Give your tree a handmade and homespun look with this easy crochet garland. Even better make this garland as a thoughtful handmade gift. This Christmas garland can be made with 5 options and 3 variations!
It is so much fun to make handmade Christmas gifts and decor. Each year I make a couple of new things for the home. My favorite part is getting out the boxes each year and unpacking the things I made previously that I’ve sometimes forgotten.
If I add a few things each year then I will come to my later years with a million memories. That said, there are some years when it’s just too busy and it’s hard to make a lot of new Christmas decor. Even if we’re starting early it can be a lot to ask to make decorations on top of gifts. That’s why I always have a few really quick-and-easy projects in mind, like the one that I’m sharing today.
In essence, the idea here is just to crochet a super long chain that can be used as a handmade garland for your Christmas tree. I’ll go over some options and variations to change it up and personalize it.
Easy Crochet Garland
How Big Do I Make a Garland for a Christmas Tree?
The basic idea here is super simple. Crochet a chain long enough to wrap around your Christmas tree like a garland. A good way to gauge the approximate size of the chain that you need is to measure the diameter of your tree at the base and multiply it by the height of your tree. So if my tree is 5′ in diameter and 4′ tall then I’ll need to make a crochet chain that is approximately 20′ long.
How to Crochet Garland Five Different Ways
You can use any type of yarn or thread (or alternative material) for this project as well as any size crochet hook. Here are some suggested options:
1: “Tinsel” Thread Garland
Crochet your chain using metallic crochet thread for a look that is reminiscent of traditional Christmas tree tinsel. This option will take a little bit longer than some of the other options but has a great finished look.
2: Roving “Snow”
Use really chunky, fluffy white yarn or roving and work with a large hook to create a crochet garland that looks a bit like snow on your Christmas tree. This is the option that will work up most quickly. This is one that you could do using finger crochet, too (instead of hooks), which is great if you want to get young kids involved in making the garland.
3: Single Multi-Strand Chain
Work with 2, 3, 4 or more colors at once to create a multi-strand crochet chain to use as your crochet garland. The effect here is stunning; it can look a lot like additional Christmas tree lights with those pops of many colors.
4: Multiple Strands
Crochet several long chains instead of just one. You could use the same color or a variety of colors. Loop them all around the tree as multiple crochet garlands.
5: Thick and Thin
Find a thick-and-thin yarn that you like to use for your crochet chain. This adds some additional texture and interest to the basic crochet chain and makes for a more intriguing crochet garland that is still quick and easy to work up!
Crochet Garland Stitch Variations
1: Chainless Foundation
One great variation on the basic crochet chain is to crochet a single row (essentially a long chain) of your favorite basic stitch – sc, hdc, dc etc. It can be a pain to crochet such a long chain and then work backward again to complete the row of stitches so consider working with the chainless foundation row approach. You can find tutorials for this technique all around the web; I like the foundation single crochet tutorial from Doris Chan.
2: Edging Design
If you have a little bit more time to spend on your crochet garland then you might consider working up a small pattern. Classic crochet edging designs are a terrific option because they’re the perfect small width for a tree garland. I personally love a basic crochet shell edging or picot edging; a long row of either of those would look lovely on a tree. The one show above is seed stitch.
One of my favorite vintage looks for Christmas trees is the old popcorn-on-a-string garland. I’ve never made one of those myself, because I just can’t imagine sitting there and stringing popcorn, but I love how it looks. That’s why I love the idea of creating a crochet garland using the popcorn stitch. It can be worked in a yellow/cream/brown/white yarn to look almost like real popcorn!
Get creative with your crochet chain garland. It’s a simple project but it can be a a lot of fun when you put your own spin on it.
My Favorite Crochet Tools
- If you are like me and like to crochet on the go this tote is a stylish way to keep everything you need at your fingertips!
- My MOST FAVORITE tool is these portable scissors that always make it through security and fit perfectly in my hook case.
- A️ yarn bowl is a beautiful way to wrangle yarn while crocheting
- Keep organized with this crochet hooks kit with a case. This 85-piece kit has over 2,500 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ five-star reviews.
- Crochet Stitch Dictionary: 200 Essential Stitches with Step-by-Step Photos is the most helpful resource to keep handy!
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This post is by Kathryn Vercillo, the blogger at Crochet Concupiscence and author of Crochet Saved My Life. Kathryn loves all things crochet and is committed to doing her part to connect the crochet community through her blog and social media efforts. She specializes in studying and reporting on the health benefits of crochet.