HOW TO MAKE… CROCHET DECORATIONS
Front and back panels (make 2) Foundation using Yarn C, ch13 Row 1 1dc in 2nd chain from the hook then in each ch across, turn [12 sts] Rows 2-10 ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc in each st across, turn [12 sts] Row 11 ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc in each st across Starting from the end of Row 11, work dc evenly around the panel (placing 2dc in each corner) to create a clean border. Ss in the first dc. Fasten off, leave an extra-long tail for sewing. Attach two eyes between the fourth and fifth row of the front panel. Side piece Foundation using Yarn C, ch6 Row 1 1dc in 2nd chain from the hook then in each ch across, turn [5 sts] Row 2 ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc in each st across, turn [5 sts] Repeat Row 2 until the piece measures 25cm (9 7/8 ") in length. Don’t fasten off the yarn in case you need to add or decrease rows on the middle panel. Ribbon (make two) Foundation using Yarn B and a 4mm hook, ch43 Change to Yarn D Row 1 ss back across your chain. Fasten off. Leave a tail for sewing. Bow Foundation using Yarn B, ch11 Row 1 1dc in 2nd chain from the hook and 1dc in each ch across, turn [10 sts] Row 2 and 3 ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc in each st across, turn [10 sts] Row 4 ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc in each st across Fasten off and leave a long yarn tail measuring 50cm (19 "). Using the yarn needle, bring the tail to the centre of the bow. Wrap the tail around the middle several times to create a bow shape, leaving enough yarn to attach the bow to the present. Finishing Hold together the front panel and side panel of the present and, starting at the long yarn tail, 1dc through both pieces in each stitch around, making sure to work 2dc in each corner. Repeat with the back panel, stuffing as you work round. Whip stitch the side panel closed, then fasten off and weave in any loose ends. Wrap the ribbons horizontally and vertically around the present and stitch them both in place. Attach the bow to the top of the present and create a loop for hanging, then embroider the mouth in black thread at the point where the green ribbons cross.