Macy’s Christmas Tree: Free Instructions

Macy's Tree

Macy has been busy crocheting some Christmas trees perfect for hanging on the tree or for decorating the table. She now has a Christmas tree lot at Southwinds Gallery offering her makes for others to enjoy!

For those who crochet, Macy wanted to share how she made them. Instead of offering a PDF to download, I will dictate Macy’s instructions here for you to follow.

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Materials:

You need to have two colors of worsted weight yarn. Macy used Vicki Howell’s Sheepish, which she loves because it is soft and fuzzy and oh so colorful! But she also used some Peaches ‘n Cream Cotton and other worsted weight yarns. She used an H hook, and a yarn needle for sewing up and weaving in ends. Oh, and you will need a bit of stuffing and a ribbon or two for topping the tree!

Here’s how Macy did it:

Starting at the circular base, choose the main color you want for your tree and chain 3. Slip stitch to join to 1st chain forming a ring. You are working in the round the whole time.

Ch 1, work 8 sc in ring. Join with a sl st to beg sc.

Ch 1, work 2sc in each sc around. Join.

Ch 1, *work 1 sc, then 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around. Join.

Ch 1, *work 2 sc, then 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around. Join.

Stop here for smaller tree OR work another round IN THIS MANNER: *work 3 sc, then 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around. Join.

Begin working the BODY as follows:

Working in BLO, Ch 1, hdc in same as ch 1, work same as last row of base but with hdc DECREASES…SO…if last row was (*work 2 sc, then 2 sc in next sc, rep from *) THEN YOU WILL *work 2 hdc, hdc2tog, rep from * around. Join.

Change color to your CONTRASTING COLOR:

**Working in whole stitch now, make a sc in same stitch as join, ch 1, *skip a st, sc in next st, ch 1, rep from * around. Join.

Change color back to your TREE COLOR:

Ch 1, work hdc in each st around. Join.

Ch 1, *work hdc, hdc2tog, rep from * around. Join.

Change color to your CONTRASTING COLOR:

Rep this 3 RND pattern from the **, reducing stitches on the 2ND TREE COLOR rows of hdc each time around.

***STUFF AT SOME POINT BEFORE YOU GET TO THE LAST ROUND!!

End with the tree color at the top, sl st to 1st st.

Pull yarn through and tie to make a loop at top for hanging from a tree. Weave in ends.

Choose 2 ribbons to pull through top and tie in a bow.

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Macy hopes you enjoy making some of these little trees!! She sure had fun crocheting them! If you make them to sell, please give due credit to Jennifer Edwards, Macy’s pattern editor.:)

 

Maddie’s Cowl…A FREE Pattern!

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This is my sweet daughter, Maddie, age 10. She recently got it in her head to knit something for her teachers at school. At first she wanted to knit a scarf. But as time was of the essence, she decided to turn her scarf into a cowl, adding two buttons. She was very particular about the yarn she wanted: two colors, one fluffy, one not.

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So off we went to buy yarn.  Came home to begin work. She decided how wide she wanted it.  She hadn’t knitted in a while, but it didn’t take any time before row after row of lovely fuzzy stuff began to take shape.  I was truly amazed at how she intuited her knitting! For example, she didn’t let the fact that holding two yarns can be a bit tricky…she just kept on looking for both colors every time she made a stitch. She also announced to me that when she counted her stitches at the end of her rows, sometimes she found she had an extra stitch or two. Her solution? “I just knit two of the stitches together until I have the right amount.” Wow! She figured that out completely on her own!! She also said that when she had too few stitches, she would knit the white yarn and then knit the red yarn, making an extra stitch. Her own solution as well….brilliant!

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I walked her through button holes without a hitch and she bound off the cowl beautifully…not too tight. So many things she just naturally knew how to do…a born knitter! (Can you tell I’m proud of her???:)

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When I asked if I could offer this as a FREE pattern to others, she said SURE! The title is taken from one of her favorite characters’ lines in the movie Despicable Me.  Agnes says, “It’s so fluffy!!!!” referring to her stuffed unicorn won at the fair. An appropriate title for this little pattern.

To download her design, just click on the blue words there, OR you can access it from my FREE Patterns page here on my blog. You might have time to knit one of these before Christmas! But definitely in the New Year…winter will be with us for a couple more months!

*I would love to hear from you if you are knitting or crocheting any of my patterns, free or not! And if you sent a photo, I’d love to see it too! So would Maddie! Just leave a comment on my blog. 🙂

**Merry Christmas to all and a very Happy New Year!!

Easy-Peasy Lace Scarf

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If I told you I wasn’t a huge fan of knitting lace, please don’t judge too quickly.  I know, I know…perhaps I’m not a “real” knitter, but it isn’t that I don’t adore the LOOK of lace.  So many of the popular patterns today are these gorgeous shawls either knitted entirely in an intricate lace pattern, or the edging is lacework.  I just don’t enjoy being chained to the pattern, row by row having to read, follow, check, make sure I’m on the right row.  And UN-knitting a row of lacework you’ve knitted incorrectly is the worst. So, for me, I love simple knitting.

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Yet, when simple knitting and a bit of lace go together…THAT’s really fun! So I’m passing the fun on to you with instructions to knit a two-row stitch pattern I came across several years ago.  This is the second scarf I’ve made using this two-row repeat pattern.  Yes, that’s it! Only two rows you have to remember, and really, it’s only ONE ROW!  The second row is purling across. How much easier could you get for a pretty, lacy, ripply look!

I have made it into a FREE pattern, writing it so that you can use just about any weight yarn you’d like to! I love knitting the same pattern in all different yarn weights…you wind up with such different looks using the same stitch pattern.  I’ve also added in my Variations on a Theme section, the instructions for making this into a shawl!!  I can’t wait to try that!

The first pic above is my latest Easy-Peasy Lace Scarf I knitted with what I had leftover from a vest I made (this accounts for why it’s a bit short in length).  The yarn is Noro Silk Garden Lite, a favorite yarn typically knitted with a size 6 or 7 needle.  This pattern relies on you knitting with needles at least two sizes larger than what is recommended on the label. I used size 10 needles for this.

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This version of the same scarf is one I knitted a few years ago and I wear with my green coat.  I do wish I could tell you what yarn it is.  But it’s the same gauge as Silk Garden Lite and I used size 10 needles with it as well.  My next Easy-Peasy Lace Scarf will be using a chunky weight yarn and see how that turns out. 🙂

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I hope you enjoy the Easy-Peasy Lace Scarf pattern as much as I have. Click those highlighted words to download a PDF of it.  You may even have time to knit one or two of these before Christmas if you’re in need of a last-minute gift!

FREE Stripedy Mini-Tree Skirt Pattern!

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FREE PATTERN!! For all my crochet friends out there…you’ll have this one worked up in no time at all! Bring a bit of festive stripedy goodness to your tiny trees in your home.

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Use up your stash to create a random striping in all sorts of colors and textures. Or simply choose two or three colors to stripe in a specific pattern. Of course, you can choose to make this just one color…but why not have a bit of fun with all those lovely leftovers you have lying around!

My pattern gives you all the details you need to crochet this. Plus, as always, the Variations on a Theme section helps you to think of all the many possibilities there are in just this ONE pattern. And it’s FREE! so why not?

Have fun!  Click here to download this pattern, and here too for PAGE 3!!  OR go to my FREE PATTERNS! page at the top of my blog to access the pattern.