A Symbol Crochet Chart for Making Christmas Tree Appliques

Get the Free Symbol Crochet Chart for Making This Christmas Tree Applique.
Get the Free Symbol Crochet Chart for Making This Christmas Tree Applique.

I know it’s only September, but the holiday season is just around the corner. It’s only a few short months until December rolls around. With that in mind, I’ve posted a Christmas-friendly symbol crochet chart you can use for crocheting a little Christmas tree motif similar to the one pictured here.

If you crochet this little Christmas tree, you could use it as an applique; it would be nice to stitch it to a hat, sweatshirt, tote bag, Christmas stocking, Christmas tree skirt or other creative craft project for a bit of holiday pizzazz. It would also make a fantastic ornament if you prefer to use it that way.

Please keep in mind that this motif doesn’t specifically need to be a Christmas tree. If you’d rather have a plain pine tree, it’s even easier than the Christmas tree you see pictured — just leave off the buttons, doodads and decorations.

Plain pine trees would be nice for embellishing projects that you want to be able to use throughout the entire winter season; you won’t feel obligated to put a pine tree project away on December 26th, when Christmas is over and done with. Which reminds me that I should also mention this pretty pine tree square, which you can crochet in Christmas colors if you like — or not. Whichever you prefer.

If you want to crochet a large project like a blanket in time for Christmas, it’s definitely time to get moving on that — just to be sure you get it all finished in time. Of course, now is a great time go get started on all your holiday crafting — because at this point, you have time to get things finished before the crazy-busy holiday rush begins.

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A Cute Christmas Tree Decoration to Crochet

A Cute Christmas Tree Decoration to Crochet
A Cute Christmas Tree Decoration to Crochet

Here’s a fun needlework project idea for those of you who celebrate Christmas. It’s a cute Christmas tree decoration to crochet.

You could use this little Christmas tree as an ornament or a door hanger. (If you want to make it a door hanger, just be sure to make the hanging loop long enough to fit over the doorknob where you want to hang it.)

This project is made by crocheting and joining two easy Christmas tree shapes that you can make using our free symbol crochet chart and pattern.

This is a quick crochet project with a lot of creative potential. You’re invited to grab the free chart and ornament pattern from our website, and give this project a try.

Project Ideas for Using Layered Crochet Stitches

I’m getting ready to move, so I am going back through all my projects and deciding which of my finished objects to donate, what to gift to friends, what to keep and what to unravel. This is a bit like traveling back in time. It’s refreshing my memory on so many different ideas I had in the past, and so many different directions my knitting and crochet could take next.


This swatch is comprised of single crochet and chain stitches that are layered over each other in interesting ways. This idea is further developed into some crochet necklaces which you can make using free patterns available on the Internet.
This swatch is comprised of single crochet and chain stitches that are layered over each other in interesting ways. This idea is further developed into some crochet necklaces which you can make using free patterns available on the Internet.



Here’s a peek at a swatch of layered crochet stitches I worked back in 2009, when I first began designing crochet patterns for public consumption.

I’ve learned a lot between now and then; there are good things and bad things about the direction of the growth I’ve experienced in that time. I think in many ways, I’ve become more adept at pattern writing, and my patterns are clearer than they were in the earlier days. The downside is that, in the early days, I was more willing to try complex things that were difficult to explain via crochet patterns. Since many of my readers are beginning crocheters, somewhere along the line I began making choices that are safer, simpler and more beginner friendly. So some of the resulting clarity has come at the expense of work that is a little more interesting, different and unusual.


Looking at this swatch is a good reminder of the kind of work that I used to do in the past but haven’t done much of lately. I used to take more risks with my crocheting, and I was more willing to spend time on pieces that failed, or at least failed to achieve “commercial success.” At the time, since I was just getting started with designing for the public, I didn’t even understand what “commercial success” was. I have a clearer understanding of that now, although I am still learning more every day.


In the swatch pictured above, the lower layer of the fabric is single crochet. The upper layer consists of arches of chain stitches and single crochet.

After I initially created this swatch, I developed the concept into several finished projects:

Looking at this swatch reminds me that there are so many other different directions this idea could go in:

  • Different ways to work out the stitch repeat
  • Different color combinations to try
  • Different yarns to use
  • Different finished projects that could result

I crocheted both this swatch and my necklaces with embroidery floss. I think that using a thicker yarn would make an awfully thick fabric, but I’d still be interested to try it and see what happens. When worked with bulkier yarns, it could perhaps make an interesting purse or tote bag…a coffee cup cozy…the cuffs of a garment or the lower edge of a sweater…the lower edge of a hat…so many ideas!


For now, though, I have to resume with my decluttering and destashing, so instead of working on new ideas and new patterns I will have to content myself with linking you up to pages I’ve already posted:

Quick Crochet Projects for Christmas 2015 This Page Was Updated on 10-26-2015.

Hello Crocheters and Knitters!

Anybody need some quick, fun holiday themed crochet projects to work on? Here are a few ideas that I hope you can use if you have any "down time" in the next couple of months. (And if not..I hope you'll at least take a moment to grab the patterns anyway, 'cause you can always use 'em next year…)

Christmas Tree Applique

Quick, Easy Christmas Tree Applique -- With Free Symbol Crochet Chart and Pattern Available
Quick, Easy Christmas Tree Applique — With Free Symbol Crochet Chart and Pattern Available

It doesn't take long to whip up this quick little Christmas tree applique. You could use the applique to transform just about any type of crochet or craft project into a Christmas project. You could even use the applique on store-bought items if you're in a hurry.

Related Crochet Pattern: Christmas Tree Ornament

Ornaments come in handy for both decorating and gift-giving. They’re pretty quick to make, too. The ornament linked above is really similar to the Christmas tree applique pictured above — and no wonder, because the ornament is constructed using two of those appliques.

Christmas Crochet Cupcake Potholders

Awhile back, I posted a new variation of my cupcake pattern. It’s a cute potholder with a cupcake design.

Crochet Cupcake Potholder -- The Free Crochet Pattern and Cupcake Chart Are Available Online
Crochet Cupcake Potholder — The Free Crochet Pattern and Cupcake Chart Are Available Online

The original cupcake design was a square with a light pink background, darker pink frosting, red cherry, and tan “cake”. My new colorway: I changed the background to off-white, the frosting to green, and the cake to a slightly darker brown. I kept the red cherry the same.

To transform this design into a potholder, I added a red border around the outside edge, along with a hanging loop in one corner, and a bit of green surface crochet detailing.

I don’t do much Christmas baking any more, but if you do, perhaps you’ll enjoy having these potholders on hand while making Christmas cookies and cakes (and cupcakes! Don’t forget the cupcakes…)

Either way, I hope those of you who celebrate Christmas will enjoy your holiday season this year.

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Make-Ahead Christmas Gifts to Give Unexpected Guests

Do you have a big family? How about a bunch of friends, co-workers, and nearby neighbors?

On one hand, it’s lovely to have a large network of people you know — and can turn to for insights, gossip, entertainment, fun or help as needed.

On the other hand, the more people you know, and the more people you have in your life, the more likely you are to forget about somebody important when gift-giving occasions occur.

This is something that’s easily avoided with a little pre-planning.

The secret: create a space, perhaps a shelf in your closet, unused cupboard in the kitchen, or area in the garage, that’s devoted specifically to gifts for upcoming holidays and occasions. Devote most of the space to gifts you want to give to the main players in your life — but also set aside at least part of the space for stashing some make-ahead gifts that would be appropriate for many different people. These would be gifts you can give to unexpected guests.

Throughout the year, stock this space with likely-looking items that you either buy on sale, or make ahead of time.

This need not be just a stash of Christmas gifts. You may wish to keep a few baby items on hand so you always have something ready if you get a last-minute baby shower invitation. It’s also a good idea to have some birthday-friendly items, and an assortment of greeting cards, ready to put in your stash.

A Few Ideas for Stocking Your Make-Ahead Gift Stash:

If there are bunches of kids on your gift list, amigurumi toys are fantastic items to stash.


Christmas ornaments are failsafe gifts for people who celebrate Christmas. (Do avoid giving them to anyone who’s Jewish or Messianic…or for that matter, anyone at all who doesn’t celebrate Christmas.)


If your crowd is of-age and enjoys alcoholic beverages, bottles of liqueur or wine, tucked inside pretty handmade bottle cozies, are a possibility for making ahead of time.


Pouches full of small items like office supplies, little toys, wrapped candies, hair accessories or lottery tickets are creative gifts that work well for emergency gift-giving.

The office supplies might be appreciated by co-workers you don’t know all that well.

The toys would be fun gifts for kids.

The wrapped candies would be great for just about anybody who isn’t diabetic or on a restricted diet.

The hair accessories would be nice for little girls, tweens or teens.

The lottery tickets, well, I normally think they’re a waste of money — but in the past I have had fun giving tickets to coworkers.

One year I bought 50 tickets and gave them out, one each, to 50 different co-workers.

I wish I could tell you that somebody hit the jackpot, but the results were not that exciting. One guy won $20; several other co-workers won additional tickets. Overall, the state of California was the biggest winner…but at least that idea neatly solved the problem of how I could get gifts for 50 co-workers on a tiny budget of only $50.

In the past I’ve experimented with maintaining a gift stash like the one I’m describing. In my experience, the stashed items that came in handiest were the baby projects. For whatever reason, I never seem to get much notice when a new baby is about to make an appearance. For that reason, I always try to keep a few baby projects on hand, or at least in progress, so I’m never caught empty handed. Preferably, it’s nice to have a mix that includes some baby boy projects, some baby girl projects, and some gender-neutral projects — just to cover your bases.

A Tip: It’s a good idea to wrap each gift that you stash ahead of time, but if you do, discreetly stick a post-it note to the package with a note reminding you about what’s inside. Be sure to remove the note before you give the gift to its final recipient!

I hope these ideas will help you avoid possible embarrassment, not to mention some of the biggest stress-creators that come along with holiday entertaining and gift-giving. Won’t it be nice to never again have to worry when long-lost relatives turn up on Christmas morning — because you will be able to gracefully grab appropriate gifts out of your stash to present to them?


Wishing you and yours all the best for a happy fall, followed by a happy holiday season this year.

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