Christmas Tree Motif

Christmas Card

For the past few years I’ve made my own Christmas cards, making crochet snowflakes and then attaching them to blank cards (which looked like this). Having small piles of crochet and half-made cards all over the house has become a part of the Christmas build up for us. I wanted to make my own cards again this year, but decided it was time for a change from snowflakes and thought Christmas trees might work. I hunted around Ravelry for a patten, but struggled to find anything close to what I wanted, so I decided to write my own. This is my first attempt at writing and sharing a pattern, so if you have any feedback I’d love to hear it.

I used double knit yarn (specifically, ‘Stylecraft Special’ in Meadow and Dark Brown) and a 3.5mm hook, but you could use whatever weight and hook you wanted depending how large and how tight you want your trees to be. Colour 1 is green and colour 2 is brown, although you could use one colour throughout – if I get enough time I’d like to make a string of these in different colours to hang in our living room, and the mental image I have is of each tree being a solid colour.

British crochet terms are used throughout.

row 1 – Using colour 1, chain 3 then do two treble crochet stitches into the first chain stitch. Effectively the chain counts as one treble stitch, giving you 3 stitches in total. Turn.
row 2 – Chain 3 then do one treble crochet into the same treble on the row below that your chain is coming out of. Then one treble crochet into the next stitch, then two treble crochets into the last stitch. Counting the chain as a stitch, you should have 5 stitches in this second row. Turn.
row 3 – Chain 3 then do one treble crochet into the same treble on the row below that your chain is coming out of. Then one treble crochet into each of the next three stitches, then two treble crochets into the last stitch. Counting the chain as a stitch, you should have 7 stitches in this second row. Turn.

You should have a small triangle that looks a bit like this:

Crochet Christmas Tree Motif

row 4 – slip stitch into the first three stitches. Chain 3 then do one treble crochet into the same treble on the row below that your chain is coming out of. Then one treble crochet into the next stitch followed by two treble crochets into the next stitch. Counting the chain as a stitch, you should have 5 stitches in this row. Turn.
row 5 – Chain 3 then do one treble crochet into the same treble on the row below that your chain is coming out of. Then one treble crochet into each of the next three stitches, then two treble crochets into the last stitch. Counting the chain as a stitch, you should have 7 stitches in this row. Turn.
row 6 – Chain 3 then do one treble crochet into the same treble on the row below that your chain is coming out of. Then one treble crochet into each of the next five stitches, then two treble crochets into the last stitch. Counting the chain as a stitch, you should have 9 stitches in this row. Turn.

You should now have something that looks like this:

Crochet Christmas Tree Motif

row 7 – slip stitch into the first three stitches. Chain 3 then do one treble crochet into the same treble on the row below that your chain is coming out of. Then one treble crochet into each of the next three stitches followed by two treble crochets into the next stitch. Counting the chain as a stitch, you should have 7 stitches in this row. Turn.
row 8 – Chain 3 then do one treble crochet into the same treble on the row below that your chain is coming out of. Then one treble crochet into each of the next five stitches, then two treble crochets into the last stitch. Counting the chain as a stitch, you should have 9 stitches in this row. Turn.
row 9 – Chain 3 then do one treble crochet into the same treble on the row below that your chain is coming out of. Then one treble crochet into each of the next seven stitches, then two treble crochets into the last stitch. Counting the chain as a stitch, you should have 11 stitches in this row. Turn.

You should now have something that’s starting to look like a Christmas tree:

Crochet Christmas Tree Motif

One more set of branches to go!

row 10 – slip stitch into the first three stitches. Chain 3 then do one treble crochet into the same treble on the row below that your chain is coming out of. Then one treble crochet into each of the next five stitches followed by two treble crochets into the next stitch. Counting the chain as a stitch, you should have 9 stitches in this row. Turn.
row 11 – Chain 3 then do one treble crochet into the same treble on the row below that your chain is coming out of. Then one treble crochet into each of the next seven stitches, then two treble crochets into the last stitch. Counting the chain as a stitch, you should have 11 stitches in this row. Turn.
row 12 – Chain 3 then do one treble crochet into the same treble on the row below that your chain is coming out of. Then one treble crochet into each of the next nine stitches, then two treble crochets into the last stitch. Counting the chain as a stitch, you should have 13 stitches in this row. Cast off colour 1.

Crochet Christmas Tree Motif

row 13 – Join colour 2 into the fifth stitch along and chain 2. Half treble crochet into the next four stitches. Counting the chain as a stitch, you should have 5 stitches. Turn.
row 14 – Chain 2 then half treble crochet into each of the remaining 4 stitches in the row. Counting the chain as a stitch, you should have 5 stitches. Turn.
row 15 – Repeat row 14. Cast off.

Crochet Christmas Tree Motif

If you were using just one colour throughout, after row 12, instead of casting off and then joining in a second colour, you need to slip stitch into the first five stitches and then start your chain.

Crochet Christmas Tree Motif

After weaving in the ends, I pinned them to cardboard and sprayed with starch to stiffen them. After removing the pins, I attached some sequins and then glued onto cards. I’ve made 40 so far, although I keep thinking of other people I want to send one to, so am not done yet!

Christmas Tree

Edit: I’ve added this as a design on Ravelry.

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