Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Crochet Christmas Tree

 

This week in Cosy Crochet's Christmas month I want to share with you my Christmas Tree pattern.   To my knowledge, most of the patterns for Christmas Tree's (or pine trees) are made with some sort of special stitch, like crocodile stitch, shell stitch or popcorn stitch, or they use chains as loops or they are simply decorated in the round.   I didn't want to create anything like that, I wanted to do something completely different, where if you look through the leaves you can see the brown trunk, where the leaves could be moved around to attach decorations.  Something that just felt and looked closer to a real tree, and so that is what I did.

My crochet Christmas Tree is made from leaves which are crocheted individually, 48 of them to be exact, and these are then attached to the tree as you crochet the trunk.   This way seems to create a more realistic feel to it and makes the whole tree much easier to decorate.   I made this tree in two different sizes, the first is made in double knit yarn and is what I put in the Gingerbread House Adventure Bag from last week.   The second I made from Aldi's Chunky yarn in the green colours (which they only released last month) and works perfectly.   They didn't have any brown, but holding two strands of normal chunky brown yarn together worked perfectly for the project.   The tree is decorated in tinsel yarn which I got from Aldi again and is just a really long chain sewn either end of the tree and drapped around.   The star us also made from two strands of chunky yarn, although it is worth nothing that the it does loose some definition with the thicker yarn than it did with the smaller double knit yarn.   It may actually be better to use smaller yarn and just increase the size in rounds for a better defined star.   Of course the tree could also be decorated with any normal decorations you have at home too.

The chunky Christmas Tree stands at 28cm tall and is 40cm around the largest point of the tree and is the perfect size to decorate any office desk.   In fact, although I haven't done this, putting something heavier in the bottom of the tree trunk, like a small bag or rice for example, may work to weigh the tree down enough to allow it to stand nicely on a desk.   Another alternative could be to find a small Christmas pot and put the tree in that.   Either way this is the perfect homemade office decoration for this Christmas and it really doesn't take all that long to make.   I made it and another toy all in one day in between looking after the kids.

You can get the pattern for your own Christmas Tree below.  The pattern has the materials for the smaller tree listed, but also contains notes for adapting the tree to a larger size, although all you really need to do is change the size of yarn and hook and for amigurumi, i usually just select a hook 2-3 sizes smaller than whatever the yarn recommends, so get experimenting and make yourself you crochet Christmas Tree for this year, there is plenty of time!

Join me next week for a more snowy set of patterns.

Vicky x


Christmas Tree

   1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this tree

·        Stylecraft Special DK – less than 50g in the following colours;

o   Kelly Green (1826)

o   Walnut (1054)

o   Citroen (1263)

o   Matador (1010)

o   Cloud blue (1019)

·        3mm hook

·        Stuffing

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        Stitch marker

 

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Sc dec – sc decrease

·        Hdc – half double crochet

·        Dc – double crochet

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

 

 3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        There is no specific gauge for this tree, just work as tightly as possible.

·        The tree is made using join as you go techniques for the leaves

·        The decorations are added at the end

·        The Material list is for a Christmas Tree which is 13cm tall and 10cm wide (the perfect size to go in the Gingerbread House Adventure Bag.)   If you want a larger sized Christmas Tree then you can use a 6mm hook and Aldi Chunky yarn (or equivalent)

 

4.  Pattern

Leaves – work 48 in green      

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 4, sk ch and work as follows down ch sc, hdc, 5 dc, working down opposite end of ch, hdc, sc, sc in skipped ch at start, sl st

 

 

Cast off

 

 

Tree – working in brown                                     

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4-8

Sc around

18

9

Attach leaf with 2 sc (before and after sl st on leaf)

Repeat with 8 more leaves giving you 9 leaves attach in total

18

10-11

Sc around

18

12

Rep row 9

18

13

(Sc dec, 2 sc, sc dec, 3 sc) x 2

14

14

Sc around

14

15

Attach 7 leaves as row 9

14

16-17

Sc around

14

18

Rep row 15

14

19

(sc, sc dec, sc , sc dec, sc) x 2

10

20

Sc around

10

21

Attach 5 leaves as row 9

10

22-23

Sc around

10

24

Rep row 21

10

25

Sc dec, sc dec, sc, sc dec, sc, sc dec

6

26

Sc around

6

27

Attach 3 leaves as row 9

6

28-29

Sc around

6

30

Rep row 27

6

 

Stuff tree

 

31

(sc dec) x 3

3

 

Cast off and sew shut

 

 

Star – work in Yellow     

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

5 sc in m/c

5

2

(sc, hdc, sc in each sc) x 5

15

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

Sew to top of tree

 

 

Tinsel – work 1 in red and 1 in blue         

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 75

75

 

Cast off and sew around tree randomly

 

  

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