Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern...Beaded Spiral Tree Ornament!

These little beaded trees make a pretty addition to a gift or tree and are super easy to make!  

Here's what you need:

  • Green yarn
  • A pipe cleaner
  • Beads
  • Tapestry needle
  • Small piece of ribbon

Begin by stringing the beads to the yarn, here I strung just red, but ended up making a red, green, and white pattern later.  These will be the "ornaments" on the tree.  String more than you'll need so you can be sure you don't run out.  Push the beads back on the yarn and you're ready to crochet.

Next, about an inch or two from the end, tie a knot onto the pipe cleaner.  This pipe cleaner end will form the hanging loop later.  Work single crochet stitches right onto the pipe cleaner all the way across.  Work in multiples of three to account for the scallops.

Click here for a detailed photo tutorial on how to crochet onto a pipe cleaner...

Work until a small end remains, like in the above picture (this will be bent into the underneath of the tree and tucked in later).

Chain three and turn.  In the first stitch, work 4 dc, adding a bead to every other dc you work.  *In the next stitch, work a slip stitch, then skip the next stitch.  In the next stitch work 5 dc, adding a bead to every other dc you work.  Repeat from * to end of row and also add an additional slip stitch to the last scallop to give it a more rounded appearance.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

To learn more about crocheting with beads, click here...

Next, with the longer end at the top, bend the tree into a spiral shape, fastening the end at the bottom so that it is secure and does not show.  Bend the top into a loop and twist closed to make the hanging loop.  Tie the ribbon into a loop or bow to finish it off.

Add to a gift or tree and you're finished!

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