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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Beautiful Yarn Rosette Wreath Tutorial

I have wanted a pretty wreath to hang on my mantle for awhile now.  Yarn wreaths seem to be very popular these days.  I can do yarn!  I also thought some pretty rosettes would be a fantastic addition.
Let me teach you how to make this beautiful wreath.

Necessary Supplies:
  • Yarns of your choice.  I used Caron Simply Soft in White and Autumn Red.  This is a great shiny and silky yarn.  I barely used a fourth of the 6 ounce skeins.
  • A small or large foam wreath.  I used a small wreath from the dollar store.
  • H/8 Crochet hook.  *If you don't know how to crochet, you could always make fabric flowers for this wreath.  Shannon did a tutorial of a fabric flower here and a burlap felt one here.  You have many options.
Start with your foam wreath.
Tie the yarn of your choice to the foam wreath.  Don't worry about the ends, you can cover those as you wrap the yarn.
Sit in a comfy chair and turn on a show you would like to catch up on.  Start wrapping your foam wreath.  I wrapped it four or five times and then bunched it tightly together.  Repeat this process until your foam wreath is fully covered.
Mine had a few imperfections, but that is where I placed my rosettes!

Now, I made three rosettes for this wreath. These rosettes were 3-4 inches wide.  I attached one by tying it to the wreath.  I made sure to bring the yarn up through the rosette on both sides so it would be tight.  Then I took the other two rosettes and tilted them up on the first rosette.  This made them look more cohesive versus just sitting in a row.  I didn't have ribbon to match the rosettes so I took 8 to 10 long pieces of yarn and wrapped them around  wreath and tied them together.  This gave me something to hang the wreath from.

Here is my finished wreath and a picture of it hanging on my mantle. 
For those of you who would like to make the crochet rosettes, here is the pattern:

I used the Caron Simply Soft and H/8 Hook.  If you choose another yarn, use the crochet hook suggested by the yarn manufacturer.
Symbols:  ch-chain, Dc-double crochet,
Ch 65. Dc in the 6th ch from the hook.
Ch 3, skip next ch, dc in next ch.  Repeat till end of ch.
Ch 3 (counts as first Dc), turn.  In first loop, dc, ch 3, 2 Dc and ch 1.
In every remaining loop, 2Dc, ch 3, 2Dc, ch 1 till the end.
Ch 3, turn.  *In your larger loop make 7 Dc. Slip stitch into the ch 1.* Repeat from
* to * to end of the row.
Fasten off and leave a 6-8 inch piece of yarn.
On the side without the long piece of yarn, start winding up the rose.  Start tightly for the center of the rose.  Continue wrapping until you come to the end.  Using the long piece of yarn, pull it up through all the layers with your crochet hook.  Then bring it back down through the other side.  Fasten off.  Use remaining yarn to attach to wreath, pin or headband of your choice.

Here is a picture of the rosette.  Sorry, I forgot to take a better picture before I put it on the wreath.
Yeah, I got another item on my to-do list accomplished.  Too bad, I still haven't completed that baby blanket.  Back on task I go!

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