Little Christmas Trees Stitch Tutorial and Free Patterns

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Perfect for the holidays this stitch pattern resembles little Christmas Trees! When it is crocheted in a solid color it looks like a butterfly stitch crochet pattern! Learn how to crochet the stitch by following my step-by-step photo tutorial and try the free patterns included in the post!

Little Christmas Trees Stitch Pattern - Free Tutorial and Free Pattern

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Supplies

Difficulty Level

EASY

Finished Size

9 inches by 9 inches
For the 6 inches by 6 inches,  12 inches by 12 inches and optional edging please scroll to the end of the post!

A 4 inch by 4 inch square has been added to the end of the post. To crochet this square you need a 5 mm (H) hook. I used a 5 mm (H) Orange Osage Hook.

Gauge

approximately 8 rows = 4 inches; 19 sts = 4 inches

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

beg – beginning
ch – chain
ch2sp – chain 2 space
ch3sp – chain 3 space
dc – double crochet
dc2tog – double crochet 2 together
dc3tog – double crochet 3 together
hdc – half double crochet
R – row/round
RS – right side (aka as the ‘pretty side’ of your work)
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st/sts – stitch/stitches
* – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
() – Repeat the instructions between the parentheses the number of times indicated.
[] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

Helpful Tutorials

Invisible Join

Alternate Ways to Work into the Starting Chain (back bump)

dc2tog

dc3tog

Stitch Pattern Multiple

Ch a multiple of 10 plus 13 chains

Pattern Instructions

Little Christmas Trees Square – 9 Inches

Little Christmas Trees Stitch Pattern - Free Tutorial and Free Pattern 2

R1: Ch 43. (RS) 1 dc in the 4th ch from the hook (the skipped 3 chs count as 1 dc). 1 dc in the next ch. *Ch 2, sk 1 ch, dc3tog over the next 3 chs, ch 2, sk 1 ch. 1 dc in each of the next 5 chs** Rep from * to ** 3 times. Ch 2, sk 1 ch, dc3tog over the next 3 chs, ch 2, sk 1 ch. 1 dc in each of the last 3 chs. Turn. [25 dc and 8 ch2sp]

Row-1-Stitch-Pattern-Repeat Little Christmas Trees Stitch Pattern - Free Tutorial and Free Pattern

Row-1-Complete Little Christmas Trees Stitch Pattern - Free Tutorial and Free Pattern

R2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). Dc2tog over the next 2 sts. *Ch 3, sk the ch 2, 1 dc in the next dc3tog, sk the ch 2, ch 3. Dc2tog over the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next st, dc2tog over the next 2 sts.** Rep from * to ** 3 times. Ch 3, sk the ch 2, 1 dc in the next dc3tog, sk the ch 2, ch 3. Dc2tog over the next 2 sts; 1 dc in the last st. Turn. [17 dc and 8 ch3sp]

Row-2-Stitch-Pattern Little Christmas Trees Stitch Pattern - Free Tutorial and Free Pattern

Row-2-Complete Little Christmas Trees Stitch Pattern - Free Tutorial and Free Pattern

R3: Ch 2, 1 dc in the next st (together count as dc2tog). *Ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, 1 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, ch 2. Dc3tog over the next 3 sts.** Rep from * to ** 3 times. Ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, 1 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, ch 2. Dc2tog over the last 2 sts. Turn. [25 dc and 8 ch2sp]

Row-3-pattern-repeat Little Christmas Trees Stitch Pattern - Free Tutorial and Free Pattern

Row-3-Complete Little Christmas Trees Stitch Pattern - Free Tutorial and Free Pattern

R4: Ch 6 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3). Sk the ch 2. *Dc2tog over the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next dc, dc2tog over the next 2 sts, ch 3, sk the ch 2, 1 dc in the next dc2tog, ch 3, sk the ch 2.** Rep from * to ** 3 times. Dc2tog over the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next dc, dc2tog over the next 2 sts, ch 3, sk the ch 2, 1 dc in the next dc2tog. Turn. [17 dc and 8 ch3sp]

1 Little Christmas Trees Stitch Pattern - Free Tutorial and Free Pattern

Row-4-Complete Little Christmas Trees Stitch Pattern - Free Tutorial and Free Pattern

R5: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). *2 dc in the ch3sp, ch 2, dc3tog over the next 3 sts, ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, 1 dc in the next st**. Rep from * to ** 4 times. Turn. [25 dc and 8 ch2sp]

Row-5-Stitch-Repeat Little Christmas Trees Stitch Pattern - Free Tutorial and Free Pattern

Little Christmas Trees Row 5 Complete

Rep from R2 to R5 three more times. Do not turn at the end of the final R5 repeat.

Little Christmas Trees Square Edging Instructions

Note: As long as you use the same number of sc per side it is not imperative you work 34 sc. Just keep it consistent or your square will not look square when you are finished!

With the RS of your work facing you…

R1: Ch 1, work 34 sc evenly down the side edge, work 3 sc in the corner st. Turn.

R2: Work 34 sc evenly across the bottom edge, work 3 sc in the corner st. Turn.

R3: Work 34 sc evenly across the side edge, work 3 sc in the corner st. Turn.

R4: Work 34 sc evenly across the top edge, work 3 sc in the corner st. Finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends.

Little Christmas Trees Square

6 Inch – Little Christmas Trees Square

The stitch pattern and 4 mm hook result in a square size of approximately 5 inches – the edging rounds have been increased to compensate to reach a 6 Inch Square.

For a square closer to 6 inches please scroll to the end of the post for the square instructions provided for using a 5 mm (H) hook. This does make the square look slightly different as the stitches are not quite as streamlined. I’ve included a finished square image using the 5 mm hook at the very end of this post.

Using a 4.0 mm (G) hook:

R1: Ch 23. (RS) 1 dc in the 4th ch from the hook (the skipped 3 chs count as 1 dc). 1 dc in the next ch. *Ch 2, sk 1 ch, dc3tog over the next 3 chs, ch 2, sk 1 ch. 1 dc in each of the next 5 chs** Rep from * to ** 1 time. Ch 2, sk 1 ch, dc3tog over the next 3 chs, ch 2, sk 1 ch. 1 dc in each of the last 3 chs. Turn. [13 dc and 4 ch2sp]

R2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). Dc2tog over the next 2 sts. *Ch 3, sk the ch 2, 1 dc in the next dc3tog, sk the ch 2, ch 3. Dc2tog over the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next st, dc2tog over the next 2 sts.** Rep from * to ** 1 time. Ch 3, sk the ch 2, 1 dc in the next dc3tog, sk the ch 2, ch 3. Dc2tog over the next 2 sts; 1 dc in the last st. Turn. [9 dc and 4 ch3sp]

R3: Ch 2, 1 dc in the next st (together count as dc2tog). *Ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, 1 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, ch 2. Dc3tog over the next 3 sts.** Rep from * to ** 1 time. Ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, 1 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, ch 2. Dc2tog over the last 2 sts. Turn. [13 dc and 4 ch2sp]

R4: Ch 6 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3). Sk the ch 2. *Dc2tog over the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next dc, dc2tog over the next 2 sts, ch 3, sk the ch 2, 1 dc in the next dc2tog, ch 3, sk the ch 2.** Dc2tog over the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next dc, dc2tog over the next 2 sts, ch 3, sk the ch 2, 1 dc in the next dc2tog. Turn. [9 dc and 4 ch3sp]

R5: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). *2 dc in the ch3sp, ch 2, dc3tog over the next 3 sts, ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, 1 dc in the next st**. Rep from * to ** 2 times. Turn. [13 dc and 4 ch2sp]

Rep from R2 to R5 one more time.

Rep R2 and R3 one more time. Do not turn at the end of the the R3 repeat.

Edging

Note: As long as you use the same number of sc per side it is not imperative you work 34 sc. Just keep it consistent or your square will not look square when you are finished!

With the RS of your work facing you…

R1: Ch 1, work 22 hdc evenly down the side edge, work 3 hdc in the corner st. Turn.

R2: Work 22 hdc evenly across the bottom edge, work 3 hdc in the corner st. Turn.

R3: Work 22 hdc evenly across the side edge, work 3 hdc in the corner st. Turn.

R4: Work 22 hdc evenly across the top edge, work 3 hdc in the corner st.

Rep R1-R4 working a sc in place of each hdc. Work 3 sc in each corner stitch. Finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends.

12 Inch – Little Christmas Trees Square

R1: Ch 53. (RS) 1 dc in the 4th ch from the hook (the skipped 3 chs count as 1 dc). 1 dc in the next ch. *Ch 2, sk 1 ch, dc3tog over the next 3 chs, ch 2, sk 1 ch. 1 dc in each of the next 5 chs** Rep from * to ** 4 times. Ch 2, sk 1 ch, dc3tog over the next 3 chs, ch 2, sk 1 ch. 1 dc in each of the last 3 chs. Turn. [31 dc and 10 ch2sp]

R2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). Dc2tog over the next 2 sts. *Ch 3, sk the ch 2, 1 dc in the next dc3tog, sk the ch 2, ch 3. Dc2tog over the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next st, dc2tog over the next 2 sts.** Rep from * to ** 4 times. Ch 3, sk the ch 2, 1 dc in the next dc3tog, sk the ch 2, ch 3. Dc2tog over the next 2 sts; 1 dc in the last st. Turn. [21 dc and 10 ch3sp]

R3: Ch 2, 1 dc in the next st (together count as dc2tog). *Ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, 1 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, ch 2. Dc3tog over the next 3 sts.** Rep from * to ** 4 times. Ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, 1 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, ch 2. Dc2tog over the last 2 sts. Turn. [31 dc and 10 ch2sp]

R4: Ch 6 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3). Sk the ch 2. *Dc2tog over the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next dc, dc2tog over the next 2 sts, ch 3, sk the ch 2, 1 dc in the next dc2tog, ch 3, sk the ch 2.** Rep from * to ** 4 times. Dc2tog over the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next dc, dc2tog over the next 2 sts, ch 3, sk the ch 2, 1 dc in the next dc2tog. Turn. [21 dc and 10 ch3sp]

R5: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). *2 dc in the ch3sp, ch 2, dc3tog over the next 3 sts, ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, 1 dc in the next st**. Rep from * to ** 5 times. Turn. [31 dc and 10 ch2sp]

Rep from R2 to R5 four more times.

Rep R2 and R3 one more time. Do not turn at the end of the the R3 repeat.

Edging

Note: As long as you use the same number of sc per side it is not imperative you work 34 sc. Just keep it consistent or your square will not look square when you are finished!

With the RS of your work facing you…

R1: Ch 1, work 46 sc evenly down the side edge, work 3 sc in the corner st. Turn.

R2: Work 46 sc evenly across the bottom edge, work 3 sc in the corner st. Turn.

R3: Work 46 sc evenly across the side edge, work 3 sc in the corner st. Turn.

R4: Work 46 sc evenly across the top edge, work 3 sc in the corner st. Finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends.

Alternate 6 Inch Square Using a 5 mm Hook

To make a square closer to 6 Inches use a 5 mm hook and work the following:

R1: Ch 23. (RS) 1 dc in the 4th ch from the hook (the skipped 3 chs count as 1 dc). 1 dc in the next ch. *Ch 2, sk 1 ch, dc3tog over the next 3 chs, ch 2, sk 1 ch. 1 dc in each of the next 5 chs**. Ch 2, sk 1 ch, dc3tog over the next 3 chs, ch 2, sk 1 ch. 1 dc in each of the last 3 chs. Turn. [13 dc and 4 ch2sp]

R2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). Dc2tog over the next 2 sts. *Ch 3, sk the ch 2, 1 dc in the next dc3tog, sk the ch 2, ch 3. Dc2tog over the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next st, dc2tog over the next 2 sts.**  Ch 3, sk the ch 2, 1 dc in the next dc3tog, sk the ch 2, ch 3. Dc2tog over the next 2 sts; 1 dc in the last st. Turn. [9 dc and 4 ch3sp]

R3: Ch 2, 1 dc in the next st (together count as dc2tog). *Ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, 1 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, ch 2. Dc3tog over the next 3 sts.**  Ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, 1 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, ch 2. Dc2tog over the last 2 sts. Turn. [13 dc and 4 ch2sp]

R4: Ch 6 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3). Sk the ch 2. *Dc2tog over the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next dc, dc2tog over the next 2 sts, ch 3, sk the ch 2, 1 dc in the next dc2tog, ch 3, sk the ch 2.** Dc2tog over the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next dc, dc2tog over the next 2 sts, ch 3, sk the ch 2, 1 dc in the next dc2tog. Turn. [9 dc and 4 ch3sp]

R5: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). *2 dc in the ch3sp, ch 2, dc3tog over the next 3 sts, ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch3sp, 1 dc in the next st**. Rep from * to ** 1 times. Turn. [13 dc and 4 ch2sp]

Rep from R2 to R5 one more time.

Edging

Note: As long as you use the same number of sc per side it is not imperative you work 22 sc. Just keep it consistent or your square will not look square when you are finished!

With the RS of your work facing you…

R1: Ch 1, work 22 sc evenly down the side edge, work 3 hdc in the corner st. Turn.

R2: Work 22 sc evenly across the bottom edge, work 3 hdc in the corner st. Turn.

R3: Work 22 sc evenly across the side edge, work 3 hdc in the corner st. Turn.

R4: Work 22 sc evenly across the top edge, work 3 hdc in the corner st.

Finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends.

Image below is the 6-Inch Square using a 5 mm hook.

Free Pattern 5-mm-hook-Little-Christmas-Trees

Optional Edging

Work 1 sc in each st and each row end and in each corner work: 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc. Finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends.

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7 Comments

  1. Hi Laurie, You’d have to do a color change on the stitch before the tree on each row of the section. Change to the new yarn color on the last yarn over of the stitch just before the tree start stitch. Then on the last stitch, switch to the other color on the last yarn over of the stitch before you want it to be the normal color again. Hope this helps! Rhondda

  2. Is there a way to make a “tree” a different color from the others? I’d like to make a few stand out.

  3. Thank you! This stitch pattern is just perfect for this time of year! So cleaver!!!

  4. Hi Cindy 🙂 Fixed! Thank you again for catching these and for letting me know so I could fix them!! Have fun making the square 🙂

  5. Hi Cindy! Thank you!! I totally missed that – I added the alternate version at the last minute (because I had made it first and preferred it to the square using the smaller hook and thought others might too). I appreciate you letting me know so I could correct my mistakes 🙂 Let me know if you see anything else I miss – I try very hard to triple check – but I totally missed these 2 things! All the best, Rhondda

  6. you also say 22 sc on each side but typed: Note: As long as you use the same number of sc per side it is not imperative you work 34 sc. Just keep it consistent or your square will not look square when you are finished!

    i know that these errors are probably from cutting and pasting, but someone newer than i might not be able to figure this stuff out and have a heck of a time, lol :D!!
    i am loving this cute tree square! i cant wait to be able to afford yarn to make them for real and not just a practice swatch! 🙂
    thanks so much for sharing this!

  7. Rhondda, on the pattern for the Alternate 6 Inch Square i think there are errors from * to ** 1 time on most of the rows. could you please check this please and thank you!! this is so cute. i am trying one now! 🙂