2013 Ornament Exchange (& a cute crochet pattern)!

I was so excited when Kelli of True Bias invited me to participate in her ornament exchange this year. Last year's exchange looked like so much fun! I mean, just look at these adorable coat ornaments Kelli made. I wanted to join not only for the myriad of handcrafted ornaments I'd receive in my mailbox, but also because it was the perfect opportunity for me to give a little something special to some of my favorite bloggers.

After some brainstorming, I decided it would be cute to create Christmas tree ornaments for everyone's Christmas trees! I was inspired by these adorable tree ornaments my friend Emma of Emma Knitted made and decided to create a similar pattern of my own.

Ready to make your own mini crochet Christmas trees?


Crochet Spiral Christmas Tree Pattern

I used a worsted weight yarn. (This is a great project for using up those leftover yarn scraps in your stash.)

Ch 25, 3 tr in in 4th ch from hook, 3 tr each of the next 6 ch sp, 3 dc in each of the next 6 ch, 3 hdc each of next 4 ch, 3 sc next 3 ch, 1 sl st each of next 2 ch.

Essentially you'll create a spiral that is wider at the bottom than it is at the top:

Next, twirl the spiral together and shape it into a tree. Tack it into place with some yarn so that it will hold its shape. (P.S. I found a great video tutorial by Crochet Geek who did a similar pattern, except that her tree branches point in an upwards direction. She does a great job of explaining how to stitch your tree so that it will hold its shape in her video here. I tacked mine together the same way.) 

Now, it's time to decorate! I added sequins and colorful yarn ornaments to mine. The yarn ornaments were made by creating french knots, which is a fun embroidery technique.  You could also add beads, ribbon and other embellishments as well!

Finally, I used some natural twine to create a loop for hanging the ornament on the tree. A little bow adds a touch of sweetness.

Isn't this little crochet Christmas tree forest just the cutest?!

I've sent most of these beauties off to new homes, but, of course, I had to keep one for myself!  I've had to keep a close eye on it though, as my pup Tanner seems to think these yarn trees make great chew toys. I think Tanner's bad behavior has added him onto Santa's 'naughty puppy list' this year... little bugger!!  ;)

I had so much fun participating in this holiday ornament exchange! If you'd like to learn more about the amazing gals I shipped my ornaments off to, you can check them out below. Each of these gals is sharing a tutorial for how they made their ornaments as well, so be sure to drop by their blogs for some more Christmas DIY inspiration!

Kelli of True Bias (Our wonderful hostess! Thanks Kelli!)
Miranda of One Little Minute
Sonja of Gingermakes
Krista of Lazy Saturdays
Jennifer of Workroom Social
Laney of Katy and Laney

P.S. More Christmas posts here.