Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holiday Knitted Garland : :

Today I want to share one of my very favorites ways to make garland! I started making these a few years ago, right after I learned to make a knitted I-cord. I've given a few away as gifts and I've kept a few for our own decorating.

This is my very first. A winter themed garland full of snowflakes, winter birds, icy blue felt balls, pom poms, and wooden buttons. It fits in nicely with the snowy theme we have happening in our dining room. I have a second one in the doorway.

Winter I-cord Garland

Winter I-cord Garland

Crochet Snowflakes

This is a more recently made one, that I shared a peek of the other day. It's full of Cristmas-y colors, purchased ornaments, snowflake needle felted wool balls, clusters of wool yarn that are made up of my scraps, crochet snowflakes, even some crochet stars that I picked up a few years ago at an antique store. You can simply stitch on anything you'd love to see in a garland. I just used a matching colored thread to the knitted I-cord, spacing my little ornaments out evenly along the strand. Simple and fun!

wooly i-cord garland

Wool I-cord Garland

Wooly I-cord Garland

This is my very favorite corner in our house right now. I added some of the pillows I have for sale in there just for good picture taking sake. :) One of them I will actually be giving away tomorrow as part of Where Woman Creates 12 Days of Giveaways!! If you haven't checked this out yet, you really must! Some really great designers are offering some really great gifts!

Christmas-y corner

If you'd like to make your own I-cord garland -- this is a great video I just found for knitting an I-cord with 3 stitches. The instructor in the video is using two double pointed needles, I prefer to use my circular needles. Remember the trick is that you never turn your work! It's fun the way you knit, knit, knit, slip... you'll see!


Megan@ The Art of Homemaking said...

I love your decor. Very similar to ours, in fact, but we are missing that amazing garland. I'll have to get on that ;) Our window is full of paper snowflakes this year. The boys have been busy with scissors.
And your Nutcrackers. Love those! I have 2. My fireplace mantle is lined with those cheesy little holiday houses you plug in. They are so old school 80's but I love them. I can't pass by one at the thrift store if I see it.
Hugs from Lexington~

Virginia Lindsy said...

Beautiful Maureen! Love the pics of your tree too. I can never get my tree to look so pretty in pictures!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I think taking photos of your tree after dark is key or at least have the natural light behind you, which is hard if you usually put your tree up in front of a window. I am still playing around with it myself! I saw a picture on pinterest recently that was so magical, I'd love to be able to get a shot like that!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

They are so pretty!! Your whole room looks gorgeous!! Can I come for Christmas please ;)

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Here's the pin --

Additionsstyle said...

Your tree is beautiful, and your garland is the perfect addition to finish everything off.
Everyday Inspired

Annette said...

I never learned how to knit, but it's on my list for the new year! I can see why that is your favorite's so fun and festive! And the pillows look right at home! :)

Jacey said...

I-cord is such a great knitting technique, and this is a perfect use for it!

Erin Kate said...

Beautiful, thanks for the idea!

Laura said...

By i-cord i thought yo meant you were knitting ipod headphone cords!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Laura, that's hilarious!! Maybe I should have stuck with Holiday Knitted Garland!? :)

ElfRenee said...

I love them!!!

Happybee said...

All is beautiful Maureen!!!!!!!

Amber D. Mcnabb said...

ooooh it's so cozy and beautiful!!!! I want a Christmas corner!

Tatkis said...

Your place looks magnificent! The Christmas tree is lovely, and the garland is so cute!