Christmas Crochet – a round up

Christmas 2017 is almost here, and what’s more fun than to add some quick crochet projects to your undoubtedly busy schedule? I mean: a  made-with-love little gift for that special friend, cute little xmas decorations to embellish gifts with, a darling crochet ornament to put on someone’s (or your own) tree for a personal festive touch?

No matter how much I’m hustling for time around this time of year, I always love making a couple of christmas projects. I’ve collected the majority of them here in this post, with direct links to the patterns/tutorials (all you need to do is click on the image), so you can get started right away (and there are even more ideas in my Christmas Pinterest Board …)

As for me, this xmas-making is a typical “win-win” situation: sitting down and taking the time to create something pretty – xmas songs playing softly in the background, candles lit, coffee on hand, wonderdog Mila at my feet. This way I’m putting the “zen” back into my busy schedule, which is just what I think we all need, especially at this time of year.
So, here’s to some happy (xmas) making, sweet people!

Merry xmas!

Marianne xx

PS: you might want to consider having a batch of the “Dekkers Christmas Cookies” on hand whilst you’re crocheting your little xmas projects 😉 – this is where you’ll find the recipe

Crochet Lantern(s)

During our most recent – as always pleasant and inspiring – “CraftKitchen”-bloggers meeting, we came up with the idea to have a “Christmas Challenge” amongst the five of us.
We would all receive a box with the same materials, and design a x-mas project with (most) of them: fun and exciting!

Usually we share our projects in our private “CraftKitchen-group” as soon as they’re finished (way before publication date), but this time it was decided that we should all keep our makes secret. This was not easy, haha!

Over the past few weeks all our projects have been published on the “CraftKitchen”-site, and it has been great to see what Janneke, Lidy, Lisanne, and Liza made! Even though all five of us used the same technique – crochet – we all came up with something different.I made a “Christmas Lantern”, and decided to crochet a non-Christmas version as well, and I’m sure you’re not surprised to see my second lantern is a pink one 😉The free pattern is available in Dutch and English, and I do hope you’ll enjoy crocheting it as much as I have enjoyed creating it!
The Dutch version can be found via the CraftKitchen-site, and here (on my blog); this is the link to the English pattern; for a complete overview of all the free crochet patterns on my blog, just click here.

Happy making!
Marianne xx

Christmas Gifts – showtime!

maRRose - CCC - Christmas Projects 2015Now that all Christmas giving has been done, I can finally show you the things I made. That is, as far as I was able to take decent pictures (quite the challenge these dark days in this part of the world), or simply did not forget to photograph a particular item before gifting it.
As I’ve said before, I loooove making and giving handmade gifts – since they’re gifts from the heart – but I’m always kind of nervous about it as well ……
maRRose - CCC --- Hey Hat-50For most men in my family I crocheted “Hey Hats” (original pattern in Dutch by Wimke Tolsma, more info/links to pattern in Dutch and English in this blog post).
They have all been received well, my sweet brother-in-law being the happiest with his hat. He kept saying how cool and awesome he thought his “Hey Hat” was – I could not have been more chuffed with his response.
The grey/teal one is his hat; the grey/black one was gifted to my father.
maRRose - CCC --- Hey Hat-54           maRRose - CCC --- Hey Hat-55           maRRose - CCC --- Hey Hat-56
More “Hey Hats” went to husband, son and daughter’s boyfriend – more satisfied recipients …….
maRRose - CCC --- Tweed Scarf-15For my brother I knitted a scarf, and (hurray) he was really pleased with it. I used 9mm needles, a super simple purl stitch and this lovely yarn.
I so love how Joyce’s leather labels put the perfect finishing touches on my projects!

maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-57maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-56Some more knitting was done making this fun Christmas bauble for a mint-loving blog friend. Going from 9mm knitting needles to toothpicks couldn’t have been a bigger change, haha!maRRose - CCC - Cat Hat-01maRRose - CCC - Cat Hat-02When I found this adorable (free) pattern on Alexis’ beautiful blog (Persia Lou), I knew I had to make cat-loving Quinn one. Don’t you agree she looks very cute wearing it? maRRose - CCC --- Christmas Cookies-20Other than some more small Christmassy bits & bobs, like home-baked cookies (1,5 kilos of just flour went into those) gifted in upcycled-jam-jars-turned-into-cookie-jars, and a couple of crocheted Christmas baubles, the scarf I made my mom was the last one on the list.

maRRose - CCC --- Monsoon Scarf-06 maRRose - CCC --- Monsoon Scarf-07It’s basically The Little Bee‘s lovely “Monsoon Stole” that I made earlier this year (more here), but longer and wider; I used all the different stitches given in the pattern, just played a bit with the number of rows to get the desired length. A lot of the beautiful Lana Grossa yarn that I got at the Knotten Crochet Party went into this one – including the shiny Lace Lux.
maRRose - CCC --- Monsoon Scarf-20I edged one side of the scarf with pom poms (tutorial here), and love how it turned out.

One of my new year’s resolutions is to start planning and making my Christmas gifts way sooner, and sticking to it this time around …….
Any tips in this department are warmly welcomed!

Marianne xx

Wolplein Christmas Party

maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-40Last Saturday the lovely people of Wolplein threw a fantastic Christmas party for a whole bunch of creative/crochet bloggers and instagrammers. It was held in their wonderful “Wolplein Inspiratie Centrum”, just going there’s a big treat for any yarn lover!
maRRose - CCC --- Wolplein Christmas Party-20Everyone was welcomed with a glass of pink bubbles, and after an introduction by Wolplein’s Lotte and Petra, we were set to “work”. We all drew names, and were asked to make a special Christmas card for the person we had drawn. Paper, yarn, hooks, scissors, glue were all on the table, as well as lots of tasty goodies.

With the invitation for this festive event, we were also given a ball of this gorgeous, sparkly Rico Essentials Cotton Lurex and asked to make a Christmas ornament with it. We brought these with us, and they were all hung in the Wolplein-Christmas tree. It was great fun to see all the different takes on this assignment.

maRRose - CCC --- Wolplein Christmas Party-Miriam's Ornament           maRRose - CCC --- Wolplein Christmas Party-Nandi's Ornament           maRRose - CCC --- Wolplein Christmas Party-Ornament Loes
These are some of the lovely ornaments that were made! The makers are (from left to right): Miriam Catshoek, Nandi Kruijswijk and Loes Verhoeven / Freubelweb.

While we were crafting, chatting, eating, drinking and being very merry, the season’s very last “Koffie & Wol”-show – the Christmas edition – was shot.
maRRose - CCC --- Wolplein Christmas Party-18You might remember me being on one these shows in May of this year (link to that one here), as was my dear friend Janneke/JipbyJan in November (you can see her shine in that one here). This afternoon we were both interviewed again for the Christmas show, which you can watch here.

It’s safe to say everyone had a fabulous time – these photos are definitely proof of that! It’s always awesome being among likeminded, creative people!
maRRose - CCC --- Wolplein Christmas Party-19Some of the pretty cards (top to bottom/left to right): Janneke, Tertia, Miriam, and mine ……

As I type this seasonal post, we’re getting ready to celebrate Christmas. We’re looking forward to doing this with the people we care about most, and I’m sure some good food and festive drinks will be part of it as well.

I’d like to wish you all a wonderful, magical Christmas time, and look forward to seeing you again next week!
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Stars-25Love,
Marianne xx

Christmas Stars & Baubles

maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-15With a Christmas-to-do-list longer than my arm, it was probably not the smartest thing to listen to the crochet voice in my head. On the other hand, just sitting down with a hook, yarn, some beads and the two ideas that apparently needed to be materialized, was very relaxing too.
And when the ideas turned out like I had envisioned: ahh…..such a happy feeling!
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Stars-15Having shown my stars and beaded baubles on Instagram, I made a promise there to write down the patterns/diy, and here they are.
They’re both rather quick projects, so you’ll be able to whip some up, even in time for this year’s Christmas…..
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Stars-11Christmas Stars – small version (us terms used)
* chain 5, close to form ring with slip stitch in 1st chain;
* chain 3 (= first dc), 15 dc in ring, slip stitch in top of 3-chain st (total of 16 dc’s);
* chain 3 (= first dc), dc in same stitch, 2dc in each stitch of previous round, sl st in top of 3-chain (total of 32 dc’s);
* chain 6, slip stitch in 2nd st from hook, and in every following stitch: sc, hdc, dc, tr; slip stitch in 4th dc from previous round. Repeat 7 more times (8 star points made).
Fasten off, sew in ends; blocking your stars definitely pays off, and you might even want to stiffen them up a little by adhering some Mod Podge.

I played around a bit with my stars; added some beads and hung them on a stick that Mila found on one of our walks the other day……
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Stars-21 maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Stars-23Christmas Stars – big version (us terms used)
* chain 5, close to form ring with slip stitch in 1st chain;
* chain 3 (= first dc), 15 dc in ring, slip stitch in top of 3-chain st (total of 16 dc’s);
* chain 3 (= first dc), dc in same stitch, 2dc in each stitch of previous round, sl st in top of 3-chain (total of 32 dc’s);
* chain 3 (=first dc), dc, dc, 2dc’s in 4th st of previous round; repeat all around: dc, dc, dc, 2dc’s (total of 40 dc’s);
* chain 7, slip stitch in 2nd st from hook, and in every following stitch: sc, hdc, dc, tr dtr; slip stitch in 5th dc from previous round. Repeat 7 more times (8 star points made).
Fasten off, sew in ends; blocking your stars definitely pays off, and you might even want to stiffen them up a little by adhering some Mod Podge.
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Stars-10Christmas Stars – 3D version (us terms used)
Crochet 2 circles like you would for the small or big stars; with wrong sides facing, crochet them together: 1 sc in every stitch, no increases made. With a small opening left, fill your circle with a little fiber fill, close circle.
Pick up the part of the pattern to make the star points and ta-dah: 3D star made!

maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-27Beaded Christmas Baubles (us terms used)
I’ve used plastic Christmas balls for mine, but you can easily use styrofoam balls as well. My balls were about 9 inches in circumference (ca 22 cm), and I crocheted with 100% cotton and hook size 3,5 mm.

* start with a magic circle and crochet 4 chains (=1dc plus 1 chain);
* crochet 1dc + 1 chain 11 more times; close with slip stitch in 3rd chain of 1st stitch (total of 12 dc’s and 12 chain spaces);
* slip stitch into next chain space; chain 2 and 1dc (= 1st 2dc cluster stitch), chain 1. Repeat all around: 2dc cluster + 1 chain in every chain space from previous round (12 2dc cl, 12 chain spaces);
* slip stitch into next chain space; chain 2 and 2dc’s (= 1st 3dc cluster stitch), chain 2. Repeat all around: 3dc cluster + 2 chains in every chain space from previous round (12 3dc cl, 12 chain spaces);
* chain 4 (=1st treble), * 2 trebles in 2-chain space, 1 treble in top stitch of 3-dc cluster from previous round **.
Repeat from * to ** all around – total of 36 stitches;
* chain 3 (=first dc), 1 dc in every stitch – total of 36 stitches.
Fasten off – sew in ends. Make a second one.maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-30

String your beads – 36 if you want one in every stitch, 18 for every other one – onto your yarn.
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-22With wrong sides together, start crocheting your half crochet balls together with sc’s, only using the two inner loops (like this tutorial shows you).
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-29Make sure to slide a bead towards your hook, before you crochet each sc (more info here). Once you’re 2/3 done, you’ll want to fit your crochet work onto the ball. The next part might be a bit fiddly, but you’re going to continue to crochet your work together, adding beads while doing so. Fasten off, sew in ends, and …… admire your work!
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-25maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-28Wishing you merry times!
Marianne xx