Hey fellow crochet lovers! Today, I’ve got something special to add a little winter magic to your projects—a 6×6 inch crochet square featuring a charming pine tree design.
This tree crochet square uses half-double crochets (hdc), so it’s perfect for those who are beginners at crochet or for those that want something quick yet impressive.
If you’re ready to make this pattern to add to your Christmas square collection, then read on down to get started.
How to Make a Pine Tree Crochet Square
Learn how to make a winter pine tree square as shown with these suggestions, tips, and tricks!
The Stitches and Yarn: What You Need to Know
- Half Double Crochet (HDC): This stitch offers a bit more height than a single crochet, but is less dainty than a double crochet. It provides good coverage and a nice texture, perfect for our pine tree design.
- Slip Stitch (SL ST): Mostly used for joining rounds, surface slip stitching or moving your yarn to a different position without adding height. It creates a neat, tight stitch.
- Chain (CH): The foundation of most crochet projects. This stitch gives you the initial loops you’ll work into. For this square, you’ll be starting with a chain of 20.
Vanna’s Choice Yarn:
For this project, we’re recommending Vanna’s Choice yarn, a worsted weight yarn that’s 100% acrylic. It’s known for its durability and range of colors, making it great for projects like this one. The colors are vibrant, and it’s pretty easy to work with, both for beginners and seasoned crocheters.
Care Tips for Vanna’s Choice: This yarn is machine washable and dryable, but it’s always good to check the care instructions on the label.
Now that you’re familiar with the stitches and the yarn, you’re almost ready for this crochet square, but first let’s go over some tips and suggestions I have below for this project.
Choosing Yarn Colors
When picking yarn for this project, consider the overall vibe you’re aiming for. Want to go traditional? Stick with forest green and snowy white like I did. But don’t shy away from trying out unconventional colors like icy blues or sunset oranges to make your pine tree pop!
Adjusting the Size
The pattern as-is will give you a 6×6 inch square, but if you need a different size, remember that your foundation chain sets the width. Just make sure to keep an odd number of stitches, so the tree remains centered.
You can join these squares in various ways depending on your project. For a seamless look, try the “invisible seam” technique. If you want a bit of a ridge to separate the squares, a single crochet join will do the trick.
Making a Larger Project
A single square is great, but a whole blanket or cushion cover of pine trees? Magical! When planning, count the number of squares you’ll need for the size of your finished project. Make sure to add a few more squares to account for any mishaps or design changes. Use our granny square calculator to help with the exact number of squares required for your project.
Dealing with Yarn Ends
Switching yarn colors means you’ll have several yarn ends to deal with. The good news is that you can crochet over some of these as you go, locking them in place like I did. You can see that I joined in the green when needed and crocheted over it for the rest of the design. For the rest, a yarn needle will be your best friend for weaving in those ends neatly.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you could experiment with the tree design using other stitches. Maybe a bobble stitch for texture or a single crochet to make it simpler. Remember, if you change the stitches, your square will more than likely turn out to be a different size than the pattern.
If you’re thinking of making this square into a washable item like a dishcloth or blanket, consider your yarn choice and follow care instructions accordingly. Acrylics are generally machine-washable which makes them great for blankets and cottons are perfect for dishcloths since that fiber can withstand constant use, while wool might need a more delicate touch when washed.
So there you have it! All the essential tips you’ll need to make this 6-inch crochet square. Now, grab your hook and yarn, and let’s get ready to create some winter coziness with our crochet pattern for a granny tree square!
Winter Tree Crochet Square
Use this easy and free square pattern to make a woodland tree granny square!
Skill Level: Easy
- Lion Brand Yarn Vanna’s Choice (Color A: White and Color B: Kelly Green) or any four weight yarn
- I-9 5.5 mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle (aka tapestry needle)
- Stitch marker
- Half Double Crochet (hdc)
- Chain (ch)
- Slip Stitch (sl st)
- This square pattern is written in US standard terms.
- Always turn your work at the end of the row and ch 1 at the beginning of the row.
- Use the yarn color chart as a visual aid to help know when to change colors in the square.
Size: 6″ x 6″
Foundation Row: with White ch 20
Row 1: starting in the second ch from the hook hdc, hdc into each ch across, turn. (19)
Row 2: Ch1, with (White) hdc x 8, (Green) x 3, (White) x 8, turn. (19)
Continue with the pattern below, remembering to ch 1 and the beginning of each row and turning your work at the end, ending with 19 total stitches for each row.
Row 3: (White) x 8, (Green) x 3, (White) x 8
Row 4: (White) x 2, (Green) x 15, (White) x 2
Row 5: (White) x 2, (Green) x 15, (White) x 2
Row 6: (White) x 3, (Green) x 13, (White) x 3
Row 7: (White) x 3, (Green) x 13, (White) x 3
Row 8: (White) x 4, (Green) x 11, (White) x 4
Row 9: (White) x 4, (Green) x 11, (White) x 4
Row 10: (White) x 5, (Green) x 9, (White) x 5
Row 11: (White) x 5, (Green) x 9, (White) x 5
Row 12: (White) x 6, (Green) x 7, (White) x 6
Row 13: (White) x 6, (Green) x 7, (White) x 6
Row 14: (White) x 7, (Green) x 5, (White) x 7
Row 15: (White) x 7, (Green) x 5, (White) x 7
Row 16: (White) x 8, (Green) x 3, (White) x 8
Row 17: (White) x 8, (Green) x 3, (White) x 8
Row 18: (White) x 9, (Green) x 1, (White) x 9
Row 19: (White) x 19
- Continue with White around the outside of the square using a sl st to make a border edging with sl st, ch 1, sl st in each corner.
- Next, with Green, surface slip stitch along the outside of the pine tree design. Follow along with this tutorial on how to surface slip stitch if you need some guidance.
- Once you’ve finished the square, use the yarn needle to weave in the ends.
Yarn Color Chart:
That’s it! You’ve got your winter pine tree square. I hope you enjoyed making this fun but simple design.