When it comes to crochet Christmas decorations, what could be more appropriate than... a crochet Christmas tree decoration! This fabulous pattern by Becky Skuse is choc-full of crochet texture, all thanks to the super-fun crocodile stitch. Crocodile stitch can seem a bit daunting at first, but this crochet Christmas tree decoration pattern is the perfect project to help you master this stitch, and you can use our how to crochet crocodile stitch tutorial to guide you through!


And if you enjoy hooking up this crochet Christmas tree pattern, we've got loads more for you to try! You can give crochet colourwork a go with our Free snowman Christmas tree decoration, go sparkly with sequins with our free crochet Christmas tree sequin patch pattern, or hook up the ultimate festive centrepiece with our Free mini crochet Christmas tree pattern!

You will need

Novita Nalle (75% wool, 25% nylon, 100g/260m)

  • 1 ball of Nettle (366)

A 2.5mm (US B/1 or C/2) hook

A red pompom, 2cm


Tension is not critical for this project, but it may affect the yarn quantities required


Tree measures 10 x 12cm (4x4¾in)


You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This crochet Christmas tree decoration pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide


One Tree uses approx 9g of yarn.

Each scale is made up of (5htr, ch1, 5htr) worked around the posts of the treble sts in the previous row. You can follow the technique as described in detail in our how to crochet crocodile stitch tutorial , but replace the 5FPtr with half treble sts.

The Tree has been designed to hang as a Christmas decoration, but you can omit the hanging loop instruction and use it as a festive motif instead.

Free Christmas tree decoration crochet pattern

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Branches and leaves


Row 1 (WS) Tr in third ch from hook (skipped ch and this tr counts as 2tr in same ch), *ch1, skip 1 ch, 2tr in next ch; repeat from * 7 times more, turn. [9 pairs of 2 tr]

Row 2 (RS) Skip first 2 tr, *5htr around next tr, ch1, 5htr around next tr, ss to sp between next 2 tr; repeat from * across, turn. [4 scales]

Row 3 Ch3 (counts as tr throughout), tr in st at base of ch-3, ch1, (2tr, ch1) in centre of each 2tr from 2 rows below, turn. [9 pairs of 2 tr]

Row 4 As Row 2.

Row 5 Ch2, *2tr in centre of next scale, ch1, 2tr in space between next 2 tr, ch1; repeat from * to last scale, tr in centre of next scale, tr2tog over centre of next scale and space between last 2 tr, turn. [7 pairs of 2 tr]

Row 6 Skip first tr2tog and tr, *5htr around next tr, ch1, 5htr around next tr, ss to space between next 2 tr; repeat from * across, turn, skipping the ch2 at the end. [3 scales]

Row 7 As Row 3. [7 pairs of 2 tr]

Row 8 As Row 2. [3 scales]

Rows 9-12 As Rows 5-8. [2 scales]

Rows 13-16 As Rows 5-8. [1 scale]

Row 17 5tr in centre of scale, ss in space between last 2 tr.

Fasten off.

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With RS facing, locate the central pair of unworked tr from Row 1. Rejoin yarn in the ch-sp before these 2 tr.

Row 1 (RS) Ch1 (does not count as a st throughout), 2dc in same sp, dc in nextsp between next 2 tr, 2dc in sp after 2tr, turn. [5 dc]

Row 2 (WS) Ch1, dc in each st across, turn.

Rows 3-7 As Row 2.

Fasten off.

Hanging loop (optional)

Join yarn to centre tr at top of Tree, ch25, ss to st at base of ch-25.

Fasten off.

To finish

Weave in all ends and block - if you're new to blocking you can find out more in our how to block crochet guide.

Once dry, sew a pompom to the top of the Tree.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this free Christmas tree decoration crochet pattern, don’t forget if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.


Becky SkuseCrochet Designer & Technical Editor

Becky is a writer, crafter and designer from Bristol. As well as contributing many designs to Simply Crochet, Becky is also the creator of many of the Simply Crochet workshop features, sharing her incredible crochet knowledge with readers. As well as crochet Becky is a keen crafter in a variety of disciplines, including baking, beadwork, sewing and knitting. You can catch up with Becky on Instagram at @becky.skuse

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