We are so excited to bring you another chance to make this fantastic wreath for the spooooooOOooooky holidays from Sarah Murray! First appearing in Crochet Now issue 46 last year, Sarah has kindly offered this pattern to share with you guys online, just in time to really spookily your home!  

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Yarn used

Cygnet DK

2 balls in Indigo 6505 (A)

1 ball each in Apple 6711 (B), Jaffa 6632 (C), white 208 (D) & black 217 (E)  

About the yarn

DK; 298m per 100g ball; 100% acrylic  

Tension

17 sts x 24 rnds = 10cm measured over dc  

Hook used

3mm  

Other supplies

Toy stuffing polystyrene wreath, outer diameter 35cm, inner diameter 19cm  

Sizing

Wreath: Maximum diameter 35cm

Bunting: Length 90cm, height 15cm

Hints and tips

Unless otherwise specified, pieces are worked in the amigurumi style, in a spiral without slipstitching or turning chains. Use a st marker or waste yarn to keep track of the first st of each rnd.  

The wreath cover is designed to fit very tightly, so don't be afraid to stretch it as you sew it in place.  

Stitch patterns

Basic Ball

To begin, Chain 5. Join with a sl st to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Working into ring, 1 ch, 6 dc. 6 sts

Rnd 2: 2 dc in each st around. 12 sts

Rnd 3: [1 dc, 2 dc in next st] 6 times. 18 sts

Rnd 4: [2 dc, 2 dc in next st] 6 times. 24 sts

Rnd 5: Dc around.

Rnd 6: [3 dc, 2 dc in next st] 6 times. 30 sts

Rnds 7-9: As Rnd 5.

Rnd 10: [3 dc, 1 dc2tog] 6 times. 24 sts

Rnd 11: As Rnd 5.

Rnd 12: [2 dc, 1 dc2tog] 6 times. 18 sts

Beg stuffing, cont stuffing as you complete the ball.

Rnd 13: [1 dc, 1 dc2tog] 6 times. 12 sts

Rnd 14: 6 dc2tog. 6 sts

Fasten off. Weave ends through rem sts and pull tight to close gap.

START CROCHETING

WREATH

Wreath Cover

With A, chain 112 then join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist.

Rnd 1: 1 ch (does not count as a st), dc around. 112 sts

Rnd 2: *13 dc, 2 dc in next dc; rep from * to end. 120 sts

Rnd 3: Dc around.

Rnd 4: *14 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end. 128 sts

Rnd 5: *15 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end. 136 sts

Rnd 6: Dc around.

Rnd 7: *16 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end. 144 sts

Rnd 8: *17 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end. 152 sts

Rnd 9: Dc around.

Rnd 10: *18 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end. 160 sts

Rnd 11: *19 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end. 168 sts

Rnd 12: Dc around.

Rnd 13: *20 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end. 176 sts

Rnd 14: *21 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end. 184 sts

Rnd 15: Dc around.

Rnd 16: *22 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end. 192 sts

Rnd 17: *23 dc, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end. 200 sts

Rnd 18: Dc around.  

Shape front

Rnds 19-20: Dc around.

Rnd 21: *23 dc, 1 dc2tog; rep from * to end. 192 sts

Rnd 22: Dc around.

Rnd 23: *22 dc, 1 dc2tog; rep from * to end. 184 sts

Rnd 24: Dc around.

Rnd 25: *21 dc, 1 dc2tog; rep from * to end. 176 sts

Rnds 26-27: Dc around.

Rnd 28: *20 dc, 1 dc2tog; rep from * to end. 168 sts

Rnds 29-30: Dc around.

Rnd 31: *19 dc, 1 dc2tog; rep from * to end. 160 sts

Rnds 32-34: Dc around.

Rnd 35: *18 dc, 1 dc2tog; rep from * to end. 152 sts

Rnds 36-37: Dc around.

Rnd 38: *17 dc, 1 dc2tog; rep from * to end. 144 sts

Rnds 39-40: Dc around.

Rnd 41: *16 dc, 1 dc2tog; rep from * to end. 136 sts

Rnd 42: Dc around.

Rnd 43: *15 dc, 1 dc2tog; rep from * to end. 128 sts

Rnd 44: Dc around.

Rnd 45: *14 dc, 1 dc2tog; rep from * to end. 120 sts

Rnd 46: Dc around.

Rnd 47: *13 dc, 1 dc2tog; rep from * to end. 112 sts

Rnd 48: Dc around.

Rnd 49: Dc around, sl st in next st to close spiral. Fasten off.  

Pumpkin (make 3)

With C, make basic ball, do not fasten off, change to B in last st.  

Shape Stalk

Next 4 rnds: Dc around. At end of last rnd, sl st in next st to close spiral. Fasten off. Then, with E, embroider features using photograph as a guide.    

Bat (make 3)

With E, make basic ball.  

Wings

With E chain 37.

Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, [2 dc, 2 htr, 3 tr, 4 dtr, 3 tr, 2 htr, 2 dc] twice. Turn. 36 sts

Row 2: 1 ch (does not count as a st), [2 dc, 2 htr, 3 tr, 4 dtr, 3 tr, 2 htr, 2 dc] twice, 3 ch, sl st in 3rd ch from hook.

Row 3: Working in the opposite side of foundation ch, *{4 dc, [1 tr, 3 ch, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, 1 tr] in next st} 3 times, 4 dc, rep from * once more, join with sl st in same ch as last dc made. Fasten off. Afterwards, sew wings centrally to back of bat. With D, embroider features using photograph as a guide.    

Large Spider (make 1)

With E, make basic ball, do not fasten off. Chain 20. Fasten off.  

Legs (make 8)

Hold basic ball with top towards you. With E, working around sts of Rnd 5 of basic ball, proceed as follows: **Sl st around first st of Rnd 5, 6 ch, starting in 2nd ch from hook, 5 dc, *Sl st around next st of Rnd 5, 6 ch, starting in 2nd ch from hook, 5 dc; rep from * twice more, sl st around next st in Rnd 5. Fasten off.**

Miss next 8 sts of Rnd 5, rejoin E to next st. Work from ** to ** once more. With D, embroider features using photograph as a guide.  

Cobweb (make 2)

Rnd 1: With D and working into a magic ring, 8 dc, join with sl st to first st, close ring. 8 dc

Rnd 2: 7 ch (counts as 1 dtr, 3 ch), [1 dtr, 3 ch] 7 times, join with sl st in 4th of beg 7 ch.

Rnd 3: 10 ch (counts as 1 dtr, 6 ch), [1 dtr, miss 3ch-sp, 6 ch] 7 times, join with sl st in 4th of beg 10 ch.

Rnd 4: 12 ch (counts as 1 dtr, 8 ch), [1 dtr, miss 6ch-sp, 8 ch] 7 times, join with sl st in 4th of beg 12 ch. Fasten off.    

Small Spider

With E and working into a magic ring, 6 dc, join with sl st to first st. Fasten off.

Sweets (make 8 in total in various colourways)

Rnd 1: With desired yarn and working into a magic ring, 8 dc, join with sl st to first st.

Row 2: 3 ch (counts as 1 tr), 2 tr into first st. Fasten off. Miss 3 sts, rejoin yarn and rep Row 2. Tie short lengths of contrasting yarn around sweet to form twists of sweet wrapper.    

Hanging Loop

With B, chain 20, join with sl st to first ch. Fasten off.  

Making Up

To make up, use photograph as a guide. To start, stretch wreath cover over polystyrene wreath, position seam so it sits just inside the inner wreath opening (foundation ch should sit on inner circumference and be out of sight when sewn up). Sew pumpkins and then bats to wreath cover. Stretch cobwebs slightly and sew in place on wreath cover. Sew small spiders onto cobwebs and use E to embroider legs to spiders. Sew sweets randomly over wreath cover. Using chain at top of large spider, sew spider to hang from bottom of wreath. Sew hanging loop on back of wreath approximately 6cm down from top.

BUNTING

Hanging Cord

With B chain 160.

Row 1: Starting in 4th ch from hook, tr across. 159 sts

Fasten off.  

Creatures

Make 1 spider, 2 bats and 3 pumpkins as given for Wreath, but do not make stalk for pumpkins or hanging ch for spider and do not fasten off, cont to Hanging Cord below.  

Hanging Cord

Next Row: 15 ch, starting in 2nd ch from hook, dc across, join with sl st to top of ball. Fasten off.  

Top tip!

Make the bunting longer by working 20 foundation chains extra for every 10cm in length, and space the creatures 10cm apart  

Making up

Use photograph as a guide to sewing creatures to hanging cord. Fold ends of long hanging cord over to wrong side for 2cm and stitch in place to form hanging loops.