Instructions

GAUGE: With size K hook, 3 shell rows = 2-1/4 inches.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Shell (SH): 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc.
  • Shell in Shell (SH in SH): SH in ch-2 sp of next SH.
  • Changing colors: Change colors by working until 2 loops of first color remain on hook; with new color, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook.

DIRECTIONS:

With red, ch 40.

  1. Row 1: Dc in fourth ch from hook, (2 dc in next ch, dc in next ch) across (56 dc, including beginning ch-3).
  2. Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in base of ch-3, * skip next 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) SH in next dc, repeat from * to last 3 sts, ending with skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, dc in top of turning ch.
  3. Row 3: Ch 3, turn, (SH in SH) 17 times across, ending with dc in top of turning ch, changing to white in last loops. Fasten off red, turn.
  4. Row 4: With white, ch 5, * sc in ch-2 sp of next SH, 5 dc over sp between same SH and next, repeat from * 15 more times, ending with sc in ch-2 sp of last SH, ch 2, dc in top of turning ch, changing to green in last loops. Fasten off white, turn.
  5. Row 5: With green, ch 3, * SH in next sc, sc in third dc of 5-dc group, repeat from * 15 more times, ending with SH in last sc, skip 2 ch, dc in next ch of turning ch.
  6. Row 6: Ch 3, turn, (SH in SH, dc in next sc) 16 times, ending with SH in last SH, dc in top of turning ch.
  7. Row 7: Ch 3, turn, (SH in SH, 2 dc in next dc) 16 times, ending with SH in last SH, dc in top of turning ch, changing to white in last loops. Fasten off green, turn.
  8. Row 8: With white, ch 5, * sc in ch-2 sp of next SH, skip 2 dc, (4 dc in next dc) twice, repeat from *  15 more times, ending with sc in ch-2 sp of last SH, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in top of turning ch, changing to red in last loops. Fasten off white, turn.
  9. Row 9: With red, ch 3, * SH in next sc, skip 3 dc, sc in next dc, ch 2, sc in next dc, skip 3 dc, repeat from * 15 more times, ending with SH in last sc, skip next 2 ch, dc in next ch of turning ch.
  10. Row 10: Ch 3, turn, (SH in SH, SH in next ch-2 sp) 16 times, ending with SH in last SH, dc in top of turning ch.
  11. Row 11: Ch 3, turn, (SH in SH, ch 1) 32 times, ending with SH in last SH, dc in top of turning ch.
  12. Row 12: Ch 3, turn, (SH in SH, ch 2) 32 times, ending with SH in last SH, dc in top of turning ch, changing to white in last loops. Fasten off red, turn.
  13. Row 13: With white, ch 3, (5 dc in ch-2 sp of next SH, 2 long (about 3/4 in.) dc around next ch sps of both Rows 11 and 12) 32 times, ending with 5 dc in last SH, dc in top of turning ch, changing to green in last loops. Fasten off white, turn.
  14. Row 14: With green, ch 3, 2 dc in base of ch-3, (sc in third dc of 5-dc group, skip 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next dc) 32 times, ending with sc in third dc of last 5-dc group, 3 dc in top of turning ch.
  15. Row 15: Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in base of ch-3, (dc in next sc, SH in next ch-2 sp) 32 times, ending with dc in last sc, 3 dc in top of turning ch.
  16. Row 16: Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in base of ch-3, (skip 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, SH in SH) 32 times, ending with skip 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, 3 dc in top of turning ch.
  17. Rows 17-18: Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in base of ch-3, (skip 2 dc, ch 1, dc in next 2 dc, ch 1, SH in SH) 32 times, ending with skip 2 dc, ch 1, dc in next 2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc in top of turning ch, changing to white in last loops of Row 18. Fasten off green, turn.
  18. Row 19: With white, ch 3, 2 dc in base of ch-3, skip next 2 dc, skip next ch 1, (sc in sp between next 2 dc, 9 dc in ch-2 sp of next SH, skip next 2 dc of SH) 32 times, ending with sc between the next 2 dc, 3 dc in top of turning ch, changing to red in last loops. Fasten off white, turn.
  19. Row 20: With red, ch 4, (SH in next sc, ch 1, sc in fifth dc of 9-dc group, ch 1) 32 times, ending with SH in last sc, ch 1, dc in top of turning ch.
  20. Row 21: Ch 3, turn, * SH in SH, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next sc, repeat from * 31 more times, ending with SH in last SH, skip next ch, dc in next ch of turning ch.
  21. Row 22: Ch 3, turn, (SH in SH, SH in next ch-2 sp) 32 times, ending with SH in last SH, dc in top of turning ch.
  22. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
  23. Fringe: Cut 262 pieces each of green and white yarn, making each piece 7 in. long. Hold two green and two white yarn strands together and fold in half. Use the crochet hook to pull fold from back to front in the ch-2 sp of any SH. Insert yarn ends through loop formed, and pull to tighten. Repeat in each ch-2 sp of each remaining SH, each sp between SH’s and in end st and turning ch. Trim ends evenly.

FINISHED SIZE: Tree skirt measures about 36 inches across with fringe.

ABBREVIATIONS

  •  ch      chain
  • dc      double crochet
  • sc      single crochet
  • SH      Shell
  • sp      space
  • st        stitch

Easy Crocheted Tree Skirt from Della Brenneise of Bowdle, South Dakota