Christmas Tree Spiral Garland
Deck your tree with festive garland! Quick and easy to make, this garland can be made in various lengths and thicknesses to create exactly the look you want! This is more a technique than a hard fast pattern but I’ve included some suggested yarns and stitch counts to get you started.
Terms and Abbreviations Used (US terms)
CH = Chain
STDC = Stacked Double Crochet (see pattern notes for description)
SC = Single Crochet
CH-SP = Chain Space
DC = Double Crochet
Yarns Used in Photo
Bernat Piqsueak in Whitey White is the bottom row. It is a bulky yarn, and used 100 stitches to achieve 60 inches in width with an L hook
My three reds are Stylecraft Special 4 ply in Lipstick at the bottom, this was 100 stitches of worsted weight, and is about 55 inches in width with an H hook
Bernat Blanket in Race Car Red in the middle, bulky yarn, 75 stitches, 60 inches in width with an L hook
The top red is Loops & Threads Woolike in Red, this is a fingering weight yarn and took 150 stitches to be about 35 inches in width with an E hook
The greens are Scheepjes Chunky Monkey in Pickle – 100 stitches is 45 inches wide with a G hook
The upper green is actually a teal but it looks great on the tree! It’s Red Heart Hygge in Teal, 75 stitches is 40 inches with an I hook
- For starting stitches, I recommend a Stacked Double Crochet. I find this leaves no gap in my work, as a chain 3 might, and is less noticeable than a standing double crochet. This also alleviates the need to make a chain stitch at the beginning of a row, leaving a nice smooth edge when you are finished. To make a STDC: place 1 SC in first stitch. Slip your hook between the two legs of this SC coming out the left side and pull up a loop (just the same as with any stitch but on the side of the stitch instead of the top), pull through both loops on your hook. You have now stacked two single crochets on top of each other, making a double crochet. You can repeat this as many times as needed to achieve the height. Three stacked single crochets = treble crochet, etc.
- This garland is infinitely adjustable. For wider garland, use larger gauge yarn or repeat Row 2 until desired width. For longer lengths, just increase the number of chains. The sky is the limit!
- I find it easier to work with garland in varying lengths. Get a rough estimate of the width across the bottom of your tree, and start from there. For my 6.5 foot tinsel tree, I needed 60 inches to drape the bottom properly. I started with a bulky weight yarn, chained 150 stitches. With a worsted weight, I would have used 200 stitches. But, the beauty of this pattern is that there is no need to count. You can chain until you achieve the desired length, and add a little extra for drape.
- My highest red garland in the photo is made with a fingering weight yarn. It is more delicate than the other strands, and so I repeated Row 3 an extra time. I like the delicate look it achieved!
- CH desired number of stitches for width of tree, adding a little for drape
- Working in back hump of chain, make a stacked DC in 2nd hump, CH 1. DC, CH 1 in every hump across, turn
- STDC in first stitch, CH 1. (DC, CH1) x 2 in next CH-SP. Repeat in every CH-SP across, DC in final stitch, turn. Fasten off. If you need to add width, (using finer yarn, or just want wider garland) do not fasten off, repeat this row until desired width is achieved.