Christmas Tree Trio Crochet Along – Ready to gift!

My Christmas Tree Trio is all finished and ready to gift! I had a blast making it, and I can’t wait to give this cute decoration to someone special in a couple weeks.

Finished treesAfter making the beaded garlands, I put my crocheted trees onto the Floracraft foam cones. Then, I arranged my garlands in a spiral around the trees beginning at the top. The ridges left by crocheting into the back loops provide handy lines to help keep your spiral even. There are about two ridges between the garland spirals on each of my trees, but feel free to arrange yours however you like.

After placing my garland, I used the long tails to weave a running stitch through it and attach it to the tree. I made one stitch for about every inch of garland, so this part went fairly fast for me. Then, all I had to do was sew the bottom onto each tree.

I LOVE how these fun decorations turned out! As I mentioned, I’m giving this set as a gift, but I may have to make another for myself. I have a wonderful spot on my mantle for them, or I may put them on an end table to create another festive spot in my living room.

Have you finished your Christmas Tree Trio yet? If you haven’t started, you still have time to order your Christmas Tree Trio kit and make this set for someone special! These decorations are fantastic gifts that the recipients will enjoy year after year.

Christmas Tree Trio Crochet Along – Beaded garlands

Over Thanksgiving weekend, I crocheted all 3 of the beaded garlands for my Christmas Tree Trio! Since they are made of simple chains, this does not sound like a lot of crafting, but the garlands are more time consuming than the rest of the pattern because you need to string the beads onto the yarn first. Luckily, they are fun to make and I enjoyed sitting beside my coffee table and working on this part of the project.

Beading needleTo string your beads onto your Cascade Ultra Pima, you will need a beading needle and about 12″ of thread. I use a plain sewing needle for beading, and it works great! Thread your needle, and tie the two ends of the thread together to create a loop. Then, insert your yarn tail through the loop and fold it down so it is beside your working yarn.

Beads for small tree

After you’ve strung your beads onto your yarn, you will leave a long tail for sewing, then alternate plain chain stitches with beaded ones.

To work a beaded chain stitch, slide one bead up near your hook, then yarn over and pull through the loop on your hook. This will catch the bead in the chain, and it will show up on back bump on the the wrong side.

Finished garlands

Now that I’ve made my garlands, the next step is to sew them onto my trees. To do this, I will put the crocheted trees onto the foam cones and attach the garlands with a running stitch using the long tails I left.

Don’t try to sew the garlands on with the trees off of your foam cones because they will probably end up too tight. I learned this the hard way when I made the first set!

Have you made your garlands yet? Did you find the beading easy? There’s still time for you to order your Christmas Tree Trio kit and join in on the crafty fun!

I love the look of these beaded chains so much that I’m thinking of making bracelets using the same technique! Would you wear a bracelet like that? We love hearing from you, so don’t forget to tell us your thoughts here or on Facebook!

Christmas Tree Trio Crochet Along – Deadlines affect my gauge

I just finished the small and medium trees of my Christmas Tree Trio! These cute decorations work up so quickly, I might have time to make more than I had hoped. I’ll be giving these sets as gifts this holiday season, so I am definitely crafting on a deadline this time.

Christmas Tree Trio - all trees done

After making the cone sections of the trees, I slipped them onto my Floracraft foam cones to see if they fit. For some reason, my small tree seemed a tiny bit snug with the cone inside, and the foam showed through more than I wanted. My gauge was spot on when I checked it, but maybe the pressure of crocheting on a deadline caused my stitches to tighten up by the time I got to the small tree. To fix this, I took a sheet of sandpaper and carefully sanded off a thin layer of my small foam cone. Bits of foam flew around for a moment, but I wiped the cone off and slipped my tree back on. Now it fits perfectly!

My next step is to string my beads onto the Cascade Ultra Pima to make my garlands. Have you ever crocheted with beads before? If you’re new to this technique, this pattern is a fantastic introduction because the garlands are made with a simple chain. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

How is your Christmas Tree Trio coming along? Share your progress with us here or on Facebook, and be sure to follow us on Instagram to share photos! If you haven’t started this fun set yet, get your Christmas Tree Trio kit today and join me in making these festive decorations!

Christmas Tree Trio Crochet Along – Magic loop mania!

I made some good progress on my Christmas Tree Trio set over the weekend, and I have one tree down, two more to go! Like I mentioned last week, I started with the bottom section of the large tree so I could check my gauge. My gauge changes depending on my mood, so I wanted to be sure.

Christmas Tree TrioThe first step in each section of the trees is an adjustable ring or magic loop. I have a love/hate relationship with the magic loop technique because I love the neat look it creates but find the process kind of finicky. Thankfully, it goes by quickly and eventually becomes second nature. If you’re new to this technique, have no fear! Our free adjustable ring tutorial will walk you through each step.

First, you’ll make a large loop by wrapping your yarn around your fingers. Make sure your working yarn is in the back and your yarn tail is about 4″ long. Take your hook, draw the working yarn through the large loop, then chain 1.

Now you can work the indicated number of stitches into the large loop. Pull your yarn tail to tighten up your loop. At this point, I think it helps not to tighten the loop all the way until you’ve worked the first stitch of your next round. Then, you can pull the tail to tighten it the rest of the way and continue with your next round!

I love how this technique eliminates the hole at the beginning of the project. If you don’t want to use an adjustable ring, you can also chain 2, work the indicated number of stitches into your first chain, and continue the pattern from here. You may have a slight hole in the center, but in many cases it won’t be noticeable.

Large tree bottom

Large tree

My adjustable ring went smoothly and quickly, and then I whipped up the bottom of my large tree. My gauge was spot on, so I kept using my H hook and crocheted the cone section. I slipped it onto my foam cone to test it out, and it fits perfectly!

This week, I’m going to make the small and medium-sized trees before starting any of the garlands. If you haven’t ordered your Christmas Tree Trio kit yet, you still have time! With the kit, you’ll be sure to get the right sized cones, and you won’t have to worry about finding all of your materials. I’m all about easy, trouble-free crafting!

What about you? Have you finished your large tree yet? We love hearing from you, so be sure to let us know how your Christmas Tree Trio is progressing!

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.

Christmas Tree Trio - beginning

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!

Christmas Tree Trio Crochet Along – Coming soon!

Even though we’ve just barely gotten a taste of fall weather, I am planning my holiday crocheting so I can avoid feeling rushed as December gets closer. The Christmas Tree Trio, featured in the Holiday Crochet 2014 Issue, is one adorable project that makes my planning a lot simpler.

Christmas Tree Trio

I actually designed this fun set with someone special in mind, and I can’t wait to see her face when I give it to her. However, several other people on my list saw the original samples and said they would adore these three darling trees, and they have the perfect spots for them on their mantels or festively decorated side tables. Basically, I’m making a whole mess of these trees because I keep getting requests for them.

We invite you to join us in crocheting this fun set on Friday, November 7th! If you want to add some “wow” factor to your own holiday decorations this year, or if you know someone else who loves to deck the halls, get your Christmas Tree Trio Crochet Kit and make this quick and easy project with us.

The kits contain the pattern, yarn, beads, and Floracraft foam cones, and you would have a tough time finding all of these materials for a better price. Getting all of the materials together makes planning my holiday crafting a breeze and eliminates all of the legwork on my end. As we gear up for gift-giving season, anything that can make finding the perfect present simpler is right up my alley!

I hope to see you crocheting along with us! Be sure to visit us on Facebook or Instagram to share photos or updates of your progress. We’d also love to hear who you are making this super cute set for. Don’t worry – we can keep a secret!