Christmas Baubles: FREE PATTERN from Kaleidoscope City

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Hello! Katy here. It feels like I’ve been going on about baubles for ever! I am so so pleased to finally present our free pattern to you.

But first, a little back story…

My crocheted-bauble fascination began a couple of years ago now, when I stumbled across some on Pinterest. I fell head over heels for Little Woollie’s baubles, and in fact that’s what led me to her wonderful blog. I’ve since been inspired by so many of her makes, and I’ve even bought a pattern from her for a gorgeous blanket – this one, if you’re interested. I guess I was too busy at the time to make any… My kids were aged 3 and 1 in 2014 so I’m kind of inclined to blame them.

This time last year, though, I made some granny-stitch style baubles following instructions from Heather at The Patchwork Heart. Here’s her bauble post from two years ago. And here are some of my resulting baubles:

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So cheerful! Like sweets.

I was pretty pleased with these. They were made using whatever cotton I had lying around – mostly Drops, and varying weights. I did find sometimes that they took on a less spherical shape than I’d like, as I experimented with different patterns. Heather’s tutorial is common sense – make a flat circle then work around without increasing, to form the hemisphere shape – but, speaking with some of the attendees of Harbour Crochet, I found that people want specifics. Like, which yarn? Which stitch? How many?

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Lumpy yet lovely. I can relate

I wanted to eliminate any risk of misshapen balls (ha), so this year, when I reignited my frenzied bauble-making, I took some time to refine my own personal pattern a little more. In fact, I trialled like mad, making starbursts and hearts in the centre and all sorts.

Here are a few of my experiments:

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And here’s the pattern I decided was the most reliable, and therefore the one I’ll be presenting for your crocheting pleasure today:

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Behold!

It’s smoother; more predictable than my efforts last year. Plus, I wanted a little more variety in my baubles- more colours! Always! Hopefully, this pattern gives a good even shape, and allows for a veritable cacophony of shades, should you wish to use them.


You’ll need:

  • 3mm hook.
  • Scissors.
  • A darning needle.
  • DK weight cotton yarn; mercerised is good for smoothness and slight shine.I’ve used Drops Muskat in Mint Green; Light Mint; and Coral; and also some gold glitter yarn from B&M. Festive, no?
  • Plastic baubles with a diameter of approx. 5.5 cm. I’ve found these cheap in two places so far: B&M, and Poundland (also UK).The packaging to look out for is a large cylinder, like this:

Unfortunately both packs come with some glittery baubles; and these aren’t so good for crocheting around. These still work out cheapest per usable bauble compared to places like Wilko and Sainsburys; but I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled and updating if I find any better bargains. And if you’re buying from B&M, go for the pink/purple set, as they have the fewest glitter baubles.

I know, that’s a lot of baubles! But there are smaller packs available. These are so addictive, and they make great gifts, so you never know… 30 may not be enough. *innocent shrug*

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Everything is baubles


The crochet skills you’ll need for this project are (in UK terms):

Chain
Slip stitch
Treble crochet stitch
Puff stitch (the sort I’ve used is not standard; but I’ve included a walk-through, with pictures)
Double crochet stitch
Fastening off
Working into back loops only

Before we start: if the thought of all those ends to weave in is giving you the vapours, worry not! I found that in this instance, the path of least resistance works a treat. Just trim them to about 1 inch and ignore them. They won’t budge once everything’s assembled.

Here we go…

 


To begin:

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Chain 4 and slip stitch into the first chain to join into a ring.


Round 1 (Trebles; Light Mint)

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Chain 3 (this counts as your first treble), then work 15tr into the ring and join with a slip stitch*. Fasten off. [16]

* A little note about how I join my rounds when I’ve started with a chain of 2 or 3, which acts as a “substitute stitch”: I don’t bother trying to work out which chain I need to try and wriggle the hook into. I just pop the hook into the gap between the chains and the next stitch. Hopefully the photos below will illustrate what I’m getting at.

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Round 2 (Puffs; Coral)

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The next round uses a smaller variation of the puff stitch. Pick any stitch; and pull through a strand of your new colour.

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Chain 1 to secure.

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Pull the loop currently on your hook a little taller/looser then yarn over; insert your hook into the same stitch; yarn over again; and draw it back through the stitch. (3 loops on hook.) Yarn over again, and draw through another loop in the same way. You should now have 5 loops on your hook.

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Yarn over again, then pull it through all 5 of the pre-existing loops. Now there should be 1 loop on your hook.

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Chain 1.

Then work another of these puff stitches into each of the 15 remaining stitches.

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Keep going! Be sure to chain 1 between each puff stitch, and join with a slip stitch when you complete the round. Fasten off. You should have a round comprising of 16 puff stitches, with a chain space between each one.


 

Round 3 (More Trebles; Gold)

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Insert your hook into any chain space between puff stitches. Chain 3 and work a treble into the same space.

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Work 2 trebles into each remaining chain space. Join the round with a slip stitch and fasten off. [32]


Round 4 (Doubles; Mint Green)

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Join your new colour into any stitch with a slip stitch. Chain 2.

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Work a double crochet stitch into each of the remaining 31 stitches, then join to the start of your round with a slip stitch. Fasten off. [32]


 

Round 5 (Trebles; Light Mint)

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Join your new colour into any stitch with a slip stitch. Chain 3. Work a treble crochet stitch into each of the remaining 31 stitches.

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Join to the start of your round with a slip stitch. Fasten off (but note; if you’re on your second hemisphere: do not snip your yarn just yet!)

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You’ll have noticed your semi-bauble hemisphere taking shape as you progressed. You can even pop it over the bauble to see how it fits at this point! Snug is good.

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Repeat these instructions to make the second half of your bauble; then, on completing your final round, you can immediately begin to slip stitch the two halves together (without breaking your yarn).

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I worked into the back loops only which created this pleasing neatly-stitched join. You can stitch up about 2/3 of the way before popping the bauble in and joining the rest.

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The final tail end on yarn, once you’ve fastened off and snipped, can be woven underneath the layer of crochet using a tapestry needle.

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And voilΓ !

Please, please do get in touch with any queries. This is my first time publishing a pattern online, and if there are any bugs, I’d be grateful to know about them.

And when you’ve had a try at the pattern, please do tag us on Instagram! We wanna see allllllll of the colour combinations.

I hope you enjoy making these Christmas baubles as much as I do!

Off for a well-deserved festive hot chocolate now. Well, it is Christmas next month…

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9 thoughts on “Christmas Baubles: FREE PATTERN from Kaleidoscope City

  1. Julie says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your design, I love all your colourful baubles and have never tried crocheting like this as I have only tried a trellis style crochet around the bauble. If your looking for baubles keep a look at B&Q as I picked up some great bargains in the sale of white plastic baubles a pack of 9 for Β£1 so no glitter to deal with. : )

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  2. Jenni Jelly Carter says:

    Thank you for providing such easy to follow instructions and pictures πŸ™‚ I’ve made my first bauble this evening and can’t wait to make more! I found a box of 12 red baubles (none of which are glittery!) in Poundland and their sparkly yarn looks lovely with this pattern.

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  3. Kerridwen Niner says:

    Hi, I’ve just had a go at making one of these but only had a 3.5 hook and stuffed it rather than using a bauble. I love how it turned out except that it’s too big so will have to try and get a smaller hook or reduce the rounds but thanks for the pattern πŸ™‚

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