Listen and Craft: Cute Crocheted Christmas Tree
Listen & Craft: Cute Crocheted Christmas Tree

There’s nothing I love more each holiday season than sitting by a warm fire, watching a Christmas special, and working on a craft. Whether you need a last minute gift for someone in your family or you just love getting into the spirit of the season, this Christmas Tree Crochet project is sure to please! With its adorable button eyes and beautiful frills, it truly is a perfect homemade decoration.

I followed this helpful pattern from MJ of Hello Yellow Yarn (which you can find here: Christmas Tree Ornament – FREE Amigurumi Pattern). While she recommends using a 3.5mm and 2.5mm crochet hook, I used a 4.00mm and 3.75mm crochet hook and found that my project turned out nicely! On her site, MJ also has a video tutorial on creating this project in case you’re more of a visual learner.

Supplies:

• 4.00mm crochet hook
• 3.75mm crochet hook
• Green medium weight yarn
• White medium weight yarn
• Blue medium weight yarn
• Red medium weight yarn
• Yellow medium weight yarn
• Pink medium weight yarn
• 10mm safety eyes
• Toy stuffing

And, of course, we can’t forget the most important supply of all: an audiobook! I listened to Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by Jenny Bayliss. In this story, Elinor Noel must leave her beloved second-hand bookshop in London to return to the countryside of her youth to attend a friend’s wedding. While there, she quite literally falls for Isaac—the gardener who she once considered a childhood rival. At the end of her trip, however, Elinor will have to choose just what kind of life she wants and whether love is worth risking it all. This holiday-themed romance is a great companion while you work!

TREE (using 4.00mm crochet hook and green yarn)

Rnd 1: Work 6 single crochet in a magic ring (6 sts). If you need a tutorial on creating the magic ring, I always consult this tutorial: How To Crochet – The Magic Circle (or magic ring) – YouTube
Rnd 2: Single crochet around (6 sts)
Rnd 3: Increase in each stitch around (12 sts)
Rnd 4: Single crochet around (12 sts)
Rnd 5: Single crochet once, then increase; repeat this pattern 6 times (18 sts)
Rnd 6: Single crochet into the back loop only around (18 sts)

Rnd 7: Single crochet twice, then increase; repeat this pattern 6 times (24 sts)
Rnd 8: Single crochet around (24 sts)
Rnd 9: Single crochet 3 times, then increase; repeat this pattern 6 times (30 sts)
Rnd 10: Single crochet into the back loop only around (30 sts)

Rnd 11: Single crochet 4 times, then increase; repeat this pattern 6 times (36 sts)
Rnd 12: Single crochet around (36 sts)
Rnd 13: Single crochet 5 times, then increase; repeat this pattern 6 times (42 sts)
Rnd 14: Single crochet into the back loop only around (42 sts)

Rnd 15: Single crochet 6 times, then increase; repeat this pattern 6 times (48 sts)
Rnd 16: Single crochet around (48 sts)
Rnd 17: Single crochet around (48 sts)
*Insert the safety eyes in the space between rows 16 and 17 with 6 stitches between the eyes*

Rnd 18: Single crochet into the back loop only around (48 sts)
Rnd 19: Single crochet into the back loop only around 6 times, then decrease; repeat this pattern 6 times (42 sts)
Rnd 20: Single crochet 5 times, then decrease; repeat 6 times (36 sts)
Rnd 21: Single crochet 4 times, then decrease; repeat 6 times (30 sts)
Rnd 22: Single crochet 3 times, then decrease; repeat 6 times (24 sts)

*Change to Brown yarn.*

Rnd 23: Single crochet into the front loop only around (24 sts)
Rnd 24: Single crochet around (24 sts)
Rnd 25: Single crochet around (24 sts)

*Flip inside out so that the leftover front loops from Rounds 6, 10, 14, 18, and 19 are visible. Begin stuffing the tree*

Rnd 26: Single crochet into the back loop only around twice, then decrease; repeat this pattern 6 times (18 sts)
Rnd 27: Single crochet once, then decrease; repeat 6 times (12 sts)
Rnd 28: Decrease 6 times (6 sts)
Fasten off. Using your yarn needle, weave the yarn tail through the front loop of each remaining stitch and pull it tight to close. Using your darning needle, weave yarn tail into your tree to hide it.

If you’re a voracious listener like me, you might need a second book to keep you company as you finish up. To change things up, I’d recommend The Passenger by literary legend Cormac McCarthy. This epic follows Bobby Western, a man haunted by the ghosts of his past, as he traverses the American South in search of answers. The Passenger is the first book in a duology and the sequel—Stella Maris</em>—was just released on audio so it’s the perfect time to give this series a try.

TREE FRILLS (using 4.00mm crochet hook and green yarn)

Place a slipknot on your hook and work into the leftover front loops of Rounds 6, 10, 14 and 18 of the tree. Hold the tree upright and work from the bottom up.

Rnd 18: Single crochet once, half double crochet 6 times, single crochet once; repeat this pattern 6 times (48 sts)
Fasten off.

Rnd 14: Single crochet once, half double crochet 5 times, single crochet once; repeat this pattern 6 times (42 sts)
Fasten off.
Rnd 10: Single crochet once, half double crochet 3 times, single crochet once; repeat this pattern 6 times (30 sts)
Fasten off.
Rnd 6: Single crochet once, half double crochet once, single crochet once; repeat this pattern 6 times (18 sts).
Fasten off. Tuck all yarn tails into your tree with the end of your crochet hook.

LIGHTS (using darning needle)

Using yarn of the color of your choice (I used blue, red, yellow, and pink), sew small vertical stiches around your tree. When you are satisfied with your “lights,” cut off the tails and tuck into the piece using your crochet hook.

STAR (using 3.75mm crochet hook and white yarn)

Rnd 1: Work 5 single crochet in a magic ring (5 sts)
Rnd 2: Slip stitch, chain 3, slip stitch in the second chain from your hook, then single crochet in the next chain; repeat this pattern 5 times with your first slip stich being made into the next single crochet in the magic ring.

Join with a slip stitch to the back loop of the first slip stitch made on round 2. Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing. Sew the star to the top of the tree.

You’re finished! Now all that’s left is to enjoy this little tree throughout the holiday season (or gift to a friend). Happy holidays, and happy listening!