DIY Christmas card with crochet boat - Free pattern and tutorial

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Hello darlings!

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
Yarn needle
Yarn scissors
White marker
Pink gold marker
Gold marker
A4 Cardboard paper in navy blue color
Crochet boat pattern

This pattern is written in US crochet terms
Ch: chain
Hdc: half double crochet
Dc: double crochet
Trc: treble crochet
Sl st: slip stitch
Blo: back loop only
Tog: together
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
Ma Petite Maison - Shabby chic card
Think Ink - Gingerbread Card
Penso Invento Creo - Biglietto pop up
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

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  1. Wow Maro, your card is so sweet! I love crochet, I think I'll do this lively card! Nice to collaborate with you 😘😘

  2. Now that is just precious! I don’t know how to knit, but it’s on my bucket list! Never did I think of doing something like this though! I would feel honored to get such a beautiful card!

  3. This is called creativity! How beautiful and different this card looks, indeed I need to work on this with my son. Would love to give it to the most precious people in my life:)

  4. Oh my gosh this little boat is so adorable, things like this really make me want to learn how to crochet so badly - perhaps a New Years resolution

    Laura x

  5. Knitting has been on my list for so long. I love crochet and how it adds so much of life to the Christmas card.

  6. Oh, making these looks like such a fun way for families to spend more time together during the holidays.

  7. This is a really nice and cute idea. I used to love crochet as a kid! I don't have much time now but i would love to get back into it!

  8. This is darling, a great idea and easy to follow! A handmade card just says "I care" and it adds the sweetness of different textures when held in your hands. Thank you! I'm off to crochet now <3

  9. You are very talented, I could never pull off a beautiful card like this because I am too clumsy. I think that handmade cards are so pretty and definitely given to special people in our lives.

  10. I love this! It's so cute! It's a neat play on embroidered cards! I'll bet whoever gets one of these will appreciate the time and effort that it takes to make something like this!

  11. That DIY Christmas card looks amazing. I don't think I'll be that good at crocheting though I
    d love to make a crochet hat for my little one.

  12. I love this DIY CHRISTMAS CARD WITH CROCHET BOAT. It's the perfect Christmas gift to friends and family.

  13. I wish I could knit :D... but my mom would definitely love to try this... that looks just cute and perfect <3

  14. How adorable is this Christmas card idea. There's nothing better than making cards and gifts yourself. Love how this one turned out!

  15. This is really cute! My kids would love to make something like this - it would be a perfect card/gift for grandma!

  16. This is so adorable! I am obsessed with holiday DIY projects. Definitely going to make this.

  17. This is such a great idea! I love when people get creative during the holidays.

  18. This is magic card! Lovely tutorial... Kisses

  19. One thing I love about arts and crafts is that the receiver KNOWS we spent time and energy putting this together. I'm sure this card is a keeper for many years to come.

  20. Maro, you're really too kind, as always, and thank you so much for what you say! For us was really an honour having such a talented crafted like you as a part of the project of 10 handmade Christmas card, and e book too! I love so much your crochet card, I think it's so elegant and original, and I'm so happy to have learned about this tradition in Greece! Thanks a lot and many filia!

  21. That is so cool that you were able to team with other bloggers. I do love the look of the knitted boat on the card. It's just too cute.


  22. I love Greece and discovering this tradition by working together, made me happy! Your card is really unique!!!

  23. Wow , do you have italian root! It's magic (thanks for share ideas)

  24. i could never imagine that blue and white and ships could be part of Christmas! That's why I loved your card so much...simply gorgeous!

  25. I love this tradition and I love your card that reminds me so much of the sea...

  26. I think crocheting is really amazing. I wish I knew how. I love the idea behind the card. It is great!

  27. I love this! What a sweet and thoughtful way to send cards. I never thought to do something like this, and I love to crochet. Thanks for opening my mind to a new idea. I love it!

  28. A truly unique card!
    It was a pleasure to work together.
    Thank you ^^


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