Christmas and nature are two of my favourite things and my crochet wreath ornament is a perfect combination of both!
This Christmas wreath decoration pattern is a slightly different take on a traditional wreath. The colors are delicate and sophisticated. With twinkling pearls and subtle, natural tones, it would feel right at home on a neutral or light and airy Christmas tree (although, you can absolutely use a different color scheme!).
If you had the time, a long trail of beautiful leaves would make the most wonderful garland to wrap around the Christmas tree and accompany this pretty crochet wreath ornament.
This project is also perfect for using up scraps of yarn, and can easily be adjusted to suit the supplies you have available.
Crochet wreath ornament requirements
70mm wooden ring
Scrap yarn for wrapping ring. I used some unlabeled Aran weight acrylic in a neutral tan/buff color. You could also use raffia or twine for a more rustic look.
Fabric glue (such as Aleene’s or Bostik)
Small glass pearls or seed beads (optional)
2.75mm crochet hook
Yarn: *Paintbox yarns cotton DK in the color pistachio
*Paintbox Yarn Cotton DK: 50g (1.75oz), 125m (137yds), 100% cotton, 8 ply (less than 1 ball is required for this pattern)
2 dc cluster – yo, insert hook into ch-sp, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, insert hook into ch-sp, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
FPdc – front post double crochet. Work the double crochet stitch around the post of the stitch instead of into the top of the stitch; yo, insert hook behind the post (from front to back, right yo left), yo, pull yarn back through behind the post, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through 2 loops.
- The leaf stitch for the crochet wreath ornament is worked in a similar way to crocodile stitch where you have 2 posts that you work up and down to create each side of the leaf/scale.
- This pattern uses US terminology (see abbreviations here)
- A low cost, printer friendly, ad free version of this pattern (including lots of pictures to help you!) is available here, or on Ravelry here
Prepare the ring
Tightly wrap the scrap yarn around the ring. You can also use twine or raffia for a more rustic effect. Some yarn can slip and slide more than others. If needed, simply add a small dot of glue onto the ring to hold the yarn in place. Secure the ends in place with some glue.
Free crochet pattern for Christmas wreath ornament
First create the base for your leaf.
R1: ch 5, *yo, insert hook into 1st ch, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook. Rep from * once more (this is the 2-dc cluster). Yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook, ch 2.
Create the 1st half of leaf
R2: Work into the 1st dc of the 2-dc cluster (see image below). This is the dc between the chains and the 2nd dc. Front post stitches are used to create the leaf.
*yo, insert hook behind 1st dc (FPdc), yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook. Rep from * 3 more times (5 loops on hook), yo, pull through 1 loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through 2 loops. 2 loops on hook.
If you are struggling with the leaves, I highly recommend purchasing a low cost PDF of this pattern to help you along the way. Not only are you supporting a small business (thank you!) but the pattern includes lots of extra images and tips to guide you step by step through stitching the leaves for your crochet wreath ornament.
Carefully remove hook from the loops, turn work (back of work now facing) and return loops to hook from right to left.
Create 2nd half of leaf
R3: Locate the 2nd dc of the cluster (just next to the 1st ½ of the leaf). *yo, insert hook behind 2nd dc (FPdc), yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook. Repeat from * 3 more times. Yo, pull through 1 loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through 2 loops. 3 loops on hook. Yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
Prepare to start next leaf
R4: ch 3, turn work, secure ch 3 to back with slst into the ch-2-sp (ch-2-sp is right before the ch 5 sp). First leaf is complete.
Repeat from R1 to create the next leaf. Note that the 2 dc cluster is worked around the ch-5-sp for all leaves going forward.
Work 6 leaves in total. Weave in any ends. I highly recommend that you block the leaves. Simply dampen the crochet with some cool water and pin into place on a towel or piece of styrofoam. Blocking the leaves will give the yarn time to relax and will help you to shape the wreath much more easily.
Assemble the crochet wreath ornament
Using a sewing needle and matching thread, carefully sew the leaves onto the ring. You can use hot glue, or yarn if you prefer, but I find that taking the extra time to sew the leaves in place with thin sewing thread gives a more natural looking wreath.
Sew a few pearls in amongst the leaves. Finally, tie on some twine or yarn and hang your ornament on the tree.
I hope you have enjoyed this free crochet wreath ornament pattern. There are lots of free crochet Christmas patterns (including a Christmas wreath granny square) and DIY projects (such as a scrappy Christmas tree ornament and an upcycled table lantern) here on Thoresby Cottage.