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Mini Wreath Ornament

Β© June Gilbank 2013

This sweet little pattern lets you make surprisingly realistic leafy miniature wreaths – at only 3″ across, they’d be perfect as Christmas Tree ornaments or seasonal decorations. A Mini Wreath works up in no time and comes together like magic with almost no sewing required – you won’t be able to stop at making one! Make them in leafy greens, or any pair of colours to match your holiday decor.

mini wreath ornament crochet pattern by planetjune

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mini wreath ornament crochet pattern

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The complete pattern and instructions are available below, regardless of whether or not you choose to pay for them πŸ™‚

This is a PlanetJune original crochet pattern. Feel free to use items made from this pattern however you wish, but I’d appreciate credit as the pattern designer. Please do not reproduce the pattern anywhere else; instead post a link to http://www.planetjune.com/wreath

Not ready to make it yet? Add it to your Ravelry queue:

Terminology

ch chain
sc single crochet (double crochet for UK/Aus)
sl st slip stitch
st stitch

You will need…

  • H US/5mm crochet hook
  • Small quantity of worsted weight yarn in one or two shades of green, and red (or colours as desired!)
  • Yarn needle to weave in ends

Size

Approx 3″ (8cm) diameter. (Your gauge and yarn choice will affect the finished size slightly.)

Gauge

Gauge is unimportant for this pattern. I like to crochet the wreath with a larger hook than I’d use for amigurumi – the looser stitches prevent the wreath from becoming too rigid. Use the recommended hook size on your yarn’s ball band as a starting point.

Notes

As the foundation chain won’t be visible, you can crochet into whichever loops you find easiest. (You’ll probably find that working into the top loop of the chain is fastest!)

Colour Code

A dark green (or any colour of your choice)
B medium green (or any colour of your choice)
C bright red (or any colour of your choice)

Leaf Spiral (make 2)

With A, ch 36, sc in 2nd ch from hook,
*ch 2, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next st, ch 2, sc in next st;
repeat from * until last ch.

As you crochet, your work will automatically curl up into a ruffled spiral. Fasten off, leaving a long yarn end, and set aside.

mini wreath ornament crochet pattern by planetjune

Repeat with B to make the 2nd spiral.

Lay the two spirals next to each other with the yarn tails at the same end. Hold this end of both spirals together and begin to twist the two spirals around each other.

Note: If you hold one spiral still and twist the other around it, you may end up with one stretched more than the other, and the bottom ends wouldn’t match up as one would be longer than the other. To prevent this and keep them even, it’s best to lift A over B, then lift B over A, and keep alternating in this way to interlace them all the way along.

mini wreath ornament crochet pattern by planetjune

Continue twisting the spirals together all the way along their length, until they are joined into one long ruffled cylinder.

Bring the ends of the cylinder together to form a ring shape. Using a yarn needle and the long yarn end from each yarn, stitch the ends of each spiral together. Don’t worry if it’s not 100% invisible – the bow will cover it!

mini wreath ornament crochet pattern by planetjune

Weave in all yarn ends by passing them along the centre of the wreath spiral, where they won’t be seen.

Bow

With C, ch 36. Fasten off, leaving a long yarn end.

Form ‘rabbit ears’ with the chain around your forefingers:
mini wreath ornament crochet pattern by planetjune

…and tie in a loose bow:
mini wreath ornament crochet pattern by planetjune

Tweak the loops and ends so the loops are nice and round and everything looks fairly even – it doesn’t have to be perfect! – then pull carefully to tighten the knot.

mini wreath ornament crochet pattern by planetjune

Flip the bow over so you’re looking at the backs of the chains. Using a yarn needle, weave each yarn end up through the back bumps of the chain to the knot. Trim the starting yarn end.

To secure the bow (so it won’t come undone if someone pulls on the ends), use the long yarn end and wiggle the yarn needle all the way through the knot from the back to the front, then make a second stitch to the back again.

mini wreath ornament crochet pattern by planetjune

Decide whether you’d like the bow at the top or bottom of the wreath, and position the wreath so the join will be hidden beneath the bow. Stitch the bow in place, then weave in the remaining yarn end.

Options

  • Stitch or glue small beads or sequins onto the wreath to represent holly berries or miniature baubles.
  • For a faster wreath, omit the crocheted bow and instead tie a bow from a short length of ribbon.

mini wreath ornament crochet pattern by planetjune

I hope you enjoy this pattern. Please leave me a comment below if you do, and consider leaving me a donation. Thanks!

38 Comments »

  1. Doug said

    That is soo cool! Doubly so because of the simplicity underneath it all.
    It’s now on my ‘go-bag’ project list for crocheting the car and other odd moments.

    I can also see it being used as decoration on holiday gift packages.

    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Judy Carlson said

    Cute! It is always a delight to wake up and see there is a new PlanetJune pattern!

  3. Ronda said

    I am just starting out so I hope I can do these! I want to learn everything about crochet.

  4. I love it πŸ™‚ Thank you for this – just in time for the holidays too!
    Shared πŸ™‚ Rhondda

  5. Rosana C.Silveira Rabite said

    Hi,
    How are you? I loved your work..and I hope receive others moddels from facebook or at email me.
    I do arts like it..and I admire that type of works…

    Thanks for that moment…
    God bless you…
    Rosana

  6. Becky Dirlam said

    Very Sweet. I know that I will make a few, just not sure how I will use them yet. Thank You so much for sharing

  7. That is a wonderful little wreath. I just feel I have to try and make one right now πŸ™‚
    Thank you for sharing

  8. Billie Dale said

    So easy to make. I’m just having trouble swirling them together.

  9. ivete said

    Parabens pelo lindoo…. trabalhoooo. vou fazer varias guirlandas para decorar minha casa.

  10. Amanda said

    As always you have beautiful tutorials! This is an awesome technique! I look forward to trying this!

  11. Nicole said

    *small tip* I have made these before I made candy canes this way. When you are joining the two spirals you can wrap them around a pipe cleaner to keep shape before you join them.

  12. n jagt said

    Hi ! thanks for the cute pattern of the mini wreath. I’m just wondering why your little wreath seems to have about double the amount “twirls” compared to mine. I wonder why that is? Mine seems so much shorter than yours. Thank you for your consideration!

    • June said

      1. You may have made a mistake in reading the pattern (see my reply to Sabrina if you think that may be the case).
      2. If you’ve followed the pattern as written, the difference is probably related to your gauge and how tightly you make your starting chain. A looser starting chain and/or a tighter gauge in the rest of the pattern would reduce the amount each spiral twists by. If yours isn’t twisted enough for your liking, you can try twisting the wreath more, just before you sew the ends together, to increase the number of twists πŸ™‚

  13. susan fitzgerald said

    Love it !!! I’m unable to leave you money though.

  14. Nybellune said

    Oh I love this mini-wreath ! Thanks a lot for the pattern !

  15. Sabrina said

    *ch 2, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next st, ch 2, sc in next st????
    I’m new to crochet and patterns so this all confuses me…i\I tried following but i could only do half the line

    • June said

      Don’t worry, Sabrina, crochet patterns can be confusing at first! To read a pattern, you have to break it down into smaller pieces, separated by the commas. So let’s split it into pieces, and look at each piece (between two commas) separately:

      • ch 2
      • (…) in next st means you make everything in the brackets/parentheses into that one stitch, so you’ll sc in the next st, then ch 2, then make another sc in the same st
      • ch 2
      • sc in next st

      Then you’ll go back to the * and repeat all those steps until you’ve worked into the entire foundation chain.

      I hope that makes more sense now!

  16. Toni Lord said

    Again you have saved the day! I needed a small Christmas project to do while visiting w/family over Thanksgiving Holiday…this is soooo perfect! Thanks a million for your talent generous nature!
    gramma2seven

  17. Sabine said

    Thank you very much, June. It’s a nice Little pattern for x-mas.
    Sabine

  18. VickiPS said

    Great little pattern: thank you so much, June!

  19. Susana O said

    I wish I could afford to leave a donation, it was wonderful of you to share this pattern even when we can’t. I am learning to crochet and my mother is sharing her hooks and yarn with me (forced early retirement is tightening up the budget). I was looking for easy and fast patters to make as thank you holiday gifts. I was so happy to find this and glad I could figure it out. Thanks again!

  20. So cute and clever! I featured your pattern this morning on Moogly: http://www.mooglyblog.com/free-crochet-ornaments/ Thanks for sharing it!

  21. maggie manchen said

    i love this wreath..I put a small pin on the back..and pinned it to my coat πŸ™‚

  22. Nancy Jackovich said

    Hi June, I learned RSC reverse single crochet last yr with your tutorial.
    Thank you! As I could not understand the technique. I’ve used it for edges of chemo caps for my cousin, and for Christmas gifts this year.
    Thank you. I wish I had looked at your site a bit earlier for your
    Christmas wreaths and other projects.
    Nancy

  23. Angie Lu said

    This pattern is so fun, quick and adorable! I just whipped up two of these for my daughter to give to her teachers at school tomorrow. I was caught off guard, not expecting them to celebrate christmas, (you know how schools have been about holidays as of lately) but they had a christmas party in her class today and sent her home with such a cute little bag of gifts that I had to find something for them and this wreath is perfect! I added another red chain to the top that I joined into a loop for hanging, added a “handmade” charm to them and put them in organza bags. I love it, thanks so much and Merry Christmas.

  24. I really, really like this pattern–yes, getting them twisted together is a bit tricky, but the effect is worth it, and it’s a great scrap-yarn pattern. I made about six small wreaths, and had a couple of stray spirals left that I used as package ties. I’ve linked from my blog (link in signature).

  25. MJ said

    I made this pattern with variegated green yarn, and instead of making two separate spirals, I just chained two at the end of the first spiral, then started the second spiral from that chain two. Then I twisted them together, and put the bow on the chain two space, after sewing the ends together to make the circlet/wreath.
    Thank you for a great little project!

  26. Pam said

    What a neat idea! I’m going to have to try it for Christmas this year! πŸ™‚

  27. S.G. said

    What a great, fast idea!!! So cute!!! I stumbled apon your website, by accident & loved everything I saw. Now, I found you again, on Pinterest! How nice! Love your stuff, love your comments & patience with newbies! Long may your creativity reign!

  28. Julie Cassidy said

    Thank you gorgeous wreath xxxx

  29. Evanda Anderson said

    Wish I had the imagination and talent you have. Thank you for your inspiration.

  30. MARIA DEL SOCORRO HIDALGO CORNELIO. said

    PRECIOSA CORONA QUE DON TAN MARAVILLOSO EL PODER REALIZAR, BENDITA SEAS DIOS TE PREMIA CON TANTA CREATIVIDAD. SALUDOS.

  31. Shell said

    I love this pattern, but I can’t fig. out where to stitch the ends of each spiral together. Can you post pic.s of how you did that?

    • June said

      There’s really nothing to see: just form the twisted spiral into a ring shape, and then stitch the two ends of the light green spiral together with the light green yarn end, and the two ends of the dark green spiral together with the dark green yarn end. As I say, you don’t need to worry about being too neat and precise, as the bow will cover the join anyway!

  32. Romila said

    Hi, I make about 30 small ornaments of the same type every year to put in my Christmas cards (usually Hardanger) next year I think it might be these wreaths! Thank you for the pattern :o)

  33. Love the pattern. I’ve also made a few with 3 colors.
    Thank you.

  34. DottieGB2 said

    It is Sunday, June 5, 2016. I am getting started on Christmas things to make. I came across this marvelous wreath. I’v made a number of different wreaths over the years but YOURS is very unique and different. I plan to make tons of these! Thanks for the pattern!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Nancy said

    Hi June
    I just made the mini-wreath pin using pale pink and sparkly white yarn. And a pink yarn bow made it lovely!! Your instructions are crystal clear. Thank you& a Merry Christmas! Nancy

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