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7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Christmas Crochet Projects

Check out this handy list for all sorts of tips for making the best Christmas crochet patterns ever.

By: Alison Soley, Editor, favecrafts.com
7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Christmas Crochet Projects
7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Christmas Crochet Projects
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For the merriest possible Christmas this year, it's a great idea to get started early on Christmas crochet ideas you may want to use for friends or family. There are so many possibilities when it comes to creating meaningful and memorable DIY Christmas presents, and crocheted gifts can be extra special. A lot of time and effort can go into crocheted projects, so it's a good idea to know as many shortcuts as possible to yield amazing results.

You can learn new crochet ideas and crochet tips at any age. Whether you're a seasoned crocheter or have never held a crochet hook, you'll find useful tips below that will make your holiday crafts that much easier to make. Don't be afraid to experiment with new ideas or challenge yourself to create fabulous projects that will wow your recipients. Learn tips ranging from how best to care for your yarn projects to picking out the best color for the handmade scarf you're working on. Whatever the project, this list is full of helpful advice.

 

Getting Started: Crafty Christmas Crochet Ideas

Whether you seek the perfect gift for a friend or grandchild or want to make something for your own home, there are so many options for Christmas crochet patterns. You may want to make a tiny crochet ornament for your tree or follow an afghan pattern for a family member. Whatever you decide on, here are a few festive Christmas crochet projects to get you started. It's bound to be a jolly holiday with these wondrous ideas.

What to Consider When Giving a Crocheted Gift

If you're giving a crocheted item as a gift this year to a friend or loved one, there are a few points to think through before you invest your time and money in a DIY Christmas gift. Giving a crocheted Christmas gift can be a rewarding experience, so have fun with it. Below are some helpful tips that will help you make the best homemade Christmas gift ever. Whatever you decide on, you're sure to make something special.

  1. Wool allergies can be fairly common and are always something to think about before crocheting a Christmas craft as a gift. Itchiness and break outs can occur in people who suffer from wool allergies, and it's hard to have a merry Christmas with allergies. Some excellent alternatives to wool include but are not limited to acrylic, nylon, polyester, rayon, linen, cotton, alpaca, mohair, and cashmere. If you know what to look for, there are plenty of yarns on the market that won't make your friend or loved one itchy or uncomfortable.

  2. Color preferences can obviously play a factor in deciding what yarn to choose for giving a crocheted gift. If it's a Christmas craft, have a blast picking out festive reds and greens. However, if your project is an afghan, scarf, or other craft that can be used year-round, you may want to use your recipients favorite color instead. Alternatively, you can use a color you think will go well with their style or one that complements their home or wardrobe well.

  3. Check your calendar. Sometimes the holidays can creep up and before you know it, it's a week before Christmas. For handmade Christmas gifts, you'll want to consider how much time you have to allow for your magnificent creations. An afghan takes a lot longer to make than a washcloth, so plan through the size and scope of your project ahead of time so you can get it done in time for the big day.

How to Care for Yarn Projects

When it comes to DIY crochet projects, it's important to be aware of how best to care for them. If you're making a Christmas crochet project to give as a gift, it's good to include instructions with your crochet craft so your recipient knows how to wash and dry it. Half the battle of making sure a crocheted piece lasts is knowing what the best way to treat it in the events of spills and general wear and tear. Check out these helpful tips below.

  1. Look on the yarn label for basic care instructions. When in doubt, handwashing is best, but some types of yarn are dry clean only. It can also be useful to store yarn labels for future reference.

  2. Be careful when drying. You may be an expert in all things yarn, but your gift recipient might not know about how best to dry their homemade crocheted scarf. Let them know that crocheted pieces should never be hung to dry, as this will stretch them out of shape. The best technique for drying is laying it flat on an absorbant towel and shaping it as necessary. 

  3. Avoid ironing if you can. If you must iron a crocheted piece, place a slightly damp cloth on top of your piece and use the lowest setting on your iron.

  4. It might be a good idea to invest in acid-free tissue paper, which will provide optimal preservation for your crocheted craft. If this project is a gift, it might be a nice gesture to include some acid-free tissue paper for your recipient to store their gift when not in use.

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These are useful tips. Coincidentally, red is my mother's favorite color which blends well with the Christmas colors, and she has been dying for a new pair of booties for the cold weather. Thanks for the caring tips, none of my crotched products will shrink again now that I know how to care for them.

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