When I first had the idea of making an amigurumi advent calendar, I thought about making 25 Christmas themed amigurumi, but in the end, felt that was too restricting. There’s really only a few Christmas themed objects I wanted to make, and this Amigurumi Christmas Tree was one of them!
The construction of the tree is fairly simple, and the brown and green sections are worked all together. The only sewing there is here is the star/flower on top. I’ve made tiny crocheted trees before and wanted to do something a little different this time, so I chose to alternate single crochet stitches with single crochet stitches worked in the back loop. This gives the tree a bit more texture than if it was just single crochet all the way around.
You can work this tree in seamed rounds or in continuous rounds. When worked in continuous rounds, the tree comes out a bit lopsided, but as the top of the tree is designed to be lopsided, it’s not very noticeable. What is noticeable, however, is the jog in color when you switch from brown to green yarn. Working in seamed rounds avoids having that awkward color change. But because the tree gets so narrow on top, it gets harder and harder to join the rounds, so working in seamed rounds can get a bit fiddly towards the end. The pattern below are instructions for making the tree in continuous rounds. If you decide to use seams, make sure to always work a chain 1 at the beginning of the round, join at the end of the round, and start your first stitch in the stitch as your join.
In this photo, the light green tree is worked with seams, and the dark green tree is worked continuously. Not much difference, right?
It gets difficult to stuff the amigurumi very quickly. I’ve shown below when to stop to add the eyes and face, and when to add stuffing. You’ll want to overstuff just a little bit when you can because the opening will get too small to add any more stuffing in. Once the tree is closed up, you can push the stuffing around to even it out throughout the amigurumi.
The star is just a simple flower that is attached to the top of the tree. There is a slightly noticeable hiccup where the last round is joined and fastened off, so I choose to orient the star with that hiccup at the bottom so overall, the star looks upright.
I like closing my amigurumi with the amigurumi close, which is really the opposite of a magic circle. Once you’re done with the last round, cut your yarn leaving a tail, and pull through the last stitch on the hook. Then sew the tail into the front loops of each stitch around. Pull tight and it closes up your opening! If you need more detailed help on different methods, you can check out my tutorial video for the Amigurumi Flan, where I go over every technique I used here.
- Paintbox Cotton Aran Grass Green or Racing Green (~0.22 oz) or other green
- Paintbox Cotton Aran Coffee Bean (~0.04oz) or other brown
- Paintbox Cotton Aran Buttercup Yellow (~0.03 oz) or other yellow
- F/3.75mm crochet hook
- Cluster fiberfill
- 6mm safety eyes
- embroidery thread or lightweight yarn in Black
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- sl st – slip stitch
- ch – chain stitch
- sc – single crochet
- inc – increase: work 2 sc in same st
- dec – decrease: work 2 sc together
- BLO – back loop only
- Rounds in Christmas Tree can be worked in either continuous or seamed rounds. The instructions below are written for continuous rounds.
- If you choose to work in continuous rounds, there will be a noticeable jog when you switch colors.
- If you choose to work with seamed rounds:
- Rounds are joined with a seamless join.
- Each round begins with a Ch 1, and ends with a ‘Join to first st with sl st.’
- At the end of the Christmas Tree as the rounds get tighter, you can choose to join your rounds with a regular join if the seamless join becomes too difficult.
- Eyes are placed approximately 1.0-1.25 inches apart.
- Amigurumi can be closed using this technique.
- Detailed video instruction for the methods used in this amigurumi, such as the magic circle, seamless join, and amigurumi close can be found in my Amigurumi Flan video tutorial.
Crochet Christmas Tree Amigurumi Instructions
- Worked in continuous rounds.
- Start with BROWN.
Round 1: Work 6 sc into a magic circle. (6)
Round 2: Work 2 sc into each st around. (12)
Round 3: Work 1 sc in BLO of each st around. (12)
Round 4-5: Work 1 sc in each st around. (12)
- Secure your magic circle.
- Switch to GREEN. (You can use this tutorial to see how to make the change.)
Round 6: Work 2 sc in each st around. (24)
Round 7: Work [3 sc, inc] 6x around. (30)
Round 8: Work 1 sc in BLO of each st around. (30)
Round 9: Work [1 sc BLO, 1 sc, 1 sc BLO, dec] 6x around. (24)
Round 10: Work [1 sc, 1 sc BLO] 12x around. (24)
Round 11: Work [1 sc, 1 sc BLO, dec] 6x around. (18)
Round 12: Work [1 sc BLO, 1 sc] 6x around. (18)
Round 13: Work [1 sc, 1 sc BLO, 1 sc, 1 sc BLO, dec] 3x around. (15)
Round 14: Work [1 sc BLO, 1 sc] 7x, then 1 sc BLO. (15)
- Add eyes between Rounds 11 and 12.
- Sew mouth between Rounds 12 and 13, centered between the eyes.
- Start stuffing the tree, especially down into the trunk.
Round 15: Work [1 sc BLO, 1 sc, 1 sc BLO, dec] 3x around. (12)
Round 16: Work [1 sc, 1 sc BLO] 6x around. (12)
Round 17: Work dec, then [1 sc, 1 sc BLO] 5x around. (11)
Round 18: Work dec, then [1 sc, 1 sc BLO] 4x around, then 1 sc. (10)
Round 19: Work dec, then [1 sc, 1 sc BLO] 4x around. (9)
- Stuff the tree. You won’t be able to add any more, so overstuff slightly, and then rearrange the stuffing once you close the tree.
Round 20: Work dec, then [1 sc, 1 sc BLO] 3x around, then 1 sc. (8)
Round 21: Work 2 dec, then [1 sc, 1 sc BLO] 2x around. (6)
- Fasten off, close and weave in ends using the amigurumi close.
Crochet Flower Instructions
- Flower is worked in seamed rounds.
Round 1: Start with a 6 inch tail. Work 5 sc in magic circle. Join to first sc with sl st. (5)
Round 2: Ch 3, hdc in same st. Work [1 sl st, ch 3, hdc] in each of next 4 sts. Join to first st with sl st.
- Fasten off and weave in end.
- Secure the beginning tail used in the magic circle. Use the beginning tail to attach flower/star to top of tree.
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