Wednesday, November 12, 2014

O' Crochet Christmas Tree! Crochet TUTORIAL




Materials Needed:

-Worsted Weight #4 Yarn.  I used 100% cotton yarn, but acrylic yarn will work well too.
-Crochet Hook Size: E/4-3.50MM
-Sharp Needle for sewing pieces together
-Scissors
-Stuffing
-Safety Pin for marking your Rnds
-Cardboard

Abbreviations:

Click here for a list of abbreviations.

Special Stitches:

Beginning Crocodile Stitch: ch 3, (counts as the first dc),

 
 

work 5 more dc around the post of the next st,



 ch 3,



 sl st in the 3rd ch from the hook,



 work 6 dc around the post of the next st (beginning crocodile stitch made)



Crocodile Stitch: work 6 dc around the post of the next dc, ch 3, sl st in the 3rd ch from the hook, work 6 dc around the post of the next st (crocodile stitch made)

Notes:

The gauge doesn't matter so much for this pattern because you aren't making an article of clothing that needs to fit someone.  I do tend to crochet very tight (tighter than normal) when I am making amigurumi so that the stuffing doesn't show through.  But, if you want your tree to measure the same as mine, here is the gauge:

4 sts and 4 rows = 1"

Finished Measurement: 10.5" tall, and 5.5" in diameter.

Instructions:

With green yarn, make a magic loop, ch 1;

Rnd 1: 6 sc in the loop (6 sc)

Pull on the tail end to tighten up the loop.  Put your safety pin or stitch marker in the first st you made in rnd 1 and move it up as you crochet to mark your rnds.

Rnd 2: sc in each st around (6 sc)

Rnd 3: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next st) repeat around (9 sc)

Rnd 4: sc in each st around (9 sc)

Rnd 5: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 2 sts) repeat around (12 sc)

Rnd 6: sc in each st around (12 sc)

Rnd 7: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 3 sts) repeat around (15 sc)

Rnd 8: sc in each st around (15 sc)

Rnd 9: (2 sc in the next st, st in the next 4 sts) repeat around (18 sc)

Rnd 10: sc in each st around (18 sc)

Rnd 11: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 5 sts, repeat around (21 sc)

Rnd 12: sc in each st around (21 sc)

Rnd 13: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 6 sts) repeat around (24 sc)

Rnd 14: sc in each st around (24 sc)

Rnd 15: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 7 sts) repeat around (27 sc)

Rnd 16: sc in each st around (27 sc)

Rnd 17: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 8 sts) repeat around (30 sc)

Rnd 18: sc in each st around (30 sc)

Rnd 19: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 9 sts) repeat around (33 sc)

Rnd 20: sc in each st around (33 sc)

Rnd 21: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 10 sts) repeat around (36 sc)

Rnd 22: sc in each st around (36 sc)

Rnd 23: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 11 sts) repeat around (39 sc)

Rnd 24: sc in each st around (39 sc)

Rnd 25: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 12 sts) repeat around (42 sc)

Rnd 26: sc in each st around (42 sc)

Rnd 27: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 13 sts) repeat around (45 sc)

Rnd 28: sc in each st around (45 sc)

Rnd 29: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 14 sts) repeat around (48 sc)

Rnd 30: sc in each st around (48 sc)

Rnd 31: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 15 sts) repeat around (51 sc)

Rnd 32: sc in each st around (51 sc)

Rnd 33: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 16 sts) repeat around (54 sc)

Rnd 34: sc in each st around (54 sc)

Rnd 35: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 17 sts) repeat around (57 sc)

Rnd 36: sc in each st around (57 sc)

Rnd 37: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 18 sts) repeat around (60 sc)

Rnd 38: sc in each st around (60 sc)

Rnd 39: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 19 sts) repeat around (63 sc)

Rnd 40: sc in each st around (63 sc)

Rnd 41: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 20 sts) repeat around (66 sc)

Rnd 42: sc in each st around (66 sc)

Rnd 43: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 21 sts) repeat around (69 sc)

Rnd 44: sc in each st around (69 sc)

Rnd 45: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 22 sts) repeat around (72 sc)

Rnd 46: sc in each st around (72 sc)

Fasten off.  Set aside for now.



Tree Base:

With green yarn, make a magic loop, ch 1;

Rnd 1: 6 sc in the loop (6 sc)

Pull on the tail end to tighten up the loop.  Put your safety pin or stitch marker in the first st you made in rnd 1 and move it up as you crochet to mark your rnds.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12 sc)

Rnd 3: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next st) repeat around (18 sc)

Rnd 4: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 2 sts) repeat around (24 sc)

Rnd 5: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 3 sts) repeat around (30 sc)

Rnd 6: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 4 sts) repeat around (36 sc)

Rnd 7: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 5 sts) repeat around (42 sc)

Rnd 8: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 6 sts) repeat around (48 sc)

Rnd 9: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 7 sts) repeat around (54 sc)

Rnd 10: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 8 sts) repeat around (60 sc)

Rnd 11: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 9 sts) repeat around (66 sc)

Rnd 12: (2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 10 sts) repeat around (72 sc)

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the base of the tree to the tree.



Stuffing and Sewing:

To begin, you will need to trace the base of your Christmas Tree to a thick piece of cardboard and cut it out.  You will eventually put this into the bottom of your tree so that the bottom of the tree will stay nice and flat.


Next, start to stuff your tree.  Stuff it very firmly so that it is nice and tight.  After you have stuffed it, insert the round piece of cardboard into the bottom of the tree.


Now you will need to start to whip stitch the tree base to the bottom of the tree.  You should have the same number of stitches on the base of your tree and the bottom of your tree.  They should fit together perfectly.  Stop when you only have a few inches left to sew and go ahead and add a little bit more stuffing to the bottom of your tree if you need to.



Weave in your loose end, and you are done with the first part of your tree.  Now to add the leaves!







Leaves:

You will need to make 11 rings of leaves to cover this tree.  There are only 9 sizes listed below because you will make the smallest size (#1) 3 times and sew those to the very top of your tree.  Here is how each one will look. 



The rings will get smaller and smaller as you crochet them.  We will be starting at the base of the tree with the largest leaf ring, and go up from there.  I will be numbering them #1 - #9 starting with #9 as the largest ring on the bottom of the tree.  If you are going to change color, start with the color you want the very bottom of the tree to be and change color for each leaf ring you make as you go up.  This tree would look beautiful made with one color too.

#9:

Ch 66, join with a sl st to the first ch to form a large ring;



Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as the first dc), dc in the next st, ch 1, {(skip the next st, dc in the next 2 sts, ch 1)} repeat from {( to )} around, join with a sl st to the first dc (44 dc, 22 ch-1 spaces)

Rnd 2: work beginning crocodile stitch (see SPECIAL STITCHES section), {(sc in the space between the next 2 dc, work your next crocodile stitch (see SPECIAL STITCHES section) around the post's of the next 2 dc)} repeat from {( to )} around, sc in the space between the next 2 dc, sl st to the first dc you made to join (11 crocodile stitches)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew the leaf ring to the tree.

Chances are that your leaf ring should fit perfect.  But, if by chance it doesn't, you will need to make a few adjustments.  You will need to try your ring onto your Christmas tree and make sure it slips clear down to the bottom of the tree as shown:


 

If it is too tight, you will need to move up a crochet hook size and re-make it.  If it is too big, you will need to move down a crochet hook size and re-make it.  As soon as you get that first one to fit properly, the rest of the leaf rings should fit perfectly.

#8:

Ch 60, join with a sl st to the first ch to form a large ring;

Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as the first dc), dc in the next st, ch 1, {(skip the next st, dc in the next 2 sts, ch 1)} repeat from {( to )} around, join with a sl st to the first dc (40 dc, 20 ch-1 spaces)

Rnd 2: work beginning crocodile stitch (see SPECIAL STITCHES section), {(sc in the space between the next 2 dc, work your next crocodile stitch (see SPECIAL STITCHES section) around the post's of the next 2 dc)} repeat from {( to )} around, sc in the space between the next 2 dc, sl st to the first dc you made to join (10 crocodile stitches)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew the leaf ring to the tree.

#7:

Ch 54, join with a sl st to the first ch to form a large ring;

Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as the first dc), dc in the next st, ch 1, {(skip the next st, dc in the next 2 sts, ch 1)} repeat from {( to )} around, join with a sl st to the first dc (36 dc, 18 ch-1 spaces)

Rnd 2: work beginning crocodile stitch (see SPECIAL STITCHES section), {(sc in the space between the next 2 dc, work your next crocodile stitch (see SPECIAL STITCHES section) around the post's of the next 2 dc)} repeat from {( to )} around, sc in the space between the next 2 dc, sl st to the first dc you made to join (9 crocodile stitches)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew the leaf ring to the tree.

#6:

Ch 48, join with a sl st to the first ch to form a large ring;

Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as the first dc), dc in the next st, ch 1, {(skip the next st, dc in the next 2 sts, ch 1)} repeat from {( to )} around, join with a sl st to the first dc (32 dc, 16 ch-1 spaces)

Rnd 2: work beginning crocodile stitch (see SPECIAL STITCHES section), {(sc in the space between the next 2 dc, work your next crocodile stitch (see SPECIAL STITCHES section) around the post's of the next 2 dc)} repeat from {( to )} around, sc in the space between the next 2 dc, sl st to the first dc you made to join (8 crocodile stitches)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew the leaf ring to the tree.

#5:

Ch 42, join with a sl st to the first ch to form a large ring;

Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as the first dc), dc in the next st, ch 1, {(skip the next st, dc in the next 2 sts, ch 1)} repeat from {( to )} around, join with a sl st to the first dc (28 dc, 14 ch-1 spaces)

Rnd 2: work beginning crocodile stitch (see SPECIAL STITCHES section), {(sc in the space between the next 2 dc, work your next crocodile stitch (see SPECIAL STITCHES section) around the post's of the next 2 dc)} repeat from {( to )} around, sc in the space between the next 2 dc, sl st to the first dc you made to join (7 crocodile stitches)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew the leaf ring to the tree.

#4:

Ch 36, join with a sl st to the first ch to form a large ring;

Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as the first dc), dc in the next st, ch 1, {(skip the next st, dc in the next 2 sts, ch 1)} repeat from {( to )} around, join with a sl st to the first dc (24 dc, 12 ch-1 spaces)

Rnd 2: work beginning crocodile stitch (see SPECIAL STITCHES section), {(sc in the space between the next 2 dc, work your next crocodile stitch (see SPECIAL STITCHES section) around the post's of the next 2 dc)} repeat from {( to )} around, sc in the space between the next 2 dc, sl st to the first dc you made to join (6 crocodile stitches)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew the leaf ring to the tree.

#3:

Ch 30, join with a sl st to the first ch to form a large ring;

Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as the first dc), dc in the next st, ch 1, {(skip the next st, dc in the next 2 sts, ch 1)} repeat from {( to )} around, join with a sl st to the first dc (20 dc, 10 ch-1 spaces)

Rnd 2: work beginning crocodile stitch (see SPECIAL STITCHES section), {(sc in the space between the next 2 dc, work your next crocodile stitch (see SPECIAL STITCHES section) around the post's of the next 2 dc)} repeat from {( to )} around, sc in the space between the next 2 dc, sl st to the first dc you made to join (4 crocodile stitches)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew the leaf ring to the tree.

#2:

Ch 24, join with a sl st to the first ch to form a large ring;

Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as the first dc), dc in the next st, ch 1, {(skip the next st, dc in the next 2 sts, ch 1)} repeat from {( to )} around, join with a sl st to the first dc (16 dc, 8 ch-1 spaces)

Rnd 2: work beginning crocodile stitch (see SPECIAL STITCHES section), {(sc in the space between the next 2 dc, work your next crocodile stitch (see SPECIAL STITCHES section) around the post's of the next 2 dc)} repeat from {( to )} around, sc in the space between the next 2 dc, sl st to the first dc you made to join (4 crocodile stitches)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew the leaf ring to the tree.

#1:

Make 3 of these for the very top of your tree.
 
 
Ch 18, join with a sl st to the first ch to form a large ring;

Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as the first dc), dc in the next st, ch 1, {(skip the next st, dc in the next 2 sts, ch 1)} repeat from {( to )} around, join with a sl st to the first dc (12 dc, 6 ch-1 spaces)

Rnd 2: work beginning crocodile stitch (see SPECIAL STITCHES section), {(sc in the space between the next 2 dc, work your next crocodile stitch (see SPECIAL STITCHES section) around the post's of the next 2 dc)} repeat from {( to )} around, sc in the space between the next 2 dc, sl st to the first dc you made to join (3 crocodile stitches)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew the leaf ring to the tree.

Sewing the Leaf Rings to the Tree:

Start by sewing the largest leaf ring (#9) to the bottom of the tree.


Next, sew the next leaf ring to the tree (#8), and then the next (#7) ect.... until you have all of the leaf rings sewn to the tree.




 


Star:

With yellow yarn make a magic loop, ch 1;

Rnd 1: 5 sc in the loop, pull on the tail end to tighten up the loop, join with a sl st to the first sc (5 sc)

Rnd 2: (ch 3, sl st in the 2nd from the hook, sc in the next ch, sl st in the next sc from rnd 1) repeat from ( to ) 4 more times.  Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the star to the top of the tree.



Sew the star to the top of the tree, and you are finished!  Decorate your tree as desired, or leave it as it is. 

Have fun making your Christmas trees everyone!  Merry Christmas!








21 comments:

  1. love this. Cant wait to make a few for our house!

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  2. Perfect tree! Thanks for the pattern.
    I was looking for a tree pattern, just found this on Ravelry and this is the best!

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  3. This is the cutest one I've seen yet. Now I will finally make some trees!! Thank you for this!! =0)

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  4. I love this tree! Thanks for sharing the pattern. I'm wondering how tall is the finished tree and the diameter?

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    1. Hi! I am glad you like the pattern, thank you. The finished tree is 10.5" tall, and 5.5" in diameter. I hope this helps you :)

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  5. Hi there I've found a mistake in the tree part. You have 2 rounds of 2sc in first St then sc in next 15sts (rounds 31 & 33 I believe) as the counting won't work or correctly. I hope you understand what I mean.

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    1. I found the mistake. Thank you for pointing it out so that I could fix it. I really appreciate it :)

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  6. Thankyou for your reply & you're very welcome. I'm from Australia and found your pattern the other day so far I'm doing well with it it's gorgeous.

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  7. Let me send a BIG thank you from Austria for this wonderful tutorial!

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  8. Amazing tree, I really love it ♥

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  9. I love this! A question: It looks like you account for 10 rings around the tree, but in the pictures there are 11. Is one of the larger rings a repeat?

    Thanks so much for the pattern!

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    1. Oh yes, I can see how that could be confusing. There are actually 9 sizes of leaf rings for this tree. You will make the smallest (#1) 3 times, and put those three on the very top of the tree. Hope this helps!

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  10. Oh, I only saw 8 sizes on the pattern! I see the 9th now, thanks so much for replying!

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  11. It's the best christmas tree that i've seen so far!Thanks for sharing!!
    P.S.May I sell trees that i make using this pattern?

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, feel free to make and sell as many of these trees as you would like :)

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  12. Can you explain how you attaché the Tree Rings to the Tree?

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    1. I hand sew them on with a sharp needle and the same yarn I used to crochet the rings. Hope that helps :)

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  13. Such a beautiful tree. I really want to make it. Do you know how much worsted weight yarn I would need?

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  14. You probably don't monitor this blog anymore, but I wanted to thank you for providing such an excellent pattern and without charging.

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  15. The best tree pattern on line thank you for sharing. Just one question how much space is there between each layer of leaf rings?

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