Friday, November 21, 2008

Seamless Christmas Tree Pattern


Seamless Christmas Tree

By : Sarloz/Sara L.


Materials:

Scrap yarn in green and brown

Circular needles (1-2) or dpns

3 stitch holders

Note: It does not matter the weight of the yarn used or the needle size as long as you are able to achieve a tight gauge so your stuffing does not show through.



Techniques needed:

Circular knitting (pattern is written for 2 circular needle method)

K2tog= knit two together (decrease)

KRL- Knit Right Loop (increase): Insert right needle into right loop of stitch just below next stitch, place it onto left needle and knit it, then knit the stitch on needle.......This stitch can be replaced with kfb increase



IMPORTANT NOTE: When knitting the krl it includes the increase as well as a knit stitch. So where it reads Krl you are going to increase and knit one then continue with the pattern instructions picking up right after the krl.



All these techniques can be learn by going to Knittinghelp.com and looking under the increase and decrease section or under the advance section (for circular knitting)

Don't like how fidgety starting the tree is? Try using a circular/invisible cast-on and/or cast-on for 8 stitches and then begin the pattern with round 2. One suggestion would be to use the "lighter circular beginning" which can be found further down on the above link. This will allow you to tighten up the tip of the tree later

Looking for a slimmer tree? Just add more knit rounds between the increase rounds. If you’re looking for a fatter tree add less.



Pattern:

Starting at the tip of the tree and working down to the trunk

Cast on 4 stitches (I used the long tail cast on) in green yarn

Divide your stitches evenly among your needles

Round 1: Using increase of choice: increase into each stitch (8)

Knit across for 2 rounds (for a wider more, rounded top only knit 1 row)

Next round: [k1, krl, krl, k1] repeat (12)

Knit across for 2 rounds (for a wider, more rounded top only knit 1 row)

Next round: [k1, krl, K2, krl, k1] repeat (16)

Knit across for 2 rounds

Next round: [k1, krl, k4, krl, k1] repeat (20)

Knit across for 2 rounds

Next round: [k1, krl, k6, krl, k1] repeat (24)

Knit across for 2 rounds

Next round: [k1, krl, k8, krl, k1] repeat (28)

Knit across for 2 rounds

Next round: [k1, krl, k10, krl, k1] repeat (32)

Knit across for 2 rounds

Next round: [k1, krl, k12, krl, k1] repeat (36)

Knit across for 2 rounds

Next round: [k1, krl, k14, krl, k1] repeat (40)

Knit across for 2 rounds

Next round: [k1, krl, k16, krl, k1] repeat (44)

Knit across for 3 rounds

Next round: [k2tog, k18, k2tog] repeat (40)

Next round: [k2tog, k16, k2tog] repeat (36)

Put the first 5 stitches on a stitch holder

Switch to your brown yarn

Knit the next 9 stitches

Place the next 9 on another stitch holder

Knit the next 9 stitches

Place the next 4 on a stitch holder

You now should have 18 brown stitches on your needles. This is the trunk

(Note: If you wish to graft the stitches on an even number you can make your trunk wider or slimmer. For the wider trunk put the first 4 stitches on a stitch holder, switch to your brown yarn and knit the next 10 stitches, place the next 8 stitches on a second stitch holder, knit the next 10 stitches and place the final 4 stitches on a stitch holder. For the slimmer trunk put the first 6 stitches on a stitch holder, switch to your brown yarn and knit the next 6 stitches, place the next 12 stitches on a second stitch holder, knit the next 6 stitches and place the final 6 stitches on a stitch holder )

Lightly stuff the body of the tree

Continue knitting the trunk in the round until it is the desired size

Carefully stuff the trunk and then graft the bottom shut

Pick up the stitches from the first stitch holder (5stitches) and the stitches on the last stitch holder (4 stitches) and divide these 9 stitches among your needles and graft them shut.

Firmly stuff your tree (if needed)

Pick up the 9 stitches from the remaining stitch holder and graft them shut. If you have any small openings next to your trunk stitch them closed.

Be sure to decorate your tree with embroidery, beads, buttons, bells, or add some ribbon and hang it as an ornament!!

If you want a larger tree continue with the pattern adding more increase rows being sure to knit 2 rows between them. You could also knit using a bulky yarn.



I would like to thank all of my test knitters you did a superb job!! I could not be any happier with the outcome!

Ravelry Test Knitters:

Jbyrd, Mullarkea, Alyssav, Moilulu, Inupermom, Litchfield, Chillyfreetoes, Hiptobeme, LikismaAngel

If you have any suggestions, questions, need help or would like the pdf version of the pattern please feel free to leave me a message on my blog, ravelry account(sarloz), or via email at Knittersdelight@yahoo.com. I am always happy to answer any questions and help where I can.

Thank-You,

Sara L.




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