Here you can find my free pattern for some crochet fairy wings. These crochet wings are another crochet pattern I didn’t think I’d be writing up, but you’ve got to love a bit of fancy dress , and these would be perfect for a halloween costume too.
I made these wings as part of a dressing up outfit for my daughter a good few years ago, when she went to a fairy festival as a fairy – and a crochet fairy at that, complete with flower headband. This is the perfect little girls costume for halloween – and it’s surprisingly quick to make!
I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, I think crochet and festivals go together like “salt and pepper”, you’ can’t really have one without the other.
In this case I don’t think you can have a crochet fairy without wings, or a flower hair garland either.
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Perfect crochet dressing up costume
This would be the perfect outfit for some trick or treating – or even just a costume (fancy dress) party. You could even combine this with a quick crochet tutu too (yep I’ve made a few of these too over the years!)
The crochet wings could also be modified to be cob web wings – just by changing the yarn colour – then you could have a crochet spider or witch – perfect for the Halloween celebrations.
The beauty about the crochet motif used for the fairy wings is that the motif actually works up really quickly, as its so holey!
They are really simple to make.
What you need to know to crochet the wings
These you could actually call an improving beginners project. They use only 2 more stitches that the traditional granny square so are great as giving you a tiny bit more crochet knowledge.
They are really easy to make – using only (USA Terms) Single crochet, Double crochet and Treble crochets, along with Chains.
So a minimal number of stitches, to get a great effect.
Single crochet – no yarn over (YO) before going through the stitch / chain
Double crochet- yarn over once before going through the chain/ stitch, then each final YO pulling through 2 loops.
Treble crochet, yarn over twice before going through the stitch, then each YO pulling through 2 loops (just like a Double crochet – but you do it once more!).
They really are that simple.
You work the majority of the stitches of the next round into the chain spaces of the previous round too – so pretty straight forward.
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Crochet fairy wings
The most important part of the crochet wings is the frames themselves.
For this, I investigated a lot of different things – but have a guess at what was the best things to use?
Yep – the cheap metal ones you can get from a dry cleaners. I went to the local one to see if I could buy a couple, and they gave me 2 for free!
If you need to buy some Amazon is a great place to start>>>
They have 13 hangers for about $10, but its definitely worth an ask in your local dry cleaners or just checking your hanging rail).
Yarn choice for crochet wings
Here you have a few choices.
I used Yarnart Begonia – a mercerized cotton yarn, that is really fine, and has a gradual pink colour change to it.
If you are thinking floaty and spider web a fine cotton would be brilliant – like this one.
You could even go all out – with a super fluffy yarn too for the real cob web feel!
To make some crochet fairy wings
You will need:
2 metal coat hangers
Wire grips (to bend the coat hangers),
Tension – Tension is not important in this project. Just make sure you sew the motif tightly to ensure it’s stretched across the coat hangers.
Abbreviations – USA terms
Ch-sp – chain space
DC- Double crochet
SC – Single crochet
SS – slip stitch
TR – treble crochet
To crochet the fairy wings
Firstly – you will need to bend the coat hangers slightly, on the bottom straight edge. Just pull it with your hand, to give it a slight bend.
Using the hook part of the coathanger, you need to bend this around the other coat hanger to secure them together. – you’ll need wire grips for this.
Then – over the centre piece where you’ve joined the wings together, wrap around some duct tape to secure them.
Time to crochet now…..
Using the 3mm hook and your yarn, SC around the outside of each coat hanger (this will take some time, but it’s so you can secure the middle “wing motif” to the edge securely.
Crochet wing motif
Round 1: with the 4mm hook, Ch8 and SS to join to make a ring.
Round 2: [1SC in the ring Ch10] repeat 8 times. SS to the top of the first SC to join.
Round 3: SS in each of the next 5 Ch, SC in the next ch, ch6, DC in the same ch as the SC, [ch4, into the next loop 1DC ch3 1DC] repeat 7 times, 4 ch, SS into the 3rd ch of the initial ch6.
Round 4: SS into the next ch-sp, ch3 (Counts as 1st DC), 1DC ch2 2DC in the same sp. [ch2,SC ch2 in the next sp, 2DC ch2 2DC in next sp] repeat [ ] around ending on ch2. SS to join to top of the ch3.
Round 5: SS over to the 1st ch-sp, ch3 (Counts as 1st DC), 2DC ch2 3DC in the same sp. [ch2,SC ch2 in the next sp, 3DC ch2 3DC in next sp] repeat [ ] around ending on ch2. SS to join to top of the ch3.
Round 6: SS over to the 1st ch-sp, ch4 1TR Counts as first TR), ch2, TR in same sp, ch11. 2TR ch2 2TR ch11 in each ch2 sp around. Fasten off.
Stretch the crochet motif, so it fits the coat hanger, and sew the middle of the ch11 to the outer rim of the coat hanger.
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