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Little Christmas Trees

crochet christamstree decoration on tree shaped plate with candle and tinsel

As a last minute christmas gift, I created this quick little Christmas tree decoration which works up super fast.

Here’s one I popped in a Christmas Card to my step-mum who lives overseas and who loved it!  I thought this was a lovely small way of sharing handmade so wanted to share the pattern with you too.

crochet christmas tree decoration with sequins

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This was made with some acrylic yarn paired with the gorgeous King Cole Cosmos  yarn which is great for adding some sequins and sparkle to a project!

So let’s get straight into the patten for these quick cuties!

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Pattern Notes

  • This pattern uses US crochet terms
  • Turning Chains do not count as stitches
  • Numbers in brackets at the end of the row indicate the number of stitches in that row
  • Stitches should be worked in consecutive stitches
  • Instructions in brackets should be worked in the same stitch
  • These trees are for ornamental use only and not to be used as toys.
crochet christamstree decoration on tree shaped plate with candle and tinsel


This pattern will work with a small amount of any yarn.  I have paired various yarns together here so you can see how much you can personalise it!

I do love the sequin filled Cosmos from King Cole as used with the green, but in the tree pictured in the header, I used Sirdar Elle which is a sparkly cotton yarn I had in my stash (sadly I think it has been discontinued).

I used a 3.5mm hook with this dk yarn to make sure my stitches were nice and tight but use what works for your tension and yarn!

Whatever yarn you choose, I would recommend going down a hook size as this helps with structure too!

A quick note that you can add starch spray to cotton yarn to make it stiffer and give it a quick cool dry press to stop the crochet tree ornament from curling.

See the Structure and Finishing section below for some more ideas on how to stiffen things up…

Stitch Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • ch = chain
  • st = stitch
  • ss = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet (UK double crochet)

The Pattern

The Tree

Row 1: Ch2, 2sc in the 2nd chain from hook, turn   (2)

Row 2: Ch 1, 1sc in next 2 st, turn (2)

Row 3: Ch1, 2sc in first st, sc in each st to end, turn (3)

Row 4: Ch1, 2sc in first st, sc in each st to end, turn (4)

Row 5: Ch1, 1sc in each st across, turn (4)

Row 6-14: Repeat rows 3-5

If you want to make your tree larger, continue repeating rows 3-5

Row 15: 1ss in each st along the bottom of the tree

Fasten off

crochet christamstree decoration on tree shaped plate with candle and tinsel

The Trunk

Row 1:  attaching new yarn, work 1sc into the back loop of the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th sl st across the bottom, turn (4)

Row 2-4: Ch1, 1sc in next 4 st, turn (4)

Fasten off and sew in ends*

If you have made a larger tree, be sure you place your trunk in the centre of the base!


*You can either double over and tie the tail from the orginal slip knot (which will be at the top of the tree) to create a hanging loop or thread some ribbon through the sc at the top of the tree to hang.

Structure and Finishing

If your tree is a big floppy or curly there are various ways to deal with it. Mostly blocking with a little extra!  

As I mentioned in the materials section, some starch spray and a quick press will help stiffen up a decoration made with cotton yarn.

But this doesn’t work so well on acrylic – and direct heat on acrylic yarn is a big no-no as it melts it!

For an alternative, mix some suitable glue (I like to use glitter glue… because glitter!) with some water, pin your trees out to shape and brush with the glue mix and leave to dry overnight.  

This will give your trees some extra structure and ensure they last from year to year!

I’m in the process of making a garland using this technique right now, so will update the post when the glue is dry!

crochet christmas tree garland

I hope you enjoy this quick and easy project, I’d love to see how you get on, so, as always, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @doraexplored, or use #doradoes. I’d love to see and share your efforts!

Big Love


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  1. Thanks, Dora. That makes perfect sense and I should have been able to figure it out.

    So sorry if my question shows up twice. When I first typed it, everything disappeared when I hit Post, and the screen gave me an option to join, so I figured the comment was lost. I just now typed it again, and when I hit post, everything disappeared again, then this magically appeared. (I checked first. Computer sneaky magic I promise you, my question and your answer did not show on my screen until after I posted it a second time.) Anyway, if you can delete my repetitious post, please do so. So sorry about that!

    1. Glad I could help. And no problem with the duplication. I manually approve all comments (to avoid spammers!) so that’s probably why you didn’t see it right away. I will just delete the other one 🙂

  2. I love these little trees and can’t wait to make some, but… I have a question. I’m guessing this is a typo, but I can’t figure out what it means either as a typo or if written intentionally:

    The last paragraph under Materials says, “A quick note that you can ass starch spray to cotton yarn to make it stiffer…” Please, what does this mean? (I confess it made me LOL, but I really don’t know what it means.)

    Thank you so much. Love your designs! Thanks for the freebies/

    1. Lol. Yes, that is most definitely a typo – not sure how I missed that one – it should say add start having spray!!!

  3. Can you please tell me what size crochet hook you are using on this tree, thank you

    1. Hi Mary,
      For the cotton DK (the cream one) i used a 3.5mm hook. I would advise going down a hook size of that recommended for your chosen yarn to make sure your stitches are tight as this gives extra structure!
      Dora x