Good Fortune Clementine Tree
~ free crochet pattern ~

It’s been a busy month and I haven’t been able to work on my crochet projects as much as I wanted to. That said, I did manage to finish up my Good Fortune Clementine Tree on time for Chinese New Year (CNY), which is on February 19, 2015. As I’ve said on my last post, clementines are symbols of abundance and good fortune in the traditional Chinese culture. The bright orange color of the clementine (or mandarin oranges) also symbolizes ‘gold’, hence the belief that the fruit will bring in wealth and good fortune. And so I thought it would be a great idea to crochet one! Or…it’s just my excuse to not go out and buy one in this freezing weather, especially with the crazy snowstorms we’ve been having!

Clementine Tree Chinese New Year - free crochet pattern by DORIYUMI

So what are you waiting for? Let’s crochet ourselves a Good Fortune Clementine Tree and bring on the good fortune! Gung Hei Faat Choi!!

PATTERN


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NOTES

  • The ‘branches’ are supported by wooden chopsticks – Chinese takeout chopsticks work great!
  • The tree trunk is supported by the thick plastic straw – grab an extra one of these at any Bubble Tea shops!
  • The clementine tree measures approx. 5.75″ in height.
  • Do not join or turn unless stated.
  • Gauge is not essential – just keep your tension consistent throughout.

ABBREVIATIONS

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together / sc decrease
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together
BLO = back loop only
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
rep = repeat
* – * = repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed


PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS

Clementine (make 8)

Follow my Chinese New Year Clementine Amigurumi pattern >>HERE<<.

Make as many clementines as you’d like. I made 8 because it is a lucky number in the Chinese culture.

 

Pot

With brown yarn, start with a magic ring, ch 1 to secure ring.

Round 1: 6 dc in magic ring (6)

Round 2: Ch 2, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around (12)

Round 3: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, rep * – * around (18)

Round 4: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts*, rep * – * around (24)

Round 5: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next 3 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts*, rep * – * around (30)

Round 6: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next 4 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts*, rep * – * around (36)

Round 7: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next 5 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts*, rep * – * around (42)

Round 8: Ch 1, BLO, sc in each st around (42)

Round 9: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next 6 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts*, rep * – * around (48)

Round 10: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next 7 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 7 sts*, rep * – * around (54)

Round 11: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next 8 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 8 sts*, rep * – * around (60)

Round 12: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next 9 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 9 sts*, rep * – * around (66)

Round 13: Ch 2, *dc2tog, dc in next 8 sts*, rep * – * around (60)

Round 14: Ch 2, *dc2tog, dc in next 7 sts*, rep * – * around (54)

Round 15: Ch 2, *dc2tog, dc in next 6 sts*, rep * – * around (48)

Round 16: Ch 1, BLO, sc in each st around (48)

Now, we will cut a circular shape from cardboard to give the pot a better shape. You can certainly skip this step if you’d like and just stuff the pot with fiberfill. If using cardboard (cereal boxes work great!), simply trace the bottom of the pot on to the cardboard, cut out shape, trim if necessary and insert it at the bottom of the pot. Then, stuff with fiberfill.

Change to tan color yarn.

Round 17: Ch 1, sc in each st around (48)

Round 18: Ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in next 6 sts*, rep * – * around (42)

Round 19: Ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts*, rep * – * around (36)

Round 20: Ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts*, rep * – * around (30)

Round 21: Ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts*, rep * – * around (24)

Round 22: Ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts*, rep * – * around (18)

Round 23: Ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in next st*, rep * – * around (12)

Round 24: Ch 1, sc2tog around (6)

Change to brown color yarn and work on the tree trunk.

Tree Trunk
Round 1: BLO, sc in each st around (6)

(optional – thick straw method) Insert a thick straw and single crochet around the straw to give it a better shape. As you work single crochets around the straw, keep in mind you will need to poke 2 holes on the straw to hold the chopsticks. 1 towards the bottom, 1 towards the top. When I get to the point where I would like the first ‘branch’ to stick out, I cut a tiny hole using scissors and poke the chopstick across. Then, trim the chopstick to the length desired. Repeat for second ‘branch’.

(stuffing only method) Alternatively, stuff trunk with poly-fil as you go. You will then create the branches separately and sew on to the trunk.

Rounds 2-20: Working in both loops again, sc in each st around (6)
Add or subtract rounds to adjust the height of the trunk to your liking.

Round 21: sc2tog, 1 sc, sc2tog, 1 sc (4)

Round 22: 1 sc in each st around (4)

Round 23: 1 sc, sc2tog, 1 sc (3)

Round 24: 1 sc, sc2tog (2)

Round 25: sc2tog (1)

Sl st in next st. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Tree Branch

With brown yarn, ch 4.

Round 1: Sl st in to the first ch to form a ring.

Round 2: 1 sc in each st around.

Rounds 3-13: Rep round 2 around 11 times.

Round 14: *2 sc in next st, sc*, rep * – * around.

Round 15: 1 sc in each st around.

Fasten off and leave a long yarn tail enough to sew the branch on to the trunk as well as sewing on the clementines.

(optional – chopstick method) Do not stuff. Simply place the chopstick in to the tree branch, then use the long yarn tail to attach to the trunk. Repeat for second tree branch.

(stuffing only method) Sew on to trunk.

Once the tree branches are done, you’re ready to sew the clementines on to the tree! Using the long yarn tail left from the branch, attach clementines randomly on to the tree. See photos for reference.

I made a few more leaves to attach on to my clementine tree because it looked a bit empty when I finished it. If you’d like to do the same, simply follow the leaf pattern in my clementine amigurumi pattern and sew on to the tree.

Enjoy! ♥

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