I love granny square crochet projects. The square design is simple enough for a beginner to have success with, but variations of this popular pattern can be manipulated into a variety of shapes. Using the basic stitch pattern, crochet a granny tree ornament. This project is quick, and several ornaments can be completed in an hour.
Ch = chain
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
Things You Will Need:
Worsted weight, 4-ply yarn
Ch 5, slip stitch in first chain loop to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as the first DC stitch, now and throughout), 3 DC, ch 2, 4 DC, ch 2, 4 DC, ch 2. Slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch 3 st. (Three clusters of 4 DC and three ch 2 spaces.)
Round 2: Slip stitch over to the first ch 2 space of the previous round. Ch 3. 3 DC, ch 2, 4 DC in this space. *Ch 2, 4 DC, ch 2, 4 DC in next ch 2 space. Repeat from * in the last ch 2 space. Slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch 3 stitch. (Six clusters of 4 DC and six ch 2 spaces.)
Round 3: Slip stitch over to the first ch 2 space. Ch 3, 3 DC, ch 2, 4 DC in the space. *Skip two DC of the previous row. SC in the next (third) DC. 4 DC in the next space. Skip two DC of the previous row. SC in the next DC. 4 DC, ch 2, 4 DC in the next space. Repeat from * along the second side of the tree. Ch 1. 4 DC in the next ch 2 space. Ch 1. Slip stitch to the beginning ch 3 stitch.
Note: Round 3 produces the scalloped shape of the tree’s two sides. The bottom edge (the last one) remains straight.
Tree Trunk: Turn the ornament so the back of the tree is facing you. Slip stitch around the ch 1 stitch just made and into the first double crochet. Ch 3. DC in the next 3 DC stitches. Turn so that the front of the tree is facing you. Ch 2 (counts as the first SC). SC in the next three DC stitches of the previous row. Finish off and weave the yarn end into the back of the tree.
Attach a loop of floss or yarn to the top of the tree to use as the ornament hanger.
Cut an 8-inch length of 1/4-inch wide ribbon. Tie the ribbon into a knot. Apply a dot of craft glue to the top of the tree. Place the bow over the glue. Allow the glue to dry.
I prefer the simplicity of a single bow on my tree, but buttons, sequins or beads can be glued to the tree as ornaments if desired.
Make several ornaments for your tree, or to sell at local craft shows.
The granny trees can also be stitched or strung onto ribbon for a Christmas garland.