Christmas trees are central to the celebration of Christmas, and they’re important icons that help to make the Christmas season special. It’s no wonder they’re so popular; evergreen trees look fresh and lovely all year around, long after other tree species have shed their leaves in the autumn months.
In the month of December, evergreen trees are especially eye-catching — particularly when their caretakers transform them into Christmas trees, covering them with colorful lights and decorations.
Christmas trees provide plentiful inspiration for artists and crafters to work with. For example, doesn’t this easy crochet Christmas tree shape inspire you with bunches of ideas for different craft projects you could make?
If you’re looking for a versatile Christmas applique, or the basis for making bunches of simple Christmas tree ornaments, this pattern is a fantastic choice.
- CC = Contrasting Color
- ch = chain
- dec = decrease
- MC = Main Color
- rep = repeat
- sc = single crochet
- sc2tog = decrease by working 2 single crochet stitches together
- sc3tog = decrease by working 3 single crochet stitches together
- sl st = slip stitch
Materials You Will Need:
Crochet Thread, Fiber, Yarn, Wire or Plarn:
MC – Green
CC – Brown
If you make this in crochet thread, fiber or yarn, the finished tree will look more or less like the project sample.
You could also crochet it using cut up grocery bags, also known as “plarn,” or maybe even colored wire. If you use wire, this could make an interesting metal tree ornament, or perhaps a door hanger.
Crochet Hook: Check your yarn wrapper or thread ball band for a hook size recommendation that’s appropriate for the yarn or thread you are using. My sample Christmas tree was worked with a size I / 5.50 millimeter hook.
Buttons or Other Miniature Christmas Ornaments: You can stitch buttons, sequins, rhinestones, beads or other small items onto the surface of your crocheted Christmas tree shape.
Needle: You’ll need a yarn needle, darning needle or tapestry needle to complete the stitching necessary for this project.
Crochet Skill Level: Easy
Sewing Skill Level: Easy
Gauge: You can work this project at just about any gauge; there’s no specific need to match my gauge.
Project Size: The finished Christmas tree shape is 5″ high x 4″ across when crocheted using medium weight yarn. Your results may vary.
Design Notes: ch 1 and turn in between rows.
ch 14 using MC (green).
Follow the symbol crochet chart for rows 1 – 13. Row 13 is a decrease row; you will single crochet all 3 stitches together.
Free Symbol Crochet Chart
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Round 14: Ch 1. Crochet slip stitches all the way around the triangle shape. If you want “pointy” looking corners on your tree, you can work 1 extra chain stitch in each corner, including the sharp corner at the top of the tree. If you omit these extra chain stitches, the effect will be a Christmas tree that looks a bit softer, rounder and less pointy.
Fasten off. Weave in any loose ends. Rotate the work so that it gets turned upside down.
Row 15: Make a slip knot using CC (brown.) Find the spot where you want your tree trunk to be located. You’ll want to work the tree trunk across the lower edge of the triangle (crocheting into the starting chain, which you worked at the start of the project.) You want to make sure of centering the trunk in the middle of the tree. Depending on how many slip stitches you crocheted, you might want your tree trunk to be three stitches wide, or four stitches wide. The trunk on my sample project is four stitches wide.
Row 16: When you’ve figured out where to work your tree trunk, crochet 3-4 single crochet stitches into that spot. ch 1, turn.
Row 17: Work 1 sc stitch in each stitch across the row. ch 1, turn.
Row 18: Work 1 sc in each stitch across the row.
Fasten off. Sew in your loose ends. You can block the Christmas tree shape if you like before “decorating” it. After it’s dry, add any embellishments you like to the surface of the tree.
If you make 2 of these tree shapes, you can join them together and stuff them with fiberfill to create a Christmas tree ornament. Or you can just use the shape as an applique by stitching it to the craft project or purchased item of your choice.
Get a Variety of Holiday Craft Patterns and Ideas
Want to find bunches more fun holiday patterns and crafts? If so, you may enjoy the following pages on our website and selected other sites on the Internet:
- Free Crochet Pattern for Beaded Christmas Napkin Rings
- Christmas Patterns to Knit and Crochet
- Christmas Crafts — Free Instructions and Patterns for Making Your Own Christmas Cards and Other Christmas Crafts