Christmas Tree Applique

Free Crochet Pattern

Christmas Tree Applique
Christmas Tree Applique. Photo © Amy Solovay

Related Resources: Free Holiday Patterns | Crochet Appliques | Single Crochet Patterns

Project Description:

You can crochet this cute little Christmas tree applique to dress up just about anything.

You can embellish many different crochet projects with this applique if you like -- blankets, scarves, hats, tote bags, purses, etc. If you like to knit, you can stitch this Christmas tree applique to your knitted hats, sweaters, scarves or other projects.

If you're in a hurry for a unique gift, you can stitch it to a store-bought purse, tote bag or sweatshirt.

Craft Supplies List:


You'll need two colors of yarn for this project. I used Cascade 220, which is a worsted weight yarn, for the main color, the larger part of the tree -- color A. For the trunk of the tree, I used a random scrap yarn that is a light worsted weight -- color B, the tan colored yarn. I don't particularly recommend doing this sort of mis-match on purpose, but since I was using up scrap yarn that's how it worked out. If you have a small bit of brown or tan scrap yarn to use, I figure it's better to give that a try, than it is to buy a new ball of yarn to crochet a few stitches with.

If you want to felt your tree, it's important to ensure that both yarns are "feltable," i.e. they are made of wool, alpaca or similar fiber that is not a "superwash" wool.

Crochet Hook:

I used an I / 9 -- 5.50 mm crochet hook to make the sample applique.

If you want to make a tree that's the exact same size as mine, this size is the hook to try first. You may need to make adjustments to suit your individual style of crocheting. It's important for you to use whichever size hook you need to achieve a comfortable tension for the specific yarn or thread you want to use for crocheting your Christmas tree.

Extras: If you want to "decorate" your tree with "ornaments," you'll want to have some sort of ornaments to work with. These could be just about anything! Try buttons, beads, scrapbooking brads, doodads harvested from broken jewelry...Or you could embroider your ornaments onto the applique if you like. If you want use this applique on a baby item, or an item for a small child, I do recommend skipping the buttons. Instead I think it is safer to embroider any decorations right onto the applique itself.

I used assorted buttons on the sample applique.

You'll also want to have a tapestry needle for any embroidered details plus weaving in your ends, and a regular needle and thread if you plan to stitch buttons or other "ornaments" onto the applique.

Gauge and Finished Size:

My sample applique measures about 5 inches tall including the tree trunk, and about 4 inches wide at the widest point. If you want a different size, you can easily make larger or smaller trees just by changing the materials you use.

For smaller trees, try working with crochet thread or fine yarn.

For larger trees, try bulky, chunky or super bulky yarns. For really large trees, try holding two or more strands of bulky or super bulky yarn together when working the pattern.

You do not need to match my gauge exactly to achieve success with this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

How to Crochet the Christmas Tree Applique:

Using color A, the main color, ch 14.

Row 1: sc in 1st ch from hook and ea ch across for a total of 13 sc.

ch 1, turn.

Row 2: sc2tog. 1 sc in ea of the next 9 sts. sc2tog.

ch 1, turn.

Row 3: 1 sc in ea st across the row. You'll have a total of 11 sc sts in the row.

ch 1, turn.

Row 4: sc2tog. 1 sc in ea of the next 7 sts. sc2tog.

ch 1, turn.

Row 5: 1 sc in ea st across the row. You'll have a total of 9sc sts in the row.

ch 1, turn.

Row 6: sc2tog. 1 sc in ea of the next 5 sts.


ch 1, turn.

Row 7: 1 sc in ea st across the row. You'll have a total of 7sc sts in the row.

ch 1, turn.

Row 8: Rep row 7.

Row 9: sc2tog. 1 sc in ea of the next 3 sts. sc2tog.

ch 1, turn.

Row 10: 1 sc in ea st across the row. You'll have a total of 5 sc sts in the row.

ch 1, turn.

Row 11: sc2tog. 1 sc in next st. sc2tog.

ch 1, turn.

Row 12: 1 sc in ea st across the row for a total of 3 sc sts in the row.

ch 1, turn.

Row 13: sc3tog.

Row 14: Ch 1. Work a round of sl st all the way around the outer edge of the tree shape, putting 1 extra ch st in corners if desired, including the one at the top of the triangle. The extra chs make the corners a bit pointier, and a bit more pronounced, so that they stand out more. If you don't add the extra ch sts, the corners will appear more rounded than they look on my project sample.

End off. Weave in your loose end. Flip the work upside down.

Row 15: Make a slip knot using color B. Determine where you want the trunk of your tree to be. You'll be working it across the lower edge of the triangle (the starting chain, which you crocheted at the very beginning of the project.) You want it to be centered. Depending on how many sl sts you worked, you might want your tree trunk to be 3 sts wide, or 4 sts wide. The trunk on my sample project is 4 sts wide.

Row 16: When you've determined where to place your trunk, crochet 3-4 sc sts. ch 1, turn.

Row 17: sc in ea st across the row. ch 1, turn.

Row 18: sc in ea st across the row.

End off. Weave in ends. Block if desired and let dry.

Now it's time to decorate the tree. Stitch your buttons, beads or other decorations on.

Need help with attaching your applique to your finished project? If so, this page will help.