12.11.2012

I SPY: vintage granny square christmas tree


I just had to make this...



...after I spied this
A vintage granny square Christmas tree.

The dear 93yr. old woman that I take care of had this in her stash of Christmas decorations & when I saw it, I was like 'hey, this is crochet!"

Anything that is crochet
& anything that is vintage & crochet
& then anything that is vintage, crochet & Christmas-y!?...

More than fabulous!
She originally bought the granny square Christmas tree in the '70's -- which you can tell from the scratchy, almost brittle feel of the yarn -- but still ~ I just.loved.it!




So I started thinking that this would be so easy to make.

Because it's just crocheted granny squares ~



...in varying sizes.



Green granny squares with a white edge.







The original tree had 6 granny squares so that's what I made.




From largest to smallest.




And then it's just a simple flip of the bottom edge to form the boughs of the fir tree.




Time to embellish.





I tied the ornaments right through each bough of the tree to attach & keep the tree together.




And crocheted a nice, chunky, brown trunk with just simple rows of dc stitched in the back loop only to give it some texture.



A remake of something  so vintage-y.




And speaking of vintage -- I thought this was soooooo cute & my kids thought it was more than weird -- I also spied this at Ruth's house on the shelf in her bathroom...

Yes.  That is her knitting that she is doing.





63 comments:

Marissa Sobaskie said...

Aw, that's cute! :)

Tina said...

That tree is so cute!! How clever!
xx

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

You made it even cuter Dawn! Merry Christmas

Dianne Aalbers said...

wauw it's beautiful I'm just making some christmas stars and other christmas decoration. I'm sure going to make the christmas tree

Wendy said...

what a fab idea! thanks for sharing

Stine Hoelgaard Johansen said...

Very, very nice Chrismastree

Stine:))

yokala yolanda casal said...

Very good

Neicee said...

This is the cutest thing ever! Im going to post about it on my blog!

La casita de Maria Nancy said...

Que belleza,Feliz Adviento!!!Gracias por compartir!!!

cristina said...

gorgeous! looks perfect.

mycreationandinspiration said...

beautiful xmas decoration ...

Pooch said...

The tree is amazing! Thank you for the step-by step photos!

:)

Inez Falleyn said...

the tree is adorable, I first spotted it on Pinterest! Thanks for the share.
Inez, ineseda.blogspot.com

Anna said...

Lovely tree ! Lovely pictures !
Have a nice day.
Hug
Anna

Jeanne said...

Oh my goodness, Dawn! What a find in your friend and the tree she made! And even in the "surprise" in the bathroom, LOL! Love the tree and how you made your version. Gotta add this to my getting longer by the minute list of things I would love to create for Christmas. ha, ha! Seriously, it is lovely!

Sandy said...

I love your version of this, it is adorable! May I pin this so that I can make it for next year? Thanks.

yeşimin atölyesi said...

What a great idea. I will certainly try this crochet tree.

Irena said...

urocza choinka i tak prosta do wykonania, pozdrawiam

Tatkis said...

What a lovely crochet Christmas tree!
Thank you very much for sharing!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Everlasting said...

One word: Formidable!!!
Joyeux Noël dear Dawn and Ruth too!

Deia Klier said...

Lindo lindo lindo!!!!!

Juliab said...

Oh my goodness, I am definitely making one of those. It really is retro. Must hurry up with all the Xmas present makes before I start on one of these though. x

KrankyMax said...

Very pretty. Maybe add some beads to make popcorn garland or little star embellishments/snowflakes.

Jennifer Stumpf said...

That is just adorable. I love posts about the lady you take care of-- rewarding for both of you, which is the best kind of job. Merry Christmas!

Sandra M. said...

Una meraviglia!

Kestrel said...

This is such a great idea! I can't have a real tree as the cats go mental. Wonder if I have time to make one of these before Christmas...

Penny said...

This is most fantastic!

By the way... I hope that you don't mind, I've nominated you for a The One Lovely Blog Award / The Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
I can't find out where the idea originated but it seems a lovely way of thanking the creators of the blogs that I find the most enjoyable and inspiring.
Thanks! My post about the award(s) is here

http://pennylibrarian.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/a-noise-that-only-bats-and-dogs-can-hear/
Pennyx

Heather said...

must....make....this!!!!

summer13 said...

Easy to make, beautiful, thanks! Merry Christmas!

Danette said...

This is just GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing. I will be making this for sure :)))
Merry Christmas,
Danette

Carla said...

Wonderful!!!

Manoly C. said...

Precioso trabajo!!!

Gosia said...

Piękne drzewka!

Susie Hewer said...

Love, love, LOVE that tree! Thanks so much for sharing it.

Fru Albertsson said...

I Loooove it! I am making my own directly :-)
Hugs
Susanne

MINHA VIDA DE CAMPO said...

Linda e inspiradoras sugestão. Ameis essa árvore.
Tenha uma ótima semana.

Anne said...

Oh wat a nice x-mass tree. Made it for my little daughter's teacher. She loved it.
Thanks for sharing.

diy se her hvordan said...

Super duper nice blog. I'm looking forward to follow you.

vicky said...

WOW THIS IS SO WONDERFUL LOVELY JUST LOVELY THANK YOU AND MERRY CHRISTMAS

DiscoD'Eva said...

I am going to make one. Very nice!

Heike's quilts and socks said...

So cute. Your blog is wonderful.
~~Heike

Carolina said...

Hi! i just wanted to say I loved your blog, everything is so beautiful here!
Also, I wanted to tell you I posted your picture of the granny square christmas tree with a direct link to your post, ok? If you´d like me to remove the post or anything just let me know.
hugs,

Carolina Crochet

Luna said...

This is a Great Christmas Tree,great project.beautiful and excellent.Great job!I will keep in mind for next year.

Merry Christmas !

Luna

Pradeepa said...

Wow, what a gorgeous tree, Dawn! I am going to do it right away. Thanks for the inspiration. Merry Christmas!

Carolina said...

Hi, thank you so much for visiting my blog!
I wish you and your family a merry Chritsmas and a happy new year! :)

Carolina Crochet

vicky said...

THANK YOU MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

Lauren said...

So easy but so cute! The possibilities with granny square are virtually endless, aren't they? Nice work.

Luna said...

Best wishes for the New Year and more beautiful Christmas Trees....love this one....different .. :0)

Luna

Teresita said...

Muy bonito Felicidades!!! La abuela de la foto me recuerda a mi madre con esos cabellos de plata, mis respectos y felicidades para ella!

dancing-muffin said...

Your blog is so beautiful.
The trees are so wonderful!!1
What a nice old lady.
Have a verry happy new Year!
I come back again.
♥Ulli♥ the muffin

TheatreDanceMom said...

I love your tree! I will be making this maybe starting today before all Christmas is put away! Happy New Year!!!

Cami said...

This is beyond fabulous! I love it! :)

Faith said...

You are right, crochet,vintage anything & Christmas...a keeper to be sure.

nadia spadaccini said...

Buon dì, ho appena scoperto il tuo blog,è meraviglioso,originale e coloratissimo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Passerò spesso a salutari.
Hello Hello and good week!
Nadia

katia said...

geniale...

Faith said...

I found this again today...and still think it's great, I posted about it on my blog today with links here. Thank you for sharing...vintage & crochet...they do go together...:) I'm going to begin work on a few of these...

Dee said...

Is there a pattern for this? Like what hook size do you use this please help love this granny square tree you made is sooo beautiful

Anonymous said...

I have been inspired! Thank you for sharing.

Anna said...

thank you for the grat idea. see you my blog.
http://annaskreativblog.blogspot.co.at/2013/11/granny-weihnachtsbaum.html

btstar said...

Thank you..you idea great....

Anonymous said...

I love it so much

Krys said...

Thank you very much for a great idea. Your tree is very beatiful.
I did crochet that tree for last Christmas. My decorations are differant. I would post a photo of my tree, but I do not have a blog.
Polishgirl
Krys

speedy said...

Could you please do a pattern for this or at least tell us how you put the tree together? I would love to make it but I'm new to crocheting and need the help. Thanks