In the World of Cro­chet

Crochet World - - Contents - By Randy Cava­liere

The hol­i­days are quickly ap­proach­ing! If it hasn’t hap­pened al­ready, dec­o­ra­tions will be hauled out of stor­age and placed on trees, doors, man­tels, win­dows and in ev­ery con­ceiv­able bare spot around the house. There’s no doubt that these pieces are dear to your heart, es­pe­cially if they were made or handed down by a loved one. But wouldn’t it be fun to have some­thing new and ex­cit­ing in your col­lec­tion? So let’s see what we can cro­chet… Start right here in this is­sue! It fea­tures beau­ti­ful, clever and dis­tinc­tive de­signs, many of which don’t re­quire a lot of yarn or time to com­plete. Some pro­jects are not only fun to look at, but they’re use­ful as well. Take a look at the Christ­mas Star Coast­ers on page 12 and the Pep­per­mint Twist Rug on page 28. Af­ter you’ve made ev­ery­thing that this and past is­sues of Cro­chet World of­fer, if you still need holiday cheer, check out other pub­li­ca­tions from An­nie’s Pub­lish­ing. Look for leaflets, brochures, books and mag­a­zines at your fa­vorite yarn or craft store. An­nie’s Craft Store on­line (www.An­niesCraftS­ fea­tures hun­dreds of de­light­ful de­signs as well as yarn from nu­mer­ous com­pa­nies. No doubt you’ll want to make fu­ture heir­looms, so look at what’s avail­able in the many easy-tofind pat­terns. Con­sider cre­at­ing a theme—per­haps cro­cheted snow­peo­ple (see Cro­chet World‘s De­cem­ber 2017 is­sue), snowflakes or a Nativity scene (see Heir­loom Nativity at An­niesCraftS­ Mul­ti­col­ored cro­cheted light bulbs are a safe and fun way to dec­o­rate your tree and use up lots of scrap yarn! Or make a set of win­dow or­na­ments in your fa­vorite Christ­mas color—is it a tra­di­tional, con­tem­po­rary or jewel-tone shade? Although Hanukkah is a mi­nor holiday on the Jew­ish cal­en­dar, the de­sire to cel­e­brate and dec­o­rate is ma­jor! A hanukkia (9-arm can­d­labra also known as a meno­rah) and can­dles, Stars of David, jugs of oil and drei­dels (spin­ning tops) are the sym­bols of the holiday. Blue and white are the dom­i­nant colors, so any cro­cheted home decor item can be adapted as some­thing spe­cial for your Hanukkah ta­ble or win­dow dis­play. Fill your home with 8 days of beau­ti­ful and unusual dec­o­ra­tions. Serve your latkes (po­tato pan­cakes) on place mats that are quick to make! Kwan­zaa, the African-Amer­i­can cel­e­bra­tion of com­mu­nity, fam­ily and cul­ture, is char­ac­ter­ized by the colors black, red and green. Although there aren’t many cro­chet pat­terns spe­cific to this 7-day holiday, many de­signs can be mod­i­fied to make the ki­nara (can­dle holder), mkeka (mat), ben­dera (flag) and other sym­bols. No mat­ter what you cel­e­brate, don’t for­get the warmth of a holiday afghan! It’s not only a strik­ing burst of color, it also pro­vides warmth on cold days and nights. Con­sider the lovely Snowy Evening Afghan (page 24) made with two strands held to­gether that work up quickly—per­fect for a last­minute gift to your­self or some­one spe­cial. Ac­cent pil­lows are the fin­ish­ing touch to your holiday home decor. Take a look at the won­der­ful Coun­try Christ­mas Pil­low on page 8. It fea­tures charm­ing thread mo­tifs ap­pliquéd to a red striped pil­low.

Fi­nally, don’t for­get New Year’s Eve! If you’re host­ing a party, cro­chet coast­ers in gold, sil­ver and black yarns for a very fes­tive mood. Use up thread or scrap yarn to cro­chet wine charms and tie them on the cham­pagne or wine glass stems. Give your guests this adorable me­mento for their Christ­mas tree or holiday win­dow. Adapt a cro­cheted corkscrew pat­tern and make stream­ers to toss at mid­night. You can even find a pat­tern for wine bot­tle cov­ers in past is­sues of Cro­chet World! In­volve your chil­dren in mak­ing dec­o­ra­tions. If your child can make cro­cheted chains, she or he can make a gar­land. Have her or him pre-string small or­na­ments with hang­ing loops on a nov­elty yarn, per­haps one with a metal­lic glint in your fa­vorite holiday color (Red Heart’s Sparkle Scrubby is ideal for this project). With any size hook that your child han­dles com­fort­ably, have her or him work a pre­set num­ber of chains, slide an or­na­ment close to the hook, work the same num­ber of chains, slide the next or­na­ment, and con­tinue in this man­ner un­til the gar­land is the de­sired length (or they run out of baubles). Fas­ten off, fold over the ends and sew to make hang­ing loops. Voilà! A quick, easy and fun project of which your lit­tle one will be proud to say, “I made it!” It’s easy to make a Star of David too. Cro­chet two tri­an­gles with straight edges, lap one over the other with the cen­ter points fac­ing in op­po­site di­rec­tions and sew to­gether. It’s a good project for a child, es­pe­cially if it’s made in rows of sin­gle cro­chet stitches. Even if time is grow­ing short, it’s al­ways worth your while to make cro­cheted holiday pieces. The grat­i­fi­ca­tion and plea­sure of those dec­o­ra­tions will come back year af­ter year!

Pep­per­mint Twist Rug, page 28

Coun­try Christ­mas Pil­low, page 8

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