Little Christmas Tree

Handmade Knitted Christmas Trees Fitting-in-Knitting

How to Knit a Little Christmas Tree

What you will need…

Total time – 1 Hour 30 minutes

Complete Size – 5.5 cm (width) x 9 cm (height)

3.25mm knitting needles (UK 10, US 3)

Double knitting yarn – Colours according to preference. Pictured tree requires green, red, yellow and sparkly silver.

Sewing up needle

Scissors

Toy filling/stuffing

Plain hairband if wishing to make this a hair accessory

Handmade Knitted Christmas Hairband Fitting-in-Knitting

Before You Start…

Abbreviations

K = Knit   P = Purl   St = Stitch   Sts = Stitches

Cast On – I use the thumb method

Inc = Increase – by knitting into the front and the back of the same stitch, to make two stitches out of one.

Cast off – K wise or P wise according to pattern. US – bind off

Handmade Knitted Christmas Trees Fitting-in-Knitting

TOP TIP

Choose any colour tree to taste, including varying shades of green or even a white version. Take a look at the larger medium Christmas tree for other ideas on how to decorate your tree with different colour stars, tinsel and baubles.

Handmade Knitted Christmas Trees Fitting-in-Knitting

How to Make it…

Made from two knitted main pieces, and one finger-knitted length to make up the tinsel. All pieces are sewn together and stuffed, with added stitching for the star and baubles.

Main Piece

Handmade Knitted Christmas Trees Fitting-in-Knitting

Make 2

Time – 25 Minutes

Piece Size 5.5 cm (width) x 9 cm (height)

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Green

Begin at the top of the tree, cast on 2 sts

P 1 row

Next row Inc Kwise into every st (4 sts)

P 1 row

Next row Inc Kwise, K 1, Inc Kwise, K1 (6 sts)

P 1 row

Next row Inc Kwise, K 3, Inc Kwise, K1 (8 sts)

P 1 row

Next row Inc Kwise, K 5, Inc Kwise, K1 (10 sts)

Cast off 3 sts Pwise, P to end (7 sts)

Cast off 3 sts Kwise, K to end (4 sts)

P 1 row

Next row Inc Kwise, K 1, Inc Kwise, K1 (6 sts)

P 1 row

Next row Inc Kwise, K 3, Inc Kwise, K1 (8 sts)

P 1 row

Next row Inc Kwise, K 5, Inc Kwise, K1 (10 sts)

P 1 row

Next row Inc Kwise, K 7, Inc Kwise, K1 (12 sts)

Cast off 3 sts Pwise, P to end (9 sts)

Cast off 3 sts Kwise, K to end (6 sts)

P 1 row

Next row Inc Kwise, K 3, Inc Kwise, K1 (8 sts)

P 1 row

Next row Inc Kwise, K 5, Inc Kwise, K1 (10 sts)

P 1 row

Next row Inc Kwise, K 7, Inc Kwise, K1 (12 sts)

P 1 row

Next row Inc Kwise, K 9, Inc Kwise, K1 (14 sts)

P 1 row

Cast off

Tinsel

Knitting time – 5 Minutes

Handmade Knitted Christmas Tinsel Fitting-in-Knitting

Tinsel Piece – Using a single strand of yarn, finger-knit a length approximately 15 cm long.

Adding Decorations…

Sewing time – 25 Minutes Total as shown

Handmade Knitted Christmas Decoration Fitting-in-Knitting

Tinsel – Starting from the top of the tree, first catch one end of the finger-knitted length to the desired position (see picture for guidance). Pass the tinsel across the front of the tree towards the opposite edge. Working from the back of your piece (for a neater finish), catch the tinsel at the edge of your main tree piece. Pass the tinsel across the front of the tree again and repeat the process as you work down the tree. There is no need to sew along the whole length of the tinsel, simply catching it at the edges like this makes the tinsel move more freely and gives a better finish.

Star & Baubles – These are added before the knitted pieces of the tree are all sewn together as it allows a neater finish with hidden fastenings. Using the desired colour of yarn, loop through 1 or 2 of the knitted stitches several times to make each bauble. To form the star at the top of the tree, start from a centre point and sew the yarn over at least 1 knitted stitch away, looping back to the centre. Doing this 5 times in different directions results in the star shape. Fasten off loose ends on the wrong side of st-st.

Sewing Up

Sewing-up time – 10 Minutes as shown

Handmade Knitted Christmas Tree Sewing Up Fitting-in-Knitting

Complete your Piece – Place wrong sides together and oversew row ends down both sides of the tree, and the cast-off edges of the main tree pieces at the bottom. Fasten off loose ends. If wishing to make it into a decorative hairband, sew a plain hairband to the centre at the back, oversewing the loop several times to keep it strong and secure.

Handmade Knitted Christmas Hairband Fitting-in-Knitting
Sewing on Hairband
Handmade Knitted Christmas Hairband Fitting-in-Knitting
Sewn on Hairband
Handmade Knitted Christmas Hairband Fitting-in-Knitting

Make it Different…

As well as using your choice for colour, style, stars, baubles, and tinsel, you can use them to make other personalised gifts such as adding to a headband for a different matching hair accessory. It may also have a finger knitted length sewn to the top to make a Christmas tree decoration, or leave as it is plain to make a little toy, which would fit perfectly to use in a doll’s house. You may also wish to add a little tree trunk, as shown in the medium Christmas tree, perhaps with fewer cast-on sts.

Handmade Knitted Christmas Trees Fitting-in-Knitting
Medium Christmas Tree

And don’t forget this Christmas tree can be made as part of a collection with the larger Medium Christmas Tree. You may also wish to check that page out for further decoration ideas.

Handmade Knitted Christmas Trees Fitting-in-Knitting

Behind the Scenes!

These patterns are all made up as I go along, learning from mistakes along the way. Every time I create a new pattern, I record it in the Updates part of this site (effectively my blog…)  There is a story behind each creation, and this can help give you some more ideas and encouragement. See the Update info….

Handmade Knitted Christmas Trees Fitting-in-Knitting
Handmade Knitted Christmas Trees Fitting-in-Knitting
Christmas Tree Collection

All done?

Feel free to share your successes or any other tips or suggestions by contacting me. If it’s all gone swimmingly and you’re ready for your next challenge, have a look at what to try next! My next pattern!