slst = slip stitch
ch = chain stitch
sc = single crochet stitch
hdc = half double crochet stitch
dc = double crochet stitch
x = repeat instruction as many times as given with the x
°.° = stitches between ° and ° have to be worked all into the same stitch
Make a foundation chain of 20 ch.
Crochet along the chain, starting in the 3rd ch from hook:
°dc 2° 2x, °dc 3° 4x, °dc 3 + ch 2 + slst 1 + ch 2° 7x, °dc 3°, °dc 1 + hdc 1 + sc 1 + slst 1°
Ch 1, cut the yarn, pull the end through the last st completely and tighten down the ch stitch to finish off.
Even though the cone curls up naturally (especially its bottom part), you have to pull the upper dc stitches into shape. Next, arrange the scales evenly along the spiral, so that they are staggered one above the other. Push and squeeze a bit to bring the cone into the right shape.
Thread a needle with the remaining yarn end and run it top down through the cone. Cut off the length at the bottom. The remaining yarn tail from the beginning can be cut off, or used to tie the cone onto a branch, or on top of a gift