Needled by Hunter Hammersen

Needled

Knitting
November 2019
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
50 - 100 yards (46 - 91 m)
One size (they get bigger or smaller depending on the yarn weight you use), I used fingering, dk, and worsted weight yarns, and mine are between 2.5 and 3.5 inches across and 3 to 5 inches tall
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Needled verb
- teased, provoked, incited to action by repeated jibes

I am concerned that if I admit how much I love these, someone will show up at my house and take away my Proper, Respectable Grownup card. Then again, I’m not sure being a proper grown up has brought me much joy, and these ridiculous things fill me with an unspeakable delight, so maybe that wouldn’t be too bad.

They are easy to knit (it’s mostly stockinette in the round, and each one took me an afternoon to make). You get to do a really neat blocking trick where it goes from looking like a hot mess to looking like an adorable tree (and you feel hideously clever the whole time you’re doing it). And the finished trees are the most delightfully tactile little things imaginable (you can either make them with a flat bottom, in which case they’ll stand up on their own, or with a trunk, in which case you’ll want to hang them from something).

And that’s just the plain ones…if you want to get a bit fancy you can make them even snazzier. Add beads. Hold a string of fluffy mohair along with your yarn to look like snow. Embroider ornaments on after the fact. Put a star on top. Wrap them in tiny twinkle lights. I am absolutely sure you will come up with something delightfully clever once you start making them!

If you’ve never made something 3D before, don’t worry, the pattern is extremely detailed. The only special equipment you’ll need is something to stuff them with (roving, polyester stuffing, even cotton balls if you’re in a pinch) and some flat plastic you can cut with scissors (think the side milk gallon or the bottom of a yogurt container or the lid of a takeout container…don’t stress over this, you’ve almost certainly got something in your recycle bin or your kitchen that will work perfectly). I’ve got a multi-page photo tutorial showing you every step of the process. And I’ve included all sorts of helpful tips on everything from what to fill them with to how to block them to when to weave in your ends to some possible variations to experiment with. I’ve totally got you covered, you can absolutely do this!

These are perfect for you if:

  • You’re pretty sure being a proper, respectable grownup is overrated anyway
  • You just now realized you could use a whole forest of tiny knitted trees growing up all around your house

They’re not for you if:

  • You are very fond of being a proper, respectable grownup and don’t want to risk anyone thinking you’re something else
  • You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)