This adorable Knitted Christmas Tree Banner is quick and easy to knit. The Christmas tree banner looks beautiful draped across a mantel and brings the colors of Christmas into your home.
Vivid reds, greens, and whites will always be the color of Christmas deco in my home. I remember growing up and how much my mother loved Christmas. She would make decorating the tree and also our home, very special. After we decorated the tree, we would make homemade divinity. Our divinity always failed so we would laugh and eat the divinity with a spoon. We still ask her to make us a bowl of failed divinity every year. It was still delicious even if it didn’t look perfect.
I remember how excited I would get when I pulled all of the ornaments out of the boxes. It brought back memories of all of our past Christmases. I have always wanted my children to have the same experience. I don’t know why but they do not act that excited about using the same ornaments every year. I guess things are different these days but I still want to use the same traditional colors that we had in our home every year.
I do love that people are bringing back the vintage decor this Christmas. While shopping, I saw some little knitted Christmas tree ornaments and I was inspired to make something similar to use as a garland for the fireplace.
I played around with some patterns until I had adapted a pattern to make the trees large enough for a banner. These trees are easy to knit and can be knitted very quickly. I tied the trees to a felted ball garland but you could use rope, twine, or ribbon if you desire.
I sewed a craft stick to the bottom of the tree so that my knitted trees would stay open and not curl.
Chunky yarn in the colors you choose. 2 colors for striped tree and 1 color for tree trunk.
I am sharing the pattern for a striped tree.
Cast on 14 stitches in color A (red).
Row 1 Knit
Row 2 Purl
Row 3 K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1 – You will have 12 stitches now.
Row 4 Purl
Change color to color B (white)
Row 5 Knit
Row 6 Purl
Row 7 K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1 -You will have 10 stitches.
Row 8 Purl
Change color to color A
Row 9 Knit
Row 10 Purl
Row 11 K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1 -You will have 8 stitches.
Row 12 Purl
Change color to color B
Row 13 Knit
Row 14 Purl
Row 15 K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1 -You will have 6 stitches
Row 16 Purl
Change color to color A
Row 17 Knit
Row 18 Purl
Row 19 K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1 You will have 4 stitches
Row 20 Purl DO Not Change Yarn Color Here
Row 21 K 2tog. Knit 2 tog.
Cut yarn leaving at least 6-inch tail and pull through remaining 2 stitches. Tie in a knot.
Cast on 3 stitches (or more if you want a wider trunk) and knit 5 rows. Cast off.
Sew the trunk to the tree.
This is so doggone wonderful, Sherry. I have no knitting experience at all so I’m not even sure what your directions mean but you are convincing me that this is a great skill to learn.
This is so sweet. A nice craft that I could do with my own kids! Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas 🎁
This is adorable. Love it. Pinning!
This is so precious. I am a traditionalist when it comes to decorating for Christmas. The designer trees are lovely but I love the ones with ornaments that have been collected over time. Your garland is a lovely keepsake. I will have to put it on my must-try list. Pinned.
lynn spencer says
SHERRY!!!! I love this garland! And I’m with you about the traditional colors. These are so fun and so easy to make…thanks for the great idea my friend. Pinning right now!
I like the traditional reds & greens too. Love the banner & cute red & white knitted trees.
Hi Sherry, I love the simplicity of this tree garland and can’t wait to make my own . So sweet.
This is so precious. I cannot knit but I certainly appreciate the beauty of it.
Barbara Chapman says
Your Christmas tree banner is sooo doggone cute! I pinned and shared to FB for you. Having fun going around and reading everyone’s posts tonight! Super fun idea and I’m going to have to try to make some. I think I have size 12 needles only here… rest are in storage. Happy knitting! 🙂
That is the cutest! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!
Cindy Richter says
So cute. Wish I could do this. Pinning anyway.
Raylene DeSanto says
Sherry, love that you rekindle Christmas traditions from your childhood. I am passing your garland directions on to one of my knitter friends.
Can you tell me where you found that amazing Santa picture? It’s gorgeous!!!!
Happy holidays to you and yours!