Monday, 3 December 2018

Make it ! Diamonds Christmas Tree !!!

...Well, it has been a while since my last post, right ?

I`ve been missing this place a lot and I hope to be here regurarly from now on, hoping you love the idea, too !!!

So December is here again and I love this time of the year very much and that`s why I have a pattern  to show you my last christmassy idea... are you ready to follow me?


WHAT YOU NEED :

5mm and 4mm hooks
scissors
yarn needle
pompom maker : I use a 45mm Clover pompom maker 
some colourful mini bells
PVA glue, brush, pins, blocking board or foam tiles

YARN : it`s all from my personal stash. I`m using a selection of Simply Aran from Paintbox Yarns (the Diamonds part), some Sirdar no 1 for the embellishments (pompoms, candies), and some metallic options (Hayfield Bonus Glitter, Sparkle Glamourus Yarn from B&M, etc). I will try to more specific later in the pattern writing.

Please, remember I follow the US crochet terminology !!

My turning chain (=2ch) is never considered as a proper stitch.

Difficulty level : Intermediate

ABOUT THE PATTERN

As you can see from the above picture, the tree is made of diamond motifs. The pattern starts with the triangle on the bottom left and ends with the triangle at the bottom right. In the between, you work vertical strips of motifs, joined one after the other with a sort of "Join-As-You-Go" method. The joining itself is made using slip stitches and it`s well explained in the pattern. In this way, no sewing is involved.

PATTERN STARTS



You can use a maximum of 7 different shades. The above 4 triangles are crocheted using a 5mm hook and a selection of Simply Aran Paintbox Yarns . Obviously, you can use any substitute from your personal yarn stash.

First Strip (T1) = triangle motif

Choose a starting colour, make a slip knot on your hook and work a foundation chain of 14 chains.

Row 1 (Right Side) : wrap yarn around hook and insert tip in 3rd chain from hook and work your first DC, then 9DC, DC2tog in last 2 stitches, 2ch, TURN. [11 DC,1st decr row]

Row 2 (Wrong Side) : 9DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [10 DC]

Row 3 : 8DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [9 DC]

Row 4 : 7DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [8DC]

Row 5 : 6DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [7 DC]

Row 6 : 5DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [6 DC]

Row 7 : 4DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [5 DC]

Row 8 : 3DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [4 DC]

Row 9 : 2DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [3 DC]

Row 10 (WS) : 1DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [2 DC]

Row 11 (RS) : DC2tog, fasten off. [1 DC, last decr row]

Your first triangle (and so your 1st strip!) is done.



Select the new colour to start

Second Strip (D2) = 1 diamond motif (joining starts, too) 

 Insert tip of your hook in base of 1st DC of Row 1 of previous triangle (T1) and make a slip stich to join new yarn, then work 3ch.

Row 1 (RS) : wrap yarn, insert hook in 1st ch and work 2DC into it, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 1 of  T1, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 2 of T1, TURN.  [ 2 DC, 1st incr row]

Row 2 (WS) : 1DC, 2DC in last stitch, 2ch, TURN. [3 DC ]

Row 3 : 2DC, 2DC in last stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 3 of  T1, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 4 of T1, TURN. [4 DC ]

Row 4 : 3DC, 2DC in last stitch, 2ch, TURN. [5 DC]

Row 5 : 4DC, 2DC in last stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 5 of  T1, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 6 of T1, TURN. [6 DC ]

Row 6 : 5DC, 2DC in last stitch, 2ch, TURN. [7 DC]

Row 7 : 6DC, 2DC in last stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 7 of  T1, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 8 of T1, TURN. [8 DC ]

Row 8 : 7DC, 2DC in last stitch, 2ch, TURN. [9 DC]

Row 9 : 8DC, 2DC in last stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 9 of  T1, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 10 of T1, TURN. [10 DC ]

Row 10 (WS) : 9DC, 2DC in last stitch, 2ch, TURN. [11 DC] 

Row 11 (RS) : 10DC, 2DC in last stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 9 of  T1, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 10 of T1, TURN. [12 DC, last incr row ]

From now on starts the decreasing and no more joining :

Row 12 (WS) : 10DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [11 DC, 1st decr row)

Row 13 (RS) : 9DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [10 DC]

Row 14 : 8DC. DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [9 DC]

Row 15 : 7DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [8 DC]

Row 16 : 6DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [7 DC]

Row 17 : 5DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [6 DC]

Row 18 : 4DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [5 DC]

Row 19 : 3DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [4 DC]

Row 20 : 2DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [3 DC]

Row 21 (RS) : 1DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [2 DC]

Row 22 (WS) : DC2tog, fasten off. [1 DC, last decr row] 

Your first diamond is done, so it`s your 2nd strip.

Select new colour and start

Third Strip (D3) = triangle+diamond motifs

 Insert tip of your hook in base of 1st DC of Row 1 of previous diamond (D2) and make a slip stich to join new yarn, then work 14 ch.

Row 1 (RS) : wrap yarn, insert hook in 3rd chain from hook and work your 1st DC into it, then 9DC, DC2tog, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 1 of D2, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 2 of D2, TURN. [11 DC, 1st decr row]

Row 2 (WS) : 9DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [10 DC]

Row 3 : 8DC, DC2tog, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 3 of D2, 2ch, slip stitch into top of 1st DC of Row 4 of D2, TURN. [9 DC]

Row 4 : 7DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [8 DC]

Row 5 : 6DC, DC2tog, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 5 of D2, 2ch, slip stitch into top of 1st DC of Row 6 of D2, TURN. [7 DC]

Row 6 : 5DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [6 DC] 

Row 7 : 4DC, DC2tog, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 7 of D2, 2ch, slip stitch into top of 1st DC of Row 8 of D2, TURN. [5 DC] 

Row 8 : 3DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [4 DC] 

Row 9 :  2DC, DC2tog, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 9 of D2, 2ch, slip stitch into top of 1st DC of Row 10 of D2, TURN. [3 DC] 

Row 10 (WS) : 1DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [2 DC]

Row 11 (RS) : DC2tog, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 11 of D2, 2ch, slip stitch into top of 1st DC of Row 12 of D2, TURN. [1 DC, last decr row]  

From now starts the increasing with some more joining :

Row 12 (WS) : 2DC in same stitch, 2ch, TURN. [2 DC, 1st incr row]

Row 13 (RS) : 1DC, 2DC in same stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of row 13 of D2, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 14 of D2, TURN. [3 DC]

Row 14 : 2DC, 2DC in same stitch, 2ch, TURN. [4 DC]

Row 15 : 3DC, 2DC in same stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of row 15 of D2, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 16 of D2, TURN. [5 DC]

Row 16 : 4DC, 2DC in same stitch, 2ch, TURN. [6 DC]

Row 17 : 5DC, 2DC in same stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of row 17 of D2, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 18 of D2, TURN. [7 DC]

Row 18 : 6DC, 2DC in same stitch, 2ch, TURN. [8 DC]

Row 19 : 7DC, 2DC in same stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of row 19 of D2, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 20 of D2, TURN. [9 DC]

Row 20 (WS) : 8DC, 2DC in same stitch, 2ch, TURN. [10 DC]

Row 21 (RS) : 9DC, 2DC in same stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of row 21 of D2, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 22 of D2, TURN. [11 DC ]

Row 22 (WS) : 10DC, 2DC in same stitch, 2ch, TURN. [12 DC, last incr row] 

From now starts the decreasing with no more joining :

Row 23 (RS) :  10DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [11 DC]

Row 24 (WS) : 9DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [10 DC]

Row 25 : 8DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [9 DC]

Row 26 : 7DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [8 DC]

Row 27 : 6DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [7 DC]

Row 28 : 5DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [6 DC]

Row 29 : 4DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [5 DC]

Row 30 : 3DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [4 DC]

Row 31 : 2DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [3 DC ]

Row 32 (WS) : 1DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [2 DC]  

Row 33 (RS) : DC2tog, fasten off. [1 DC, last decr row] 

Select new colour and start

Fourth Strip (D4) = 2 diamond motifs

 Insert tip of your hook in base of 1st DC of Row 1 of previous triangle (D3) and make a slip stich to join new yarn, then work 3ch.

Row 1 (RS) : wrap yarn, insert hook in 1st ch and work 2DC into it, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 1 of  D3, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 2 of D3, TURN.  [ 2 DC, 1st incr row]

Row 2 (WS) : 1DC, 2DC in last stitch, 2ch, TURN. [3 DC ]

Row 3 : 2DC, 2DC in last stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 3 of  D3, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 4 of D3, TURN. [4 DC ]

Row 4 : 3DC, 2DC in last stitch, 2ch, TURN. [5 DC]

Row 5 : 4DC, 2DC in last stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 5 of  D3, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 6 of D3, TURN. [6 DC ]

Row 6 : 5DC, 2DC in last stitch, 2ch, TURN. [7 DC]

Row 7 : 6DC, 2DC in last stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 7 of  D3, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 8 of D3, TURN. [8 DC ]

Row 8 : 7DC, 2DC in last stitch, 2ch, TURN. [9 DC]

Row 9 : 8DC, 2DC in last stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 9 of  D3, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 10 of D3, TURN. [10 DC ]

Row 10 (WS) : 9DC, 2DC in last stitch, 2ch, TURN. [11 DC] 

Row 11 (RS) : 10DC, 2DC in last stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 9 of  D3, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 10 of D3, TURN. [12 DC, last incr row ]

From now on starts the decreasing and more joining :

Row 12 (WS) : 10DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [11 DC, 1st decr row)

Row 13 (RS) : 9DC, DC2tog, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 13 of D3, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 14 of D3, TURN. [10 DC]

Row 14 : 8DC. DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [9 DC]

Row 15 : 7DC, DC2tog, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 15 of D3, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 16 of D3, TURN. [8 DC] 

Row 16 : 6DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [7 DC]

Row 17 : 5DC, DC2tog, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 17 of D3, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 18 of D3, TURN. [6 DC] 

Row 18 : 4DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [5 DC]

Row 19 : 3DC, DC2tog, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 19 of D3, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 20 of D3, TURN. [4 DC]

Row 20 : 2DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [3 DC]

Row 21 (RS) :  1DC, DC2tog, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 21 of D3, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 22 of D3, TURN. [2 DC]

Row 22 (WS) : DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [1 DC, last decr row]

From now on starts the increasing and more joining :

Row 23 (RS) : 2DC in same stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 23 of  D3, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 24 of D3, TURN. [2 DC ]

Row 24 (WS) :  1DC, 2DC in same stitch, 2ch, TURN. [3 DC]

Row 25 : 2DC, 2DC in same stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 25 of  D3, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 26 of D3, TURN. [4 DC ]

Row 26 : 3DC, 2DC in same stitch, 2ch, TURN. [5 DC] 

Row 27 : 4DC, 2DC in same stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 27 of  D3, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 28 of D3, TURN. [6 DC ]

Row 28 : 5DC, 2DC in same stitch, 2ch, TURN. [7 DC]  

Row 29 :  6DC, 2DC in same stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 29 of  D3, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 30 of D3, TURN. [8 DC ]

Row 30 : 7DC, 2DC in same stitch, 2ch, TURN. [9 DC]  

Row 31 : 8DC, 2DC in same stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 31 of  D3, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 32 of D3, TURN. [10 DC ]

Row 32 (WS) :  9DC, 2DC in same stitch, 2ch, TURN. [11 DC]  

Row 33 (RS) : 10DC, 2DC in same stitch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 33 of  D3, 2ch, slip stitch (=joining) into top of 1st DC of Row 34 of D3, TURN. [12 DC, last incr row ]

From now starts the decreasing with no more joining :

Row 34 (WS) :  10DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [11 DC]

Row 35 : 9DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [10 DC]

Row 36 : 8DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [9 DC]

Row 37 : 7DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [8 DC]

Row 38 : 6DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [7 DC]

Row 39 : 5DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [6 DC]

Row 40 : 4DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [5 DC]

Row 41 : 3DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [4 DC]

Row 42 : 2DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [3 DC ]

Row 43 (RS) : 1DC, DC2tog, 2ch, TURN. [2 DC]  

Row 44 (WS) : DC2tog, fasten off. [1 DC, last decr row] 

Select new colour and start

Fifth Strip (D5) =  triangle+diamond motifs

Same pattern as for D3, with the difference that you have to join from Row 23 to Row 33 to the correspondent rows of D4.

Select New colour and start

Sixth Strip (D6) = diamond motif

Same pattern as for D2, but you need to join from Row 12 to Row 22 to the corresponding rows of D5.

Select new colour and start

Seventh Strip (T2) = triangle motif

Same pattern of first 11 rows of D3

Weave in all ends !


EDGING and TREE TRUNK

Using a selection of metallic yarns (Hayfield Bonus GlitterSparkle Glamorous Yarn, and some others!!) I did a simple edging around the tree and I added a trunk, too.

Working with 2 threads together and a 5mm hook, you need to keep the RS of the tree facing you, but upside-down, so you start to crochet from its bottom.




Make a slip knot on your hook and insert the tip of 1st diamond on the right (see above picture, yellow arrow) and work your first SC.
Work 1 SC in each bottom chain
Work 2 SC along each DC, on both sides
Work 2 or 3 SC in each bottom corner
When you reach the tree top, chain 21 and slip stitch in 1st chain to make a hanging loop

When you reach the 1st SC of the edging, complete the border with a slip stitch and work 2ch.

In the next 25 stitches work one DC in each one, 2ch, Turn. Repeat other 4 times (so you will a total of 5 rows) to have a small tree trunk. Fasten off.

Weave in ends.



BLOCKING

You need to pin your tree, with WS facing you, on a blocking board or foam tiles.

The only tree it`s better to block later, after the embellishments. is the Argyle tree!

Prepare a solution of tap water and PVA glue in equal parts to brush on the back of the tree in order to stiffen it.

Let it dry completely.

Once ready, you can start to decorate it!

ARGYLE TREE

You have to select a couple of contrasting colours from the metallic yarns and with the help of a 4mm hook you just have to work slip stitches to create the argyle effect, first one colour in one direction, then the other colour in the opposite direction.




Starting from the middle bottom of each triangle, you have to draw lines almost parallel (!!!) to the sides of the diamond motifs.... it seems scary and impossible, but believe me it is not !

Once the Argyle design is completed, you can block your tre and when it`s dry, you can add some colourful bells, too!





BOWS TREE




Each bow is a chain made of 70 chains, worked with 2 strands, and knotted into the front of the tree.

4 bells are added to embellish the bottom.




POMPOM TREE



Using the 45mm Clover pompom maker and a strand of metallic yarn together with a strand of Sirdar no 1 , prepare 15 pompoms to knot to the front of the tree. Very easy, but so effective!




CANDY CANES and PEPPERMINT CANDIES TREE




....luckily I already wrote a pattern for these candies a while ago !!!

You can find the instructions right HERE !!!




Obviously you can decide to embellish (or not!) your tree with other ideas : as you know very well, the sky is the limit!!!




Anyhow, I`m curious to know who remembers the original idea for this pattern???

If you follow me regularly on IG (HERE) , maybe you remember these pictures from Christmas 2016...





... or not???

Please, let me know if you are crocheting a tree or two....thank you !!!

xxxx Alessandra

Please note that:
No part of this pattern may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior
written permission of the copyright holder. You are welcome to gift or sell any of your finished items,
only if you are an individual crafter. Please, make a link to my blog/instagram feed to credit the pattern
to my name ! I would really appreciate that!!!







  


























  

















8 comments:

  1. It has been a very long time since you last posted. Your trees are super cute! Happy December!

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    1. It has been hard to find a new balance after our move to Scotland. But now it seems ok to start my blog adventure again!
      Thank you Tammy for your lovely support, xxxx Ale

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  2. I love your colorfull trees, hope you are doing fine byebye

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    1. Hi Franciens!!!!
      So glad to find you here!!!! I`m very well, thank you and I wish you are the same!
      love, xxxx Ale

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  3. Nice to meet you again!! Your trees are so lovely and colourfull!
    Greetings from Marijke

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    1. so lovely to hear from you!!!!!! hope everything is fine, Marijke!
      xxxx Ale

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  4. They look amazing, the different embellishments are a delight.

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