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How to crochet a dreamcatcher

Learn how to crochet a dreamcatcher complete with felt feathers using our free tutorial.

How to make a crochet dreamcatcher cropped

Crochet doilies and colourful felt feathers make for a vibrant Scandi twist on a traditional design. Learn how to make a dreamcatcher with our step-by-step tutorial created by Erin Black for Mollie Makes magazine – for more easy-make craft projects and creative inspiration, subscribe to Mollie or click here to find out more.

How to make a crochet dreamcatcher cropped

“Dreamcatchers were traditionally used by The First Nations of North America to protect children from nightmares. I loved the idea of celebrating historical traditions while coming up with something new to crochet.

I decided to add a vibrant set of colours to a Granny-style doily to create a simple, pretty design. Colourblocked felt feathers also add a touch of whimsy. The long adjustable string lets you easily untie and re-tie it wherever you want – hang it from a window, keep it in a nook in your hallway, or display it at your desk. And because it’s so quick and easy, you’ll probably find yourself wanting to whip up more dreamcatchers – luckily your local craft shop should have all the supplies.”

Follow the free crochet dreamcatcher pattern below to make your own, then share your makes using #molliemakers. This crochet dreamcatcher pattern uses only simple crochet stitches, all of which you can find in our how to crochet section, but it will also help if you know how to crochet in the round too!

You will need:

15m of any 100% cotton DK yarn in white (we’d recommend the Sirdar Happy Cotton yarn)
3mm (UK10, US D/3) crochet hook
10cm (4″) hoop
Coloured felt
Yarn needle, for sewing ends

You will also need to print out this Feather template from issue 54

Measurements

The finished crochet dreamcatcher is 10cm (4″) diameter with a fringe approx. 12cm (4¾”) long.

Tension

Tension is not important for this project, just aim for a finish you are happy with.

Abbreviations

You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This crochet dreamcatcher pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.
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Free crochet dreamcatcher pattern – How to crochet a dreamcatcher

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You Will Need

  • Crochet hook
  • Yarn
  • Felt

Total time:

Step 1

Ch8, ss to first ch to form a ring.

How to make a crochet dreamcatcher step 1

Step 2

Ch2 (counts as first dc in this round and all following), 15dc in ring, join into the top of the 2nd ch from start with a ss [16dc]

How to make a crochet dreamcatcher step 2

Step 3

Ch2, ch3, *miss 1 st, 1dc in next st, ch3; repeat from * to end of round finishing with miss 1 st, join into the top of the 2nd ch from start with a ss [8 3ch-sps]

How to make a dreamcatcher step 3

Step 4

Ss into first 3ch-sp, ch2, 3dc in same 3ch-sp, 4dc in each of next 7 3ch-sps, join into the top of the 2nd ch from start with a ss [32dc]

How to make a crochet dreamcatcher step 4

Step 5

Ch2, ch6, *miss 3 sts, 1dc in next st, ch6; repeat from * to end of round; finishing with miss 3 sts, join into the top of the 2nd ch from start with a ss [8 6ch-sps]

How to make a dreamcatcher step 5

Step 6

Ss into first 6ch-sp, ch2, 3dc in same 6ch-sp, ch2, ss around hoop (note: here and at all ss on this round, hold yarn at back of hoop so when you do the next ch st you bring the yarn over the top of the hoop again, giving it an extra secure join), ch2, 4dc in the same 6ch-sp, ch2, ss around 10 cm hoop, ch2, *(4dc, ch2, ss around 10 cm hoop, ch2, 4dc, ch2, ss around 10 cm hoop, ch2) all in next 6ch-sp; repeat from * to end of round; join into the top of the 2nd ch from start with a ss. Break yarn, fasten off and sew in ends.

How to make a crochet dreamcatcher step 6

Finishing

Step 1

Cut 12 x 25cm (9⅞″) pieces of yarn and tie each one in half around the hoop to form the fringe. Using the feather template opposite, cut out five felt feathers and attach, with yarn, over the fringe. Make an 80cm (31½”) chain as a tie and attach it to the top of the dreamcatcher for hanging.

How to make a crochet dreamcatcher step 7

How to make a crochet dreamcatcher step 8
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And that’s how to make a dreamcatcher – crochet style! Hang yours above your bed and scare all the bad dreams away! Share a picture of your crochet dreamcatchers with us on Instagram using #molliemakers, and don’t forget to subscribe to Mollie Makes to get creative inspiration delivered to your door every month!

If you enjoyed this free crochet dreamcatcher pattern, why not check out some of our other fab home projects:

About Erin Black

Erin Black has been knitting and crocheting for over 25 years, creating sculptural yarn art that translates seamlessly into classic and modern settings alike. www.ravelry.com/designers/erin-black