Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this yarn however I have not been financially compensated by the supplier to write this review. All opinions expressed are my own and based on my own experiences of using the yarn.
Well I don’t think Christmas could come any chunkier than with the Wulla Wreath! I’m very excited to share this free pattern with you today for a true statement keepsake wreath just perfect for the holiday season – though I’m tempted to leave mine up all year!
Back at the beginning of October the lovely Caz, an indie spinner and dyer, from Wulla Yarn placed a call out for designers on Instagram to see who fancied experimenting with her amazing giant yarn.
Isn’t it incredible! Well as you can imagine I REALLY wanted to get my hands on some of that lovely stuff to have a play! So I dropped Caz a message with my idea and, luckily for me, she decided a collaboration would be a great idea.
If you aren’t familiar with Wulla Yarn it might be because they are relatively new on the yarn scene. Started in April 2017 Wulla was born out of Caz’s desire to make big, bold contemporary yarn to inspire crafters to explore and create. The name ‘Wulla’ is a corruption of the word Wul, the Anglo Saxon for ‘wool’, and combines Caz’s love of history and her drive to do something new!
This yarn is serious stuff with a recommended hook size of 12-15mm or bigger! So let’s check out the yarn’s vital statistics we:
- Weight: Super Bulky (7)
- Blend: Wool
- Yarn Ball Weight: 400g
- Yarn Ball Length: 60m
- Wash instructions: Cool, gentle hand wash only.
- Price: £28.00 (at the time of this post)
Like many types of hand spun yarn the thickness and texture differs slightly along it’s length but, that to me, lends to it’s undeniable charm.
To me this yarn had statement piece written all over it and so I decided I wanted to try and create a giant hunky chunky wreath. I chose to make my wreath with the un-dyed yarn as I think, although it’s neutral, the light natural cream colour has a lovely elegancy about it.
The wreath works up very quickly and, although a bit fiddly when you start off until you find your flow, it’s suitable for beginners to make as the pattern is essentially just giant UK double crochet / US single crochet stitches.
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- Yarn: Super Bulky Undyed Handspun Giant Yarn / 60m / 400g
- Hook: I used my 25mm hook – but smaller would work too, you might just need to experiment.
- Size: 35mm
- Gauge: Establishing the correct gauge is not critical to this pattern.
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- dc/sc= UK double crochet / US single crochet
- Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
- UK Double Crochet/US Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
You will also need:
- 35mm / 1.4 inch Polystyrene Wreath (I got mine from Hobbycraft)
- D ring (or something similar) for hanging the wreath
- Cotton Thread / Needle
- Large Pom Pom Maker (Mine had a 85mm / 0.3 inch diameter)
Rnd 1: Make giant UK double crochet / US single crochet’s all around the wreath – I found the easiest way to do this as follows;
Add the yarn with a slipknot on to your hook.
Put the wreath in front of your yarn
Pull up a loop of yarn through the middle of the wreath with your fingers
And pop it around your hook
Then bring your yarn over your hook
And pull the loop through all loop on hook (this includes your slipknot loop for the beginning only). And that’s your first stitch made.
Continue to work in this way all around the wreath; if you get any twisting of the yarn, straighten it as you go and push your yarn / stitches together so that none of the polystyrene shows.
On your last stitch to do not join; cut your yarn and pull the tail all the way through the stitch, then thread the tail under the loop of your first stitch.
Then pull the yarn into the centre of the last stitch to create an invisible join.
- Make three giant pom poms, I used my Clover Grand Pom Pom Maker just because I think the tool makes fabulous pom’s but you could use cardboard circles with a 88mm (0.3 inch) diameter. All pom’s should be tied leaving a 30 cm / 12 inch piece of yarn for hanging; if using the wulla yarn you should make sure your knot is secure, then trim off one of the pieces of yarn to leave one ‘strand’.
- Attach pom poms onto the bottom / back of your wreath
- Attach a ‘D’ ring onto the top / back of your wreath
And that’s it!
I’m completely in LOVE with the texture and the look of my Wulla Wreath, I think it’s just delicious – and I have to admit to keep stroking it a bit.
And if you want to have a go at making your own wreath the lovely Caz from Wulla Yarns has a special offer for all you lovely KCACO.UK readers. For the whole of November her fabulous meta yarn has a 15% discount in her Etsy shop if you use the coupon code: KCACO1
If you have a go at making a Wulla Wreath don’t forget to share your finished projects with me on your favourite social media sites: Ravelry, LoveCrochet.com, Facebook page or Facebook group, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram and if you are featured in my newsletter you could win a pattern of your choice!
Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx