Crochet Christmas Tree Pixel Square

The Christmas Tree is square number 2 of 9 total squares that are going to make up a Crochet Christmas Character Afghan! You can find Square #1 (Santa!) HERE. As I finish each square, I will post the graph and reveal the next character/image in the blanket. Feel free to work along with me! After all the squares are complete I will sew them together and add a border. By Christmas (but hopefully soon before) we will have ourselves a fun holiday themed afghan! 

I am using the corner-to-corner (C2C) technique. You can see my first C2C graphgan HERE that has a how-to video. But I am told that most people have success learning how to make a C2C graphgan by following THIS VIDEO DEMONSTRATION by The Crochet Crowd.

Each pixel graph in my blanket is 25×25 pixel squares. I used a size F (3.75mm) hook and worsted weight yarn. For this particular square I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Kelly Green for the background, Fern Green for the tree, Scarlet red for the garland, Mustard yellow and Colonial Blue for the lights, and Honey for the trunk. You will want to get two skeins of both green colors and one for the rest of the elements. 

You will begin to notice that a lot of the colors will repeat and be consistent/coordinating throughout all 9 squares. If you are using the same yarn I am, you may want to stock up on Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Kelly Green, Fern Green, Dusty Green, Scarlet Red, Honey, Toffee, Mustard yellow, Little Boy Blue, Black, White, Pink, Cranberry (dark red), Fisherman or Beige, and Terracotta orange.

VERY IMPORTANT: Instead of the traditional C2C method of using DC’s and chain 3’s to make each pixel, I used HDC’s and only chained 2 (and chained 5 instead 6 on the increase stitches). This allowed me to have a smaller overall afghan square, measuring approximately 15×15 inches. You can absolutely use the traditional method but your square will be much larger and your overall afghan will be much larger as well once you sew them all together. As is, my finished blanket will be big enough for a twin size bed… possibly even larger!

When you finish the graph you will want to make a nice SC border around the entire square. Make SC+chain2+ SC in each corner. 

You do not have to use the C2C method either! You can take this graph and make a standard SC graphgan. This will produce nice small squares (think 25 single crochets wide and tall) that will be perfect for a standard size blanket. You could also make Pixel Granny Squares and use the graphs I post to create separate character blankets. There is also the Bobble Stitch method as well! So many ways to use these graphs!

CLICK HERE to download the Christmas Tree Graph
I left the background white so you can save your printer some ink :) 
I used a dark green (Kelly Green) for the background but you can use any color you’d like.

This square is quick to work up, but there are a lot of color changes which unfortunately means you will have a lot of ends to weave in. Use the ends to your advantage by “faking stitches” and seeing the ends in so your red garland is connected in the corners.

Here is the Christmas Tree written pattern for the color changes thanks to a fellow crocheter and RCM follower, Jennifer Heath-Rogers!

Color Chart: 

DG = Dark Green
LG = Light Green
BL = Blue
R= Red
Y= Yellow
BR= BrownRow 1 – 1DG

Row 2 – 2DG
Row 3 – 3DG
Row 4 – 4DG
Row 5 – 5DG
Row 6 – 6DG
Row 7 – 7DG
Row 8 – 3DG 1LG 4DG
Row 9 – 4DG 2LG 3DG
Row 10 – 4DG 2LG 4DG
Row 11 – 4DG 3LG 4DG
Row 12 – 4DG 1Y 2LG 1BL 2DG 1BR 1DG
Row 13 – 1DG 3BR 4LG 5DG
Row 14 – 5DG 5LG 3BR 1DG
Row 15 – 1DG 3BR 3LG 3R 5DG
Row 16 – 6DG 2LG 2R 2LG 3BR 1DG
Row 17 – 2DG 2BR 2LG 1R 4LG 6DG
Row 18 – 6DG 3LG 1Y 1LG 1R 2LG 1BR 3DG
Row 19 – 3DG 1BR 2LG 1R 3LG 1BL 1Y 7DG
Row 20 – 7DG 6LG 1R 2LG 4DG
Row 21 – 4DG 1LG 1Y 2LG 1BL 5LG 7DG
Row 22 – 8DG 6LG 1R 3LG 4DG
Row 23 – 4DG 3LG 1R 4LG 3R 8DG
Row 24 – 8DG 3LG 2R 3LG 1R 3LG 4DG
Row 25 – 4DG 2LG 1BL 2LG 1Y 2R 4LG 9DG

///////////// START DECREASE //////////////

Row 26 – 8DG 1R 2LG 1Y 2LG 1R 1LG 1R 4LG 3DG
Row 27 – 3DG 1LG 1Y 3LG 1R 5LG 1R 1LG 7DG
Row 28 – 7DG 1LG 1R 6LG 1R 2LG 4DG
Row 29 – 5DG 2LG 1R 1Y 1LG 1BL 1LG 1R 2LG 6DG
Row 30 – 5DG 1Y 8LG 6DG
Row 31 – 7DG 1Y 3LG 1R 1BL 1LG 5DG
Row 32 – 4DG 4LG 1Y 1LG 8DG
Row 33 – 9DG 1LG 1R 2LG 4DG
Row 34 – 2DG 2Y 2LG 10DG
Row 35 – 12DG 1Y 2DG
Row 36 – 1DG 2Y 11DG
Row 37 – Row 49 — ALL DARK GREEN

Stay tuned for square #3!

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RE: Faking Stitches – I think what she means is that as you're weaving in your ends, use the tails to cover over any gaps left behind. I am currently making a heart (just the outline, not a filled in heart) using this method and I have a boat load of gaps due to the way the diagonal lies and the colors change. Therefore, I will not just hide my tails, I will use the tails to fill in those spaces to make it look like its continuous. I hope that makes sense (and I hope that was what she was intending!).
And to Sarah and Jennifer – I am so grateful for the written out instructions. I did that with the heart graph I'm working on and I can tell you it is very convenient and thoughtful of you to give us those counts in advance. Thank you!!!

Gracias por el patrón, me sirvió mucho, ya tejí el molde del árbol de navidad y me salio tal cual al original, estoy contenta. ahora voy a tejer el molde de la cara del Viejo Pascuero. GRACIAS.

I like the idea of the written pattern, but when I did the tree it all went crooked…is there a mistake in the written pattern…just asking.

Can anyone explain how to change colours on this pattern. Should I trim and then weave in threads afterwards or follow the colour change video. The latter doesn’t seem to work.
Newbie C2C and pixel.

THANK YOU I have been seeing finished pics and don’t have the time to decipher square by square. I have a brand new(4 days) grandson I need to make this for

would love to get the rest of these pixels. Reindeer for sure. Was getting but for some reason haven’t gotten the rest. Please send me the one for the reindeer. Thanks.