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Free Crochet Pattern for Christmas Tree Baubles.

Christmas, Crochet, Holiday crafts, tutorial  |  December 20th 2010  |  0 Comment

Pic 27 fasten off embroidery thread

Free Crochet Pattern for Christmas Tree Baubles.

Crochet Christmas ornament tutorial

Crocheting the bauble.

When you start an Amigurumi style pattern, you can use what’s called a ‘magic loop’ but it’s another thing that can put people off amigurumi, so on this pattern I’m beginning in the traditional way where you make a loop and do 2 chain, try to make the first chain stitch quite loose.

Round one

Into the second chain from the hook, do 6 single crochet stitches (6sc)

Pic 3 6 sc into 2nd ch from hook

Round two

Do 2 single crochet stitches (2sc) into each of the single crochet stitches below….

Pic 4 2 sc into first sc of round below

You need to count and make sure you have 12 stitches in round two. (12)
Pic 5 2 sc into each st of round below
You can begin to see the crochet ‘spiralling’. Now you need to add a stitch marker. The best way I’ve found is to use a contrasting piece of thick thread in the LAST stitch of the round. This is because if you make a mistake or get lost in the pattern, you can rip the work back to the stitch marker, knowing the work was correct up to that place and then you can begin the round again.

Pic 6 add a stitch marker
Pic 7 stitch marker shows last (12th) stitch of Rnd 2

Round three

Do 2 single crochet (2sc) into the first stitch, then 1 single crochet in the next stitch…

Pic 8 round three start
Repeat another 5 times to give you 18 stitches. Notice how you must actually crochet INTO the stitch which has the stitch marker in it…

Pic 9 round 3 showing stitch marker ready to be moved

Count the stitches to check you have 18, then move your stitch marker. (18)

Pic 10 round 3 complete showing stitch marker ready for round 4

Round four

Do 2 single crochet (2sc) into the first stitch, then 1 single crochet into each of the next two single crochet stitches on the round below. Repeat another five times (so you did that 6 times altogether). Count to make sure you have 24 stitches then move your stitch marker. (24)

Pic 11 Round 4 complete

Rounds five to nine

Do 1 sc into each stitch around. Count 24 sc stitches then add your stitch marker into the 24th stitch. Rounds 6 to 9 are the same. I usually make a mark with a pen on some scrap paper every time I’ve done a round and moved my stitch marker. It’s easy to forget which round you are on if you don’t keep track.

Pic 12 round nine complete

Round ten

Now it’s time to decrease.

‘Single crochet decrease’ by crocheting two stitches together. Insert the hook into just the front loops of the first two sc stitches below…

Pic 13 Round Ten start

… then do 2sc. Repeat another five times to give you 18 stitches. (18)

Round eleven

Do 1sc then single crochet decrease (by crocheting two stitches together, see previous photo). Repeat five times to give you 12 stitches. (12)

Stuff the bauble firmly with toy stuffing.

Pic 14 Round eleven complete and stuffing
Round twelve

Single crochet decrease all the way around (a total of six times) to give you 6sc stitches. (6)

Measure about 1 metre of yarn and snip off. Pass the cut end through the last stitch and pull it firmly.

Pic 15 fasten off crochet bauble
Thread a darning needle onto the yarn and make one small neat stitch on the top of the bauble…

Pic 16 darning needle stitch
Then push the darning needle right through the bauble…

Pic 17 push darning needle through bauble

PART TWO crocheting the ‘hanging loop’ on the bauble

Wrap the yarn around the tip of your little finger…

Pic 18 yarn around finger

Insert the crochet hook through the loop you made around your little finger, catch the yarn and pull it through…

Pic 19 pull yarn through loop

Pic 20 yarn has been pulled through

Put the yarn over the hook and pull through. Pull this stitch tight and push it down towards the bauble so that it’s touching the bauble and there isn’t a big gap…

Pic 21 ready to sc around the hanging loop

Then single crochet around the ‘hanging loop’ …

Pic 22 sc around hanging loop

Fasten-off by passing the yarn through the last stitch. Pull the end tight and thread a darning needle on the yarn.

 

Push the needle down through the bauble and out the base. Make a few small stitches and fasten off. Thread the cut end up into the bauble.

 

PART THREE Decorating the bauble

Choose some embroidery thread and a needle that will fit through your beads. Insert the needle up through the base of the bauble and out where you want the sequins and beads to go.

 

[The needle is a bit high on the photo above.. it needs to be one row down.]

Pic 26 decorating the bauble

To fasten off tie the two ends together at the base of the bauble. Thread the loose ends up into the bauble.

Pic 27 fasten off embroidery thread

There are many different ways to decorate the baubles. I tried ric-rac and beads, different sequins with beads and used mini-dots to add some bling! You can also crochet stripes on the baubles (during rounds 5 to 9).

Read more: http://6ichthusfish.typepad.com/6ichthusfish/2009/11/free-crochet-pattern-for-christmas-tree-baubles.html


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