I’m still not completely convinced by these photos. In my head, I know exactly what I’m after, but it’s not coming out quite as I’ve planned it.
Ideally, I’d like a traditional fireplace mantle laden with curios, to hang my little garland from and take lots of lovely photos. Whilst I do have one, the light in my living room is awful and the fireplace is still painted in thick, nasty gloss paint.
I’m going to keep trying to find the ideal location, but in the meantime I have written up the pattern as promised.
Rustic Little Christmas Trees
Quick and easy garter stitch Christmas tree
For each tree
Yarn: Sport Weight 13 metres/15 yards
Shown In: Blacker Yarns Limited Edition Brushwork Colour: Craquelure 50g = 152 metres/165 yards (Scottish Bowmont/Castlemilk Moorit/Alpaca).
Notions: Tapestry needle
38 sts x 32 rows = 10 x 10 cm with 2.5 mm in garter stitch
Each tree measures 10cm/4”from base to top by 7.5cm/3” at its widest point.
You can make the trees using any weight of yarn, but be sure to use a needle one size smaller than what is recommended. For example, if the recommended needle is a 4mm, you should use a 3mm. You want the trees to be firm, which helps them to resist curling.
STANDARD KNITTING ABBRIEVIATIONS
CO – Cast on K – Knit St(s) Stitch
PSSO – Pass slipped stitch over K2tog – Knit two stitches together
The trees are knitted from the bottom up
Cast on 5 sts and knit 6 rows of garter stitch.
At end of last row, cast on 8sts, you will now have 13sts in total.
Knit across all stitches and end of row cast on another 8sts. (21sts)
Continue as follows
Rows 1 – 5: Knit
Row 6: K1, sl. K1, psso, knit to last 3 sts k2tog
Repeat the last six rows until 5sts remain.
Work 5 more rows of knit
Row 60: K1, K2tog twice (3sts)
Knit 3 more rows
Row 64: K1, k2tog (2sts)
K2tog, cut yarn and pull tail through last stitch.
Sew in ends.
If you’re making individual trees, you could crochet a chain from the top of the tree. Alternatively, you could attach a little piece of ribbon and maybe even a button.
The trees can be left plain or decorated with embroidery, buttons, sequins or beads.
To make a garland, you’ll need to attach your trees to a length of string, ribbon or crochet chain.
Rustic Little Christmas Tree Garland
Gather your supplies
You will need: Knitted Christmas trees, Mini wooden pegs, garden twine, wooden star buttons, strong glue and a bamboo skewer or cocktail stick.
Using your cocktail stick to apply a small amount of glue to the front of your peg, attach the button. Hold in place for a few seconds and then clip onto a piece of paper and leave to dry.
Cut a length of garden string and peg your trees on the line.
I hope that all makes sense? If you’d like to download the instructions, there’s a pdf version here and if you spot any errors please let me know.
I’m thinking knitted garlands might be my new love, but have been struggling with what to do for November. For me November is Bonfire Night still, even after living here in Ireland for twelve years. Currently I’m thinking of moon phases or an animal, no idea why and it’s not as if I need another distraction?