Crochet Club: cottage garden garland
Bring the garden into your home with Kate Eastwood’s glorious cottage garden garland!
We love Kate’s crochet garlands here at LoveCrochet HQ – her gorgeous autumn garland, and festive trail of mini trees for Christmas are great fun to make – and this cottage garden garland is another winner, full of beautiful flowers!
Making crochet flowers is fun and fast! My cottage garden garland is made with two sizes of flowers and two sizes of leaves. The colourway can be entirely to your taste and you can choose to go completely random, or perfectly symmetrical.
For my garland, I used Rico Essentials Cotton DK, which comes in a staggering 50 glorious shades, so you can choose any combination to create the flowers you love! It’s beautifully soft, and I worked with a 3mm hook to create neat, close worked flowers.
This tutorial is written in UK crochet terms. To convert to US, you can use the LoveCrochet conversation table, here.
For my garland I used Dusky Pink (19), Berry (150), Beige (91), Nature (51) and Hay (65).
I found that using five different shades gave me enough variation but allowed me to still keep a sense of continuity across the garland:
In total I made:
- 12 x small flowers
- 18 x large flowers
- 13 x large leaves
- 9 x small leaves
This was enough to fill out a garland of three drapes, with a finished length of 138 cm.
The actual garland is a long rope of chain stitches.
So let’s get started!
Chain 4 and join to form a ring with a SL ST.
CH 1 make 5 DC in to the ring, SL ST together.
CH 1 and work 2DC in to each ST.
Join with a SL ST. 10 ST.
Join in next colour and CH 3.
*Work a further 4TR in to the same ST leaving the final loop of the TR on the hook.
Pull the yarn through the remaining 5 loops on the hook.
CH 3 and SL ST in to the same ST.
SL ST in to the next ST.
SL ST in to next ST and CH3 and repeat the petal pattern from *
Continue working around the circle until you have 5 petals.
Finish off with a SL ST into the first petal.
Chain 4, and join to form a ring with a SL ST.
CH 1 make 5 DC in to the ring, Sl ST together. Finish off.
Join in new colour and CH 3.
*Work a further 3 TR in to the same ST leaving the final loop of the TR on the hook.
Pull the yarn through all 4 loops.
CH 3, SL ST in to the same ST. SL ST into next ST and repeat from *
Continue working around the circle until you have 5 petals. Finish off with a SL ST.
Large Leaf: Make a chain of 11.
SL ST in to the second ST from the hook,
and then work along the chain as follows….
1 DC, 1 HTR, 3 TR, 2 DTR, 2 TR, 1 DC
You are now going to follow on round and work along the upper side of the CH as follows …
2 TR, 2 DTR, 3 TR, 1 HTR, 1 DC.
Finish off with a SL ST.
Small leaf: The pattern for the small leaf works in exactly the same way but has a starting chain of 9 and then after working a SL ST in to the second chain from the hook the ST pattern is as follows:
1 DC, 1 HTR, 3 TR, 1 HTR, 1 DC.
Then following on round and working along the top of the chain : 1 HTR, 3 TR, 1 HTR and finish off with a SL ST.
Making the garland rope
As a guide, for my rope I made a chain of 210 st.
This made a length of 170cm with a finished hanging length with 3 drapes of 138cm.
To ensure the rope was a good thickness I divided what was left of my ball of Beige yarn into six small balls. Working with all six strands together work the required length that you need in chain st.
When your chain is the length you need it to be finish the rope off by tying simple knots at each end. I made a loop knot as this provides a good hanging loop for when you put your garland up.
The next step is to stiffen your garland rope. I find this is well worth taking the trouble to do as it not only provides a good framework for your garland but because we are using wire to do this it also allows you to bend the garland in to shape when finished.
I used a thin garden/florists wire and after cutting the required length it is just a matter of carefully threading the wire along your rope.
When you have completed this stage just carefully ease the rope and wire to give a smooth finish and if required bend the garland in to drapes.
Now for the fun part …. putting your garland together!
As you can see from the photo above I found it really helpful to divide the flowers and leaves into the groupings that I wanted and divide them up in to the drapes.
I find that literally just sticking the pin through the flower and rope is enough to hold it in place.
Then, without moving the garland around too much, stitch the flowers and leaves in place with a basic tacking stitch from the back of the garland through to the front or vice-versa.
I found the easiest way to do this was to start at one end of the garland and just carefully work your way along, removing the pins as you go.
Once everything is sewn in place just carefully bend the wire into position where needed:
and then you are all ready to hang your garland!
Fill your house with flowers!
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