HOW TO MAKE CROCHET GIFT TAGS

Mollie Makes - - Mollie Makes -

MA­TE­RI­ALS Small amounts of cot­ton 4ply yarn Small amounts of metal­lic 4ply yarn 2.5mm (UK 12, US steel 4) crochet hook (ours was by Clover) Yarn nee­dle Em­broi­dery thread in con­trast­ing colours Em­broi­dery nee­dle Fab­ric glue Match­ing felt Sequins But­tons Ric rac

TEN­SION

Ten­sion is not im­por­tant in this de­sign, but use a smaller hook than rec­om­mended by the yarn man­u­fac­turer so you get a tight fin­ish

AB­BRE­VI­A­TIONS (UK)

st(s) stitch(es) ch chain ss slip stitch dc dou­ble crochet inc in­crease by work­ing 2 dc in given st htr half tre­ble tr tre­ble dtr dou­ble tre­ble magic ring hold yarn in your hand, wrap work­ing yarn around fore­fin­ger twice to cre­ate a ring, slip ring off your fin­ger and insert hook to pick up first st, ch1 then work the nec­es­sary sts for Round 1 and close the ring tightly by pulling the end

FIN­ISHED SIZE

Round bauble ap­prox. 7 x 8cm (2 x 31/ 8") Teardrop bauble ap­prox. 5 x 9cm (2 x 35/ 8") Wide teardrop bauble ap­prox. 8 x 8cm (31/ x 31/ 8") 8 You’re armed with pa­per and rib­bon and you’re about to pop

Elf on for the umpteenth time: let the gift wrap­ping marathon com­mence. Like most years, there’ll be a mo­ment when you’ve got one knee/el­bow/foot hold­ing down the pa­per while you si­mul­ta­ne­ously reach for the scis­sors and re­move sticky tape from your hair, only this time it’ll be bet­ter – this time there are kitschy crochet tags.

Add th­ese mid-cen­tury-in­spired makes to your giftwrap to add that next-level hand­made touch to your pre­sents this year, or hang them on the Christ­mas tree.

Round bauble

Round 1 make a magic ring, 6dc into the ring, join to first dc with a ss, pull ring tight [6 sts] Round 2 ch1 (does not count as st through­out), 1inc in each st around, join to first dc with a ss [12 sts] Round 3 ch1, (1dc in next st, 1inc in next st) 6 times, join to first dc with a ss [18 sts] Round 4 ch1, (1dc in each of next 2 sts, 1inc in next st) 6 times, join to first dc with a ss [24 sts] Round 5 ch1, (1dc in each of next 3 sts, 1inc in next st) 6 times, join to first dc with a ss [30 sts] Round 6 ch1, (1dc in each of next 4 sts, 1inc in next st) 6 times, join to first dc with a ss [36 sts] Round 7 ch1, (1dc in each of next 5 sts, 1inc in next st) 6 times, join to first dc with a ss [42 sts] Round 8 ch1, (1dc in each of next 6 sts, 1inc in next st) 6 times, join to first dc with a ss [48 sts] For hang­ing loop, ch4, miss 1 st, ss in next st, break yarn, fas­ten off and sew in ends. Us­ing a length of metal­lic yarn, thread a loop through the hanger. The bauble can be made big­ger by adding ex­tra rounds, en­sur­ing each round in­creases by 6 sts

Teardrop bauble

Rounds 1-4 as for Round bauble, break yarn and fas­ten off Round 5 join new colour to any st with a ss, ch3 (counts as 1dtr), 1dtr in next st, 2tr in next st, 1htr in next st, 1dc in next st, 2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, (1tr, 1dtr, 1tr ) in next st (you are now at the bot­tom of the bauble), 1tr in each of next 2 sts, 2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, 1dc in next st, 1htr in next st, 2tr in the next st, 1dtr in next st, join to top of start­ing ch3 with a ss [32 sts] Round 6 ch2 (counts as 1tr), 1tr in next st, 1dc in each of next 6 sts, 2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 6 sts, 1htr in next st, (1tr, 1dtr, 1tr) in next st, 1htr in next st, 1dc in each of next 6 sts, 2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 6 sts, (2tr, 2dtr) in last st, join to top of start­ing ch2 with a ss, break yarn, fas­ten off For the hang­ing loop, join metal­lic yarn to the tr just to the right of the bauble top with a ss, ch2 (counts as

1tr), 2tr in next st, 1tr in next st, pull yarn through fi­nal st and with a yarn nee­dle sew to the top of the start­ing ch2 to form a hang­ing loop

Wide teardrop bauble

Rounds 1-3 as for Round bauble, break yarn, fas­ten off Round 4 join sec­ond colour to any st with a ss, ch1, (1dc in each of next 2 sts, 1inc in next st) 6 times, join to first dc with a ss [24 sts] Round 5 ch1, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, (2htr in next st, 1htr in each of next 2 sts) twice, 2htr in next st, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, 2dc in next st (now at bot­tom of bauble), 1dc in each of next 2 sts, (2htr in next st, 1htr in each of next 2 sts) twice, 2htr in next st, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, 2dc in next st, join to first dc with a ss [32 sts] Round 6 ch2 (counts as 1htr), 1htr in st at base of ch2, 1htr in each of next 2 sts, 2htr in next st, 1tr in each of next 3 sts, 2tr in next st, 1htr in each of next 2 sts, 1dc in next st, 2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, (1htr, 1tr, 1htr) in next st, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, 1dc in next st, 1htr in each of next 2 sts, 2tr in next st, 1tr in each of next 3 sts, 2htr in next st, 1htr in each of next 3 sts, 2htr next st, join to top of start­ing ch2 with a ss [42 sts] Round 7 ch1, 1dc in st at base of ch and in each of next 4 sts, 2dc in next st, 1htr in each of next 2 sts, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, 2tr in next st, 1tr in next st, 2tr in next st, 1htr in each of next 3 sts, 1dc in each of next 4 sts, (1dc, 1tr, 1dc) in next st, 1dc in each of next 4 sts, 1htr in each of next 3 sts, 2tr in next st, 1tr in next st, 2tr in next st, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1htr in each of next 2 sts, 2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 6 sts, join to 1st dc with a ss, break yarn and fas­ten off For the hang­ing loop, join first yarn to the st just to the right of the bauble top with a ss, ch2 (counts as 1tr), 1tr in st at base of ch, 2tr in next st, break yarn and fas­ten off With metal­lic yarn, sew a loop from the top of the start­ing ch2 to the top of the last tr Make a bob­ble de­tail us­ing first yarn colour, make a magic ring, ch2 (counts as 1htr), 11htr into the ring, join to top of start­ing ch2 with a ss, break yarn and fas­ten off, use end to sew on

Em­bel­lish­ment

Em­broi­der the baubles with em­broi­dery thread, re­fer­ring to the im­ages, and us­ing the stitch guide on page 98. Cus­tomise with but­tons and trim­mings, then cut felt shapes to cover the backs. Em­bel­lish as de­sired, then at­tach with fab­ric glue.

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