Instructions

GAUGE: 16 dcs and 7 rows = 4 inches. Slight variations in gauge will change the finished size of the tree skirt a bit.

Techniques/Stitches Used:

Reading chart:

  • Each color on chart represents the color of yarn used.
  • Each green, red and off-white square on chart represents 1 dc.
  • Rows 1-3 are written out in the directions to help establish pattern. Follow chart as directed for remaining rows.
  • Follow chart from bottom to top, reading from right to left on odd-numbered rows and from left to right on even-numbered rows. Repeat chart six times across each row, working (dc, ch 3, dc) in each ch-3 sp between each repeat and working ends as directed.

Changing colors: Colors are always changed while completing the last st made with the current color. Work dc until there are 2 lps remaining on hk, drop current color, yo with the new color, draw new color through lps on hk and continue stitching with new color. Drop the current color when a new color is used so it can be picked up again when needed.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Row 1: With Country Red, ch 75; dc in fourth ch from hk for first dc, dc in each of the next 5 chs for side opening edge, [ch 3, dc in each of the next 11 chs] across: count 72 dcs and 6 ch-3 sps.
  2. Row 2: Ch 3, turn, referring to chart, work as follows: [work 1 dc in first dc and in each remaining dc across to next ch-3 sp, (dc, ch 3, dc) in ch-3 sp] across to last 6 sts, sk 1 dc, dc in each of the next 5 dcs: count 84 dcs and 6 ch-3 sps. Fasten off Country Red.
  3. Row 3: Attach Paddy Green, ch 3 for first dc, turn, work 1 dc in each of next 4 dcs, sk 1 dc, referring to chart, work as follows: [(dc, ch 3, dc) in next
  4. ch-3 sp, dc in each dc] across to last dc, work 2 dcs in last dc: count 96 dcs and 6 ch-3 sps.
  5. Rows 4-37: Working in established pattern, follow chart for remaining rows, changing colors as shown and keeping 6 sts along side opening edge. Do not fasten off at end of Row 37.
  6. Referring to Fig. 1a-c included in the following Tree Skirt Art & Tree Skirt Art2, work 1 reverse sc in each st along bottom of tree skirt. Fasten off.
  7. With same side facing, attach Country Red to top of tree skirt. Work 1 reverse sc in each st across top. Fasten off.
  8. Use tapestry or yarn needle to weave in all loose ends.
  9. Finishing: Referring to Tree Skirt Chart for position, use matching all-purpose thread and hand-sewing needle to hand-sew one half of each snap to right side of side opening edge.
  10. In same way, sew other half of each snap to corresponding position on wrong side of opposite side edge of tree skirt. Overlap edges and fasten snaps to close.
  11. Wrap up your evergreen with this sweet skirt!

FINISHED SIZE: Tree skirt measures about 45 inches across.

ABBREVIATIONS

  • ch(s) chain(s)
  • hk hook
  • lp(s) loop(s)
  • dc(s) double crochet(s)
  • sp(s) space(s)
  • sc(s) single crochet(s)
  • sk skip or skipped
  • st(s) stitch(es)
  • yo yarn over
  • ( ) Instructions in parentheses are all worked in one stitch or space as indicated.
  • [ ] Instructions between brackets are repeated as directed.

Colorful Crocheted Tree Skirt from Jacqueline Jewett of Blauvelt, New York