Christmas has always been my favourite time of year. When I started to crochet earlier this year I knew that I would want to crochet Christmas decorations and baubles. These baubles have the unique pattern given by crocheting through the back loop only. They are also embellished with silver and gold stitching running up the sides, giving a beautiful sparkling effect that makes them twinkle on the tree.
I am fairly new to crochet, and this is the first pattern I have devised myself.
Crochet Christmas Decorations – You Will Need
- Yarn in chosen colours and sizes. If you use a higher weighted yarn, the decorations will be bigger. I used DK, also called 8 ply yarn. For smaller crochet Christmas decorations use thinner yarn, for bigger ones use thicker yarn.
- Crochet hook slightly smaller than the suggested size.
- This is a very tightly crocheted pattern, as we want the yarn to remain taught and not show the stuffing. I used a 3.5 mm hook instead of the recommended 4mm for the yarn I used and this was perfect for my crochet Christmas decorations.
- Silver and gold thread
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch markers.
- Toy stuffing
- Spare needle or safety pin
Crochet Baubles – Method
You can download a PDF version of this free pattern here. The crochet Christmas decorations use predominantly double crochet in the back loop only, known and single crochet in the back loop only in the USA. Below is a table with the abbreviations and conversions you will need to make crochet Christmas decorations in the UK or in the USA. The only thing to remember is that the pattern uses UK terms and so dc means sc if you are in the USA.
|UK Stitches and Abbreviations||USA Stitches and Abbreviations|
|ch – chain||ch – Chain|
|ss – slip stitch||ss – slip stitch|
|dc – double crochet||sc – single crochet|
|dc blo – double crochet back loop||sc blo – single crochet back loop only|
|dc2tog – double crochet 2 together||sc2tog single crochet 2 together|
You will need to crochet in the back loop only for these baubles. This means the hook will pass under the back part of the ‘v’ only. When reducing the size for the end of each ball and crocheting two stitches together, you must crochet the back loop of each ‘v’ together.
Using a Magic Circle
The only other thing that you need to know in order to make these crochet Christmas baubles is how to create a magic circle to begin your work. This is also sometimes called a magic ring. Here is a video from Hello Yellow Yarn showing you how. You should also check out her Etsy shop above as it has some beautiful creations.
Now that you have everything you need to crochet Christmas decorations, you can download the pattern and get started. You could use whatever colours you would like to make your baubles and you can make them in different sizes.
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