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Hello there! I hope you’re having a superb start to the week. Can you believe it? Christmas is less than 7 days away. This year our family Christmas party will be held at our house so we’ve been very busy cleaning and decorating.  It definitely feels very festive now and my children are very excited.

While Chrismas is only days away, I couldn’t help but add a personal touch to our tree. I’ve been seeing a lot of baubles on my Instagram feed of late and I really wanted to make my own as well. These baubles are very simple but I’m quite pleased with how they turned out. They’re very easy to make and I whipped up 4 baubles in a few hours. Next year, I plan to make a whole bunch of these to replace all the baubles on our tree!

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Here’s the pattern if you’d like to make your own bauble too.

You will need:
3.5mm and 4.5mm crochet hook
8ply yarn in 2 different colours (main colour and contrast colour)
toy stuffing
yarn needle
scissors
hot glue
cotton string

Abbreviations (US Crochet Terms)
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
inc – increase (2 sc in one stitch)
dec – decrease (sc 2 together)
sl st – slip stitch
BLO – back loops only
rep – repeat

Pattern notes:

  • You’ll need to know how to make a magic ring/circle.
  • You will be crocheting in spirals.
  • When decreasing, I used the invisible decrease technique – if you’re not familiar with this decrease, a regular single crochet decrease is perfectly fine to do.

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BAUBLE (use main colour and 4.5mm hook)
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: Inc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: Sc 1, inc; rep 6 times (18)
Rnd 4: Sc 2, inc; rep 6 times (24)
Rnd 5: Sc 3, inc; rep 6 times (30)
Rnd 6: Sc 4, inc; rep 6 times (36)
Rnds 7 – 12: Sc around (36)
Rnd 13: Sc 4, dec; rep 6 times (30)
Rnd 14: Sc 3, dec; rep 6 times (24)
Rnd 15: Sc 2, dec; rep 6 times (18)
Stuff bauble firmly with toy stuffing.
Rnd 16: Sc 1, dec; rep 6 times (12)
Rnd 17: Dec 6 times (6)
Continue to stuff firmly. You may need to use the end of a pencil or crochet hook to push stuffing inside.
Fasten off and leave a long tail (about 10 inches). To close the bauble, use a yarn needle and weave the tail end through all 6 stitches in the front loops only then pull tail end carefully. Weave in and hide tail end in the bauble. Click here to see how to perfectly close an amigurumi.

CAP (use contrast colour and 3.5mm hook)
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: Inc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: Sc around BLO (12)
Rnd 4: Sc around (12)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

STAR MOTIF (use contrast colour and 3.5mm hook)
Rnd 1: 10 hdc in magic ring. Sl st to 1st hdc to join.
Rnd 2: Ch 1. In same space as ch 1, make (sl st, sc, hdc, dc, ch 2).  In next stitch, make (dc, hdc, sc, sl st). *In next stitch make (sl st, sc, hdc, dc, ch 2). In next stitch, make (dc, hdc, sc, sl st)**. Repeat from * to ** 3 more times.
Fasten off by joining to ch 1 made at the beginning of Rnd 2. Hide tails at the back of the star and trim off excess yarn.

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ASSEMBLY

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1. Using the long tail end from the cap, sew the cap on top of the bauble.  Lightly fill with stuffing halfway through then continue to sew close. Weave in and hide yarn tail.

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2. Carefully attach the star to the front of the bauble using hot glue.

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3. Thread a cotton string through the top of the cap to hang on your tree.

And it’s done! Make as many as you like in your favourite colours! I decided to use traditional Christmas colours because they’re nice and bright and of course, to keep with the festive theme.

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If you make these baubles, I would love to see them – post a picture on instagram and tag me @maryjcarlos (or #helloyellowyarn) or post on my Facebook page.

This will be my last post this year and I will be back blogging and posting in 2017 with loads of new patterns.  Before I go,  I would like to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

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Until then, happy crocheting!

xoxo
MJ

 

© 2016 MJ Carlos. Please do not copy, sell, alter or re-distribute this pattern in any form. If you would like to share this pattern, please link back to this post. Finished item using this pattern can be sold, I ask that you please give credit to me for the pattern and design. Images from this pattern (digital & print) are not to be used when selling the finished item.

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3 thoughts on “Crochet Christmas Baubles – Free Pattern

  1. Lovely Baubles , next year I will make lots and replace our old shop bought one’s
    Thank you and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas x

    Sent from Samsung tablet

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