Crochet Holly Jolly Christmas Tree Skirt - a free pattern

A Christmas Tree Skirt That Works Up Fast - Perfect for Procrastinators!

The holiday season can get hectic - especially for crocheters and crafters who are making presents, selling at craft fairs, AND trying to do all the typical “Christmas celebration” things with their loved ones. Are you a last minute maker? You’re not alone! Luckily I have a perfect crocheted Christmas tree skirt that works up super quickly for under your Christmas tree. Raid your stash of Caron Cakes yarn or gather any worsted weight yarn in your favorite Christmas palette to make the Holly Jolly Tree Skirt. Keep reading for the free crochet pattern!

“Last year” me thought it would be a good idea to plan on crocheting one this year, but I forgot to leave “this year”" me any kind of reminder. So when I unpacked my tree decorations, low and behold, no tree skirt! I could have just let it go, but I couldn’t let it go ;) Luckily I found two cakes of Caron Cakes Cherry Chip and one cake of Pistachio in my stash and now I have this pretty little tree skirt just waiting for Christmas presents! I wrote up the free crochet pattern if you are in a tree skirt pinch, too!

Double Strands + Caron Cakes = Easy Color Changes

Christmas is just days away, and I only just finished my crocheted tree skirt - whaaaat!? It’s true! “Last year” me thought it would be a good idea to plan on crocheting one this year, but I forgot to leave “this year”" me any kind of reminder. So when I unpacked my tree decorations, low and behold, no tree skirt! I could have just let it go, but I couldn’t let it go ;)

Now I don’t know about you, but I try to avoid going in to actual stores as much as I possibly can in the months of November and December. That meant that if I really wanted to crochet a tree skirt I would have to raid my stash. Luckily for me - I have way too much yarn (read: each month I actually give away yarn from my stash because I have too much - sign up for my newsletter if you don’t want to miss the announcement!). When I went “shopping” in my stash I found my Caron Cakes yarn and I knew I had what I needed! Two cakes of Cherry Chip and one cake of Pistachio later and I have this pretty little tree skirt just waiting for Christmas presents now.

A Washable Crochet Tree Skirt

Why did I need a last minute tree skirt this year? Wonderful question! I have two kids, two dogs, and two cats. The adorable little felt tree skirt that I had up until last year was NOT washable and let’s just say it had seen better days. With this many living things in my house that enjoy causing destruction, I decided it was time for a tree skirt that had a little more staying power (aka is washable).

“Last year” me thought it would be a good idea to plan on crocheting one this year, but I forgot to leave “this year”" me any kind of reminder. So when I unpacked my tree decorations, low and behold, no tree skirt! I could have just let it go, but I couldn’t let it go ;) Luckily I found two cakes of Caron Cakes Cherry Chip and one cake of Pistachio in my stash and now I have this pretty little tree skirt just waiting for Christmas presents! I wrote up the free crochet pattern if you are in a tree skirt pinch, too!

Tips for Working With Caron Cakes Yarn

The yarn in this pattern is held double stranded, so if you choose to work with Caron Cakes as I did you will also get those nice sporadic but “blended” color changes. A couple tips:

  1. When working with the Cherry Chip, I worked with both cakes at once. I just made sure that the color sequences were difference because I didn’t want any time when the double stranded colors were the same.

  2. When working with the Pistachio, I pre-divided the cake into two equally sized balls of yarn and then again I made sure that my colors would be different throughout the project.


Holly Jolly Christmas Tree Skirt - A Free Crochet Pattern

“Last year” me thought it would be a good idea to plan on crocheting one this year, but I forgot to leave “this year”" me any kind of reminder. So when I unpacked my tree decorations, low and behold, no tree skirt! I could have just let it go, but I couldn’t let it go ;) Luckily I found two cakes of Caron Cakes Cherry Chip and one cake of Pistachio in my stash and now I have this pretty little tree skirt just waiting for Christmas presents! I wrote up the free crochet pattern if you are in a tree skirt pinch, too!

Supplies:

  • Caron Cakes yarn - 2 cakes of Cherry Chip and 1 cake of Pistachio, 1-2 skeins of white worsted weight yarn. The project requires approx 1200 yards of worsted weight yarn total.

  • 8.0mm crochet hook - I love Clover Amour

  • Scissors - I always keep these travel scissors in my hook case

  • Yarn needle


Abbreviations (written in U.S. terms):

  • ch: chain

  • BLO: back loop only

  • SC: single crochet

  • DC: double crochet

Gauge

9 sts x 5 rows = 4” square in BLO DC

Finished Size:  

  • Diameter = 38” (the finished piece is round)

Pattern Notes

  • Chain stitches at the beginning of rows do not count as a stitch

  • This pattern is worked holding two strands of yarn together and working with them at the same time

Instructions for the Holly Jolly Christmas Tree Skirt

Start with ‘Cherry Chip’

ch 50

Row 1: 2 DC in second ch from the hook, DC in the next 4 sts, *2 DC in next st, DC in the next 4 sts, repeat from * across (60). Turn.

Row 2: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 5 sts, repeat from * across (70). Turn

Row 3: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 6 sts, repeat from * across (80). Turn

Row 4: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 7 sts, repeat from * across (90). Turn

Row 5: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 8 sts, repeat from * across (100). Turn

Row 6: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 9 sts, repeat from * across (110). Turn

Row 7: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 10 sts, repeat from * across (120). Turn

Switch to ‘White’

Row 8: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 11 sts, repeat from * across (130). Turn

Row 9: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 12 sts, repeat from * across (140). Turn

Switch to ‘Pistachio’

Row 10: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 13 sts, repeat from * across (150). Turn

Row 11: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 14 sts, repeat from * across (160). Turn

Row 12: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 15 sts, repeat from * across (170). Turn

Row 13: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 16 sts, repeat from * across (180). Turn

Row 14: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 17 sts, repeat from * across (190). Turn

Row 15: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 18 sts, repeat from * across (200). Turn

Switch to ‘White’

Row 16: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 19 sts, repeat from * across (210). Turn

Switch to ‘Cherry Chip’

Row 17: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 20 sts, repeat from * across (220). Turn

Row 18: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 21 sts, repeat from * across (230). Turn

Row 19: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 22 sts, repeat from * across (240). Turn

Row 20: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 23 sts, repeat from * across (250). Turn

Row 21: ch 2, *2 BLO DC in first st, BLO DC in the next 24 sts, repeat from * across (260). Turn

Switch to ‘White’

Row 22: ch 1, *2 SC in first st, SC in the next 25 sts, repeat from * across (270). Tie off yarn and weave in ends.

Have a Merry Christmas!


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