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Free Pattern: Minimalist Christmas Trees

Updated: Aug 1, 2023

Happy 1st of December! Let's kick off the countdown to Christmas with an easy tree tutorial to get us all into the festive mood.

I've been wanting to knit a Christmas tree for a while, but most patterns out there require increasing and decreasing stitches to shape the layers of the tree, which is not accessible to us beginner knitters. This is how I came to create this tutorial, which is a piece of cake to follow, and will bring a touch of modernity and simplicity to your home.

The finished Christmas trees can be used as ornaments, door decoration, or if you make many, you can put them in a garland too!

If you've made one of our knit kits, you will already be familiar with the techniques. If not, you can click on the underlined words to watch the tutorial video for that technique.


What I used:

Step-By-Step Tutorial

The Knitting
  1. Leave a yarn end of 250 cm. Cast on 60 stitches.

  2. Knit for 2 rows

  3. Cast off all stitches (to see how to cast off the last stitch, click here).

  4. Cut the yarn off by leaving a long end. We will use it for sewing later.

You now have a "ribbon", which looks like this.

The Assembly

1. We will create the shape of the tree, by folding the ribbon. First, take the end of the ribbon where the yarn tail is shorter, and lay a base of 7 cm. From there, fold the first layer on top of the base, a bit shorter in length. Continue for subsequent layers until you're out of yarn.

2. With your tapestry needle, use the yarn end located at the top of the tree to sew all the layers in place, by inserting the needle through the centre of each layer, all the way from the top to bottom.

The Foot Of The Tree

1. Cut 3 separate strands of yarn, about 20 cm long each.

2. Using your tapestry needle, attach them one by one to the base in the centre, so that they're hanging from there. You should end up 7 threads hanging, 1 is the yarn end and the other 6 are from the 3 strands of yarn.

3. Insert the hanging threads into the wooden bead. I was able to fit all 7 threads into the 4mm hole, but depending on the size of your bead, you may need to remove or add threads. Try to fit as many as you can, so that the bead cannot slide down.

4. Trim the hanging threads so that they're all the same length.

5. Add a thread at the top and tie it into a knot.


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