A Topiary Christmas Tree Ornament

The last few days have been so busy and full, visiting markets, singing Christmas carols in the park with friends and our community. We have also started helping my mom to pack up her home and sort through my dad’s things. I cannot imagine how difficult this must be for her, to take his clothes out of the cupboards and let them go… It seems so final and hard… She is thinking about this for now, we have cleared a few items so far but I think his clothes will be the most difficult for all of us.

I have been thinking about Christmas decorations and the season and a few Christmas tree ornament designs. It’s so amazing when an idea enters your mind, like a light going on. When I knitted up this little ornament, I was thinking about the English country gardens in the time of Jane Austen. I love topiary trees and then I though, perhaps a topiary Christmas tree ornament! I have added the pattern here for you if you would like to knit one:)

Topiary Christmas Tree Ornament:


Small amount of brown variegated yarn for the tree trunk, aran weight

SMall amount of variegated yarn for the tree, aran weight

3.5mm circular needles


Sewing needle


Dark cotton


Abbreviations and Tutorial Video Links:

kfb: Knit into the front and the back of a stitch to increase a stitch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILcTB5hc0XM


Cast on 4 stitches and join for knitting in the round with the magic loop or use dpns

Round 1:kfb into each stitch (8 stitches)

Rounds 2-6: Knit

Join the green yarn for knitting the tree.

Round 7: kfb into each stitch (16 stitches)

Round 8: kfb into each stitch (32 stitches)

Round 9: knit

Round 10: Knit 1, kfb across the round (48 stitches)

Round 11: knit knit 1, knit 2 together across the round (32 stitches)

Round 12: knit 2 tog across round (16 stitches)

Round 13: knit 2 tog across round (8 stitches)

Round 14: knit kfb into each stitch (16 stitches)

Round 15: kfb into each stitch (32 stitches)

Round 16: knit 2 tog all across the round. (16 stitches)

Round 17: knit 2 tog all across the round. (8 round)

Round 18: knit kfb into each stitch. (16 stitches)

Round 19: k1 kfb around the round (24 stitches)

Round 20: knit

start stuffing your tree now and push the stuffing firmly into all areas of the tree.

Round 21: knit 2 st tog all across the round (12 stitches)

Round 22: knit 2 sts tog across round (6 stitches)

Round 23: knit 2 tog k 1, knit 2 tog, knit 1 (4 stitches)

Leave the 4 stitches live on the needle, cut the yarn and thread it onto a sewing needle.

Thread the needle through the live stitches and pull tight, pulling the top of the tree into a point.

Use the remaining yarn to make a little hanging loop for your tree.

Sew in all ends.

Thread some dark cotton and sew a few beads onto your tree.

Happy knitting!


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25 Responses to A Topiary Christmas Tree Ornament

  1. Dawn December 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Beautiful, I love it. The shaping is just wonderful x

    • Linda December 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

      Thanks so much Dawn:)

  2. Karen Morris December 11, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    When my father-in-law passed I took all his shirts and cut them into squares and made quilts for his grand children. You might want to do that with some of your dad’s shirts. Just a thought.

    • Janet R December 12, 2012 at 2:47 am #

      I’ve also used my father-in-law’s shirts and ties (just open up all the stitching, wash and dry) to make pillows for his daughters and grandchildren. It’s fun to make one side of the pillow from the front of a shirt, with the buttons going through the middle; the other side was patchwork from tie pieces and other shirt pieces. They all loved the remembrance!

    • Linda December 12, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      This is a wonderful idea! Thank you:)

    • Linda December 12, 2012 at 10:05 am #

      Thank you so much Karen:)

  3. Danielle - A Stash Addict December 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    My husband lost his brother this January, and his dad in September, we still haven’t cleared out the clothes, also finding it hard to get into Christmas this year.

    your tree ornament is very cute! 🙂


    • Linda December 12, 2012 at 10:06 am #

      I am so sorry for your loss Danielle.
      Thanks about my little tree!

  4. Faye December 11, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    Thanks for the pattern.

    When my mum died and I had the job of sorting her wardrobe, I thought of it as passing on clothing to others in need. My mum certainly didn’t need them anymore. Once it’s done, it’s done…do it all at once in the same day…

    • Linda December 12, 2012 at 10:14 am #

      You are welcome about the pattern Faye:)
      Thank you for sharing about your mom here, I really appreciate it.

  5. steph December 12, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    this is adorable!!!! what a thoughtful holiday gift from you!!!!!

    • Linda December 12, 2012 at 10:14 am #

      Thanks Steph!

  6. Eva December 12, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    Oh, such a lovely ornament! I have been doing felt ornaments this year and a few in crochet – might be time to try some knitted ones 🙂

    • Linda December 12, 2012 at 10:15 am #

      You are welcome Eva!

  7. Barbara Szatkiewicz December 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    So pretty and sweet. Thank you again for sharing.

  8. heathermama December 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    that is a great pattern, thank you so much. what a great idea.

  9. Sarah Jane December 12, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Thanks for the pattern!! I’ll definitely knit one.

  10. Tricia- Crunchy Catholic Momma December 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    Cute ornament!! I need to get cracking on mine. We put up our tree on Christmas Eve but that will be here too fast.

  11. Mackenzie {WhiletheWaterBoils} December 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    That’s so sweet! Thanks for sharing the pattern. 🙂

  12. Wonder Why Gal December 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    That is really neat. Thank you for this pattern. I always adore your creations and they do make the best ornaments to gift.

  13. emma December 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    so cute, love the different shades in the green.

  14. Ginny December 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    I love your little tree. I have to admit that I have never knitted on a circular needle, as whenever I knit in the round I use doublepointeds. A circular needle does sound simpler, and am making a list of knitting targets for 2013, and circular needles are definitely on the list.

  15. AllyB December 15, 2012 at 1:59 am #

    Your ornament is quite festive. Thank you for sharing your pattern. Sending thoughts of strength and healing to your family.


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