If you read my first post about designing Christmas tree patterns, you’ll know I got rather sick of them. (This was in the days before I used charts to design my patterns.)

Sorting through some of my other old Christmas Tree patterns, I found this—design IV—and am offering it here as a more traditional looking Christmas Tree. I haven’t tried it with beads yet, but if I do, I’ll add the info and photo(s).

Christmas Tree IV shown with optional stitches

I used this pattern in my Noel Banner, but forgot to take a picture first—it doesn’t show up well in this photo. I didn’t use any of the optional stitches and I liked it better that way.

Christmas Tree IV

For the outline pumpkin it’s OK to use high contrast yarn. I think the Fall Banner will look better with solid-fill patterns than outlines, but this Pumpkin Outline might be useful for other purposes.

The Pumpkin Outline is a more natural pumpkin shape, not uniform from side to side.

Pumpkin Outline — Right Stem

Sample — L1-3: RHS “Tangerine,” L4: YBSS “Olive”

Pumpkin Outline — Left Stem

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For the last pattern in the Fall Banner project, you get to choose the one you like best.

When I first thought up the project idea I had already designed the pumpkin. After I started laying out my squares, however, I realized the pumpkin was the only one that was an outline—rather than a filled-in shape. I thought the outline didn’t look good with the others.

But then I had new problems.

The pumpkin shape tends to show better on the back of the square

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