Tree Thangs

Tree Thangs are very simple to make. You can crochet one up in a day easily. Beware however – once you make one they have a tendency to multiply 🙂

A photo of three crochet toys called Tree Thangs, which are basically long tree like toys with floppy hands and feet, leafy hair and round faces with two brown eyes and no nose or mouth. In this photo is a very large copper coloured Tree Thang with its hands on tow smaller ones about a third of its size which are caramel and light brown colours


Note that the materials and colours in this pattern are for the two small Tree Thangs only.

  • Approximately 32 g of Brown, and about 3-4 g of Green (using DK yarn)
  • 4 mm crochet hook (if using DK yarn)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch marker
  • 2 x 10 mm brown toy safety eyes
  • Fibrefill toy stuffing


Used for Body, Face, Arms and Feet –

Small Tree Thang One :

Stylecraft Special DK -1064 – Mocha

Small Tree Thang Two:

Stylecraft Special DK – 1709 – Gold


Used for Leafy Hair –

Small Tree Thang One : Stylecraft Special DK – 1116 – Green

Small Tree Thang Two : Hayfield Bonus DK – 0825 – Grass

Skill Level

Easy. You will need to be able to make single crochet [sc] (UK = dc) stitches, to crochet in the round using the amigurumi method and to increase and decrease. In order to make the Tree Thang hair you will need to be able to crochet half double [hdc] (UK = htr) stitches.


Please note that I am using US crochet terms throughout. I am actually British, but I find the US terms more intuitive. Measurements are metric however.

sc – single crochet (UK = dc)

hdc – half double crochet (UK = htr)

sl – slip stitch

ch – chain

mr – magic ring

st – stitch

inc – increase by 2 st (2 stitches into the same stitch from previous row)

dec – decrease over 2 st (1 stitch across 2 stitches from previous row)

start(x) – Either mr (x sc in mr) or ch 2, x sc in 2nd chain from hook – whatever you like best [I am personally not a fan of mr and just stick to the ch 2 method]

(x) – x = number of stitches at end of round

Y/O – Yarn Over

F/O – Fasten Off


Note: to create the large Tree Thang in the photo above you follow the same pattern, but use a lot more yarn and much larger eyes. He was created using the extreme crochet method, which is basically sizing up a normal pattern using a larger hook (12 mm in this case) and either much bulkier yarn, or in my case, three strands of DK yarn held together.

Body (with Brown)

Round 1: start(6)

Round 2: inc around (12)

Round 3: (1 sc; inc) * – repeat * around (18)

Round 4: (2 sc; inc) * – repeat * around (24)

Round 5: (3 sc; inc) * – repeat * around (30)

Rounds 6-42: 30 sc around

Round 43: (3 sc, dec)* – repeat * around(24)

Round 44: (2 sc, dec)* – repeat * around(18)

Stuff body firmly, but not so firm that the stuffing shows through the stitches. F/O. Leave a long tail for sewing

Face (with Brown)

Round 1: start(6)

Round 2: inc around (12)

Round 3: (1sc; inc) * – repeat * around (18)

Round 4: (2 sc; inc) * – repeat * around (24)

Round 5: (3 sc; inc) * – repeat * around (30)

Round 6: 30 sc around

F/O. Leave a long tail for sewing

Arms (with Brown, make 2)

Round 1: start(6)

Round 2: inc around (12)

Rounds 3-4: 12 sc around

Round 5: (1 sc, dec)* -repeat around(8)

Round 6: (2 sc,dec)* -repeat around(6)

Rounds 7-22: 6 sc around

F/O. Leave a long tail for sewing. Note: arms are not stuffed

Feet (with Brown, make 2)

Round 1: start(6)

Rounds 2-3: 6 sc around

Round 4: inc around (12)

Round 5-6: 12 sc around

Start stuffing the foot at this point. The foot is only stuffed very lightly

Round 7: (1 sc, dec)* -repeat * around(8)

Rounds 8-15: 8 sc around

F/O. Leave a long tail for sewing

Leafy Hair (with Green, make 10-12)

Ch 10; hdc in second chain from hook; hdc to end (9 hdc); hdc 9 up opposite side. End with a sl st.

F/O. Leave a long tail for sewing


A photo of two of the smaller Tree Thangs with their arms around one another. The dark brown is on the left and the lighter brown one on the right.

1. Sew the body closed across the top

2. Attach leafy hair around the top of the body. The leaves have a tendency to curl naturally so you should end up with a mop of leafy hair

3. Attach the face to the front of the body as shown, adding the safety eyes to the top about 2 rows in. Stretch the face out a bit while sewing so that it has more of an oval shape. Stuff the face lightly before closing the sewing

4. Sew arms to the body near the bottom of the face

5. Sew feet under body

That’s it, you now have a Tree Thang!

I’ve kept mine to the brown and green theme of trees mainly, but you could use any colours you like to make them. How about a Winter Tree Thang for the festive season?

A photo of a crochet Tree Thang in Christmas attire. His body is dark pudding brown with a white patch near the right eye. His hair is Christmas green and white and his legs are white. He is wearing a red scarf with a red and white fringe.

The Legal Stuff

Copyright 2017 – Cazimodo Creative by Caz Thomson. I am very happy for you to make and also sell items using this pattern, but please don’t sell or otherwise distribute the pattern itself. Please try and credit me with a link to the pattern if you do sell your finished item online.

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