Time for another Chrismassy make.
I have designed these little trees for one of my classes at John Lewis Oxford Street. They are a great little project to try out tapestry crochet, which is very addictive.
Not only are they fun but also very quick to make, once you get into swing of things you will be able to make one in 45 minutes.
They make fantastic decorations for your tree and around the house. You can also make them into cat toys, just omit the stick, start with magic loop and include catnip in stuffing.
The tutorial on how to work in tapestry crochet is below. I have written the instruction for the colour changes instead of a chart as the project is quite small so it’s not too overwhelming to follow the written instructions.
- Pattern is written using UK terminology with US conversion given in abbreviation list.
- The pattern is worked in continues spiral, which means you will not ss to join round or ch 1 at the beginning of rnd, place marker to denote the beginning of rnd.
- From rnd 4 you will work in back loop of every st on every rnd.
Small amounts of 2 colours of DK yarns: colour A – pine, colour B – white
I have used Ricorumi in Fir Green 050 (A) and Cream 002 (B)
3mm crochet hook
Piece of garden twig approximately 9 cm in length
1 x lockable marker
One finished tree measures approximately 7 cm in height and 12.5 cm around the biggest part.
5 st and 5 rnds to 2.5 cm square measured over dc worked in back loop of every st.
Ch – chain
Dc (US sc) – double crochet (US single crochet)
Dc2tog (US sc2tog) – double crochet two stitches together
Rnd(s) – round(s)
RS – right side
Ss – slip stitch
St(s) – stitch(es)
WS – wrong side
Snowy chevron and plain colour
With colour A make 4 ch, ss to first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: ch 1, 8 dc in ring, ss to first dc.
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 dc in every st to end, ss to first dc. (16 sts)
Rnd 3: ch 1, * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st, rep from * to end, ss to first dc. (24 sts)
You will now work in spiral and in the back loop of every stitch only.
Rnds 4 to 6: 1 dc in every st to end.
Rnd 7: [dc2tog, 1 dc in next 3 sts] 4 times, 1 dc in next 4 sts. (20 sts)
Rnd 8: 1 dc in every st to end.
Now you will work using the tapestry technique, join yarn B at the beg of next rnd and carry it with you all the way through a rnd using when needed.
If you are making a one colour tree just work the next two rnds: 1 dc in every st to end.
Rnd 9: with A – 1 dc in next 2 sts, [with B – 1 dc in next st, with A – 1 dc in next 3 sts] 4 times, with B – 1 dc in next st, with A – 1 dc in last st.
Rnd 10: [with A – 1 dc in next st, with B – 1 dc in next 3 sts] 5 times.
Brake off yarn A and continue only in yarn B.
Rnd 11: [dc2tog, 1 dc in next 2 sts] 5 times. (15 sts)
Rnd 12 and 13: 1 dc in every st to end.
Insert the garden stick in the middle of foundation ring (see below), start stuffing the tree around the stick, making sure that the shape is nicely rounded.
Rnd 14: [dc2tog, 1 dc in next st] 5 times. (10 sts)
Stuff the tree a little more, but do not overstuff.
Rnd 15: [dc2tog] 5 times. (5 sts)
Break off yarn, leaving approximately 10 cm tail, using tapestry needle feed the yarn through the stitches of opening, pull tight to close opening.
Weave in all end.
Work as given for snowy chevron to rnd 5.
Rnd 6: [with A – 1 dc in next 11 sts, with B – 1 dc in next st] twice.
Rnd 7: with A – dc2tog, 1 dc in next 3 sts, dc2tog, 1 dc in next 3 sts, with B – dc2 tog, 1 dc in next st, with A – 1 dc in next 2 sts, dc2tog, 1 dc in next 5 sts, with B – 1 dc in next 2 sts. (20 sts)
Rnd 8: with B – 1 dc in next st, with A – 1 dc in next 6 sts, with B – 1 dc in next 4 sts, with A – 1 dc in next 6 sts, with B – 1 dc in next 3 sts.
Rnd 9: with B – 1 dc in next 2 sts, with A – 1 dc in next 4 sts, with B – 1 dc in next 6 sts, with A – 1 dc in next 4 sts, with B – 1 dc in next 4 sts.
Rnd 10: with B – 1 dc in next 3 sts, with A – 1 dc in next 2 sts, with B – 1 dc in next 8 sts, with A – 1 dc in next 2 sts, with B – 1 dc in next 5 sts.
Brake off colour A and continue only in colour B.
Starting with rnd 11, work the rest of rnds as given for snowy chevron.
- To get a neat colour change we need to change colours one stitch before: For example; if the third stitch needs to be a different colour, change yarns on the second stitch. Work to one stitch before colour change, stop when you have two loops on hook.
- Drop colour A and finish the stitch with colour B.
- We need to work one st in colour B and the following sts are in A – work next st in colour B but stop when you have two loops on hook, drop colour B and finish the stitch with colour A.
Continue changing colour as described in the last 3 steps.
Tip – To avoid yarns twisting, make sure you keep your colour B to your right and colour A to your left.
Usually when working in tapestry crochet you carry the yarn not in in between the stitch, however when working in the round I prefer to carry it inside the work and catch the yarn every third stitch when not in use.
- When inserting hook to work dc make sure that the yarn to be stranded is placed on top of the hook at the back of work.
- Work dc as normal, enclosing the strand in the stitch. Continue repeating the last 2 steps, enclosing the yarn not in use every third stitch.
Stuffing the tree
Insert the garden stick through the foundation ring and stuff the tree around the stick, that way the tree will have a nice rounded shape.