Tree cozyYes, you read the title correctly! Someone has crocheted a sweater for a tree. The art project, by Carol Hummel, is entitled Tree Cozy and is symbolizing femininity and comfort covering the masculine tree. It was made in 2005 and was up for display until the summer this year in Cleveland Heights in Ohio, USA.

I think this idea is wonderful (and a bit wacky)! Wouldn’t you stop, take a closer look and wondering what hell was going on here if you came across a clothed tree?

I planted a cherry tree this summer and have been worrying if it would be surviving the harsh winters here up in Northern Norway. Maybe a tree sweater is the solution 😉

Every knitter I’ve met has a big stack of left-over yarn. Now you know what to do with all that yarn, warm all those cold trees!

Tree cozy

You can read more about Tree Cozy over on Carl Hummels project page.
Thanks to Dabbler for letting me use his pictures of the tree sweater.

31 Responses to “Pictures of crazy crocheted tree sweater – Art project by Carol Hummel”

  1. 1Ann Choate on Dec 10, 2007 at 3:28 pm:

    How beautiful to see a knitted tree in the months when the leaves are down! What an amazing project. I’m working on my first Dale Norwegien sweater without patterns on the sleeves to start. It’s in med gray with dark red accent and black pattern accross the chest. I hope to have a picture before the end of winter. I also have a pair of socks I am perpetually knitting for myself and not getting done, two pairs now. With the temps dropping into the -0 F I may have the motivation to knit them up after the Holiday rush. Thanks for a site about knitting, my favorite subject.

  2. 2Tony Lewis on Dec 10, 2007 at 10:26 pm:

    Hi all,
    I know absolutely nothing about knitting but my mum has knitted all her life, and crochet all her life too, she made all of our jumpers and sold many during the years. I’ve never seen or heard of anything like this though, would definitely make you look twice.
    I think with people getting knitted sweaters for their pets in winter, why not with trees, some people say plants have feelings too, as long as it’s not damaging I say go for it.

    By the way, one of my sons wants to learn how to knit, he is 14 but none of us know anyone who knits, my mum sent him some knitting needles from england but that’s as far as he’s got. Can you recommend a good book, preferably with diagrams? Would appreciate it.


  3. 3Thomas on Dec 11, 2007 at 2:35 am:

    @ Ann: Thanks for the comment.
    I would love to knit a sweater! Isn’t it expensive to buy all that yarn?

    @ Tony: Thanks for swinging by 🙂
    Have never read a knitting book so I can’t recommend any, sorry. Best thing is to learn in person. Don’t they learn things like this in school?

  4. 4Tony Lewis on Dec 11, 2007 at 5:01 am:

    Hi all,
    Apparently my son took this specific class (an elective) because it was sewing,knitting and cooking spread over the year. He put up with some bullying throughout the cooking lessons (being one of only two boys in the class) just so he could eventually get to the knitting and sewing. Long story short the teacher only teaches cooking and sewing as she knows nothing about knitting so he’s now in a class he doesn’t really want to be in and is stuck with it.
    That’s why i’m now trying to find something that will teach him, I can’t believe we can’t even find anyone in our street that knows how to knit, it must be a dying trade/hobby, which is why when I found your blog I had to ask.
    My mum tries to explain in an email but he can’t get it, neither can I, I think we are both hands on people, if shown we can do it, try to explain and it’s like talking to a wall,lol
    I’ll keep looking in the bookstores for him, thanks.


  5. 5Thomas the Knitter on Dec 11, 2007 at 6:07 pm:

    Tony: Not always easy to be a kid 😐
    I made a new post on how to get started with knitting. Hope it helps 🙂

  6. 6Shirley on Dec 21, 2007 at 6:20 am:

    Wow! That’s really cool! Incredible and awesome… Tree Cozy… who knew?

  7. 7Christine Vyrnon on Dec 25, 2007 at 10:03 pm:

    love love love this one!!!

    meanwhile… i’m turning the heal on a pair of lowly socks.

  8. 8Christine Vyrnon on Dec 25, 2007 at 10:04 pm:


  9. 9Farra on Dec 27, 2007 at 2:20 am:

    hi there… i’ve never expected to see sumthin like this… knitting the cold trees? that was the ridiculous idea i’ve ever heard but to be honest… it is the real art…

  10. 102sweetnsaxy on Dec 30, 2007 at 4:38 pm:

    I had to Stumble this one. I’m still sitting here with my head tilted wondering how they heck they got this thing on the tree. Did they crochet around the tree and every branch and if so, how did they get to the ones so high up?

  11. 11Thomas the Knitter on Dec 31, 2007 at 4:46 pm:

    2sweetnsaxy: Hehe, good question! Maybe she stitched pieces together?
    Thanks for the stumble 🙂

  12. 12Bubbles on Jan 4, 2008 at 3:36 pm:

    That a real pretty tree!
    Thanks for sharing

  13. 13Tokio on Jan 6, 2008 at 5:59 am:

    Okay, now that is cool. What a neat thing to do~

  14. 14Juan on Jan 6, 2008 at 11:29 am:

    I came across a project of similar nature:

    Very cool idea. You two should maybe get in touch.

  15. 15Chris M on Jan 7, 2008 at 12:54 am:

    WOW! Those are stunning, good one bud!

  16. 16Gian Paolo on Jan 13, 2008 at 5:13 pm:

    Whoa. It really must take so much patience just to finish one of those…

  17. 17Becky on Jan 13, 2008 at 6:32 pm:

    Wow what a beautiful idea! I am blown away by how it must have been done. They are lovely…….do you have to get stay up in the tree while your’re crocheting? You have a great blog here and since I do knit, I will be back. You make lovely socks.


  18. 18BioTecK on Jan 17, 2008 at 9:35 pm:

    Damn.. that’s really cool!! 😀

  19. 19peterahon on Jan 18, 2008 at 2:14 pm:

    fantastic, very creative!

  20. 20Angelika on Jan 20, 2008 at 3:14 am:

    That is crazy cool!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂

  21. 21Helene on Jan 27, 2008 at 9:53 pm:

    Ah that is so neat imagine a whole park filled with clothed trees… colored trees straight out of fantasy. Bu I wonder how did they put it on the tree???

  22. 22Snitterdog on Jan 30, 2008 at 5:30 am:

    I like the idea of a male knitter 🙂

  23. 23Gerri on Feb 12, 2008 at 7:05 am:

    This is one of the best things I’ve seen all day. Fantastic. I would have never have thought a tree would need a sweater, but it sure does look pretty.

  24. 24VintageGent on Feb 20, 2008 at 7:30 pm:

    For myself, I would worry about what unsuspecting caterpillar who had been in his/her cocoon would do if suddenly they found themselves “knitted in” when they emerged….

  25. 25. on Mar 3, 2008 at 10:22 pm:

    Although encasing a tree in yarn isn’t good for it, you did an excellent job.

  26. 26Carol Hummel on Mar 7, 2008 at 9:37 pm:

    Just came across my Tree Cozy on your site with all the nice comments. Thanks for sharing my artwork! Check out my website… I’ve most recently been crocheting “viruses” oozing out of mountains, out of abandoned buildings, over ammo bunkers… as well as crocheting “doilies” around artifacts abandoned in the desert

  27. 27Kyrakai on Jun 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm:

    And here I had thought it had been photo shopped. Now I know what to do with all the yarn that everyone insists that I simply must have.

  28. 28zGreenDaveyzk on Nov 29, 2012 at 5:48 am:

    Hey! I really like your website. I like this post. I hope you don’t mind when I post it to my Mr Wong bookmarks.

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