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Crochet Electric Wreath

10 December, 2015

Recently we talked to you about make-your-own ornaments. We have great patterns for an adorable santa and a darling trio of balls. And while those are perfectly wonderful, there is one thing that this wreath has that those ornaments don’t: electricity!

That’s right folks, this dynamite little wreath lights up. This is perfect for the crafter looking to impress or the DIYer in need of a buzz (just kidding). It uses the power of DMC’s Memory thread, a battery and battery holder, and LEDs. Of course, getting the wreath to light up is optional, so you’re welcome to go old school and crochet it without the electricity. But for those of you that want it to shine like a beacon for Christmas, feel free to let it light the way.

 

Materials:

For the wreath and the balls:

  • Natura Just Cotton n14, 2 balls
  • Natura Just Cotton n64, 1 ball
  • Natura Just Cotton n86, 1 ball
    Natura Just Cotton n83, 1 ball
  • Natura Just Cotton n74, 1 ball
  • Natura Just Cotton n62, 1 ball
  • 3mm crochet hook (use a smaller hook if you see gaps in your stitches)
  • polystyrene ring
  • scissors
  • DMC tapestry needle size 13

 

To add light to your Project: (optional)

  • 3 led in the colour you wish (we used red leds)
  • Memory thread (6120 fuchsia and another colour of your choice)
  • 1 3v 2032 battery
  • 1 3v battery holder
  • red nail polish (to mark the legs of the led) * this is optional
  • scissors
  • small plier
  • hot glue gun
  • alligator jumper wires

 

 

 Instructions: 

Wreath:

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Step 1: To cover the wreath make a piece in a shape of a rectangle in single crochet.

The size depends on the size of your wreath. We did 82 rows, 32 stitches wide. But make sure to measure your wreath and have it with you while you work so you can try it on.

 

If you wish to add leds to this project, stop here, make the balls explained below (don’t sew them to the wreath yet) and at the end of the instructions we explain how to add the leds. Once you add the leds come back here to see how to cover the polystyrene ring.

 

If you don’t want to add the lights follow the instructions:

Step 2: Once it’s finished just oversew the two ends of the length together. Use a tapestry needle and Natura n14. Do it from the wrong side so that when you turn it over you see the right side. Stitch the ring of crochet together around the wreath. You won’t see the join cause its on the back of the ring. Stitch in every row until the wreath is totally covered in crochet.

 

Balls:

Make 10 balls (5 small and 5 big)

Note:

The number inside the parentheses (~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of th

at particular row.

Do not join an do not turn at the end of each round, rounds are worked in continuous spirals.

Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round. Move the marker up each time you start a new round.

 

Abbreviations:

Rnd = Round

sc = single crochet

st = stitch

 

Small ball:

Make a magic ring. 6 sc in magic ring and pull the ring to close

(6st).

Rnd 1: 2sc in each st around (12 st)

Rnd 2: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] six times (

18 st)

Rnd 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] six times (24

  1. st)

Rnd 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] six times (30

  1. st)

Rnd 5: to 9: 30 sc (30 st)

Rnd 6: [1 sc decrease, sc in next 3 st] six times (24 st)

Rnd 7: [1 sc decrease, sc in next 2 st] six times (18 st)

Rnd 8: [1 sc decrease, sc in next st] six times (12 st)

Rnd 9: [1 sc decrease] six times (6 st)

 

Join with sl st to next st. Finish off and weave in ends.

Fill this piece with the polyester fiberfill stuffing.

 

Big ball:

Make a magic ring. 6 sc in magic ring and pull the ring to close

(6st).

Rnd 1: 2sc in each st around (12 st)

Rnd 2: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] six times (

18 st)

Rnd 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] six times (24

  1. st)

Rnd 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] six times (30

  1. st)

Rnd 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st] six times (36

  1. st)

 

Rnd 6: to 11: 36 sc (36 st)

Rnd 12: [1 sc decrease, sc in next 4 st] six times (30 st)

Rnd 13: [1 sc decrease, sc in next 3 st] six times (24 st)

Rnd 14: [1 sc decrease, sc in next 3 st] six times (28 st)

Rnd 15: [1 sc decrease, sc in next st] six times (12 st)

Rnd 16: [1sc. Decrease] six times (6st)

 

Join with sl st to next st. Finish off and weave in ends.

Fill this piece with the polyester fiberfill stuffing.

 

Make the balls in different colors.

Once they’re done sew them with natura thread and a tapestry needle to the wreath. We recommend sew them on top of the seam of covering the wreath.

 

Add light to your project:

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Memory thread is a flexible copper wire covered in colored thread. Copper is a conductive material so you can use it to add light to your textile projects. We only use a 3v battery so there’s any danger to electrocute, don’t worry!

You can add 1, 2 or 3 leds. If you only add 1 led the battery will last longer. If you add 1 led it will last 10 hours more or less with a 3v battery. 3 leds will last more or less 3 hours and a half each. But always make sure to remove the battery of the battery holder while you don’t use it (that’s very important!)

You can buy leds in different colors and sizes in electronic supply stores. You can also find the battery holder and the alligator jumper wires there.

Each LED has two leads, one longer than the other,the longer lead is the positive lead. Positive and negative leg must never be in touch, if they’re in touch the light won’t turn on.

Step 1

To make it easier mark with the red nail polish a small piece of the positive lead and let it dry. That way you will always recognize the positive lead when you are working.

Step 2

Put the leds through the crochet green rectangle from the right side so the leads are on the wrong side of the crochet. Put them on the middle.

Step 3

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With a small plier twist the leads like you see on the picture.

Step 4

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When all the leads are twisted on the crochet now we start doing the electrical circuit with the memory thread. We will work with fuchsia memory thread to connect the positive leads to the positive lead of the battery holder. And with another color we will connect the negative leads to the negative lead of the battery holder.

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We used yellow memory thread for the negative leads.

On the battery holder the positive and the negative are marked, don’t worry.

But don’t connect it yet to the battery holder, this is the last step.


Step 5

Wreath 7Connect the positive leads:

With scissors peel 0.8 in of a side of the red memory thread as you see on the picture.

 Step 6

Twist the bare 0.8 inch copper around the positive lead (marked in red) with the help of the small plier. The electricity will go through the copper to the positive lead once we put the battery. That is why we have to peel the memory thread, to discover the copper.

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Step 7

connect every positive lead with one piece of memory thread. Peel each side of the memory thread to discover the copper. Connect every lead following the diagram.

Step 8

Do the same with the negative lead. Use another color of memory thread. We used yellow.

Step 9

Once the negative and the positive leads are connected to each other with the memory thread leave a long memory thread of each color to connect with the battery holder. We will do that at the end.

 

We recommend try it before the wreath is cover in crochet. How to do it? Very easy: use the alligator jumper wires to test if the connection is ok. Connect one clip to the positive lead of the led and the other side with the positive lead of the battery holder. With another alligator jumper wire do the the same with the negative lead. That way you can check if it Works before covering the crochet ring and hiding the circuit.

Step 10

Now you can stitch the ring of crochet together around the wreath. Always leave the 2 memory threads outside the thread pulling them through the crochet.

 

Step 11

With a hot glue gun stick the battery holder to the back of the wreath, on top of the crochet.

 

Step 12

Connect the fuchsia memory thread. Remember to peel 0.8 inch cause we work with the bare copper. Twist it around the positive lead of the battery holder.

 

Step 13

Do the same with the negative using the other color of memory thread.

 

Step 14

Put the battery and the lights will turn on!

The light will be on until you remove the battery.

 

Don’t forget to remove the battery everytime you are not using it. That way the battery will last longer.

 

The lights won’t be on forever, this is a cute detail you can turn on every time you want to impress your friends and family or for special moments of Christmas. This is not like the tree lights that are connected to the electric plug permanently.

Use it in a Smart way ;-)

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Let us know if you went electric with this wreath!

Viva la Handmade Revolution!

The Commonthread Team