Christmas Tree Trio Crochet Along – Let’s get started!

I’m excited to start my second Christmas Tree Trio set! I made the sample for someone special, but when the rest of my family got word of it, I was flooded with requests for these cute decorations.

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I’m going to start with the bottom section of the largest tree because it’s used to measure the gauge. Gauge is important for this project because the trees need to fit nicely over the foam cones. You don’t want the foam to peek through your stitches too much.

Each part of the trees begins with an adjustable ring. This technique can seem tricky at first, but it gets easier every time you do it. If you’re new to the adjustable ring (AKA magic loop), check out our free tutorial. You’ll work this technique six times (two for each tree), so this project will give you plenty of practice and you’ll be an expert before you know it!

What are you waiting for? Grab your hook, and let’s make these adorable trees together. If you don’t have time to track down all of the materials (and who does this time of year?), get your Christmas Tree Trio kit today! The pattern, both yarns, beads, and foam cones are included, so you’ll have everything you need to make this set. The yarn for the trees is Cascade 220, and it’s a high-quality wool that will last for countless holiday seasons.

Have you ever started a project with an adjustable ring? How did you find it? Share your experiences with us here or on Facebook. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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My Go-to Guide for Crocheted Baby Gifts

Were you intrigued by our review of Modern Baby Crochet in the Crochet More Issue? If you’re in the market for a cute baby gift, this book has you covered! Whether you’re going to a baby shower or getting a head start on your holiday crafting, there is a project here for every crocheter.

I love how the projects in this book are contemporary, bright, and fun, so they’ll give any nursery a cheerful and current vibe. I have my eye on the Funky Argyle Afghan, and I think it would look phenomenal in green and tan with pink stripes. I have a new little niece to craft for, and this design will be perfect for the decor in her room! The Bubble Ring Rattles are adorable as well, and I can’t wait to watch her play with these handmade toys.

IMG_1140_200pxIf you’re looking for more patterns for baby, check out the Teensy Turtle Baby Set from the Fall 2014 Issue of Love of Crochet. Including a blanket, hat, diaper cover, and even a cape for photographs, this darling set would make a great gift.

IMG_2548_200pxIf you’re in a hurry, the Bear Necessity Hat from the Holiday Crochet Issue can be whipped up in no time. Use scrap yarn to make the eyes, nose, and mouth, and this pattern also becomes a terrific stash-buster!

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Finally, who doesn’t love pandas? Crochet the Panda Party Set from the same issue, and your new arrival will have a cozy hat and pair of pants to wear when the weather gets chilly. The blanket, toy, and beanbag will provide comfort and joy for many years, so this gift will grow with your little one and be enjoyed for a long time.

What is your favorite type of baby gift to crochet? Do you make as many toys as Santa’s elves? Or, perhaps you’re all about afghans? Tell us your go-to baby gifts here, or visit us on Facebook to let us know!