A Christmas tree design is the focal point of this crocheted afghan square. I crocheted the square in Christmas colors; the design is included on our list of Christmas patterns, and it's also part of our collection of mix and match afghan squares.
Click here to see a picture of a Christmas afghan you can make using this square. If you would like to check out work-in-progress photos of this design, be sure to view the previous page in this series.
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:
- The light golden brown color -- Autumn Maize = Color A (Main color)
- Red -- Autumn Red = Color B
- Green -- Dark 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 know how to follow a crochet chart, that is the simplest 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 Autumn Maize yarn, ch 26.
Rows 1 - 7: Working in Autumn Maize, sc all the way across the row. (Total of 25 sc sts per row.)
Row 8: Work 6 sc sts in Autumn Maize, 13 stitches in Sage, 6 sts in Autumn Maize. (This gives you a total of 25 sc sts.)
Rows 9 - 10: 7 sc in Autumn Maize, 11 sc in Dark Sage, 7 sc in Autumn Maize.
Rows 11-12: 8 sc in Autumn Maize, 9 sc in Dark Sage, 8 sc in Autumn Maize.
Rows 13-15: 9 sc in Autumn Maize, 7 sc in Dark Sage, 9 sc in Autumn Maize
Rows 16-17: 10 sc in Autumn Maize, 5 sc in Dark Sage, 10 sc in Autumn Maize.
Rows 18-19: 11 sc in Autumn Maize, 3 sc in Dark Sage, 11 sc in Autumn Maize.
Row 20: 12 sc in Autumn Maize, 1 sc in Dark Sage, 12 sc in Autumn Maize.
Rows 21-25: Work entire row in Autumn Maize.
An edging is optional. For my sample square, I chose to work an edging in sl st. To work this edging, change colors to Dark Sage and use it to crochet a round of sl st all the way around the square; then change colors to Autumn Red and crochet another round of sl st, working into the back loops only.
I like this edging because it makes it so easy to join my squares when I am finished crocheting them; I can precisely line up the slip stitches, and they 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. You can skip it all together, or choose a different edging if you prefer. Be sure to have a look at 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 on the previous page.
Weave in ends. Block the square if you wish.
You can now use this square as part of an afghan or other project. Be sure to check out the list of matching afghan squares to see other designs that go well with this one.