Wednesday, December 7, 2016

DIY Chain Yarn Garland #12monthsofdiy

December is all about getting cozy - snuggling up with a faux fur blanket and a hot cocoa to watch seasonal favourites like Elf and Love Actually. It's also the perfect time to pick up your knitting needles and knit something cozy. For me, it was something "warm" for my house - this diy yarn garland in the form of a looped chain. It's like a slightly more complicated version of those paper chains the kids like to make.

For other snuggly yarn projects, such as blankets and scarves, visit the links at the bottom of this post. Once again this month, 12 Canadian lifestyle and d├ęcor bloggers are sharing our diys using a given material - in this case yarn. I'm sad to see our #12monthsofdiy project come to an end. I have had such a great time coming up with crafts for each theme and interacting with the other bloggers and readers.

Our sponsor for this month's projects is Lion Brand Yarns. Lion Brand sells a tempting selection of yarn, hooks, needles and pretty much anything else you might need for a knitting project. For my project, I chose LB Collection® cotton bamboo yarn. It comes in eight bright, beautiful colours, including the five I selected (above).

To make this yarn garland, you will need:

  • Yarn (3 light) in three (or more) colours
  • Knitting needles (I used my grandmother's needles, equivalent to a size 5 in contemporary needles)
  • embroidery needle
  • sharp scissors
  • ribbon

I was inspired by this "paper chain" yarn garland, which has a different design, with longer loops and a cotton yarn. You could really make this yarn garland with any size yarn and needles, depending on how big you want your garland to be. It would be a great project for using up leftover yarn too.

To start, cast on 12 stitches.

Knit a regular (garter) knit stitch until your strip measures about 9.5 inches. Cast off, leaving a tail that you can then use to sew the ends of your loop together. Repeat for as many strips as you desire.

Stitch up your first yarn loop with the embroidery needle and the tail of yarn. Then wrap the second loop around the first and stitch the ends of the second loop together. And so on. String loops of ribbon through the ends of the knit garland for easy hanging.

This is a great project for beginner knitters, including children. Nothing complex to it at all. Of course, I still managed to screw up several times. But it's all good. You don't really notice the imperfections when the whole thing comes together.

I used my yarn garland to dress up the mirror in our newly renovated entryway for Christmas but obviously you could make this in colours for Valentine's Day or St. Patrick's Day or a birthday party. Or leave a yarn garland up all year round for a touch of cheer in your home!

My garland addiction continues! What about you? Do you like garlands? Do you like to knit? Is this garland something you would make?

**Share your own yarn projects on Instagram with the hashtags #12monthsofdiy and #DecemberYarn and follow the hosts for a chance to have your project featured at the end of the month.**

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This diy knitted yarn garland is great for any knitter, from beginner on (including children). Super easy. Make it in colors for every occasion.

Now it's time to see the rest of the DIY YARN project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends.


From the top left, they are:

Crochet Cowl from Brooklyn Berry Designs

DIY Chain Yarn Garland from Woman In Real Life

Easy Arm Knit Reading Blanket from Heather in Heels

Creative DIY Art Using Yarn from Love Create Celebrate

Easy DIY Faux Macrame with Wool from Vin'yet Etc.

DIY Pom Pom and Tassel Stockings and Tree Skirt from PMQ for Two

Free crochet coaster pattern for beginners from Sustain My Craft Habit

Beginner Crochet Infinity Scarf from Fresh Crush

DIY Yarn Wall Hanging from Lifeovereasy

How to Make an Arm Knit Blanket with a Fringe from The DIY Mommy

Make Embellished Yarn Wrapped Glass Bottle Vases from Time With Thea

Christmas Front Porch from Life Is A Party

*Thank you to Lion Brand Yarns for providing the yarn for this project. All opinions are authentic and my own.


  1. Beautiful! This would look great on a tree too!

    1. That's a great idea Ariel! I think it will take me until next year to knit the garland that long though. ;)

  2. so impressed with your knitting skills - this is super cute:)

    1. Thank you Heather! You're sweet. I think my knitting skills are on the low end, but this is a super easy project. :)

  3. I love Lion Brand's selection of cotton yarn. So many beautiful colours to choose from. And you're right this is the perfect time of year to pick up those knitting needles. This garland can be kept out all year round!

    1. Yes they have a lovely selection. I probably will end up keeping the garland out for a while. :) Thanks!

  4. Such a sweet idea, love all the colour!

    1. Thank you Jen! I find the colours cheery. :)

  5. Hey girl... sorry I haven't popped by before now, it's a bit crazy over here. :) This garland is so adorable, I love the colours and that texture is so amazing, what a way to add that homemade cozy feeling to your beautiful foyer! PS I'm sad too, hopefully we will have a 2017 12 months... bigger and better! ;) xo

    1. Hey Laurie, No worries. I know you've got lots going on. Thanks so much for your kind compliments about this garland. I guess somebody has to volunteer to coordinate for next year. ;) Jo

  6. What a fun idea! I think the colours could easily work throughout the year. And I love the idea of using up leftover bits of yarn.

    1. Thank you so much! I will probably end up keeping it up for the winter at least, for a cozy feel. :)

  7. Such a cute idea, love your untraditional Christmas colours too. So nice.

    1. Thank you Dannyelle! I have lots of Christmas ornaments in these types of colours but the funny thing is I didn't end up using those colours on the tree this year! Oh well. Next year they'll coordinate maybe. ;)