♥ A beautiful gift, from me to you.♥
Tannenbaum is German for Fir tree, many of us may be familiar with the song, which became a Christmas song sometime in the 19th century.
As I was designing this gift for you all the large points reminded me of a Christmas tree, and so the name “Oh Tannenbaum”.
No matter what festivals you celebrate, Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Solstice, festival of light, Diwali, this is a time of year where many of us celebrate the joy of light overcoming darkness, of exchanging gifts, and spending time with family, friends and loved ones.
♥ This is my gift to you, a placemat and coaster to make your table beautiful or a wall hanging mandala to show off your skills.
♥ I wish you all a peaceful festive season, filled with love and kindness, may giving bring you untold joy.
Because I was making this as a Christmas gift for you all, I chose to use traditional christmassy colours, but as you will see it also looks amazing in any other colours.
♥ When making placemats and coasters, I personally recommend that you use cotton yarn.
Cotton will stand up to heat better and is more absorbent than acrylics.
I used a mix of Stylecraft Classique Cotton – White, and Paintbox Yarns in Evergreen and Red Wine.
Both come in 50g balls and are Double knitting weight, I used a 4mm Clover Amour hook.
Paintbox yarns are available from Love Crochet, please use the link on the righthand side of this page.
Finished size is: Placemat 14 inches/35cm, and Coaster 5 inches/12.5cm.
For a wall hanging you can use what ever yarn you like, I used Stylecraft Special Double knitting in Lipstick, Green, and White, with a 4mm hook.
And it looks gorgeous above my little festive tree, and next to the beautiful Noel cross stitch my Mum made.
Finished size for the wall hanging is 15 inches/38cm.
I have written a separate post all about attaching your piece to a hoop, Hanging A-Round
Here are some of the Oh Tannembaums made by my amazing team of testers.
♥ Pauline Vos used Stylecraft Special in Cypress, and Claret with Stylecraft Batik in Cream.
using a 4mm hook the finished size is Placemat 13 inch / 33 cm, and Coaster 5 inch / 13 cm.
I love the softness of these colours, and the gorgeous little Christmas Angel.
♥ Ineke Mooijenkind used up some scraps she had left from old projects, these do make great stash buster type projects.
Here is the placemat and coasters in her famous “Happy Colours”.
And another signature colour set for Ineke is black and white for this stunning wall hanging.
♥ Terena Todd went for making a dream catcher, she also used up some left-overs in 3-ply, for a smaller piece.
Just waiting to have the feathers and beads attached, I will add another photo once finished.
♥ Melissa Leighton decided to be a little different and has used hers to cover a stool for her she-shed, where she spends hours of fun hooking away.
Melissa used worsted weight yarn and a 5mm hook, she made the extra rounds to create a circle of 16 inches, and used 202m/221yds of yarn in total.
♥ Becky Callahan has used christmassy colours, but in a different order to mine.
I love the way the coaster reminds me of candy canes.
Again made in worsted weight yarn with a 5mm hook, the placemat is 16 inches across, and the coaster is 6 inches.
and many blessings to you all.
As always, I would love to see your creations, so please share on my Facebook group Helen’s Hookaholics, where there is always a warm welcome, and lots of help.