Craft away winter blues and raise your mood through making Emma Mitchell‘s meditative crochet winter garland. Grab your crochet hook and the softest yarn you own to whip one her crochet semi circle pattern in front of a roaring fire. Plus this project is a great stash buster because you can use all your yarn scraps. If you’re new to crochet don’t worry just head over to our crochet for beginners guide and our crochet kits for beginners to learn all the basic techniques for these crochet semicircles. Now it’s over to Emma who will talk more about her lovely project and share her crochet semicircle pattern!
Oh the weather outside is frightful… Sadly you don’t have an open fire, snow hasn’t settled in East Anglia for 2 years and you’re not entirely sure what to do with chestnuts (we’re certainly not). Sometimes winter brings greige skies, muddy puddles and a feeling of gloom. Fear not, dear crafter. Grab yourself a quilt or blanket, a pot of tea and a cake or three, fetch a hook, yarn and scissors and follow my crochet semicircle pattern for gentle, doily-ish scalloped woolly joy.
The repetitive movements of your hands and eyes as you make these little lacy half mandalas release feel-good chemicals in your brain. It’s true! (Read all about the positive effects of crafting for mental health here on Gathered). A pennant a day helps to keep the winter drabs away. When you’ve finished hooking a little pile of the crochet semicircle’s, join them into a winter garland your neurons will thank you for. Pair this winter garland with a
You will need:
- Any yarn
- Crochet hook (discover the best crochet hooks on the market in our round-up)
You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using this handy chart.
Dc: insert hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook
Htr: yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over pull through all three loops on hook
Tr: yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through final two loops on hook.
Crochet semicircle pattern
You Will Need
- Crochet hook
Join with a sl st to make a ring.
Ch 2, make 10dc in the ring, ensuring your stitches are close together. Turn.
Ch 6 (counts as 1 tr, 3 ch).
*Sk 1 dc, tr in the next dc, ch 3* repeat * * 3 more times, 1 tr in the last dc. Turn
Ch 1 *dc htr, tr, htr, dc in 3 ch sp* rpt * * 4 more times to make a scallop in each 3chsp. Turn
Ch 5, sk 2 st, 1dc in 1st tr of previous row *ch 6, sk 4 st, 1dc in next tr of previous row* rpt * * 3 more times, ch4, dc in final dc of previous row. Turn
Ch3, 3 tr in 5 ch sp, *7 tr in next 6 ch sp* rpt * * 3 more times, 4 tr in final 4 ch sp. Break yarn and weave in the ends.
How to attach a crochet semi circle pennant onto the string
Ch 60. Holding a pennant so that the curved edge hangs down and the straight edge is at the top make a series of dc into each stitch of the straight edge. Ch 20 rpt for each pennant. Ch 60, break yarn and hang your garland.
Your crochet semicircles are complete and now you can make a gorgeous winter garland from them. For more lovely crochet projects check out our free amigurumi crochet patterns and our free crochet poppy pattern.
Meet the Maker
Emma Mitchell is a jewellery maker, crochet designer and craft journalist. She dreamed up and co-edited the Mollie Makes Big Comic Relief Crafternoon 2015. She’s a fan of cake and hedgerow liqueurs, especially together.
Cure the winter blues along with other makers on Instagram (#making_winter) and Twitter (#makingwinter).
Read Emma’s Good Read, Craft Away Winter Blues, in Mollie Makes 61, out 10 December.
Photography by Oh No Rachio