Standing Christmas Tree- Free Crochet Pattern

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Are you ready to add some festive holiday cheer to your home decor? One fun and unique option is to crochet your own Christmas trees! The standing crochet Christmas tree is a highly customizable pattern, so continue reading to learn how to personalize it to your style and home decor colors.

Holiday decorations

This year, our small apartment and active toddler make having a big Christmas tree impractical. With the limited space we have and our 16-month-old’s endless energy and curiosity, a traditional Christmas tree just isn’t feasible.

I can already see ornaments flying everywhere, becoming shiny projectiles in the hands of our little one! It’s a situation that might be more chaotic than festive!

So, for 2023, the only Christmas tree at home will be this standing Christmas tree I whipped up using my sister’s Christmas tree gnome pattern.

Crochet Standing Christmas tree for home decor with a star on top

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The big countdown for Christmas

As some of you know, this year, we are hosting a Countdown to Christmas, where we share one free pattern each day. For day 11 of the CAL ( Crochet along ) is the Standing Christmas tree pattern. If you are new to the blog and missed the previous free patterns, check the Advent Calendar CAL page!

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Standing Christmas tree free pattern

I love this tree pattern because it is highly customizable. After we saw all the Christmas tree gnomes shared in our FACEBOOK GROUP, I decided to turn it into a standing tree pattern.

Related post: Mini Christmas tree gnome-free pattern.

Adding Personalized Touches to Your Crochet Tree

Down below, you will find some suggestions for customizing your standing tree to match your personal style!

  • You can use beads and sequins for the petals.
  • You can use different yarn colors to match your holiday decoration
  • You can use small embellishments
  • You can add small lights
  • You can add one more round around the petals with white color yarn to make the tree snowy.

Overall pattern notes

Firstly, we will work the tree’s body from the top down, then we will work the layers with the petals, and at the end, we will fill and close the bottom of the tree.

You can use different yarn weights and different colors to match the tree to your holiday decor.

You can stuff the Christmas tree with a polyfiber filling or use Polystyrene Cone Foam like I did.

The finished size of the Christmas tree is 15cm without the star and 20cm with the star!

If you would like to make a Christmas tree with beads, follow the written instructions for the Christmas tree gnome pattern. The method and the layers are the same.

Materials

Medium Worsted weight yarn – I used Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn in the color Dragonfly. It is 100% mercerized cotton, 100gr/3.5 0z, 170m/ 186 yds.

Total amount of yarn used is 45gr

Hook size – 4mm crochet hook

tapestry needle

pair of scissors

Polyfiber filling ( optional )

Polystyrene Cone Foam ( optional ): I purchased mine from Amazon.nl

Abbreviation

The pattern is written in US crochet terminology!

SC- single crochet

SS- slip stitch 

CH- chain

Rep- repeat 

Inc- increase (make 2 SC in the same stitch) 

Dec- decrease ( work 2 SC stitch together) 

MR- magic ring 

**- repeat the stitches in the ** indicated times

FO- fasten off 

BLO- back loop only 

Standing Christmas tree written instructions

with green color yarn

Rnd 1: Start with a MR, and make 7 SC into it. (7) 

Rnd 2: SC in each stitch around (7) 

Rnd 3: *SC in first, inc 1* 3 times, SC in last (10) 

The next round is worked in BLO. Only next round!

Rnd 4: SC in each stitch around (10) 

Rnd 5-: SC in each stitch around (10) 

Rnd 6: * inc 1, SC in next 4* 2 times (12) 

The next round is worked in BLO. Only next round!

Rnd 7: SC in each stitch around (12) 

Rnd 8: *SC in next 2, inc 1, * 4 times (16) 

Rnd 9: SC in each stitch around (16)

The next round is worked in BLO. Only next round!

Rnd 10: SC in each stitch around (16)

Rnd 11: *SC in next 3, inc 1, * 4 times, (20) 

Rnd 12: SC in each stitch around (20) 

The next round is worked in BLO. Only next round!

Rnd 13: SC in each stitch around (20) 

Rnd 14: *SC in next 4, inc 1* 4 times (24)  

Rnd 15: SC in each stitch around (24) 

The next round is worked in BLO. Only next round!

Rnd 16: SC in each stitch around (24)

Rnd 17: *SC in next 5, inc 1, * 4 times (28) 

Rnd 18: SC in each stitch around (28) 

The next round is worked in BLO. Only next round!

Rnd 19: SC in each stitch around (28) 

Rnd 20: *SC in next 6, inc 1, * 4 times, (32)  

Rnd 21: SC in each stitch around (32) 

The next round is worked in BLO. Only next round!

Rnd 22: SC in each stitch around (32)

Rnd 23: SC in each stitch around (36) 

Rnd 24: SC in each stitch around (36) FO. Now, we will continue working on the layers of the tree.

How to crochet the layers of the Christmas tree

When you are working on the layers, after the last petal, you can have 1,2 or 3 sts left. Work 1 sc in each st remaining.

Here you have 2 options.

First- you can cut the yarn and attach a new one for each layer. This way, you will not have a visible joining line at the back side of the tree.

Second– ch2, and insert your hook in the first corresponding stitch of the next layer. There will be a visible joining line at the back side of the tree.

crochet standing Christmas tree with beads

How to crochet the Christmas tree’s layers.

As you can see, we have two different types of Christmas trees. The first one is without beads, and the second with. So, I will give written instructions for each tree separately.

The first layer from the top without beads

Insert your hook in any stitch of the front loop of rnd 4 and pull up a loop, SC in same stitch, *( 1 HDC, 3 DC, 1 HDC, all in next st), SC in next 2 sts * rep till you have 1 stitch left, SC in last stitch, SS on top of first stitch to join. Don’t fasten off. We will continue on to the next layer.

For the next layer and each following layer, repeat the same steps from the first layer.

The photo is from the mini gnome pattern, but the method is the same!

how to crochet with beads

The first layer from the top with beads

Because I did not want to overstuff the tree with too many beads, I worked with beads on one of the layers and then one layer without.

If you are not familiar with how to work with beads, please check the Mini Christmas tree gnome pattern for a detailed photo tutorial and a mini video showing how to place the beads.

Insert your hook in any stitch of the front loop of rnd 4 and pull up a loop, SC in the same stitch, *( 1 HDC, 1 DC, CH 1, place one bead, CH 1, 1 DC, 1 HDC, all in next st), SC in next st, ch1, place one bead, ch1, SC in next st * rep till you have 1 stitch left, SC in last stitch, SS on top of first stitch to join. Don’t fasten off. We will continue on to the next layer.

Ch2, insert your hook in the corresponding st of rnd 7 and repeat the same steps of the first layer.

Repeat the steps of layer 1 for each remaining layer.

How to close the bottom of the Christmas tree

For the bottom of the Standing Christmas tree we will work in joined rounds. After each round, join with sl st on top of the first st and work the first stitch of the next round in the same st you slip stitched in the previous round.

Rnd 25: Insert your hook in any stitch of round 24, ch1, * 1 sc in next 4 sts, 1 dec * rep 6 times ( 30 sts )

Rnd 26: ch1, * 1 sc in next 3 sts, 1 dec * rep 6 times ( 24 sts )

Rnd 27: ch1, * 1 sc in next 2 sts, 1 dec * rep 6 times ( 18 sts )

Rnd 28: ch1, * 1 sc in next st, 1 dec * rep 6 times ( 12 sts )

Rnd 29: ch1, * dec * rep 6 times ( 6 sts )

Now close the last 6 sts with a tapestry needle. Insert the needle through the front loops of the stitches and pull tight. Fasten off.

how to finish crochet with a needle

How to crochet the Christmas tree star

with yellow color yarn

Rnd 1: Start with MR, ch1, and make 10 hdc into the ring.

Rnd 2: *CH 1, SC in first, (SC 1, HDC 1, CH 1, HDC 1, SC 1 all in next ST)* rep 5 times, SS to join. FO. (you will have 5 points in the end).

After you finish the star, leave a longer tail for sewing. Weave the end in and sew the star on top of the tree.

Crochet Christmas Tree Tips and Tricks

Crocheting a standing Christmas tree can be a fun and rewarding project, but sometimes, you may encounter some common issues that can be frustrating to deal with. I’ve included some tips and tricks below to help you overcome those challenges and achieve the desired results.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

  • If your tree is leaning to one side, try stuffing it with more filling on that side to achieve balance.
  • If your stitches are too loose or tight, adjust your hook size to obtain the correct gauge and tension.
  • If your tree is wobbly or unsteady, make sure you’ve added enough stuffing and consider using a stiffer wire for the frame.

Achieving the Perfect Shape

To achieve the perfect shape for your crochet Christmas tree, make sure to:

  1. Stuff it firmly, but not too tightly, to maintain the shape.
  2. Shape the branches as you go along to achieve the desired look.
crochet standing Christmas tree with beads
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6 Comments

  1. Hi, you go from round 19 to round 29, how come, and I can find the pattern of the star for the Christmas Tree. I would surely like an explanation or maybe I am just utterly tired with all those preparations. Thank you for your lovely patterns.
    Pauline🤗

    1. Hello, I write the pattern, but probably it was not saved. I am adding all the missing info at the moment! Thanks a lot. There are no missing rounds, only the numbers are not correct!

  2. Hi, thank you for another lovely pattern!!! (Standing Christmas tree)
    You’ve stated, don’t fasten off after the first round of ‘branches’ but, I can’t envisage how you take the yarn to the next row of branches without it showing, or doesn’t it matter? Thanks again 👍🏻🧶

    1. You, ch2 and slip stitch in next layer corresponding st, I have updated the pattern with the photo! It is visible at the back side. If you want you can cut the yarn and start with ne w one for each layer. Then hide the ends inside of the tree, before closing the bottom of the tree!

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