As you can see from the pictures above, this design doesn't start looking like it's supposed to until you get to the finishing stages. The first step is to crochet the two-color chart; you'll end up with what appears to be a triangle design, as shown in the upper left photo. This forms the branches / main body of the tree.
Next, you'll cross stitch a background around the tree, which also helps to define the trunk. You can see the results of this step in the upper right-hand photo.
After that, you'll outline the background and the tree in surface crochet, which visually helps to smooth out some of the jagged edges in the design; the surface crochet details make the design look more polished.
There are two separate outlines; the outline around the outer cross-stitched edging is pictured at lower left; then the outline around the tree is pictured in the lower right-hand photo. The lower right photo is how the afghan square looks when all the steps are complete.
To work this pattern, you'll need to know how to do mid-row color changes in single crochet stitch; to make my sample square, I used the tapestry crochet technique for changing colors and crocheting over my inactive yarn. Some of the rows in this pattern have two colors; when you're not using a color, you'll crochet overtop of that color until you need it again. Anticipate your color changes prior to working them; when you're ready to change colors, you'll need to stop short of completing the last stitch in the old color, pull through a loop of the new color, and then complete your stitch with the new color. See this tutorial for more information about how to do the color changes.
Between rows, ch 1 to use as a turning chain.Materials:
Worsted weight yarn in 3 different colors. To work my sample square, I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in the following colors:
- Khaki / tan -- Bone = Color A (Main color)
- Blue -- Blue Mint = Color B
- Green -- Sage = Color C
Feel free to substitute other colors or brands of yarn.
Size H / 8 - 5.0 mm
Tapestry Needle for weaving in endsFinished Size:
The finished square measures 6.25 inches x 6.25 inches prior to adding the edging, and about 6.5 inches square afterwards.
4 sts = 1 inch
Matching this gauge isn't critical unless you have a need for each square to be exactly the same size as my sample; however, if you plan to use multiple squares in the same project, you do need to be sure they all turn out to be the same size.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
If you can follow a crochet chart, that is the easiest way to work this pattern. Each square on the chart represents one single crochet stitch. If you prefer written instructions, they are as follows:
Using Bone yarn, ch 26.
Rows 1 - 7: Working in Bone, sc all the way across the row. (Total of 25 sc sts per row.)
Row 8: Work 6 sc sts in Bone, 13 stitches in Sage, 6 sts in Bone. (This gives you a total of 25 sc sts.)
Rows 9 - 10: 7 sc in Bone, 11 sc in Sage, 7 sc in bone.
Rows 11-12: 8 sc in Bone, 9 sc in Sage, 8 sc in Bone.
Rows 13-15: 9 sc in Bone, 7 sc in Sage, 9 sc in Bone
Rows 16-17: 10 sc in Bone, 5 sc in Sage, 10 sc in Bone.
Rows 18-19: 11 sc in Bone, 3 sc in Sage, 11 sc in Bone.
Row 20: 12 sc in Bone, 1 sc in Sage, 12 sc in Bone.
Rows 21-25: Work entire row in Bone.
An edging is optional. For my sample square, I chose to work an edging in sl st. To work this edging, change colors to Blue Mint and use it to crochet a round of sl st all the way around the square; then change colors to Sage and crochet another round of sl st, working into the back loops only.
I like this edging because it makes it really easy to join my squares when I am finished crocheting them; I can line up the slip stitches exactly, and the slip stitches form a nice neat spot for working into when I seam the squares. However, the edging isn't a set-in-stone thing you have to do if you'd rather skip it; you can also choose a different edging if you prefer. Be sure to browse through our free edging patterns to see more options.
Finishing the Square:
End off. Cross stitch the background onto the afghan square. Add details using slip stitches in surface crochet, as shown in the photos above.
Weave in ends. Block the square if you wish.
You can now use this square as part of an afghan, pillow, tote bag, or other craft project. Be sure to check out the list of matching afghan squares to see other designs that go well with this one.