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Friday, 31 August 2012

Little Christmas Trees


I would call this Christmas Tree decoration a bit of a stash buster. It basically has worked in every wool I have tried so far. 

As you can see I love knitting them.  I think they would look nice on a tree, but could also work as a decoration for a table or mantlepiece.

The basic design was hubby's idea. (He has just told me that he doesn't like me calling him hubby on my blog, so I'm trying to think of a new way of referring to him. I suggested "technical support" and he said "head of the household", so we have yet to agree.) 

Anyway, I was knitting flat tree shapes on our holiday, and he suggested making the more interesting 3-D design. All my examples have 4 pieces sewn together, but I think it would also work with 3 if you want a bit less knitting, or more than 4 if you are ambitious and want a much for spikier tree.

We had to go to the local park to take most of these photos, as I don't have many Christmassy backdrops in my garden. My children were dreadfully embarrassed about me hanging the decorations on bushes, and prancing around with my camera.


The pattern is for sale on Ravelry and Craftsy, and as with all my patterns I give permission for you to sell what you make on a small scale at craft fairs, so long as you credit me as designer. I think that is fair if you have purchased the pattern. Not quite sure what the definition of small scale is, but I guess it means no sweat shops or small industrial units.

I am also selling a very few of these original Little Trees in my Etsy Shop. Was filled with enthusiasm because I have sold my first pattern through Etsy, so I decided to expand my shop a little. 




The pattern contains all the knitting instructions and how to make up. It points you to my blog for extra advice on the decoration with embroidery, as it impossible to get all the embroidery photos into the pattern without the file getting too big. My embroidery corner on my blog is a permanent fixture, which I plan to add to in due course. I love embroidery on wool, but I think the tree also looks lovely plain if embroidery is not your thing. Different textured and coloured wools might also be interesting.




I have another rather unusual Christmas decoration in the pipeline, so watch this space.



30 comments:

  1. These are super cute! I love the white one with blue stars.

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  2. Those are adorable! I can definitely picture the expressions on your children's faces. I think we've all experienced a moment or two like that. :-D

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  3. Those are very cute. I also refer to my hubby as hubby on my blog.

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  4. Your decorations are lovely. I love the beads you added.
    Ali x

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  5. Very cute, especially with the beads. I asked Gavin what to call him on the blog and he said "Gavin" dryly, "or Superman". So Gavin it is :)

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  6. These are gorgeous, my favorite is the gray one with whit beads.

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  7. How about MOTH ( Man of the House)? (hee-hee)

    :)

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  8. Those trees are adorable! I can see these as perfect gifts for teachers.

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  9. Ginny, you are so clever. I love all your knitting projects - they are gorgeous. xxx

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  10. Ha ha I LOVE that your kids were embarrassed of your photographing decorations at the park - go you!

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  11. I love the tree and it's exactly what I need for this year. But sadly none of your pattern links seem to be working :(

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    1. Think it's sorted now, but let me know if there are still problems.

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  12. We are meant to embarrass our children (or so my Hubby says). It is our turn! The trees are lovely. I love the fact that the different designs are endless. Very clever.

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  13. Great idea from your "technically head of household" but it's the execution that's all important!
    They're great, and I agree that we should all embarrass our children whenever possible! (mine seem to have got immune to me :) )

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  14. The trees really are great. I love all of your different designs, they are a perfect Christmas decoration!

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  15. Every one is getting into the Christma spirit not long now in a blink of an eye. Love the
    Title trees

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  16. These are wonderful. I can't knit (I have tried) so I am extremely envious!

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  17. They are gorgeous and I love the variations. Kids are so easy to embarrass, aren't they?!

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  18. These are rather cute. They all look good but I like the ones with the beads on the points. Parents were put on this earth to embarrass children!! Keep up the good work, it's even more fun when they're young adults!!!

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  19. These are really cute but I can't think about Christmas yet, summer hasn't even arrived yet :-)

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  20. Different and effective. A lovely idea!!!

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  21. I never know what to call DH either. So I call him Head Honcho (HH) whether he likes it or not!

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  22. these are adorable! so cute and woolly, i'd love to have them hanging on my tree :) x

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  23. Very cute Xmas trees. It's no use - i keep trying to resist but everyone is talking about Xmas - may as well give in and join in!

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  24. I've just asked my hubby, husband, OH (Other Half), SO (Significant Other)what he'd like to be known as on my blog and his reply was....

    'The Boss, but being realistic, that's not going to happen so anything will do'
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    Love the trees, I especially like the white with green beads, it's great that they can be done to match other decorations.

    Jan x

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  25. very cute trees - i really like them - looks ike traditional decoration rather than anything tacky :)

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  26. Really cute trees, I love how you have decorated them, the beads really set them off.

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