I finally got the decorations up last night including this crochet snowflake garland I made a few years ago. I found this lovely free crochet snowflake pattern on Pinterest here, and made some individual snowflakes on small loops for the tree, and added some along a crochet string for my mantelpiece.
The pattern is quick and easy, so perfect for last minute presents and decorations. By the time you have made a few you will know it well enough to stuff a ball of wool and a crochet hook in your pocket for a quick crochet on the go (or is it just me that does that?)
Any white wool or cotton works well, and I have even used some fluffy chenille yarn, that I unravelled from a charity shop find to make some larger snowflakes, using a larger hook.
This is easily adaptable to any length of garland you want to make, I just crocheted a chain and added a snowflake on with a slip stitch at each place I wanted one. This makes a great beginner project as the tension is very flexible on this pattern, and the results look impressive.
I might just have to make some more this year to add to my presents along with some bakers twine for a rustic look!