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Stitch Tutorial: Modified Pine Trees Stitch

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The Modified Pine Trees Stitch offerings alternating lacy and slid sections that can be worked flat and in the round.

Welcome to a new stitch tutorial!

Today’s stitch is the Modified Pine Trees Stitch.

I love the kits, knit and crochet, by We Are Knitters, and the Milu Sweater had this awesome alternating lacy and solid stitch. I have not purchased a kit yet as I can’t decide on just one to start with, but maybe it’ll be a treat to myself this year. 😁

Anyways, the stitch captivated me, and I had to know what the name of it was. WAK doesn’t share the designer of the patterns for their kits, so I used my researching skills to figure it out.

It’s an easier than it seems stitch made of double crochet and chain stitches, so it didn’t take long to sketch out the stitches before I picked up a hook. I didn’t find many options on Pinterest or Google, except for the Pine Trees Stitch by New Stitch A Day.

The Pines Trees Stitch is different in using more chain stitches that are angled towards the ‘stem’ of the tree, and there’s no ‘stem’ at the top, so I decided to refer to this tutorial as a Modified Pine Trees Stitch. Another difference is related to the multiple used.

What is a multiple?

A multiple refers to how many chains or stitches are needed to create the group of the stitches, such as needing 2 stitches to make a decrease. The smallest repeat would be 2, and technically the largest repeat is infinite (I would hate to see that project 😆). This multiple tells you how many chains or stitches (if starting after a standard row of same stitches) are needed to begin the repeat. Some multiples will list plus X which means you make a chain that is divisible by the multiple and then add X more chains, usually to represent the turning chain or beginning stitch.

The Modified Pine Trees Stitch requires a multiple of 8+5 and it’s a 3 row repeat. So any number that is divisible by 8, i.e. 16, 32, 72, 104, plus 5 more for a total of 21, 37, 77 or 109 chains.

At the bottom of this post, you will find a stitch chart. Stitch charts are a great way to increase your crochet skill since the stitches are universal. Once you learn how to read charts, you can make a gorgeous garment from a Japanese or Spanish pattern.

Also included will be an alternative to use chainless starting double crochet in place of ch 3 at the beginning of the row, so be sure to check out the tips.

Techniques and Abbreviations Used:

ch: chain

st: stitch(es)

dc: double crochet

sk: skip

CSDC: pull up a loop to height of row, holding loop in place and wrap yarn around hook (yarn over), insert hook in first st, YO, pull up a loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops] twice

Written Instructions

Row 1: Ch 37

Row 2: (The skipped 8 ch count as sk 3 ch, first dc, and ch 2) 3 dc in 9th ch from hook, ch 2, sk 3 ch, *dc in next ch, ch 2, sk 3 ch, 3dc in next ch, ch 2; repeat from * two more times, dc in last st, turn

Row 3: Ch 4 (counts as dc+ ch 1), sk 2 ch, 2dc in next st, dc in next st, 2dc in next st, ch 1, sk 2 ch *dc in next st, ch 1, sk 2 ch, 2dc in next st, dc in next st, 2dc in next st, ch 1, sk 2 ch; repeat from * two more times, dc in last st (top of ch-3), turn

Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), sk 1 ch, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, sk 1 ch, *dc in next st, sk 1 ch, 2dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, sk 1 ch; repeat from * two more times, dc in last st, turn

Repeat Rows 2-4 until desired length

How to make the Modified Pine Trees Stitch

1. Ch 37 or any multiple of 8+5

2. 3 dc in 9th ch from hook (the skipped 8 ch represents sk 3 ch, first dc, and ch 2), ch 2, skip 3 ch, *dc in next st, ch 2, sk 3 ch, 3dc in next st, ch 2, sk 3 ch; repeat from * two more times, dc in last ch, turn

3. Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), sk 2 ch, 2dc in next st, dc in next st, 2dc in next st, ch 1, sk 2 ch, *dc in next st, ch 1, sk 2 ch, 2dc in next st, dc in next st, 2dc in next st, ch 1, sk 2 ch; repeat from * two more times, dc in last st, turn

4. Ch 3 (counts as dc), sk 1 ch, 2dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, sk 1 ch, *dc in next st, 2dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st; repeat from * two more times, dc in last st, turn

5. Ch 5 (counts as dc an ch 2), sk 3 sts, 3dc in next st, ch 2, sk 3 sts, *dc in next st, ch 2, sk 3 sts, 3dc in next st, ch 2, sk 3 sts; repeat from * two more times, dc in last st, turn

6. Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), sk 2 ch, 2dc in next st, dc in next st, 2dc in next st, ch 1, sk 2 ch, *dc in next st, ch 1, 2dc in next st, dc in next st, 2dc in next st, ch 1, sk 2 ch; repeat from * two more times, dc in last st, turn

7. Ch 3 (counts as dc), sk 1 ch, 2dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, sk 1 ch, *dc in next st, sk 1 ch, 2dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, sk 1 ch; repeat from * tow more times, dc in next st, turn

8. Repeat steps 5-7 until desired length

Tips
  • If using the Modified Pine Trees Stitch with rows of single or double crochet, create at least one row that is a multiple of 8, and then begin with ch 5 or CSDC and ch 2.
  • To replace beginning chain for all rows after Row 1 with CSDC: CSDC, ch 1 for Row 2, and CSDC for Row 3.
  • To work in the round: make a beginning chain or row of stitches that is a multiple of 8. The first ch 3 or CSDC replaces the last dc of the row in the instructions provided above. 😉

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