Monday, May 12, 2014

Crochet Summer Sun Wreath



We are having beautiful weather this week in the Pacific Northwest and it makes me happy and excited for sunny Summer days! This Summer Sun Wreath that will keep every day bright and cheery  even if we still have over a month to go until the summer season.

Materials:
- 12 inch round styrofoam wreath.
- Yellow worsted weight yarn. I used two full skeins of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Mustard.
- Size H Crochet Hook
- Tapestry Needle
- Wood Pennant Flags (found them at Michaels craft store for 29 cents each)
- Yellow Sharpie paint pen



Abbreviations:
SC = Single Crochet
SC Decrease = Single Crochet Decrease

Wreath Pattern:
You are going to create a long crocheted strip that you will then wrap around and stitch together onto the wreath. The pattern is simple:
Chain 21, SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down the chain, chain 1, turn (20 SC) 
Rows 2-132: SC in each stitch, chain 1, turn (20 SC) 
I was able to get 132 rows out of one skein of yarn. If you get more than that, that is ok. The yarn is stretchy. Leave long tail for sewing it onto styrofoam wreath.

When you wrap your crocheted strip around the wreath make sure your rows match up. Now take your tapestry needle and start stitch it together. It always looks like it won't work out, but keep matching up the beginning of the row to the end of the same row and it will all come together with no lumps or bumps at the end. I promise!




Stitch the ends together as well.



Sun Rays Pattern: Make 16
Magic ring, 4 SC in ring, continue to SC in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in first, SC in next, repeat around (6 SC)
Round 3: SC in each stitch around (6 SC)
Round 4: SC decrease, SC in next, 2 SC in next two, SC in last (7 SC)
Round 5: SC decrease, SC in next, 2 SC in next three, SC in last (9 SC)
Round 6: SC in each stitch around (9 SC)
Round 7: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat around (12 SC)
Round 8: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (18 SC)
Round 9-15: SC in each stitch around (18 SC)
Fasten off leaving long tail.

You can stuff them lightly with poly-fil but I decided I liked the way they looked without the stuffing. If you do stuff them, you will need to sew them shut before you sew them onto the wreath.



Sew sun rays around edge of wreath. Weave in tails as you go.





You will want to paint/draw on your "SUN" letters. You can either do this freehand, or feel free to use my template. You can download and print out my template HERE <------


First I traced the letters with a ball point pen. 


This leaves an indent for me to color in.


Then I colored in the letters with a yellow Sharpie paint pen.


String your flags onto a piece of yarn and sew the yarn tightly onto either side of the wreath



Now hang it on your door or in your house for all to see!
I made a little loop of yarn on the back of my wreath for it to hang on the wreath hanger.





If you like this you might like my other seasonal wreaths!

------> Fall Wreath <------

------> Snowball Wreath <------




22 comments:

  1. Love it, on my way to Michael's!!!!!! ;-))))))) Thank you!

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  2. Gorgeous! Love it! Thank you so much.

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  3. Great idea! I am going to start one this week!

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  4. I've found my next project! Gift for mom! Thankful for your creativity!!!

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  5. amazing wreath! you never disappoint!

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  6. If I (hopefully!) find the time to make this, going to make a brown wreath cover so I'll have a sunflower (I have a friend who loves them).

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  7. You Are My Sunshine!! That is so cute. :-)

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  8. Love it! Your "let it snow" wreath is already in my to-do list, and now I need the "sun" too :)))
    I wonder, how you have time for lots of craft, I have 3 boys, almost the same age like your kids and I didn't do half of projects

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  9. wow! that is great! love it!!! I will make it as soon as possible! thank you! I was looking for a summer crochet wreath!

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  10. After a rainy day I am glad to see your sun. With your pattern the sun will shine everyday. Thanks for this sunshine-pattern.

    Love, Margaret

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  11. What a terrific wreath, Sarah!!!! As always, your crochet designs are wonderful! Thank you! :)

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  12. Oh my goodness - this is such a great wreath - I love it!

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  13. This is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing & creating!

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  14. Thanks for your great ideas! Do you plan on making a spring themed wreath?

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  15. Woohooo! I just had to stop by to let you know that I finally completed the "Sun wreath"!! It is definitely not as beautiful as yours, but it was for sure a sweet challenge! Now, is looking beautifully in my front door. ;-))) Thanks again for your tutorials and for keeping us inspired! X

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  16. Absolutely love all of your patterns! You are so very creative! I never would have come up with a crocheted wreath but what a unique gift idea. Almost finished with this sun wreath. Have to buy a third skein of yarn as my second skein only made 10 sun rays...also would love a tutorial showing how you are able to sew pieces together with a practically invisible stitch. You can definitely see my stitches where I sewed the "sleeve"

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  17. Should we be chaining one after each row on the sun rays?

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  18. Super cute idea! From the moment I saw it, I knew I would try something like this. But: I didn't have yellow yarn at home. So I adapted it a little bit. Have a look at how it turned out: http://www.rebekkascraftroom.blogspot.ch/2014/06/un-soleil-pour-la-porte-dentree.html . Thanks a lot for the tutorial!

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  19. When I saw the "Hello Sun" wreath I was hoping you had tutorials for other seasons as well!! Thanks for sharing!

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