Looking for an easy and re-usable craft to make with the kids this holiday season? Have a try of this crochet chain garland. You can use it year after year, hang it in any number of place, on the tree, up the stairs and even outside without fear of it getting ruined thanks to the hard wearing acrylic yarn.
I made this with yarn from my stash last year and it is so simple, I am gearing up to make a few more this year, and maybe even get the kids making with me. My eldest kid is 8 and he doesn’t really show much interest in crafts. I will bet any money that my niece would be all over this though.
This is made using 8ply acrylic yarn, held double stranded, (Moda Vera from Spotlight) but you could change this to any type of yarn that you like or you have available to you.
Simply match your hook size to the type of yarn you have. I used a size 8 hook to keep the chains nice and loose. You can keep chaining as long as you like and if you plan on making this decoration wrap a large tree or the whole house, then you could easily use a whole ball of yarn.
Holding both strands of yarn, make a slip knot and chain as long as you need in each of the three colours.
Once they are all made, you will need to tie the ends together and secure the end somewhere so you can start plaiting (braiding) the chains together. Hint – I knotted it over my big toe and used that as my anchor point. Plait loosely until you reach the end and secure with a knot.
Your Christmas chain garland is now ready for display.
Last year I found out that these make the perfect hanging spot for candy canes. (If you place them high enough out of the kids reach!) This year Paige has requested that it be hung in her bedroom because she is claiming everything I make at the moment. So to get a photo I hung it on her bunk bed, though it will be moved to a safer place now.