Christmas: Festive Wreath – Part One

a.k.a. finally a use for novelty yarn…

In this post we’ll cover the basic construction. Part two will deal with the decoration of the basic wreath.

Materials

1 ball of Stylecraft Ruffles, knitted up into a scarf (follow instructions on ballband).

Large sheet of sturdy cardboard

Assortment of baubles

Ribbon

Scissors

Needle and thread

Sellotape

Strong cord or thread for hanging the wreath

Approximate Dimensions 30cm / 12 inches in diameter

 

Step 1

Step 1Trace a circle using a plate or similar (choose something with an appropriate outer dimension) onto a piece of cardboard. Sketch (or trace) a second circle outside the first one – this will be the width of the wreath (allow about 1″-1.5″/2.5-2.5cm).

Step 2

Step 2

Cut out the cardboard following the outer circle. You should end up with a circular piece of cardboard with a smaller circle drawn within it.

Step 3

Step 3

Using a pair of scissors, cut wedges from the centre point to the inner line. These should be fairly narrow as these will be folded. Larger wedges will distort the circular shape.

Step 4

Step 4

Fold each wedge back and wrap around the main wreath base. Tape each wedge securely into place. This will add a little more rigidity to the wreath – although be aware it will still be fairly flexible.

 

Step 5

Step 5

Anchor the scarf to the yarn attached in step 4 – secure it using the free length of yarn either with a sewing needle (or a crochet hook). Begin wrapping the scarf around the wreath.

Step 6

Step 6

After wrapping the full scarf around the wreath, secure the free end at the start point using the same yarn which anchors the beginning of the scarf. Tie / secure the anchor yarn into a loop or strand from which to hang the wreath.

Once the scarf is anchored in placed at start and finish, it is possible to shuffle the wraps to ensure that the cardboard is fully covered. For larger wreaths, more than one scarf will be required. Dimensions of this version will be provided in the next post.

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