We're less than 60 days from Thanksgiving and less than 90 days until Christmas and if you're like me you start thinking about these holiday crochet projects in August and now it's October, time is speeding by like crazy.
Recently I spent an afternoon thinking about and listing all of the things I want to make for gift giving while taking into consideration the things I enjoy stitching the most (i.e. stitches that I can "fly with" - like double crochet-shells, half double crochet combinations, and ornamental stitching like the Star Stitch.). This helps me choose projects I can stay focused on and not get frustrated during the process; and do quickly and well.
For me, that's a lot of crochet and it's a lot to do in a very small amount of time with a full time job. My crochet time is very limited and has to be managed. I'm currently working on some fall decorations, 3 pocket shawls, a hairpin lace vest, and of course my favorite Christmas project, thread ornaments.
Please feel free to post comments here about how you manage your holiday crochet projects and make sure to let everyone know what you do that helps make you productive. I know we all could use outside perspectives to help us get the most out of our time and projects.
Here are a few of my projects are shown below:
Pumpkins! I've actually been using these as decorations at work on our Maison Berger display. I love how festive they look.
Pocket Shawls are extremely popular right now and are so snuggly and comfy. They make a wonderful gifts. Making a few of these for your gift giving trunk is a great way to get started.
Hairpin Lace! this has been a creative challenge! This vest features strips of hairpin lace. Some strips will be joined together in a straight line while other strips will be a decorative wavy design. I still haven't quite figured out the stitching between the strips. This piece will feature a lot of double crochet shells, along with half double crochet, and possibly some slip stitches used on borders. I'm a little obsessed with the star stitch and may incorporate it somewhere, but still working on that idea.
I started making these thread ornaments in 2018.
I love incorporating beads into the design.
Add fillers to the bulb when its complete for sparkle and fun.
(links to patterns for the ornaments go to my Ravelry shop)
Jody Witt - crochet enthusiast; newby designer; yarn-aholic.