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In this instructable I will show you how to crochet a little Christmas tree, complete with a star tree topper and coloured lights.  The tree sits about 18 inches tall, great for a table top.  The branches are crocheted around bamboo skewers and has a wood dowel for a trunk so it is nice and sturdy. The Evergreen Holiday Homespun yarn is used to make the needles which has a thread of gold running through it like tinsel.

Step 1: What you will need


  • Yarn weight 6: green (I used Lions Brand Holiday Homespun Evergreen -I got mine on sale at Michaels')
  • Yarn weight 4: yellow
  • Size 10 crochet thread: red, blue, green, yellow, orange or use embroidery thread


  • 2.25mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needles
  • Polyfil/fibrefil stuffing
  • Wood dowel 1/2inch diameter and ~12inches long (can be found at craft or hobby or hardware stores)
  • Bamboo skewers (most grocery stores carry them)
  • Bits of wood for the stand (I used wood shims -you can find them at at hardware store)
  • LED Christmas lights (white) -you can also get them at Walmart here
  • Wood glue/ white glue
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Cutting tool
  • Drill with 1/8 inch bit

Use a 2.25mm crochet hook .
Here is the nomenclature that I used for the crochet pattern (these are US stitches see link for conversion to UK):

Rnd round
ch(s) chain stitch(s)
sc single crochet
st(s) stitch(s)
sc2tog decrease by crocheting 2 stitches together

Step 2: Cut skewers

Bamboo skewers will serve as the branches for this tree.  There are five levels of branches plus one branch on top.  I cut the skewers as follows , starting from the bottom of the tree:
  • 6 branches 7 inches long
  • 5 branches 6 inches long
  • 4 branches 5 inches long
  • 4 branches 4 inches long
  • 3 branches 3 inches long
  • 1 top branch 3.5 inches long
Thus giving a total of 23 branches.  Once cut, I wrapped tape around each end to prevent the yarn from sliding off.
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cpabon8 months ago
Oh my gosh
I was looking everywhere for a real good looking crochet tree and lo and behold here is the best one~
Truly this looks just lovely and honestly I can't wait till I can make it~ heehee thanks so much for the awesome pattern~
ChrysN (author)  cpabon8 months ago


OjoeMDC10 months ago
I want honesty people. Is it wierd for a guy to like crochet?
k24tea OjoeMDC10 months ago
Not weird. Check out for inspiration. Knitting, crochet, macrame, weaving, sewing have been done by guys for centuries.
Absolutely Not! I'm a dood and I like it! It's relaxing. And creative!
ChrysN (author)  OjoeMDC10 months ago
No, it's not weird at all. I think it is great!
OjoeMDC10 months ago
how tall is it supposed to be without the base
ChrysN (author)  OjoeMDC10 months ago
About 18 inches with the star.
OjoeMDC10 months ago
you can also use wieght 5
sandystarr2810 months ago
This is the prettiest tree I have found for crochet (+other stuff I will recruit hubbie for)! Some questions, though: 1. How big is it when finished? 2. Can you use other yarns for this project? 3. Can you pick up the lights from Walmart (because that seems like the only store I go to anymore)? I love the little crocheted lights. If I can't find the lights anywhere in this one-horse town I live in, I'll figure something else out. Thanks for this instructable!
ChrysN (author)  sandystarr2810 months ago
  1. The finished tree size is 18 inches -though you could always scale up or down using my numbers in step 2 as a guide.
  2. You can use any yarn, though I would recommend a Bulky(weight 6) yarn, if it is a lighter weight it may look too straggly.
  3. I got mine at a dollar store. They have something similar at Walmart. Just remember they need to be LED.
OjoeMDC10 months ago
yes! thanks! :-)
OjoeMDC10 months ago
when you start, is it supposed to be super ultra loose?
ChrysN (author)  OjoeMDC10 months ago
No, it should be fairly tight around the skewer. The loop stitch is loose around the skewer, the chain stitch is tight, as you alternate between the two it holds together. Does that help answer your question?
mgonzalez4811 months ago
Love it! It is amazing
nerfrocketeer11 months ago
Holy moly that's impressive!
OMG That's adorable! I love homespun yarn, it's so soft :D
ChrysN (author)  Penolopy Bulnick11 months ago
It is, I have a really soft tree now.
lindarose9211 months ago
Wow, this is so nice, I love it! I would have never guessed that those branches were crocheted, they are so realistic!
ChrysN (author)  lindarose9211 months ago
Thanks, I was lucky to find the right yarn.