Crochet Christmas Tree Crap instructions. With mega apologies.
This is my first attempt, and possibly my last, at writing a pattern. Surprisingly (or not) I actually found myself wishing I could do this as a chart. Perhaps I really do think better in chart form sometimes. Do your best.
Terms used are English crochet;Ch= chainTr= treble crochet (yarn round hook, hook in, wrap yarn
round, pull through, yarn round, pull through first two loops, yarn round, pull
through next two loops. One loop on needle.)Sl=slip stitch (hook through, yarn round pull through
work and loop on needle at the same time)Dc= double crochet (hook through top stitches, yarn
round, pull through, yarn round and pull through two loops on needle. One loop
left on needle)Materials required for each tree;
wool. It doesn’t take 100g, so use your stash up. Appropriate
sized needle. Tension doesn’t matter here, so do what
length of dowelling. I used 1cm diameter and 2.5 cm diameter Buttons.
It’s a great way to use up a button surplus Ricrac. I
used 1cm wide, but whatever is good. Or use braid, or thin ribbon. Be creative!
Actually even using a single length of chain stitch is pretty. Small
amount of toy stuffing
stand. I used grouting in a tuna tin, but a crafty person
could drill a hole in a circle of wood cut to a good size, or a teacup, a
glass, or push the end into clay or playdough. Whatever suits.
4 (last 3 form 1st tr)
into the first chain. 2 stitches.
3. Tr into base of chain stitch. Tr twice into 2nd stitch. 4
stitches in total.
6) Increasing at each end of the row and straight treble stitches across,
crochet the next row. 6 stitches.
7. Continue increasing at
each end and straight treble stitches across for a total of 10 rows. You will
have 20 stitches running across.
8. Sl 5 across to form tree
9. Ch 3. Tr into base of
chain, tr 8, 2 tr into next stitch. Turn, Ch 3, treble to last stitch, 2 treble
into last stitch.
10. (and 11) You can see the pattern
starts again. Crochet another 9 rows to make the second tier of the tree. (the
photo in 11 shows what you’re looking to achieve)
12. sl 5, ch 3, tr into
base of chain, tr across to 6 stitches from the end. Tr twice into the next
13. Keep increasing at
either end of the rows. Crochet another 10 rows until you have a Christmas tree
shape. Repeat to make two
14. Using double crochet,
join the two pieces together with either the same or a contrasting shade of
wool. Start this at the base, obviously. I tried to start on one side of the
opening and finish by crocheting on the back side of the tree.
15. At the outer points, dc
3 to make a turn. Leave a 2 to 3 cm gap in the base.
16. Stuff, place a dowel in
the middle, decorate.
Yes, I know these are crap instructions. I trust you to
not be thick and to do what works for you. Hey, I don’t use many patterns and
those I do get fiddled with. I’m never going to make mega bucks showing you how
to do something. Be brave, it’s a tree not rocket science. Has it worked? Well
done, go put it on your table and smile. Has it gone wrong? Pick it to pieces
and begin again. Try again. Think it through.And if you’re still
reading, thank you for your patience. To alter the size, basically cut off rows
in your head. I made my cream tree using 8 as my base. In other words, crochet
8 rows, slip stitch in 4 stitches, crochet 8, slip stitch in 4, crochet 8. I’m
guessing that you could do a 6-4 tree or a 4-2 tree, but that would be so
dinky. I might try that during Strictly tonight.