Dec
02

Knit and Crochet Tree Ornaments

Knit & Crochet Tree Ornments

Knit and Crochet Tree Ornaments

Holy, moly, it’s December! Which means if you celebrate one of this month’s holidays, it’s ON! 

Many of us spent the weekend putting up (or at least thinking about it) our Christmas trees, so this week on Ask Me Monday, I thought it felt right to revisit two thematic projects: a knit, Scrap Bin Tree Ornament and crochet, Broomstick Lace Tree decoration. Both projects could be made as traditional, modern, or non-holiday specific (woodland forest, anyone?) as the maker would like. Have fun playing with color and embellishments. Happy Holidays!


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Knit and Crochet Tree Ornaments: Watch & Learn

Knit Scrap Bin Tree Ornament

Knit Tree Ornament | Vickie Howell

GET THE PATTERN HERE

 

Broomstick Lace Tree Wallhanging

Broomstick Lace Christmas Tree | Vickie Howell

GET THE PATTERN HERE

 

Bonus Pattern: Felted Tree Potholder

Felted Tree Potholder | Vickie Howell

 

MATERIALS

1 skein Patons Classic Wool Roving (100% Merino Wool; 223 yds), in color: Cloverleaf or Aran

Size U.S. 19/15 mm knitting needles

Large eyed yarn needle

Scissors

Crochet Hook (Size U.S. H or I) OR Cording

Tree Pattern PDF 

Zippered pillowcase or laundry bag

Hole punch, awl, or nail.

Optional:

Small Amount, Roving

Needle Felting Tool & Mat

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Approx 8 1/2”/21.5 cm tall

GAUGE

Not important for this project.

ABBREVIATIONS

BO = bind off

CO = cast on

k = knit

st(s) = stitch(es)

NOTE: yarn for this project must be 100% animal fiber (wool) to felt.

DIRECTIONS

This project was originally in partnership with The Knit Show and JOANN. See the video tutorial here.

Pulling from center and outside of skein, DOUBLE STRAND yarn and CO 22 sts.

Knit every row until piece measures 12”/30.5 cm.

BO.

Weave in ends.

FELTING DIRECTIONS

Place knitted piece inside zippered laundry bag or pillowcase. Put in washing machine with a towel or jeans (to help with agitation), and a small amount (Tablespoon is plenty) of gentle shampoo or soap. Wash on a hot cycle, with a cold rinse. Check piece to see if the stitches have lost the hole portion of their definition and that the piece seems like thick felt. If not, repeat the cycle. If you’re working with a front-loading machine, you’ll need to do this several times.

Once you’re pleased with the integrity of the felt, lay flat to dry.

Note: Your piece will already work great as a hot pad without doing anything else. Bookmark this project for hostess gifts year-round!

FINISHING

Print out Tree PDF, and use it as a guide to cut tree out of felt piece.

Optional embellishment:

Using roving and needle felting tools, add needle felted “snow” or “garland” to piece.

About 1/2” down from treetop, use a hole punch or hammer and awl to create a hole at top of tree.

Create Loop:

Either use cording to create loop to tie through hole, or crochet a chain with one strand of yarn and attach to piece.

Hey, hottie — you just made a potholder!

 

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