A few weeks ago I posted this little tree and mushroom and promised a future tutorial. Since I have designated September as back to school/tutorial month here is the tiny crochet tree tutorial for you. I worked on a very small scale with crochet cotton and a very small hook but I don't see why it wouldn't work for any scale.
What you will need : some suitable crochet hooks, suitable thread such as classic crochet cotton, hemp, jute or in the example here I used linen embroidery thread, some small stones , a large holed sewing needle and scissors.
Start by making a slip knot and then make a simple chain of 8 units and join this to form a circle.
Make 10 single crochet around in the circle coming in and out of the center and not the individual chain loops.
In the next row make 2 single crochet in each stitch thus doubling the number of stitches to 20. For the next row make a single crochet in the first stitch and then two single crochet in the next stitch and repeat this pattern until a full circle is completed. You will now have 30 stitches.
Continue in single crochet with no increases for a few rows . I did 4 plain rows but you can make your tree shorter or taller by changing this number. Now you are ready to start tapering the tree . I did this by crocheting 3 stitches and then skipping a stitch , crocheting three and skipping one until a round was completed. I inserted the stone in the base before the opening would be too small. If you don't have a stone a flat button works as well.
Continue your decreasing until you reach the tip of the tree and only one stitch remains. Pull your thread through the loop and pull tight. Cut the thread and use a yarn or crewel needle to sew in into the tree. Do the same for the thread at the base. Admire you first little tree . I love the feel of the weight of the stone inside the tree shape. If I was a child I think I would be carrying a few of these around with me in my pockets like little pet rock trees.
In no time you will be starting on another one.
Then there will be two trees.
Before long an entire forest will have sprung from you crochet hook.
A tree for every member of the family.
I wonder how many trees it takes to make a forest? Not sure of the answer to that one but I did find out that it takes six trees to make the letter T.
I can think of a multitude of uses for these. You could string them to make tree pendants, attach them to a key chain, use them as game pieces , use them as napkin weights when eating outside on windy days, tree hacky sacs , paperweights , etc. I am thinking of an all white set in varying shapes and sizes for a winter decoration. As always if you have any questions ask away. I may even have an answer for you.