Crochet Button Christmas Tree

Crochet Button Christmas Tree


Today, it’s about sprucing up your
Christmas decor. We’re going to be making a miniature crochet Christmas trees. Welcome back to The Crochet Crowd, as well
as Yarnspirations.com. I’m your host Mikey. In today’s tutorial, we’re going to
work on the miniature Christmas trees. These are 9 inches tall for the big
one, and only 3 and a half inches tall for the small one. Today’s tutorial,
we’re going to do the big one, because the small one really all it is, it’s just
that’s the bigger one – just stopped a little bit early ! And you can see here in
the instructions, it says round 16 says “continue as established, increasing 6
stitches every 3rd round”. So, after round number 16, what I put here for
myself is – 17 has a repeat pattern and then 7… errr…18…19, then repeat pattern increasing
again. So I just did this for myself in order to keep track. You can also do the same
thing on your notes, if you wish as well. Now, this is made up of buttons that you see
on here. I’ve seen these physical examples, right from this photography. These trees
are really quite cute in person, You know simple is sometimes better. I really like
the simplicity and the ideas, but I’m kind of lazy so I would kind of sew….I would
actually hot glue on my buttons, instead of sewing. Again that’s your personal choice.
Now what you’re going to need in order to do this, is that it’s filled with poly…..
polyfill – like a stuffing. And then all you just going to do, is that you’re going to stuff
this, but do not get the bottom, and just set it down on a piece of cardboard. Trace
out the circumference of the circle, and then also put it down on top of a piece
of felt, and trace that out. You going to leave the stuffing inside, put the piece
of cardboard in, and then sew the felt around. And this will keep a nice base,
just like you see. So within today’s tutorial, I’m going to tell you when to stop,
if you’re doing small ones, and we’re going to do this right from start to finish, and this is a
really neat look. For today’s tutorial, you’re just going to need Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, just
1 ball, just like you see here. You can actually do both Christmas trees with
1 ball of yarn, and here’s the big one, just like you see here. It’s really quite
nice. Today’s tutorial, I’m going to show you how to cheat the system, so that you do
not have any slip stitching, This is a marker that I put in here, and this is in
a continuous round all the way around, there is no slip stitching involved in this. So that you don’t have
a tree, that you purposely need to turn to the wall, and then you can physically
walk around the tree and never see slip stitching. And I’m gonna improvise
that from today’s pattern, but again if you would like to follow the pattern as is, you’re
welcome to do so. So what you’re going to need today is a size 4mm, size G
crochet hook today, and only one ball of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream and let’s
get started now. So let’s get started. I want you to cut another piece string
that it’s about 12 inches long,and I just want you to leave aside, cos you going to
need it right away. Let’s create a slip knot to begin the center of this. And
remember, this is starting for both small and large. And we’re going to continue,
and I’ll let you know when to stop, when you do the small size. So let’s begin.
We got the slip knot on. We’re going to chain 2. So 1 and 2. And coming into the
first stitch you want to put in 6 single crochets. So just 1…2…3… and that’s 3. This is going to be 4…5…and 6
Now what I want you to do, is that i’m going to improvise here. Normally you would
slip stitch to the beginning and start again. But you’ll end up with a slip
stitching mark, all the way down the Christmas tree. I’d recommend not doing
that. So just pull up a loop, and I want you to insert your hook into the stitch right underneath
the loop, grab this piece of string and this’ll be a stitch marker for you to
follow. So every time you get to the stitch marker, you know that you’ve gone
in a complete rotation. Just like that. OK ? So just leave it in there, and pull that
string back on there, and every time you finish a round I want you to move the
string and I’ll show you in the next round on how to do this. So this is completing
of round number 1. Working in the back loops only, you have to do a single
crochet – 2 of them in each of the next. I want you to count backward, just in this
particular round, count backwards from the stitch right underneath the hook.
So 1..2..3..4..5 and 6 is right there. Go into the back loop only , and I want
you to put 2 single crochets in that one. So that just gets you established, in a
circle now. So it’s 1…and I dont need to count, all you just need to do is just
put 2 single crochets all the way, until I hit that stitch marker. OK, and
there’s a total of 6 anyway, if you are counting. So just move that stitch marker
out of the way there, because it’s not the right stitch. Again going into the back
loop only. The back loops on this, is what creates the kind of interesting look
that you see. Now here is the one with the stitch marker, continuing in the back
loop only, and I want you to put in 2 single crochets there, but I don’t want
you to stop at this particular point. I want you to pull up a loop, and now
with your string, just put your hook underneath the stitch, put the yarn
marker there and just pull through. And now you know where the next one is. By the
time that you get all the way up through here, your stitch marker will follow a
straight line, all the way to the top. So let’s move along to round number 3. So in this pattern, there’s going to be 2 rounds each, that
are exactly the identical. So rounds 3 and 4 are always referred back to.
So rounds 3 and 4 is just 1single crochet into each. So what we’re going to
do it throughout this entire pattern, is that we do an increased row – which would
have been the last one – and now the next 2 are just regular 1 single
crochets each. This allows us to get the height of the Christmas tree, and keeping
the shape uniform. So 2 rows of just regular single crochets all the way
around. Now one thing that you’ll notice about crochet, if you’re new to crochet, is that
it does take a few rounds, especially when you’re doing hats, in order to get
to the right size. So you’re thinking “OK, it’s going to end up like a tube”. It
will not, because it takes like those couple rounds in order for the shape to
really meld. So here’s where the stitch marker is, I continue to back loop into
that one. So that was round number 3. And then I want to move my stitch marker up,
before I continue again. So just grabbing that. Pulling it through, so I know where it is next time. It’s
worth doing that, so then round number 4 it’s again, 1 single crochet . So in the rest of
this tutorial, every time I’m going to refer to this particular round, it’s
rounds 3 and 4. And I am going to be showing you the increasing rounds,
because that’s what’s most important – but there’s always going to be 2 rounds in
between the increases, which is just one single crochet in each. And so we’ll be
getting to do that, and that’ll shorten up today’s tutorial….presentation, but also
give you the keys that you need, in order to make this Christmas tree. So I’m just
continuing all the way around, and I’m again looking for that stitch marker, which is
the next one here and now I’m ready for the next round. Just move up that stitch marker again, that’ll
indicate where I am. And let’s review round number 5. In round number 5,
we’re going to do another increase. So you going to notice in this entire project, is
that when we ever we do an increase, there’ll be a set amount of single
crochets in a row, before you put 2 into the same one. So the last time we
did an increase, there was 2 single crochets in every stitch. This time the
first one, is going to be 1 single crochet into the first stitch, and then the
next one is going to be 2 single crochets into the next stitch. So 1 and 2.
OK ? So that’s the repeat pattern all the way around. So the next one is just
going to be 1 by itself, and the next one is going to be 2. So you continue to do
that all the way around. So the next time we increase, what’s going to happen
is that there will be more single crochets in between the groups of 2, where 2
are placed. And that allows us to progressively get bigger. OK ? So continue
that same process going all the way around. So 1 in the first one, 2 in the next. So
because we’re in a m….doing a whole tutorial on this, I’m not gonna show an
entire round like I am right now. It’s just for the first time. If your counts are
always right, the very last stitch you end up doing in there, will always
have the 2 additional stitches…2 stitches inside of it, before you move up. OK. so
that just gives you an indication. So if you’re not ending up there, and you’re
keeping sequence, you know something isn’t completely wrong in your pattern. So just look back
to where it was going right, and you may have just accidentally missed one of the
stitches, or didn’t follow the sequence properly. So that was round
number 5. Let’s go for round number 6 and 7. OK. Round number 6 and 7.
Simply just 1 single crochet into each. Please do this for rounds
number 6 and 7. I’ll meet you back here, and we’ll cover round number 8 together. OK.
Rounds number 6 and 7 are now complete. Now round number 8. I’ve moved up my stitch marker, so I stay
in balance. Round number 8. We’re going to put in 2 single crochets in a row.
So 1 and 2. And then the next one then, will be 2 single crochets into the same
one. So that’s the repeat pattern for round number 8. So the next 2 will be by
themselves, single crochets and then the next 2 are in the same stitch. Please
continue that for round number 8. OK.I’m finishing up round number 8, and I’m
keeping it in sequence. And the very final stage of round number 8, just
happens to be the one that has 2 in there. So that means I’m in the right
stitch. OK. So the one ….whenever you’re increasing, the last one should
always have the 2 in there. OK. So let’s move up to rounds number…..that was round
number 8….. So let’s go for round number 9 and 10. They’re the same of just one single
crochet into each. So please do rounds number 9 and 10, 1 single crochet in
each, and I’ll meet you back here in round number 11, where we’ll do an increase once again. OK. Rounds number 9 and 10 are now complete.
Let’s go for round number 11, where we’re going to do another increase. So round number 11,
this time there’s going to be 3 single crochets in a row. So 1…2…and
3. And then there’s going to be 2 into the next one. So put 2 into this one. OK ? So the
repeat pattern on this round number 11 is – 1…2 and 3 and then there’s going
to be 2 into the next one. So please do that same configuration all the way
around. I’ll see you at the end. OK. I’m finishing up round number 11, and I’m coming into my
final home stretch. So 1…2…and 3. And the very final stitch, is there where the
2 are in. And let’s put that in there…is a 2 double crochets….oh sorry, 2 single crochets.
My apologies. And let’s move up that stitch marker. So for rounds number 12 and 13, exactly what
we already know. Go please, and do rounds number 12 and 13, just one single
crochet into each. For those that are doing the small size, we’re coming up near
to the end of your project today, and we’re not quite done yet obviously. But
please do rounds of 12 and 13 of one single crochet in each. So let’s go for round number
14. Rows 12 and 13 are complete. So on 14 it’s going to be 4 single crochets in a
row. So 1…and 2…3…and 4. And then the next one has 2 in there. So
that’s where your 2 is this time. So again, the repeat pattern is – 1…2…3…
and 4 and then 2 into the next one. Please do that same thing, going all the way round. Finishing up round number 14, is that we’re just
coming to the home stretch. So 1…2… 3…and 4 and again the final
stitch is where the 2 will fall into place. So we’re going to continue up then rounds
number 15 and 16. And after you get number 16, those that are doing
the small version, you are done at that point. So let’s do rounds number 14 and 1….
sorry, 15 and 16 now and I’ll meet you back here. They’re just 1 single crochets
into each, and I’ll meet you back here. And for those that are doing the small size,
I’ll review on what you need to do next. And then for those carrying on to bigger
size, you can continue to follow me along for the remainder of the tutorial.
So rounds number 15 and 16 are done. And this is the size of the small one….
Christmas tree right here. It’s about 3 and a half inches tall. And so now
what you going to do, is because I had you go in continuous rounds, just slip
stitch to the next 2. So just through… and through, and then just fasten off
this yarn. And then just I would…I would do, is leave enough yarn…yarn on here to
use it as a sewing to go all the way round. The next thing that you’re going
to do, if you’re in the small size, just stuff this with polyfill. And lay it down
on a piece of felt or material, and also…just so that you can trace the
circle all the way around. Also lay it down on a piece of cardboard,
you are going to leave the stuffing inside, place in your cardboard, and
then with the whip stitch just sew that material in this edge all the way down.
And then it will sit completely flat. You can then just decorate with buttons if
you wish, I would use a hot glue gun cos I’m lazy ! Obviously take out your stitch marker
here, and that would be the way to go. You’ll also do that if you’re doing a larger
size as well. So for those who want to be bigger just pull out the last 2
stitches I just showed you. And we’re going to move up. And so what I’ve done on
the instructions – let me just pull that up now – and I’m going to show you what I’ve
done, so that you can keep track yourself. So when the instructions, it says over
here, to continue as established increasing 6 stitches on the next and then every
following 3rd round. There will be an increase of stitches. So you’re looking
to get a total of 66 single crochets all around. When we finished off round
numbers 15 and 16, there was only 36. So what I’ve done here, if you want to do a
freeze frame of the picture here on screen, you can do so. So what I did is 17,
is going to be an increase. So if you remember, that when we did round number
14 there was 1 single crochet in the next 4 and then it was being
continuing to increase. So round number 17, one single crochet in the
next 5 and then 2 single crochets And then there’s going to be 2 single
crochet rounds after that, for rounds number 18 and 19. 20, there’s 1 single crochet in the
next 6, and then 2, and then 1 and 1. OK – Round number 23 1 single crochet in the next 7 and
then 2 and then 1 and 1 for 24 and 25 26 is 1 single crochet in the
next 8, 2 single crochets in the next and then 1 and 1. And then
finally in round number 29, it’s 1 single crochet the next 9, and then 2 single
crochets after that OK ? So the final 2 rounds are just going to be rounds
number 30 and 31. That there’s going to be 2 rounds like it would be after
the increasing, just like so. So without further ado, let’s move on to Round number
17 and we’re gonna start doing increasing, to getting bigger. Number
17 the first 5 are going to be single crochets. So 1…and 2…and 3…4…and 5.
And then the next one is 2 single crochets. So that’s the repeat pattern on
this whole round, so 5 in a row – single crochets, and then 2 in the next. Please
do that, and I’ll see you back here in just a moment. Finishing up round number 17,
going in the home stretch. So 1…2… 3…4…and 5…and then the next
stitch is the 2. So what I need you to do now, is rounds number 18 and 19, are what
you know, is just 1 single crochet each. So continue to go rounds number 18 and 19 on
your own. So starting up again just one 1 single crochet. And I’ll meet you back
here, after that, and we’ll start round number 20 together. OK. Rounds 18 and 19 just
1 single crochets in each are now complete. We’re ready for round number 20.
Round number 20, the first 6 are going to be by themselves, so…I’m just going to
restart that one and get all the plys. So 1…2…3…4…5…6. And now they’re ready….and the next one is ready then for 2
in the same one. So please continue that same pattern all the way round, so 6 in a
row and then 2, 6 in a row and then 2. And I’ll see you back here in just a moment. Coming up all the way around on the end of number
20 – the final 6.. 1…2…3…4…5…and 6 – and then the final 1, where the stitch marker is, is the
one with the 2. So I keep this still in balance at this point. At least, it is on line, and now lets move
up the stitch marker again. So rounds number 21 and 22, are all just going to be
single crochets each. So please do rounds number 21 and 22, 1 single crochet into each. And
I’ll see you back here, and we’ll start number 23 together. Rounds number 21 and 22
are now complete. Let’s do 23 together. So number 23 is single crochet
in the next 7 this time. So we got 1..2..3..4..5.. 6…and 7. And then the next one is
2 into same one. So round number 23, is 7 single crochets in a row, and then
2 into the next. Please continue that same idea, going all the way around. Finishing up round number 23 – the final
7 is going to be 1 single crochet each, and then then 2 in the last. So
this is number 2…3…4…5…6…and 7, and then the last one has 2 into the same
one. So what we’re going to do now, is that we’re going to move up to rounds
number 24, 25 – just 1 single crochet each please. So we’re just going to just
move up the stitch marker, every time of course. Hopefully that you’re finding that a
nice easy way, to keep a count of your stitches. So please do rounds number 24,
25 – 1 single crochet each. And I’ll see you back here, and we’ll review number…
round 26. So I’ll see you back here in just a moment. OK. Rounds 24, 25 of just 1 single crochet are
now done. And let’s do number 26. So this time number 26, it’s 8 in a row, so that’s
single crochet. So 1…2…3…4…5…6…7…and 8. And then the next one is just 2 into the next
one. So please do that same idea, going all the way around. So 8 in a row
and then 2, 8 in a row and then 2. And I’ll see you back here, in just a moment Coming up all the way around on round number
26. The last 8, so 1…. sorry, we’re going to finish off. So that there’s going to be 8 single
crochets, and then there’s finally going to be 2 single crochets in the final one. So I’m
really not counting at this point, I’ve already counted all the way around. So I
know, when I’m looking for a stitch markers, that I know exactly what to do. So this
is the stitch marker, so there’s going to be 2 single crochets into that one. So rounds
number 27, 28 – we’re nearly done today – but rounds number 27, 28 are going to be
1 single crochet in each. And please do that, and I’ll see you back here, and
we’ll review number 29, and 29 is the final increase.
And then we just got a couple more rounds after that. So please do rounds number 27,
28 now. I’m now ready for round number 29. So 27, 28 are now done. 29 we’re going to
increase again. So this time it’s going to be 9 in a row. If you’ve gotten this
pattern, and you really like to make your trees much bigger, just look how
I’ve done it for the increase. And then you can just continue to follow that
increase, until you get to the height that you want. So let’s do the first 9. So 1…2…3…4…5…6…7…8…and 9.
And then the next 2, err…..the next one, it has 2 in there. So please do
that for round number 29. So 9 in a row and then 2 in the next.
Please do that, and I’ll see you back here and then we’re going to finish up. We
got 2 more rounds after that, just 1 single crochet each. And then you can
start doing the decoration, and just finalizing. So now coming up all the way
around for round number 29. In the final 9 are going to be in and then the
last one is 2 single crochets. I’ve almost got 2 full Christmas trees out of
1 yarn ball. Technically in the instructions, it says that you can. I
think, because I’m a loose crocheter, I cannot do that. And so, I am actually 2
rows short of being able to do it 2 Christmas trees out of one. So, it’s good to
know if you’re planning ahead. And of course, I would consider doing another
size even bigger than this one. I just so that you have a set of 3. So you have like – small,
medium, and large. Daniel, he says that odd numbers are great ! So let’s without further ado, let’s
move up this stitch marker. And rounds number 31…errr… 30, 31 are the final rounds.
They’re going to be 1 single crochet in each, and please do that now. And when we
come back, we’ll just review on what you need to do to finish up, and start decorating
your Christmas tree. So 1 single crochet into each, all the way round. So now coming up all the way round
on the final, and what I’m just doing is I’m single crocheting as normal into
each one. And what I’ve….just hit the stitch marker, I’m not gonna move it up
cos I’m done. So the next 2, I’m just going to do a slip stitch, in order to bring it
kinda back in balance. And what I need you to do, is that I want you to cut the string
here, about 2 feet long. Be generous on that, don’t be cheap ! Don’t be cheap !!! OK. So
I’m pull that through. OK. And this is now your sewing needle….errr…..sewing string. So what
you going to do now, is you going to grab your poly stuffing, your poly….polyfill. Pull out
your stitch marker, that you were in… that you used. OK. So now, see you don’t have any
stitch……slip stitching. OK. Cos you’ve gone all the way around like
that. So what you going to do, is that you’re going to stuff this. OK. Put the polyfill in, and
then once it’s stuffed to the size that you want it. You going to lay it down and
you’re going to trace this… OK ? With your pen. OK. You’re just going to trace all
the way, on a piece of pa….felt. OK. Or piece of thick material. And then you’re going to
cut that out. And then you’re going to also trace this down on cardboard, and then you’re
going to cut that out. So with your poly stuffing already inside, you’re going to put your
cardboard in. To push the…..to keep the polyfill nice and flat at the bottom. And
then the material that you cut, you’re just going to take this string and just sew it.
Now if you look at the photograph, that’s been provided by the photographer. You’ll
see that…..you can see it here….and see it see it….so it’s just a whip stitch going all the
way around. So you’ll have a nice flat bottom. Take your time doing that, and of
course, you can add more than just buttons you can decorate any which we
wish. And I got now 2 trees, I just gotta finish decorating them now. I did a
sample obviously, and now I got 2 bad boys ! And now I can have something for a
centerpiece for home as well. So this is how you do the Christmas trees. Hopefully
you enjoy ! I love to see how you decorate your tree, so just give us an update on
Facebook – whether its The Crochet Crowd or Yarnspirations – and let’s see what you
come up with, as far as decorating your tree. Til next time, Mikey on behalf of The
Crochet Crowd as well as Yarnspirations.com, have a great day
and we’ll see you again real soon. Bye bye.

2 thoughts on “Crochet Button Christmas Tree

  1. Couldn't this same concept be used to make an Elf Hat – just keep increasing to fit head size? I'm gonna give it a try. 🙂

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