Saturday, 23 November 2013

Free Tutorial - To make a knitted cable tree

This is a small knitting project for someone just embarking on learning the art of cabling. It uses up odd balls of yarn too, so no buying yarn purposely.

I made this tree using yarns in autumnal colours as I can’t believe winter / Christmas is nearly with us (only 1 month to go!), but for you I suggest using colours to compliment your home Christmas decorations.

For this project you will need:

3 small balls of left over yarn  pieces. I used DK yarn.

1 pair of appropriate size needles for the yarn. I used 4mm needles.

Crochet hook

Large eyed needle, scissors, pins


Step 1: With each ball of yarn follow the instructions below for knitting a cable triangle
Cast on 25 stitches

Row 1    K2, (P1, K4 ) x 4 times , P1, K2

Row 2    P1, P2 together, *Purl to the last 3 stitches , P2 together , P1. * Please knit the knit stitches as you see them.

Row 3    K1, (P1, CB4) x 4 times, P1, K1
Row 4    As Row 2
Row 5    (P1, K4) x 4 times , P1
Row 6    As Row 2
Row 7    CB4, (P1, CB4) x 2 times, P1 , CB4
Row 8    As Row 2
Row 9    K3, (P1, K4) x 2 times, P1 , K3
Row 10  As Row 2
Row 11  K2, (P1, CB4) x 2 times, P1 , K2
Row 12  As Row 2
Row 13  K1, (P1, K4) x 2 times, P1 , K1
Row 14  As Row 2
Row 15  (P1, CB4) x 2 times, P1
Row 16  As Row 2
Row 17  K4, P1 , K4
Row 18  As Row 2  (7 stitches left in needle)
Row 19  K1, K2 together, P1 , K2 together, K1
Row 20  P1,P3 together , P1

Thread yarn through remaining 3 stitches and make secure. Leave a long end

K1 Knit one stitch

P1 Purl one stitch

CB4 Hold 2 stitches to the back of the 
work on a cable needle, Knit 2 stitches, then
 knit the 2 stitches from the cable

Here is a photograph of the three cable triangles that I made with the spare yarn I decided to use.
As you can see, even though I used the same needles and the same number of stitches I finish with 1 of the triangles obviously bigger than the others.
This does not matter, simply use the bigger triangles at the bottom of the tree.

Step 2: Knit the tree trunk

Cast on 10 stitches
 Knit 10 rows
Cast off


Step 3: Position the 3 triangles on top of each other to give you the tree shape, pin in place. 

Step 4: Turn the knitted trunk on to its side and pin in place at the bottom of the tree.

Step 5 : Turn the tree over so you are working on the back of the piece of work. Sew all pieces together without showing any of your stitches at the front of the tree.

Step 6: Take the long length at the top of the top triangle and using the crochet hook, crochet a chain , fasten the other end in place on the tree to form a loop for hanging

Step 7: Sew a line of stitches at the bottom of each triangle in one of the contrasting colours.

You can hang these little cable trees anywhere I have knitted mine in autumnal colours and the tree is now hanging in my rustic kitchen.

You can use this design to knit cable trees in lovely Christmas colours, try red , purple and gold for an opulent look or green , red and silver for a more traditional tree. These would look great hanging on the main Christmas tree or hanging on children’s cupboard doors to remind them that Christmas is on its way.

Remember, if you make any of these lovely trees , then send photos to Uniquely UK and we will feature them on facebook or in our blog (or both).

Please feel to make as many of these as you like for personal use, but I would ask that you don't sell the finished items. Please do not reproduce any or all of the tutorial, without linking back to here.

This tutorial has been designed and written by Sandra of TheFeminineTouch. If you have any problems with understanding the written instructions then please contact her via the web site. 
Please view her lovely feminine knitted work here on the web site.

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Simmi said...

Gorgeous tutorial Sandra - really clear (even to someone who doesn't know how to cast on!!) and a very pretty ornament :-) Simmi x

Ginx Craft said...

Very cute. I love the colours you have used.

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

thank you for sharing, xxxx Ale

Jo Cavagnis said...

This tree is so cute! I am a terrible knitter though so will just have to admire it from a distance :)

Lucy Blossom said...

It looks great, and thanks for sharing a pattern that doesn't look too tricky to try.

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