Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Christmas Bauble Tutorial.


ch = chain

slst = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

st/s = stitch/es

Sorry I left this out in the original post - I use 8 ply wool (preferably cotton or a bamboo mix) and a 3.5mm hook. Any fibre-fill is fine.

For the bauble.

Round 1. ch 2,

Round 2. 6 sc into the 2nd ch from the hook, join with slst into first sc. (6)

Round 3. *2 sc in each st. *Repeat until end. (12)

Round 4. *1 sc in the next st then 2 sc in following sc. *Repeat until end. (18)

Round 5. *1 sc in following 2 sts then 2 sc in next sc. *Repeat until end. (24)

Round 6. *1sc into the following 3 sts then 2sc into the next st. *Repeat until end. (30)

Round 7. *1sc into the following 4 sts then 2sc into the next st. *Repeat until end. (36)

Rounds 8-12. 1 sc into each st until 5 rounds have been completed.

Round 13. *1sc into the first 5 sts then skip the sixth st. *Repeat until the end of the round.

Round 14. *1sc into the next 4 sts then skip the fifth st. *Repeat until the end of the round.

Round 15. *1sc into each of the next three sts then skip the fourth st. *Repeat until the end of the round.

Round 16. *1sc into each of the next two sts then skip the third sc. *Repeat until end of the round.

Stuff firmly.

Round 17. Repeat round 16.

Round 18 *1sc into every second st. *Repeat until end.

Bind off securely drawing the yarn through the last few stitches with a needle.

For the attachment for which we have decided the name of Toggle.

Round 1. ch 2,

Round 2. 6 sc into the 2nd ch from the hook, join with slst into first sc. (6)

Round 3. *2 sc in each st. *Repeat until end the end of the round. (12)

Rounds 4-5. 1sc into every st until the end of the round.

Bind of securely leaving a long tail of at least 30 cm.

Using the tail, sew the toggle onto the top of the bauble.
After it is attached, draw the thread up through the top of the toggle in preparation for the loop. Pull the thread across the top of the toggle leaving a long loop and then... Draw the needle back through to form a knot and tuck the thread back down into the bauble. Voila!!!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to leave a message in the comment section. I am away from tomorrow for a week in Australia but I will do my best to answer during that time.
Lots of love and good luck,
Kate xxooxx.

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  1. Thank you so much for providing a tutorial. They are lovely baubles that I'd love to add to my Christmas tree. Have a lovely time in Australia. Cheers.

  2. They´re incredible, Kate!
    And your tutorial is great! I´ve linked to it in my last post for all the Brazilian crafters!
    Thanks a lot for sharing so many incredible things during the whole year!

  3. GORGEOUS!! I saw these earlier today and fell in love - now I just have to make some :) :)

  4. Oh sorry - one question, are they "hollow", or did you fill them?

    1. Read instructions starting with abbreviations. They have to be filled.

  5. So adorable! I may have to bookmark this for next year's handmade ornament gifty for my friends!

  6. Thanks for this Kate... so kind of you to share it with us all.. I shall make a few as soon as possible :)x

  7. Hi Kate, What yarn and what size hook do you use? Apologies if it is in the instructions somewhere, but I don't see it :). I assume using a different yarn/hook will give you a different shaped bauble, and I want mine to be as round as yours! I am not so experienced that I can improvise yet.. maybe one day
    Thanks for the tutorial, can't wait to get started

  8. Fantastic, I love them! Thank you for sharing the pattern, there will certainly be a few on my Christmas tree!
    Katie, England

  9. Thank you! I have been looking for a pattern to make these!

    I'd love for you to link up and share:

  10. Thanks so much for sharing this pattern ~ I can't wait to get started! :O)xx

  11. Oh, I am SO happy you've been kind enough to provide a tutorial - I've been trying to make some of these since I saw your first post with them, and just couldn't get it quite right towards the end. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Have a wonderful time in Australia :-D x

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  13. OMG! They are so adorable. I love them. I will have to find a talented someone to do these for me. I must have them. I will follow on my way out so I know my path to your door. I hope you will find the time to come visit my place and do the same. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  14. beatiful!! thank you for tutorial!

  15. Hello!

    I love your blog! A lot of inspiration if you like to crochet. I made the Christmas Baubles this weekend and they turned out lovely.

    You can see me baubles at

    Best regards from Ann in Sweden

  16. Thank you very much for the tutorial. Kisses.

  17. these are so beautiful Kate and look so precious in the box. Next year I am going to try these, I wanted to make some with the little topper but wasn't sure how to do it. And love your gold thread-where did you find it? Is it yarn or embroidery thread? Merry Christmas Kate!

  18. So lovely handwork you have done, Love that it is a little gold on the top of the baubles!!

    Love Anna

  19. Just love those Christmas baubles! I don´t think I have the right patience to do them by my self, but I wrote a post and linked to your blog.
    Wish you a great christmas holiday
    Helena /Sweden

  20. I've found you via the wonderful Lucy of Attic24 and boy am I glad....I just LOVE these baubles! I've also spotted a gorgeous blanket/shawl wrapped around your sons shoulders, bright hexagons joined in white - do you have a tutorial for that? It's beautiful!

    Will drop in again - thanks for sharing your skills :D

  21. Hello! I came across this pattern just love it! I am the editor of and would love to feature your tutorial on my site with full credit to you. I know my readers would love it as well, and in return would generate some nice traffic to your site. If you agree and would like us to feature your project, our readers will simply click the link to your blog to get your full tutorial. It's really that simple. Please let me know if this would be ok. I look forward to hearing from you!

  22. Hi, I was wondering if it would be alright with you if I made some of these to sell? I'm planning to start a little shop on Etsy to sell some crocheted items and I was hoping to include these. I would give you full credit for the pattern of course and also include a link to it. Or whatever you'd prefer. Please let me know what you think! These little baubles are adorable and so clever :)

  23. Round 6/7 - I didn't come up with the same number of stitches. I do one single crochet, move to the next stitch, do 2 sc, and then do 3 in the next one? Repeat? I got tons more than 30. What did I do wrong?


  24. vespalover- I think I can help you out. Do one single crochet in each of the next three stitches then two single crochets in the next stitch then repeat the same again. Hope I have clarified this for you. Good Luck!

  25. Can you please tell me what thread you used for the toggle??
    Thank You!!

  26. I love this pattern! Hopefully I can get a few made in time for Christmas this year. Thank you for sharing!

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  28. Hi there,

    Just started these this afternoon. This pattern is great thank you so much. I was just planning to crochet stars and hearts and some snowflakes for the tree as I've got tonnes of bits of wool that I've been hoarding. Baubles are just amazing though. I can't wait to have them on tree :) thanks again.

    Re xxx

  29. These are awesome. I am going to try this. :)

  30. Hi, Kate!
    My name is Borislava-Bubeto. First of all many thanks for your post and great explanations. I'm from Lesnovo, Bulgaria and I'm having crochet class. Will post your Christmas baubles with my BG translations at our wall on Facebook (Klub-pletene Lesnovo). Hope you don't mind! :) Thanks again

  31. Hi, thanks so much for the tutorial.
    I have made a few baubles for my tree and have blogged them here... Thanks again, Happy Christmas

  32. Het is me gelukt!!

    I am sorry I couldn't send you a photo of it.

    Thank you.


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  34. Very adorable tree baubles! I'm having dificulty locating the thread/floss/yarn that you have used in the toggle. Could you please list the brand name and any other info regarding it, as well as the hook size you used for it. I was planning on making sets of these this year as gifts for family and friends & realy don't want to use plain yellow yarn in replace of the metallic.

  35. Belíssimo trabalho!
    A você e a sua família, um Feliz Natal e um Prospero Ano Novo! Bjs

  36. I am unfirtunately too late this year to crochet those marvellous Christams baubles but I will try them next year for sure!!!Merry Christmas to you :)

  37. Just wondering what "glitter yarn" you used for the toggle... the pattern doesn't say. I'm assuming an embroidery yarn of some kind would work.

  38. How sweet these are! I found this pattern at I am making some to give with my gifts this year.
    Thank you for sharing this!

  39. Ciao, ho trovato il tuo blog per caso,mi è piaciuto così tanto che sono subito diventata tua follower...
    Trovo questo lavoro per Natale molto interessante... se ti fa piacere passa a trovarmi...

  40. Olá, poderia fazer no passo a passo, sou iniciante, e gostaria de aprender, obrigada

  41. Love these - such a classic look! I featured your pattern this morning on Moogly: Thanks for sharing it!

  42. Is the number in brackets a number of stitches or a number of repeats?

  43. Just made 8 baubles yesterday in different colours, I just couldn`t stop:)
    It`s quite early for Christmas, I wonder how they will look like on the tree.
    Now I am just thinking they would look better striped, think I will try it.

  44. Thank you for this tutorial. Which wool to you use for the top?



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