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Happy Holly Days


Written in UK terms, this pattern will work with any yarn and appropriate hook size. A 3mm hook with DK weight yarn produces a nice size for a brooch.


Holly


CH 14

SS in the 2nd CH from the hook. HTR in next CH, TR in next CH, CH2, SS in 2nd CH from hook, TR in next CH, HTR in next CH, DC in next CH, HTR in next CH, TR in next CH, CH2, SS in 2nd CH from hook, TR in next CH, HTR in next CH, DC in next CH, SS in next 2 chains, CH1.

Continue down on the opposite side of the original chain.

SS in next 2 stitches, DC, HTR, TR, CH2, SS in 2nd CH from hook, TR, HTR, DC, HTR, TR, CH2, SS in 2nd CH from hook, TR, HTR, DC, SS.


Fasten off and sew in ends. That’s your holly leaf created.


To finish off, add some red ‘berries’ made from beads, buttons, felt balls etc.


Ideas for how to use your festive holly leaves:

Sew a pin on the back to make a festive brooch

Stitch to a hat, bag or scarf

Use to decorate a special gift

Create lots and make bunting or a wreath

Add thread and use to decorate the tree

Add to the front of a greetings card or gift tag

Try different colours, textures, hook sizes and yarn weights.

There are so many ways to use this simple motif. What will yours become?

Abbreviations

CH = chain

SS = slip stitch

HTR = half treble

TR = treble

DC = double crochet

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