Moorland Wreath

If you’ve ever visited here before then you’ll know I love wreaths very much!

You may also know that I haven’t yet finished the Attic24 crochet a long (CAL) blanket from 2015

So when Lucy announced the Moorland Blanket CAL as tempted as I was by another blanket my mind immediately went to wreaths.  I could easily visualise the colours which she had chosen wrapping around in a circle and representing the landscape of the moors.  It seemed an obvious next step to put the most recognisable resident of the the North Yorkshire Moors nestling inside. So I made a Swaledale Sheep!

I had made a sheep wearing a rainbow jumper for the charity fundraising flock at Yarndale and you can see her here and so I used that pattern as a basis for the body adding rows here and there and using aran weight yarn to make a sheep the right size.  I made up  carefully designed the head myself to add the white nose and get a bigger size and used knitted icords to make the distinctive horns. Oh and instead of a colourful jumper this sheep got long shaggy hair!

*** 16th FEBRUARY EDITED TO ADD – the sheep pattern is now available here – Swaledale Sheep Pattern ***

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Then it was a case of the wreath base.  Lucy has a stunning photo on her blog here of Yorkshire moorland with narrow stripes of crochet in the colours she selected for her blanket in her perfect words “tell[ing] a visual story of the landscape that inspired them” and this was the strip of colour I saw wrapping around my polystyrene base.  I started with all good intentions of waiting for her to reveal the colour order on her blog. Until I crocheted the first 20 stripes and then sat impatiently considering waiting a week for the next colours!

Everyone else is making blankets and that obviously takes a lot longer than an 18cm wide piece of single crochet! I studied the photo and took my best guess at the colours and went it alone.  Often when I make a wreath base cover I am so keen to get it stretched out in place and see how it looks that I forgot to take a photo but I remembered to snap a quick shot last night. By fire and lamp light so its not brilliant but it does give an idea of how I put these things together.

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Thats 73 stripes of single crochet (you can see where I realised it had got a bit narrow and increased the width a bit, wreath base covers are far from an exact science).  73 stripes is 146 rows and more distressingly 146 ends to deal with!

But I valiantly tackled the ends and to ensure that the colours didn’t skew or twist and to help the back to be as lovely as the front I used the tail end to sew up the corresponding stripe as seen in this photo.  Oh so very fiddly but absolutely worth it.

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Which leaves only one thing left to show you.  The finished wreath.  Ready?  Ta-da!

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Turns out there was one last thing left to say, Lucy likes it!! I posted a photo on her Facebook page and she said that she loves it.

26 thoughts on “Moorland Wreath

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  2. You have so inspired me! I used up a part of the Moorland yarn to make a small lap blanket that I don’t much care for, so I don’t have enough of the yarn left (although I do have quite a bit of it) to make the full blanket now. But this wreath is so special… I hope if I try and copy yours, you wouldn’t mind??? I live across the Pond in Salem, MA, so I don’t suppose anyone would notice that mine looks like yours… I have never done a project like this, but this just inspired me.

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  3. Judy W

    I would love to make the little sheep with the long wooly fleece. I join others in asking (begging?) for a tutorial.

    Wreath and sheep look awesome!
    Judy

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    1. Thank you Judy! I am so sorry to make you beg and even more sorry that it makes me smile each time someone asks. I am working on another pattern at the moment but a blog post about how to make the sheep is next on my list. Promise x

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  4. Lyn

    Your wreath is gorgeous, I have two polystyrene ones in my stash and have been going to do something Christmassy – but now I’ve seen your Moorland Wreath – well that’s me, I’m sold. I really do need guidance though on your beautiful Swaledale Sheep. Swaledale is my favourite of the Yorkshire Dales having spent time there with my parents in their latter years – fond, lovely memories. So please don’t tease, we need your Sheep pattern soon. Thank you
    Lyn xx

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  5. Gill

    I am sure there will be lots of these around soon, as all the leftovers from the blankets get put into good use! I certainly have leftover yarn in my stash from the last two blankets I made.

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  6. Wow this is gorgeous! I’ve only made 2 wreaths before (1 knitted and 1 crochet) and the dreaded sewing up has been enough to put me off since but you’ve definitely inspired me to make more so thankyou 🙂 No wonder Lucy loves it, it’s fab x

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    1. Thank you! The sewing up really isn’t fun is it?! But it can be quite nice to have a little something for the hands to work on while the mind is off having an adventure. I’d love to see your wreaths xx

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