Originally posted 23 November 2018
Let’s talk about yarn! I follow lots of lovely crochet and knitting accounts on instagram, constantly adding to the ‘I want to make this’ list. I have baskets full of yarn at home and my ‘spare’ time usually involves a spot of knitting or crochet. It is a calming and peaceful past time, which I find so welcome when life becomes overwhelming. I am always attracted to (and constantly stroking!) luscious yarn with added sparkle, and when I came across the scrumptious Fashion Cotton Metallise by Rico Design, I was hooked! (excuse the pun!). You may remember this crocheted bracelet tutorial I posted earlier on in the year, where I used the lovely pastel shades.
The sparkle of this yarn lends itself really well to festive making and although there are many projects I have in mind, this one somehow crossed the finish line before the others in the race to be made!
Crochet Christmas Crown Tutorial
1 x 50g ball of Rico Design Fashion Cotton Métallise in gold (003)
1 x 3.5mm crochet hook
For this project, you will need a beginning to intermediate level of crochet know-how. If you need some help with specific stitches, I recommend Mollie Makes How-to Crochet Tutorials and Simply Crochet Tutorials.
The finished measurement of the crown is between 49cm and 51cm round (depending on the tension of your foundation row) which stretches to fit a head measurement of approximately 51-54cm. I have made a few now and only a minor adjustment will allow the crown to range from fitting a 6 year old right up to a 46 year old (me!). See below for tips on how to reduce or increase the size depending on head measurement.
Although the yarn calls for a 4mm hook, I have used a 3.5mm hook which results in nice tight stitches.
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
slst – slip stitch
htr – half treble
tr – treble
dtr – double treble
ttr – triple treble
rep – repeat
st – stitch
Make a slip knot and crochet 87ch, join with a slip stitch (slst), making sure your chain is not twisted. You are crocheting in the round (in a tube essentially!).
Test out this foundation chain around your head or if you are making the crown for someone else, measure all the way round pulling slightly to make it longer as if around a head. Adjust accordingly (see tips below).
Row (R) 1: 1ch, 1dc in next ch st (place a stitch marker in this st) and then in each stitch until the 1ch at the start of the round. Miss this ch and make a slst into the next stitch (after removing the stitch marker) (87st)
R2 – 4: 1ch, 1dc in next st (this is the first stitch so place stitch marker here), 1dc in next stitch and in every stitch until the 1ch before the stitch marker. Miss 1ch and make a slip stitch in the next stitch (after removing the stitch marker) (87st)
R5 – 6: 2ch, 1htr in next st (this is the first stitch so place stitch marker here), 1htr in next stitch and in every stitch until the 2ch before the stitch marker. Miss 2ch and make a slip stitch in the next stitch (after removing the stitch marker) (87st)
R7:*make a slst in next st (place stitch marker), then slst, dc, htr, tr, dtr, tr, htr, dc, slst, slst*, rep from * twice more (without moving stitch marker), then slst, slst, dc, dc, htr, htr, tr, tr, dtr, dtr, ttr, dtr, dtr, tr, tr, htr, htr, dc, dc, slst, slst, *slst, slst, dc, htr, tr, dtr, tr, htr, dc, slst, slst*, rep from * twice more (87st). Remove stitch marker.
R8: *slst (place stitch marker) slst, dc, htr, 2tr in next st, 2dtr in next st, 2tr in next st, htr, dc, slst, slst*, rep from * twice more (without moving stitch marker), then slst, slst, dc, dc, htr, htr, tr, 2tr in next st, dtr, 2dtr in next st, 2ttr in next st, 2dtr in next st, dtr, 2tr in next st, tr in next st, htr, htr, dc, dc, slst, slst, *slst, slst, dc, htr, 2tr in next st, 2dtr in next st, 2tr in next st, htr, dc, slst, slst* (110st)
Fasten off leaving a small length of yarn. Weave in the ends into the wrong side of the crown. Pictured below is the correct side of the crown.
Now block your crown. This will allow your crown to really take shape! There are a few different ways of doing this. I pinned my crown to a folded up towel on an ironing board and steamed it for a few minutes on each side, allowing to dry in between steaming.
And here I am sporting my crown! I have tried my best to look regal…
If you need to add a few stitches to make the crown larger, either make the foundation chain stitches looser or simply add, in even number increments, chain stitches (ch), double crochets (dc) and half trebles (htr) to the foundation row, rows 1 – 4 and 5-6 respectively. Then split the additional stitches in half, add one half the to the 1st sequence and half to the last sequence of slip stitches in rows 7 & 8, following the rest of the pattern as normal.
If you need to remove stitches to make the crown smaller, you could try making the foundation row tighter. Otherwise, removes stitches in even numbers from the foundation chain, rows of dc and htr. When it comes to rows 7 and 8, if you are reducing by 4 stitches, remove the 1st slst, 11st slst, 77th slst and 87 slst from row 7 and the 1st slst, 14th slst, 97th slst and 110th slst from row 8. If you are reducing by 6 stitches, remove those above plus the 12th and 76th slst from row 7 and the 15th and 96th slst from row 8 and so on. If you are stuck, do leave me a comment or DM me on instagram. I would love to hear from you!
I am crocheting up a storm with these gorgeous sparkly crowns! They will make such special festive gifts for friends and family. Although they are lots of fun, we are going to do away with crackers this year because of the waste they create. Instead, I am going to crochet a crown, print out a joke and find/make a little token pressie (not made of plastic!) for each of us.
I’ll be back again next week! See you then lovelies.
In the meantime, take good care of your gorgeous selves won’t you?