Monday, December 9, 2013

Gingerbread Tree Pattern

I could not resist designing this sweet gingerbread tree for your holiday decorating. Cone shapes are really popular this year and this one is super cute and fun to make. Enjoy!



Gingerbread Tree

Size
18 ½" tall x 5" wide at bottom

Materials
Styrofoam cone 14 7/8" x 4 7/8" (or about 15" x 5")
Red Heart Super Saver: 200 yds. Café Latte, small amounts Cherry Red, Soft White, Spring Green, Paddy Green, Carrot, Bright Yellow, Baby Pink and Lavender
Tiny amount fiberfill stuffing
G and F crochet hooks
Tapestry needle size 16
Straight pins
Glue gun and glue sticks

Gauge
With G hook, 4 sts and 4 rounds = 1"

Instructions
Step 1: Cover cone with crochet
Rnd 1: With G hook and Café Latte, ch 5, join with sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring; do not join, work in rnds with scrap of yarn marking ends of rnds. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in next st, sc in each st around. (7)
Rnd 3: Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each remaining st around. (8)
Rnd 4: Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each remaining st around. (9)
Rnd 5: 2 sc in next st, sc in each st around. (10)
Rnd 6: Sc in each st around. (10)
Rnds 7-10: Sc in each st around, working 2 sc in one st to increase one st per rnd. Stagger position of increase so that increases are not stacked on top of each other.
Rnd 11: Sc in each st around.
Repeat rnds 7-11 until crochet piece fits over cone slightly stretched. Crochet piece will extend a bit over top of cone.
Sl st in next st. Fasten off.
Stuff tip of crocheted cone lightly with stuffing. Place crocheted cone over Styrofoam cone. With glue gun and glue sticks, glue lightly around bottom aligning edge of crochet with bottom edge of Styrofoam cone.

Step 2: Trimmings (make all trimmings with F hook)
Scallop trims
Top scallop trim
With Soft White, ch 20, sc in second ch from hook, (skip next 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch—shell made, skip next 2 ch, sc in next ch) across. Fasten off. (3 shells)
 Scallop trim #2
Make same as top trim, starting with ch 32. (5 shells)
Scallop trim #3
Make same as top trim, starting with ch 44. (7 shells)
Scallop trim #4
Make same as top trim, starting with ch 56. (9 shells)
Bottom scallop trim
Make same as top trim, starting with ch 68. (11 shells)
Finishing
Fit and glue scallop trims in place about 1” from top of tree, approximately evenly spaced as shown in photo for trims #2, 3 and 4, and about 1” from bottom.

Candy cane twists above scallops
Top candy cane twist
Chains (make one Cherry Red and one Soft White)
Ch 20. Fasten off.
Tie yarn tails of one Cherry Red and one Soft White chain together with square knot at each end of chain. Glue one square knot securely to center back of tree just above top scallop trim; let glue cool completely. Twist chains to form candy stick; run a line of glue around tree and affix twisted chains just above top scallop trim. Glue remaining square knot in place; let glue cool completely. Trim yarn ends or thread tapestry needle with yarn ends one at a time and take to inside of crochet; trim.
Twist #2
Make same as top twist, starting with ch 32.
Twist #3
Make same as top twist, starting with ch 44.
Twist #4
Make same as top twist, starting with ch 56.
Bottom twist
Make same as top twist, starting with ch 68.

Gumdrops (make 35 assorted color gumdrops using every color except Café Latte and Soft White)
Ch 4, 4 dc in fourth ch from hook; remove hook from loop, insert hook in top of ch 4, pull dropped lp through, ch 1. Fasten off. Tie yarn tails together to create rounded shape. Bring yarn tails to inside of gumdrop; trim.
Glue one gumdrop in center of each scallop on scallop trim.

Peppermints (make 8 with Cherry Red and Soft White, and 6 with Spring Green and Soft White)
Rnd 1: With Soft White, ch 5, join with sl st to form ring, ch 1, 8 sc in ring, join. (8)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in same st with soft white, (sc in next st with peppermint color, sc in same st with soft white) around, join. Fasten off.
Using straight pins to position peppermints evenly before gluing, alternating colors, glue 4 red and 4 green peppermints evenly spaced in area above bottom trim.
Glue 4 red peppermints evenly spaced in area between trim #2 and 3.
Glue 2 green peppermints together back to back; glue resulting candy standing up facing front of tree at top.

Candy canes
Chains (make 3 Cherry Red and 3 Soft White)
Ch 15. Fasten off.
Tie yarn tails of one Cherry Red and one Soft White chain together with square knot at each end of chain. Using straight pins to evenly position bottom of candy canes in area between trim #3 and 4, glue one square knot securely to bottom position of candy cane; let glue cool completely. Twist chains to form candy cane and check position of candy cane; run a line of glue in candy cane shape and affix twisted chains. Glue remaining square knot in place; let glue cool completely. Trim yarn ends or thread tapestry needle with yarn ends one at a time and take to inside of crochet; trim. Repeat for remaining two candy canes.

Small candies (make 3 Soft White, 2 Spring Green and 2 Cherry Red)
Ch 5, join with sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 1, 8 sc in ring, join. Fasten off.
Glue three white candies in area with candy canes, gluing candies between candy canes.

Glue two red and two green candies in area between top trim and trim #2, alternating colors and gluing red candies nearer to top trim and green candies nearer to trim #2.

26 comments:

  1. This is adorable, Carolyn! Thank you so much for the pattern!

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  2. Yay! A new blog to read! Looking forward to seeing what you post here.

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  3. So cute! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

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  4. This is ADORABLE, Carolyn! I love it!

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  5. Thanks Carolyn, this will be perfect with my crochet gingerbread house.

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  6. Really cute! Thanks so much!

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  7. Thank you for this and for starting a blog of your patterns. You are one of my all time favorite designers!

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  8. That is darling! Thanks so much!

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  9. Thank you for such a cheerful design and thank you for starting a blog for me to follow.

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  10. what a cute tree! Thank you so much for sharing it- I can't wait to make one for my grandchildren!

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  11. Thank You so much for this gorgeous pattern... Have yourself a Wonderfully Merry Christmas too... <3

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  12. Oh wow, this is so cute! Thank you so much, and Merry Christmas!

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  13. What a lovely tree!! Thank you so much for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  14. Thank you ever so much for sharing this lovely pattern.

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  15. How cute! I think I will be crocheting a few of these :)

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  16. thank you...thank you....wishing you a super holiday season....

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  17. Love this soooooo much. I'm definitely going to make it.
    Happy Christmas, Carolyn, and may the New Year bring you all your heart's desires.

    Hugs

    Christine

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  18. This is just like chubby baby cheeks, you want to pinch it it's so cute. Worked in thread it would make an adorable garland.

    Lynnette

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  19. Wow, so nice and sweet like sugar

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  20. For some reason, my peppermints are not looking like yours.....hmmmmm. Off to try a 3rd one.

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  21. This is adorable!! My "to do" list just keeps growing! LOL....

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  22. Would this work without the Styrofoam? Could I just stuff the whole thing and weight the bottom? Do you think that would work? I can't find the cones anywhere...

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    1. I think I would work but probably would not hold its shape as well. I find the cones with the styrofoam wreaths And styrofoam balls in the floral supplies. Good luck!

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  23. This is a unique idea, using it this year for presents. And one for myself!

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