Sunday, December 7, 2008

Granny Square Christmas Tree

Here is a pattern that I created years ago. Feel free to give a try, and if you have any questions or find any errors please let me know. Enjoy!

Granny Square Christmas Tree



Materials:

8 oz. Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Green
3 oz. Red Heart Super Saver yarn in White
Small amount white or dark brown worsted weight yarn for tree trunk

You will also need:

4 - 1-inch red pom-poms
9 - 1/2-inch red pom-poms
4 red velvet ribbon bows with a gold twist-tie attached
4 - 1-inch gold jingle bells
Small amount of fiberfill stuffing for trunk
1 - 1-inch white/bone ring for hanger
Craft glue or hot glue gun
Size I/9 (5.50 mm) hook

Tree is approximately 24 inches tall when finished.

Granny Squares:

Using size I hook, start with a ch 5, sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch 2, (3 dc in ring, ch 2) 3 times, sl st in top of beg ch-3, turn.

Round 2: Sl st to ch-2 space, ch 3, 2 dc in space, ch 2, 3 dc in space to form corner, (ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 space) 3 times for 3 more corners, st st in top of beg ch-3, turn.

Round 3: Sl st to ch-2 space, ch 3, 2 dc in space, ch 2, 3 dc in space to form corner, (ch 1, 3 dc) in each ch-1 space along the side to corner; (ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2 3 dc) in each ch-2 corner space. Repeat around, and sl st into top of beginning ch-3, turn.

Repeat Round 3 for square. The last round of each square is done in white yarn. When you've finished with the green yarn, fasten off, and attach white yarn with a sl st into any ch-2 space, and repeat Round 3 for one round, fasten off and weave in all ends.

For the tree, you'll need 4 squares in the following sizes:

1st square: 8 rounds green; 1 round white
2nd square: 7 rounds green; 1 round white
3rd square: 6 rounds green; 1 round white
4th square: 5 rounds green; 1 round white

Tree Trunk:

Row 1: Using either white or brown yarn and a size I hook, ch 12, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; 11 sc. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in first sc and in each sc across; 11 sc. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until you have 20 rows. Fasten off, leaving a long end for sewing. With right sides together, fold the trunk piece in half lengthwise, making a square. Sew the side edges closed and turn right side out. Stuff the trunk, leaving space at the top to sew it closed. Don't stuff too tightly. When you've finished stuffing the trunk, sew the top closed; set aside.

To Assemble the Tree:

With wrong sides facing, fold each completed granny square in half diagonally so that the last 3 rows of the opposite side of the square show underneath. Sew or glue the tip of the corner to the back of the square.

Start by laying out the largest square. Take the second square and lay it over the top of the first square so that the fold of the second square just touches the tip of the first square. Sew or glue the second square to the first square.

Repeat these steps for both the third and fourth squares of the tree.

Center the trunk at the bottom of the largest triangle and sew in place.

Decorating the Tree:

Glue the 1-inch pom-poms to the top point of the three, and to the three points on the first (bottom) square.

Glue the 1/2-inch pom-poms to all three points on the remaining three squares.

Attach a jingle bell to the middle of a red velvet bow, securing the bell with the gold twist-tie on the bow. Make four of these. Glue the bows to the middle of each square flap.

Sew the 1-inch white ring to the back top tip of the tree to use as a hanger.

Extra Notes:

You can embellish the tree any way you want to, really. Use your imagination. As for the squares, I've also made this tree using a solid granny square (dc in each stitch across, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in each corner) for a different look. I've used both Red Heart Paddy Green and Hunter Green, and I like the look of either one. You could use Christmas yarns with a sparkly thread running through them for a different look too. Maybe use just a glittery white yarn and a different color, like blue or purple for the decorations. There are so many possibilities with this pattern!.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this pattern. You are welcome to use this pattern for personal use only. Do not copy and sell the pattern, however, you make make and sell these trees if you give proper mention of the designer.

12 comments:

Cathy Champion said...

This tree is so clever and cute! I wish my mom were still alive for this pattern would be right up her alley. She loved to crochet, especially Christmas items. Thanks for sharing this with us!

crochetingfool said...

Your tree is so cute. You should have sold it to Annie's Attic. I bet it would be a top seller.

Sharon said...

Very cute pattern! Thank you for sharing it, and I can't wait to try it for Christmas, 2009 (or even this year, if I can find some spare time to crochet. Yeah, like that's going to happen in the next two weeks!).

A Musician by Grace

Sharon said...

I love that little tree! I'm going to have to make one. It could be decorated a number of ways. A really neat idea! And I agree, you could have definitely sold that pattern!

Jo(the YarnChic) said...
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Jo(the YarnChic) said...

So cute! I know a few friends who would love to make one. Thanks for sharing!

Shelley Prior said...
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Candy said...

Thanks everyone for the compliments! I hope you all enjoy the pattern!

CAROLE said...

this is just what i was looking for!!
thank you!

Stormie said...

Oh my, this Christmas Tree Pattern is darling. I'm with a previous poster, you should sell it to Annie's Attic. It's still not too late, ya know.

Mary said...

OMGosh! that is so darn cute! I'm gonna try one one o' these days. Thank you for the pattern.
Mary @ Vintage Comfort

seniorpal said...

Love this and did not get at it yet. Will as Im Hanging this by our Cats Area.