This free corner to corner Christmas tree pattern is the third in a series of nine squares I'm creating for a winter-themed graphgan. These blocks work up to be the perfect size for a throw pillow as well!
If you've been following along lately, you might have noticed two things.
1. It's still very much summer.
2. I'm working on a Christmas afghan.
The thing is, I have done the start-a-Christmas-project in mid-December thing before and it has never gone will for me. So this year, I'm working on these blocks way ahead of time so that I (and hopefully some of you!) will have plenty of time to finish this afghan and enjoy it during the actual Christmas season.
Never tried C2C crochet before? I was in the same boat three weeks ago, but this video by The Crochet Crowd and these resources from 1 Dog Woof have been really helpful while I've been learning the c2c technique.
My idea with this Christmas graphgan is to keep the illustration style minimalist so that the resulting throw feels contemporary and appropriate in anyone's home, regardless of your decorating style.
This week's square was probably the easiest graph to follow so far. For the others, I have been drawing lines across my graph to make sure I was following the rows appropriately, but I found this one much more intuitive to just crochet and reference the chart periodically as I went.
The effort that you save in chart-reading for this one though will unfortunately go to weaving in the ends. My three-year-old said she likes this square best because touching it "feels like hair." So, if you've ever aspired to have hairy crochet, this project will deliver.
Luckily, weaving in the ends on this square actually went much faster than I thought it would. I made a little video to make the process more fun for myself!
If you're not ready to crochet an entire holiday afghan, you could use any of these Christmas C2C squares to make a pillow front and then make the same sized square for the back in a solid color. Then it's super easy to sew the squares together like I did in this pillow pattern. This square pattern is about 15x15", so a 14x14" pillow form would work perfectly.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I'm using half double crochet stitches for my C2C squares instead of the usual double crochet stitches, so when I'm adding a box or square at the beginning of a new row, I'm chaining 5 instead of the usual 6 chains. Then I work my first hdc of that box into the third chain from the hook. At the beginning of each box (after the slip stitch), I use 2 chains instead of the usual 3 you'd use with a double crochet C2C project. This has allowed me to maintain a lot of visual detail in the graphs, yet hopefully end up with an afghan that's not too massive to snuggle under on the couch. (Each square should end up about 15x15" when you use half double crochets.)
Download the free corner to corner Christmas Tree graph!
And the rest in the series:
WEEK 1: C2C RUDOLF THE REINDEER
WEEK 2: C2C CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
WEEK 3: C2C MODERN CHRISTMAS TREE
WEEK 4: C2C CHRISTMAS LIGHT BULB
WEEK 5: C2C WINTER MITTEN
WEEK 6: C2C SNOWFLAKE
WEEK 7: C2C PINECONE
WEEK 8: C2C STOCKING
WEEK 9: C2C WREATH
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• Lion Brand Vanna's Choice: 1 skein (or maybe slightly more) of "Linen,"a partial skein of "Kelly Green" and small amounts of "Raspberry" and "White"
• Lion Brand Wool Ease: partial skein of "Forest Green Heather"
• size 4.5/G mm hook (I really like this affordable set of hooks.)
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Happy crocheting, friends!