Monday, July 18, 2016

Lil' Oak ~ The Hiding Tree

Lil' Oak ~ The Hiding Tree,

I designed this tree to go with my latest free patterns, Lil' Trouble Teddy and the Tiny Squirrel. The tree can hide 4 little bears and squirrels inside, then pull on the strings and close up the top of the tree. All the little friends are safe and sound inside!
I also designed pouches in the leaves that will hold the little bears and squirrel in, like a nest, they can sit up in the tree and look around. If you use brown for that part it will look like a nest!

  • Lil' Oak Hiding Tree ~ Scroll down this page
  • Lil' Trouble Teddy (includes, koala, bear and frog) ~ click here
  • Ace, The Tiny Squirrel ~ click here
  • Stinky, The Tiny Skunk ~ click here
  • Sly the Lil' Fox ~ click here
  • Nugget the Lil' Owl ~ click here
  • Lil' Acorn ~ to be added
All the patterns in this series come with full video tutorials as well as written patterns.

This is a free pattern for all to enjoy. You'll find a print option at the bottom of the pattern.  If you would like to leave a donation please do so by using the donation button also located at the bottom of this pattern. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and do help me to keep on providing free patterns.

Thank you so much and enjoy!

Red Heart Comfort yarn Mocha 3191 for the trunk and Emerald 3233 for the leaves
4.25mm OR a 4.5mm hook
blunt end yarn needle for sewing

1 plastic mesh canvas * the tree will stand without out it. The plastic mesh

keeps it from being so squishy


st = stitch
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch

hdc = half double crochet

dc = double crochet
BLO = back loops only
FLO = front loops only

f/o = finish off

*There is a full video tutorial for this tree. It is in two parts. See part one for the tree trunk and the base (pouch part) of the leaves. I show each row,
1-22, in part one of  the video. Skip over what you don't need.
Tree Trunk: with brown

1) loop with 6hdc (6)
2) 2hdc in each (12) *add a marker in last st of this row and move marker at the end of
each row
3) 2hdc in each st (24)
4) 1hdc in next 3st then 2hdc in the next st (30)
5) 1sc in the BLO for 1 row
*optional: cut a circle from the plastic mesh canvas and sew it to the bottom of the trunk. OR glue in a piece of cardboard. Make sure it fits inside with the edge of the last row up and around it so you can carry on with crochet without any troubles getting into the stitches.
6-9) 1hdc in each st for 4 rows
10) sl st next 6st then ch1 and 1hdc to the end of  row (31)
11) ch8 then 1hdc into the 8th st from the start of the ch, then 1hdc to end of row (32)
12) (1sc in next 2st then 2tog, repeat 2 times) then 1hdc to the end of the row (30)
* do not worry if you are out a stitch or 2 after this row. The final stitch count will not affect the final outcome of the tree.
13) 1sc in each st for 1 row
14) 1sc in the FLO for 1 row

15) switch to green in first st then 1sc in same st, then 2sc in each st to end of row (60)
16-19) 1hdc in the BLO for 4 rows
20-21) 1dc in the BLO for 2 rows
22) 1dc in every 2nd BLO for 1 row
f/o and weave in yarn tail
Next ch65 with green and f/o leaving a bit of a yarn tail to work with. Weave chain in and out of  row 22. Tie yarn  tail ends together, add a bit of glue to the knot to keep it from unraveling. Cut yarn tails up shorter.

READ: ~> *Part two of the video covers the rest of the written pattern in the following order. We add the leaves first. We crochet the branches after that and add leaves to the larger branches. Then I show you two methods of adding bark. Bark is optional. We sew the branches in place and then I show you how to add in the leave nests (pouches in the leaves  that will hold the teddy bears)


There are lines made up of loops going in a spiral to the top of the tree. Skipping the first row of loops, insert green yarn into the beginning loop of row 17, ch3 and 1sc into next loop, repeat this around and around until you reach the end of the  spiral .This will take some time, take breaks when you need them! Please view part two of the video tutorial if you need help. How to add the leaves is at the beginning of that video.

Branches: there's 3 sizes. You don't need to make all 3 if you don't want to. Feel free to play around with the number of branches and also the length of them. If the branch goes on the outside of the leaves, add a few leaves to the top of the branch before sewing it to the tree. Add leaves by inserting the hook at the tip of the branch, ch3 and sc into the next space, once you reach across, so one half of the tip has leaves, ch3 and turn, repeat across. Do this on one side, the other side will be sewn to the tree. The shorter branches can be sewn to look like they are going up into the tree and don't need any leaves added. Again, I show this in part two of the video tutorial.

1) ch 13
2) starting in the 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in next 6ch, 1hdc in last 6ch (12) ch2 and turn
3) skip ch, 1hdc in next 6st, 1sc in last 6st (12) ch1 and turn
4) skip ch, 1sc in next 6st, 1hdc last 6st (12) ch2 and turn
5) skip ch, 1hdc in next 6st, 1sc in next 6st  (12)
f/o leaving a long tail fore sewing. Roll tight and sew edge to keep it together.


1) ch9
2) starting in the 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in next 4ch, 1hdc in last 4ch (8) ch2 and turn
3) skip ch, 1hdc in next 4st, 1sc in last 4st (8) ch1 and turn
4) skip ch, 1sc in next 4st, 1hdc last 4st (8) ch2 and turn
f/o leaving a long tail fore sewing. Roll tight and sew edge to keep it together.

1) ch 5
2) starting in the 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in next 2ch, 1hdc in last 2ch (4) ch2 and turn
3) skip ch, 1hdc in next 2st, 1sc in last 2st (4) ch1 and turn
4) skip ch, 1sc in next 2st, 1hdc last 2st (4) ch2 and turn
f/o leaving a long tail fore sewing. Roll and sew edge to keep it together.

Extra Bark:
There's 2 different ways to add texture to the exterior of the tree trunk. I show both in the video.
Method 1 is using
sc and hdc along the surface. Insert the hook anywhere and add any design you desire. You can use straight or curvy lines and also go over the lines you put in with more sc or hdc. Play around with it, there's really no wrong way to do this.
Method 2 is to make a large branch piece. Do not roll it, instead pinch the middle together and weave in and out along the part you pinched together. Once you weave to the other end, pull the yarn tail to make the bark bunch up a bit. Sew that piece, the narrow end towards the top, to the trunk of the tree.

 There's no real right and wrong way to assemble. It's just what is easiest for you. If you plan to add on bark using method 1, you might find it easier to do that before you put the branches on. I show how to sew the pieces together in the video, please view that for helpful tips. Again, adding bark is optional. I like the extra details but it's totally not necessary!
The tiny leaves hanging off the branches: ch2 and sl st the 2nd ch from the hook. f/o and sew to branch.

And now you're done. I hope you enjoyed the pattern Post pictures on my facebook page Amigurumi Freely. Or post them on instagram with the hashtag Sharon_Ojala.

  Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and help keep the patterns free. If you do give a donation, please accept this note as my sincere thanks and know that you have helped a great deal.
Many Blessings to you!

Copyright 2016 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved 
 You may sell finished products. Do not reprint this pattern. If you'd like to share this pattern please link back to it. 


  1. Beautiful tree. Here they can play hide without being found. He seems to me a bit like a magic tree. Lol lol ... my imagination already runs away ... Successful tree!

  2. Do you speak finnish? :)

    1. no I don't but I SO wish I did. I was raised in Canada and my parents spoke English at home. So sad about that. One day I hope to learn though!

  3. It's a really fantastic tree!Thank you to share the pattern!

  4. This hiding tree is a funny tree to play with. Thanks, Margaret

  5. This is the cutest little thing I've seen forever. What a wonderful imagination you have. So creative. Good work and thank-you so much for sharing it with us all. God Bless you.

  6. I thought I left a comment but I'm not sure if it went through so I'm making sure by doing it again because I want to make sure you get it. I want to tell you just how clever this little tree is. You are a very talented young lady. This is THE most cutest and cleverest little thingy I've seen in a long long time may be EVER and I'm a designer of gift items retired. Did it professionally. I've been crocheting for soooooo many year's. My mother taught me. I'm 73 so my dear I just wanted you to know that this item shows a very creative and talented young lady. Your little animals are just darling. Thang you for sharing your talent with us all. God has blessed you with a wonderful talent.

  7. Hi Sharon, I have a question I'm hoping you can answer for me. I am unable to upload a printable pdf file to blogger. I was able to in the past, now I just can't seem to figure it out. (?)

    1. sorry, I have no idea. I don't upload pdf to this blog. In the past I used google drive then provided a link to the pdf here on my blog.

      I wish I had a better answer for you!

  8. Hi Sharon. First I want to say I love your work! It's so amazing! My question is... What yarn can I use if I don't have the opportunity to use the red heart yarn you are using?

    1. Thank you so much :)

      I would just suggest finding a yarn similar in weight or something close to it. Well, any yarn will work but to get it this size then use a 10ply (or close) and the hook size I suggest. You can also double the yarn strands if you only have a light weight yarn on hand.

      Hope that helps!

  9. This pattern is amazing. Very unique, thanks for sharing!

  10. amazing. no words to say. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  11. This couldn't be more perfect! My sister is having twins soon, and has decided on a Woodland Creatures theme for the nursery! So this will fit wonderfully :-)
    Are you still planning on releasing the little Acorn too? Would love to add that before I give these to her.
    Thanks for the fab patterns :-)


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