns

Here are examples of more abundant designs:

Autumn Leaves Wreath

Fabulous Fall Wreath

Here are some Halloween crochet wreaths:

Circle of Skulls

Superstitious Black Cat Wreath; another variation is the Crafty Cat Wreath

Halloween Crochet Wreath

And here are some additional crochet wreaths. These were designed for other seasons but might inspire some ideas for the layout of a fall crochet wreath:

Snowflake Wreath

April Flowers Wreath

Argyle for Dad Wreath

How to Crochet a Fall Wreath

Crafting an Organized Holiday Season

When Halloween decorations are still in the stores, it’s hard to start thinking about the gift-giving holidays – “too early” is what most say! But if you like to make handmade gifts, then it’s time to start planning – and in some cases making! Here are some tips, timelines, and free patterns to help you prep for the holidays this year!

Make a List & Check It Twice

Who are you creating for this year? While it can be tempting to aim for a 100% handmade holiday, the cold hard fact is that not everyone appreciates handmade gifts, and your time and talents are precious!

Make sure you are crocheting and knitting for those who will honor your time and talents. And make sure you know about any allergies – not everyone can handle all natural fibers!

GIFT IDEA: Care Package Throw by Moogly – This crochet blanket pattern works up in just hours with Red Heart With Love – which makes it easy care and non-allergenic too!

Care Package Throw by Moogly

Create a Countdown Calendar

Whether you’re a paper person or a digital devotee, it’s time to break open your calendar and start thinking about how much time you have to devote to making your gifts this year. While Christmas might be “months away,” it really breaks down to only a few weeks!

Depending on the length of your list and the amount of free time you have to devote to making, you will want to make sure you have enough time to make each project, without turning your own holiday into a stressful rush.

Try printing out a few free online calendar pages and planning out a deadline for each project to keep yourself on track – and to make sure you’re being realistic too!

GIFT IDEA: Dragon Wing Cowl by Jessie At Home – Knitting for the holidays doesn’t have to take forever – try a beautiful one skein accessory like this pattern featuring just one ball of Red Heart Sparkle Soft!

Dragon Wing Cowl by Jessie At Home

Plan Your Projects & Get Organized

After you’ve got your gift list made, it’s time to think about supplies! Do you have the yarn you need to make the projects on your list? Have you bookmarked or printed out the patterns you want to make?

One thing that can be very helpful, when you have a lot of projects lined up, is to make yourself a bunch of “kits.” Using project bags, bins, plastic baggies, sections of the spare bed – whatever works for you! – put the yarn, supplies, and pattern for each project in its own pile or container.

This has 3 great benefits – you’ll see exactly what you still need to purchase or gather together, so you can organize your shopping list, and you’ll also see exactly how big a “job” you are setting yourself up for – and if that schedule is realistic!

And finally, when you’re ready to get started with each project, you’ll have everything you need right there – grab and go!

GIFT IDEA: Hygge Stripe Socks by Marly Bird – Knit socks are a classic gift for a reason – and these beginner house socks include video tutorials, as well as Chic Sheep by Marly Bird yarn!

Hygge Stripe Socks by Marly Bird

Get Making

All the planning in the world won’t help if you don’t start crocheting in time! But the race to the holiday can take its toll on your muscles – be sure to stop, stretch, and relax on nights you’re yarning. Nothing will slow you down more than an injury!

In addition to the muscle strain, holiday prep can affect our mental health as well. Be sure to take deep breathes during those stretches, and remember that handmade takes time.

If you find yourself stressing out about gift projects, go back to your schedule or calendar and see if you can mix up the order a bit – try alternating between complicated patterns and simple patterns that can be made while you relax and watch your favorite holiday movies!

GIFT IDEA: Cozy Time Fringe Throw by Salena Baca for Red Heart – Relax with a cup of cocoa (or maybe some mulled wine?) and this ultra easy, relaxing, and supremely comfy throw made with Red Heart Hygge!

Cozy Time Fringe Throw by Salena Baca for Red Heart

Have a Backup Plan

Sometimes, despite our best intentions and efforts, the handmade gift just isn’t going to get made in time. It’s happened to just about every crafter!

So what will you do? You have lots of options – from gifting an “IOU,” to making something smaller/faster, to setting the project aside for next year and purchasing something for this year instead.

After all, part of the value of handmade is that it takes time – something we all run short of sometimes. So it doesn’t hurt to always have a few “quick gift” patterns in your back pocket for emergencies – and then we’ll start earlier next year, right?

GIFT IDEA: Hanging Gift Card Holder by Moogly – This super quick pattern is perfect for last-minute gift emergencies – or when you need to make a bunch of quick gifts in bulk – with just 25 yards of Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie!

Hanging Gift Card Holder - Moogly

Good luck all – and Happy Holidays!

Tips for Crafting an Organized Holiday Season

How to Set the Mood for Crochet and Improve your Craft Experience

Autumn is the perfect time to engage all of the senses. The air is crisp. It smells of pumpkin spice and burning firewood. Leaves change colors to the constant delight of our eyes. We hear those leaves crackling underfoot and we hear the rush of wind through the air. It is also the perfect time of year to get cozy inside with your crafts. Bring the sensory experience of fall into your crafting time to have an even better experience.

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How to Crochet Stitch Variations for Texture

Once you have learned how to crochet the basic stitches (such as half double crochetdouble crochettreble crochet, and longer stitches) you will find that you can combine these stitches in almost infinite variations to create different types of fabric. There are a set of advanced crochet stitches built from these basic crochet stitches that allow for some terrific texture.

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