I’ve talked in the past about how proud I am for my Italian roots so when I was contacted by my favorite Italian bloggers Chiara and Ilaria from Caseperlatesta about this project I jumped on it!
I am super happy to be part of an awesome group of Italian and Greek bloggers that teamed up to bring you an e-book filled with tutorials to make your own Christmas greeting cards.
Each of us has prepared a Christmas greeting card that you can make and give this holiday season. You can download the ebook for free HERE.
As proud I am to have Italian roots, for this project I decided to honor my Greek heritage and make a card with the traditional boat. You see in Greece traditionally people used to decorate a boat instead of a tree. I think it had to do with our maritime excellence and the fact that this country is made up of 6000 islands.
So I made a mix media card with a crochet boat.
A small amount of white yarn
A 4.50mm crochet hook
Pink gold marker
A4 Cardboard paper in navy blue color
Crochet boat pattern
This pattern is written in US crochet terms
Hdc: half double crochet
Dc: double crochet
Trc: treble crochet
Sl st: slip stitch
Blo: back loop only
hdc2tog: Half double crochet 2 together (decrease in hdc)
This is a very easy pattern. Basically you just need to make a triangle.
R1: hdc in the 3rd ch from hook (25hdc)
R2: turn, hdc2tog in next st, hdc in the next 21sts, hdc2tog in the next st (23)
R3-R5: repeat R2 (17)
R6: turn, hdc2tog in next st, hdc to next 5 sts, hdc2tog in next st, hdc to next 6 sts, hdc2tog in the next st (14)
R7: turn, hdc2tog in next st, hdc to next 4 sts, hdc2tog in next st, hdc to next 4 sts, hdc2tog in the next st (11)
R8: turn, hdc2tog in next st, hdc to next 2 sts, hdc2tog in next st, hdc to next 3 sts, hdc2tog in the next st (8)
R9: turn, hdc2tog in next st, hdc to next 4 sts, hdc2tog in next st (6)
R10: turn, hdc in all sts (6)
R11: turn, hdc2tog in next st, hdc to next 2 sts, hdc2tog in next st (4)
R12: turn, hdc2tog two times (2)
R13: turn, hdc2tog (1), don't cut off your yarn.
Do a sc border around the triangle to give it a more finished look. Cut off and secure your yarn.
How to make the card
Take your crochet triangle and fold it to form the paper boat shape. Add a dab of hot glue to help it keep its shape.
Now take your cardboard paper and fold it in half to form the card.
With your hot glue, glue the boat in the middle of the card. Make sure to only glue the back, the front of the boat should be free kind of like a pocket.
With your white marker draw some waves under the boat.
Now with your gold marker draw two lines from the bow to the sail and from the stern to the sail. On that line using your pink gold marker, draw small rounds like lights. Use your white marker to make the light diffusion.
Draw a flag in gold color on top of the sail.
Write your wishes in the inside of the card with your gold or white marker! Your card is done!
Don't forget to check out the other nine posts with the full tutorials for making a Christmas card. They are awesome!!!
Click the photo below to go to each card's tutorial!
Caseperlatesta - Shadow Box Card
Bimbumbeta - Card with shaker
Efzincreations - Wishing boxes card
CartaeCuci - Napkin Card
AbcHobby - Card Natalizia Luminoza
Ma Petite Maison - Shabby chic card
Think Ink - Gingerbread Card
Penso Invento Creo - Biglietto pop up
Acchiappaidee - La magia delle palline di Natale
I hope you will like all these cards and the ebook! Drop me a line with your favorite one!
♪♫♬ It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ♪♫♬
Lots of love