Monday, 18 November 2013

Make it ! Christmas tree decorations !!!

…. Christmas is approaching so quickly and my hands are so itchy to craft something for that time of the year !!!! Honestly, I have started a while ago (herehereherehere !!!!), but today I can show you a new tutorial, that have to be kept secret until today…because….. today  I'm joining THE VERY CRAFTY CHRISTMAS TUTORIAL LINK-UP promoted by Laura from Bugs and Fishes !!!!
Look HERE for all the AMAZING TUTORIALS !!!!! Enjoy them !!!!!! ;oD






…. colourful Christmas tree decorations!!!!! Do you need them , too, to brighten your home for Christmas ??? I'm sure that "YES!" will be the answer, so don't hesitate and collect all you need to start this craft !!!


  • one hook (I've used a 3,5mm one)
  • colourful yarns (I worked with 2 strands each time)
  • a pair of scissors
  • a tapestry/yarn needle
  • some stitch markers or safety pins 
  • clear nail polish
  • starch (optional) to use if your tree is too floppy !!!
This is a crochet project : please, note that I'm using US crochet terms. Thank you !

We'll start crocheting the circles that form the tree.

CIRCLE(S) PATTERN (you'll need 6 of them!)

Choose the colour you would like to form the centre of your circle and the right hook for your chosen yarn.


Make a slip knot on the hook


chain 4 


and make a slip stitch in the 4th chain from the hook to form a ring



chain 3 


crochet 11 DCs (= double crochets) into the ring



close this first round with a slip stitch in the top of the first stitch (the chain made with 3 chains)
you'll have 12 stitches in total


cut the yarn and fasten off


you need to crochet five more circles


For the second round of your work, you have to choose a new colour


join the new yarn at the top of any stitch


and work 2 DCS in each stitch (you'll have a total of 24 stitches at the end of the round)


My first shell (look the pic above) is worked like : join, chain 1, 2 DCs
The following shells have 2 DCs in each stitch top


When completed the 12th shell


you can close the round with a slip stitch in the first stitch


Fasten off and trim the excess of yarn.

If you decide, instead, to keep these mini circles as baubles, leave a tail of 10/12 cm to knot a loop, useful to hang them anywhere !!!! ;oD

Other pattern option : if you love to have a centre of your circle more star like, you can decide to crochet the second round making 2 DCs in each space between 2 posts and not in the top of them!!
You'll have something like the followings



Anyway, if the tree is still your target, remember to complete five more circles



ASSEMBLING THE 6 CIRCLES TOGETHER

After trimming in and cutting the yarn tails,  I suggest you to put one stitch marker/safety pin at the top of each circle, just between two adjacent shells


Then, cut 9 threads (15 cm each) from a contrasting yarn : these will help us to knot (no sewing involved!) the pieces together, with the aid from the tapestry/yarn needle.


Note that the assembling work will start from the base of our tree to reach the top of it at the end.

base row: collect 3 circles and 2 threads


We have to knot together these 3 pieces.
Consider the first circle on the left : pass the first thread in the space between the 3rd and the 4th shells, counting clockwise from the stitch marker. You consider the same shells in the circle in the middle, but counting anti-clockwise this time


Do the same between the middle circle and the last one on the right


I recommend you to pass each thread at least twice and knot them in the back of your work. Cut the excess of yarn and put some clear nail polish on each knot, to make them more durable in time.
Remember to knot tight, but try to avoid the overlapping of the circles!!!!

middle row : collect 2 circles and 1 thread

follow the same procedure explained for the base row!



joining base row and middle row together : 


Collect 4 threads
Consider the first circle of the base at the left : clockwise from the stitch marker, count one shell and insert your first thread between this shell and the second one


This same thread has to go up to the above circle (the first on the left of the middle row) and make it pass between the 5th and the 6th shell (anti-clockwise counting from the stitch marker)


Even now, remember to pass the thread twice and knot it in the back. Cut the excess of yarn and fix the knot with some clear nail polish!!! Do the same for the following knots, all of them!!!!

2nd thread : still in the same circle of the middle row, count 2 shells (numbers are in black in the picture) from left to right and insert the new thread


This thread need to go down, into the circle in the middle of the base row, passing in the space between the first shell and the second one (counting anti-clockwise from the stitch marker)


Knot the thread in the back, as usual.

3rd thread : same circle of the base row, pass the yarn in the space between the first and the 2nd shells, counting clockwise from the stitch marker


Then, this same thread has to go up in the circle on the right of the middle row. Make it pass in the space between 2 and 3, as shown in the below picture


Knot the thread in the back , as usual.

4th thread : insert this thread, counting anti-clockwise (from the last thread passed) 2 spaces, in the space just adjacent the second number 2 (see under)


Pass the thread in the right disc of the base row, in the space between the first and the second shells (counting anti-clockwise from the stitch marker)


knot the thread in the back, as usual.
This part of the tree is completed


joining the top of the tree to the rest :

Collect the last circle left and 2 threads

1st thread : starting from the circle on the left (middle row), insert the thread in the space after the first shell (counting clockwise from the stitch marker)


Then, pass this thread in the top circle, in the space between the 5th and the 6th shells (counting anti-clockwise)


knot the thread in the back, as usual.

2nd thread : counting two shells anti-clockwise (check with the black numbers below), insert the thread between shells 2 and 3


Now, pass the thread in the circle below, in the space between the fist shell and the second one (counting anti-clockwise)


knot the thread in the back as usual.
The main body of the tree is done


This is the back, with all the knots and the nail polish on them (remember to let them dry well!!!)


THE TRUNK

You have to turn your tree upside down and choose a new colour. You will start your crochet in the front of your work, in the 4 stitches that result to be in the 3rd and the fourth shells (counting clockwise from thread to thread)


join the new colour in the first stitch of the fourth shell and crochet 1 DC,  2 hDC (= half double crochet),  1 DC for the first row


chain 3


and turn your work, so you can crochet (2nd row) : 3 DCs and fasten off


From the front, your tree looks like this one


THE LOOP (to hang your tree)

I've used the same colour as for the trunk.
In the top circle of the tree (where before was the stitch marker), between 2 shells, join the yarn


and chain 40 stitches


To close this chain into a loop,  make a slip stitch in the back of the tree


Then fasten off.
Cut the excess of yarn and add some clear nail polish to the base of the loop



DECORATIVE  STAR

I've followed this chart for my little star. Quick and easy I say !
The only difference with the original pattern, is my starting chain, made of 6 stitches instead of 5 !


When the star is crocheted,  I use a tapestry needle to push the threads (in the same space of the loop) from the front to the back of the tree.
Knot these threads twice, cut the excess and add some clear nail polish on the knot!


and now the expected TA-DAH !!!!!!


These trees are so eye-catching all together…..


…..so crochet a lot of them !!!!!!

Have fun!!!!

My Ravelry notes are HERE !!!!

xxxx Alessandra














49 comments:

  1. Dear Ale,

    Your trees are very crafty
    and also very christmassy.


    thanks for the tutorial

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  2. Hi Brigitte!!!
    thank you for liking my trees and you are really welcome for the tutorial!!!
    xxxx Ale

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  3. Dear Ale,
    Wow, I love your trees. What a work you put in the tutorial.I will follow your tutorial to try to make some for my own. Love them!!!! Love Tinie XXX

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  4. My goodness, you are a busy lady!
    Those trees are so sweet... thanks for the tutorial!
    Have a great Monday, love from Mirjam.

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  5. Hello Ale,
    You are so busy and creative! Such an original idea to make a Christmas tree. Thanks for sharing how to make.
    Have a lovely day and week!

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  6. Hi Ale, I love your tree decorations, really eye catching, so clever! Think I might have to make a few myself, thanks for the tutorial, and have a great week, Julie x

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  7. What pretty decorations! Thank you for sharing the tutorial!
    Carly
    x

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  8. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!!

    Greetings from Ellebel

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  9. I love your Christmas trees - they are so nice. Thank you for your great tutorial. :)

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  10. Waaaaw, thx for sharing the pattern ;-)

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  11. Eine huebsche und farbenfrohe Adventsdekoration ... eine fabelhafte Idee!
    Bye, bye Elli

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  12. Dear Sofie,
    you are really welcome!!!!
    have fun crocheting, xxxx Ale

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  13. These are really lovely, so easy to whip up a few and have more colour everywhere. Thanks for sharing your idea.

    Lisa X

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  14. These are so fun, I am desperate to teach myself crochet but really can't seem to tge it! These make me want to try again though x

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  15. Ale, these are so pretty! :) they would make anybtree look great!

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  16. Dear Evi,
    thank you soooooo much!!!!
    xxxxx Ale

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  17. Wohooo... so♥cute♥trees...
    Thank you for sharing the tutorial.
    XXO, Martina

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  18. I love, love, love, love, love these! That's a whole lot of love! :) x

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  19. Well now, that is just about the cutest Christmas tree ever. Love it! And so easy to put together. Thanks so much for sharing. :) Tammy

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  20. oh ale, you are an angel! what a sweet tutorial, i LOVE your little trees. i wonder if i would be able to try this, crochet is not my strenght, but i would love to try. thank you dear!

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  21. Hi Ali, thank you so much for the tutorial. I have recently started to crochet and I have bookmarked this fab project to give it a go!! best wishes, Sarah xo

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  22. Dear Martina,
    thank you and enjoy the tutorial!!!
    xxxx Ale

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  23. Brilliant!!!
    I must try this out!!!

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

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  24. Nice little trees, i'm gonne make some of these, thank you for the pattern. ♡chantal

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  25. Gosh, these are adorable! And they look so quick and easy to make. Pinning this one to my holiday to do list! :)

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  26. Hallo Alessandra
    Ik ontdekte toevallig je blog... wat zijn je kerstboompjes grappig mooi! Dankjewel voor het delen van de tutorial!
    groetjes
    Onliemie

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  27. So cute Ale!! Love the colors and sweet circles! Thanks for sharing! xo Heather

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  28. Your mini Xmas trees are adorable!
    Must give them a try!:)

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  29. Oh, these are adorable!! What a gorgeous tutorial! :-) x
    Jo | adventuresandteaparties

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  30. Hi Alessandra, hats off to you for choosing a crochet tutorial, which is a lot of work to clearly explain every step, and you do that brilliantly!

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  31. Cute tutorial... thank you for sharing!
    Sara x
    www.CraftsofTexture.com

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  32. They are so cute! Thank you for sharing the tutorial :)

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  33. Hello Alessandra
    Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I can read just a litte bith English.
    And now i can make it.
    greetings Riet from the Netherlands

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  34. Oh these are awesome Alessandra! And just what I love in a tutorial - every single step included. Thank you!

    They look amazing and so festively colourful :)

    xx A

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  35. Awww, so lovely and clever crafty decoration ideas! Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Holidays!
    Anne Walker
    Christmas tree decorating ideas

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  36. Beautiful! Will post this link to my crochet group.

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  37. Your trees are just wonderful-I'm going to add them to this post http://crochetrising.com/project/best-of-holiday-crochet/ (with link to your tutorial) on my brand new blog-Your tutorials are excellent. I hope my blog will be as good as yours someday!

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  38. Thanks for a great Christmas tree idea I have made some of these for my family and added sparkly beads in the centre of each circle, they look great xx

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  39. Thank you for such a clear explanation, I may use the idea for making other things, do not know yet. I am still learning and having so much fun.

    Cheers
    Eugenia

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  40. thnxxxx for the lovely pattern.. i have made it on canvas
    hugs jenneke
    http://creaties-jenneke.blogspot.nl/2013/12/top-middag-markt-stichting-tuinderij-de.html

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  41. Hello, Alessandra!
    I´ve crocheted this lovely tree! Thanks a lot for sharing the pattern!
    The link to my post and photos: http://linhasimaginarias.blogspot.com.br/2013/12/presentinhos.html
    Merry Christmas for you here from Brazil!

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  42. I was so inspired by your Christmas trees and I used your idea as a jumping off point to make some out of hexagons instead of circles. Thanks so much for the inspiration! I blogged about it here, http://mykeeponkeepingon.blogspot.com/2014/12/little-christmas-trees.html

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    1. they are beautiful Linda : just had a look!!!!! ;oD
      xxxxx Ale

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