Do you like a very traditional Christmas tree or do you enjoy changing it up a bit and trying something new? I love traditional but I’m also a big fan of very non-traditional colors … and I love a white Christmas tree filled with whimsical and colorful decorations! This year, in addition to colorful wreaths and baubles, my white tree will also be sporting a colorful knit Christmas tree garland … and it couldn’t be easier to knit, even for someone with really basic knitting skills.
To make a knit Christmas tree garland, you’ll simply need to knit a very long i-cord or knit tube.
How to Knit an I-Cord Christmas Tree Garland
To knit an i-cord, you’ll need two double-pointed needles and yarn. The needles need to be in a size that’s appropriate for the gauge of the yarn. You can find the correct needle size on the label of your skein.
Cast on a minimum of 8 stitches but you can do a few more if you want a thicker or wider garland.
Knit the first row of stitches but don’t turn your work to knit the next row. Instead, slide the stitches to the other end of the needle. Knit the row, pulling the yarn across the back of the stitches as tightly as possible. Repeat for each row, pulling the yarn taut on the first stitch each time.
As you knit, you’ll form a tube.
Continue knitting until you have a tube long enough to wrap around your Christmas tree and then cast off.
Although you need a long tube, this type of knitting goes very quickly and it’s the perfect mindless knitting to do while you watch your favorite Christmas show or binge on a Netflix show.
To finish the garland after casting off, use a large tapestry needle to sew the two ends of the yarn into the garland … and then get wrapping that garland around the tree!
A knit Christmas tree garland is a fun change from regular tinsel or other garlands and it’s a cute way to add some color to a tree. Wouldn’t this be festive in a child’s room?
For more colorful Christmas inspiration, be sure to check out this colorful Christmas tree …
… and the tutorial for the repurposed punch balloon ornaments that were used to decorate it!