The holidays are finally here. Add some mini-marshmallows to my hot cocoa, crank up the Temptations Christmas album, and bring the decorations out of storage. The Lipsey’s are getting festive! The first item on the list – the Solstice Tree Skirt, a new FREE crochet pattern!
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FAUX FUR EVERYTHING
After designing the Mika Vest, I was totally hooked on crocheting with faux fur. There’s just something about the softness and instant gratification of the chunky yarn that really gets me. Plus, I’m filled up with holiday cheer and faux fur makes me think of getting cozy on Christmas Eve.
I decided to pair Lion Brand’s Go for Faux with Wool-Ease Thick and Quick, another trusted super-bulky (category 6) yarn. I wanted to give the Solstice Tree Skirt another layer of contrast without removing the glam of the faux fur. Wool-Ease Thick & Quick pairs beautifully with Go For Faux, giving the whole project a modern and bold aesthetic.
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MARIAH MADE ME DO IT
Every year, I change up the decor of my Christmas tree. Sometimes we do a playful tree with bright colors and twinkling lights. Sometimes we keep things traditional with a lot of glitter, reds, and greens.
While scanning the aisles of my local craft store for decorating inspiration, my favorite Christmas song came on: Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You. When I think of Mariah at Christmas, I think full-on glam – lots of gold, glitter, fur, and coziness. That was my inspiration for the Solstice Tree Skirt. I set out to make something fabulous and festive to dress up my tree this year.
The Solstice Tree Skirt is a crocheted from the center-out in turned rounds, resulting in a pentagon shape. Rows of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick alternate between simple double crochet stitches and textured bobble stitches. Lion Brand Go For Faux is added as the trim, elevating this simple pattern to a luxurious level.
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-(A) 5 balls Lion-Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in the color Fisherman
-(B) 5 Balls Lion Brand Go For Faux in the color Pomeranian
-11.5mm crochet hook
52″ across from one point to the center of its opposite side
ABBREVIATIONS & SPECIAL STITCHES:
This pattern uses standard crochet abbreviations as outlined by the Craft Yarn Council here. The following abbreviations are used in addition to standard abbreviations:
- Bo (bobble): [yo, pull up a loop in the indicated stitch, yo, pull through 2 loops] 4 times, yo, pull through all loops on hook. Tighten loop on hook after the last step.
- Fdndc (foundation double crochet). Find a video tutorial here.
- Beginning ch-2 counts as dc throughout pattern.
ROW 1: With A, fdndc 5, ch 1, (fdndc 9, ch 1) 4 times, fdndc 4, turn.
ROW 2: Ch 2, [dc in each st to next ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-1 sp] 5 times, dc in each st to end, turn.
ROW 3: Ch 2, [dc in each st to next ch-2 sp, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp] 5 times, dc in each st to end, placing last dc in 2nd ch of tch here and throughout pattern, turn.
ROW 4: Repeat Row 3.
ROW 5: Working in the front loops only, ch 1, sc in each of the next 3 sts, bo in next st, sc 2, bo in the next st, sc in next st, (sc 1, ch 2, sc 1) in ch-2 sp, [sc in next st, (bo in next st, sc in each of the next 2 sts) 4 times, bo in next st, sc In next st, (sc 1, ch 2, sc 1) in ch-2 sp] 4 times, sc in next st, (bo in next st, sc in each of the next 2 sts) 2 times, turn.
ROW 6: Working in the back loops only, repeat Row 3.
ROWS 7-10: Repeat Row 3.
ROW 11: Working in the front loops only, ch 1, sc in each of the next 4 sts, (bo in next st, sc in each of the next 3 sts) 2 times, bo in next st, sc in next st, (sc 1, ch 2, sc 1) in ch-2 sp, [sc in next st, (bo in next st, sc in each of the next 3 sts) 6 times, bo in next st, sc in next st, (sc 1, ch 2, sc 1) in ch-2 sp] 4 times, sc in next st, (bo in next st, sc in each of the next 3 sts) 2 times, turn.
ROW 12: Working in the back loops only, repeat Row 3.
ROWS 13-14: Repeat Row 3.
ROW 15: Working in the front loops only, ch 1, sc in each of the next 4 sts, (bo in next st, sc in each of the next 3 sts) 3 times, bo in next st, sc in next st, (sc 1, ch 2, sc 1) in ch-2 sp, [sc in next st, (bo in next st, sc in each of the next 3 sts) 8 times, bo in next st, sc in next st, (sc 1, ch 2, sc 1) in ch-2 sp] 4 times, sc in next st, (bo in next st, sc in each of the next 3 sts) 4 times, turn.
ROW 16: Working in the back loops only, repeat Row 3. Change to B on the last st.
ROWS 17-21: Repeat Row 3 with B. Fasten off at the end of Row 21.
Weave in all loose ends.
Making the Ties: With the remainder of A, cut six 24-inch strands. Holding 2 strands together, fold them in half and make a knot around the first stitch of Row 1. Twist two of the strands to make a tassel and knot them at the bottom.
Do the same for the other two strands. Repeat these steps, making tassels on Row 7 and Row 13. Use these twisted tassels to tie the tree skirt around the base of the tree, looping the tassel through the last stitch of the row and tying the tassel into a bow.
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Arlene Sandorff says
I BOUGHT THE SOLSTICE SKIRT PATTERN ,BUT i’M STOPPED AT THE START. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT A FOUNDATION DOUBLE CROCHET IS. HELP!!! THANKS, Arlene
Toni L. says
Hi! You can find a video tutorial for the foundation double crochet on my YouTube channel here: Foundation Half Double Crochet
Barbara Brennan says
Hi, do you have a photo of the tassels please? I’m struggling to understand that part! X
Toni L. says
Hi! I don’t have a photo of the tassels in this blog post. But, if you’ll email me, I’m happy to pull this piece from storage and take a photo for you 🙂 My email address is [email protected].
Hey, I just bought the pattern and was chugging along and realized my bobbles didn’t show the lines above and below. Theses are the back loop only stitches. If you are looking at the previous row and doing bl only stitch, is it the one closest to you ir farthest? Thanks
Toni L. says
Hi! If you are looking at your work, back loop stitches go in the loop furthest from you.
Sara Jeanne Burke says
Toni, your cat looks absolutely perfect on the tree skirt…what a handsome boy or beautiful girl.
Love all your techniques and patterns!
Toni L. says
That’s my baby boy Peanut Butter! He love relaxing under the Christmas Tree 🙂
Hey Toni! I don´t know if it´s just my overthinking brain or what but… In row three when you say to place the last dc in the tch is this supposed to act like an increase? I just feel like my bo´s and chain spaces aren´t lining up properly in the next row. I know it´s me but i figured i´d ask. (i´m sorry!) Thanks for your time!
Toni L. says
Hi darling – the only increases are at the chain spaces. Since your starting chain-2 acts as the first double crochet, we always place the last stitch in the top of the turning chain (a.k.a. in the 2nd chain of the starting chain-2). This is NOT an increase. Hope that helps 🙂