Guest Post Thursday – 5 Extreme Holiday Crochet Projects

I have been looking forward to this Guest Post for awhile…enjoy! Thanks Kathryn!

During Christmas week last year, yarnbombing crochet artist Olek sneaked out into New York City and wrapped the Wall Street Bull up in a bright pink camo cozy. It was her Christmas gift to NYC and it makes me excited to think about what she might do for the holidays this year. But Olek isn’t the only one doing some extreme crochet for Christmas. Here are five other holiday crochet projects from now and Christmas past to knock your stockings off of the fireplace:

1.     Crocheted Christmas Tree.

Handmade by Mother shared this crochet Christmas tree last year and it would be tough to find one that beats it out. This life-size tree is made entirely from crochet pieces. It is so colorful that it doesn’t need any extra lights or tinsel! Would you go so far as to crochet your own Christmas tree?

 2.     Joana Vasconcelos’ Religious Figures.

Textile artist Joana Vasconcelos created several doily-covered figures in 2006 that remain terrific holiday icons to this day. Her Happy Family hints at the essence of the birth of baby Jesus. Her Matador looks like it belongs in some crazy crochet-covered church. Her use of the classic feminine doily in pure snow-white thread makes a socio-political statement that still looks great at the holidays.

3.     Detailed Crochet Christmas Ornaments.

Wouldn’t these crochet hacky sacks from Guatemala make great detailed crochet ornaments? I envision a yarnbombed crochet living room with a tree completely covered in these! The glossy crochet angels by Etsy’s NitkaAG are also lovely in their detail.

4.     Santa Gone Crazy.


Santa Claus is one of the best symbols of the holiday season. But some people sure go extreme. In 2008, The Scarlett Rose Garden shared her a photo of her hubby wearing a red crochet shawl with a white Santa face on it that she readily admits is creepy. Last year, An Affair with the Hooks made a super-detailed foot-and-a-half tall crochet Santa figure. And one of my favorite crochet Santa’s that is a little bit too extreme for most regular people is Ellen Gormley’s Red Heart pattern for a crochet Santa hat and beard.

5.     Extreme (But Easy) Crochet Stars.

Mikey from The Crochet Crowd recently showed us how you can easily go extreme with your crochet by using a super large hook and multiple strands of yarn. If you use a Q size hook and five strands of worsted weight yarn then you can easily make a super huge crochet star in less than thirty minutes. What a quick and easy super-crochet project that would make a great Christmas tree topper this year!

This is a guest post by Kathryn Vercillo. She blogs about crochet art, extreme crochet and lots of other crochet news at Crochet Concupiscence.

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