Whilst it may seem slightly early in the year to think about Christmas, for those of us who want to crochet items for the festive season we need to start as early as July to get through our often over ambitious to do list.
For designers it's even more obscene as we start thinking and designing our Christmas creations in March.
I have designed a Christmas tree skirt for those who want a handmade creation to adorn (cover up) the ugly stands that support our glorious trees.
It's the 4th of July and I've been up into my loft to retrieve my Christmas tree just to do the final photo shoot of the tree skirt; that is how dedicated I am to getting my pattern out there for you all.
This design follows on from my popular Hexipuff Unicorn blanket and uses the sumptuous puff stitch to create individual hexagons.
I have created 10 individual motifs for the Christmas tree skirt that join together with plain hexagons to create a final circular skirt with handy split so it can be easily placed around the base of your tree and cover the support.
The beauty of this tree skirt is that you can either make your skirt as I have, or pick your favourite motifs and do a repeat pattern using specific designs and colour scheme. For example using the Santa, Gingerbread man and the Snowflake design would make a lovely skirt that would incorporate more traditional reds and greens.
This pattern is an intermediate pattern and you need to be comfortable with the puff stitch, working in a circle and executing numerous colour changes.
It uses charts to plot out each design, however there are also written instructions should you find it easier to follow as you make each hexagon.
It includes 21 pages to walk you through each stage of the pattern.
Find this pattern in my store Hexipuff Christmas tree skirt
Throughout July my pattern is discounted by 50% as an incentive to start your Crochet Christmas plans, grab an early bird bargain.
I have a YouTube tutorial on how to make a plain one colour hexagon to get you started.