This set of 6 matching crochet Christmas baubles is a perfect bitesize project to add some handmade touches to your festive decor!
Each bauble is created using the “tapestry crochet” technique. If you are new to crochet colorwork then these baubles are a PERFECT place to start!
Each project can be be completed in less than an hour, and even if you do make a small mistake, it is very easy to start over.
What you will need for these crochet Christmas ornaments
Each of these bauble patterns call for a #4/worsted weight yarn. For my baubles I used WeCrochet Brava Worsted, which is a premium, medium weight acrylic yarn. I would say that this is on the lighter side for a worsted weight yarn.
I used a 4mm (G-6) crochet hook for my baubles (see the explanation below for the choice of such a small hook!)
You will need 6 hard, plastic baubles of approx. 3″ – 3.5” / 7.5cm – 9cm in diameter (approx. 10″ – 11”/ 25.5cm – 28cm in circumference).
My bauble measured about 10″ around, but I think you should be able to fit it around a larger bauble too, especially if your worsted weight yarn is a little thicker than the one that I used.
Alternatively, you can stuff the bauble tightly with polyester fibre filling if you prefer.
The thickness of your yarn, and whether you crochet loosely or tightly, may impact the size of your finished item.
How to crochet these Christmas decorations
Each bauble is crocheted in the round from the bottom up as follows:
- 7 increase rounds
- 6 even rounds
- 6 decrease rounds
If using a plastic bauble insert, you will stop crocheting after Round 14, insert the bauble and work the remaining decrease rounds around the top of it.
For all of the baubles, the first 6 increase rounds will always be worked in the same way, using one color only.
Depending on the particular motif (see each individual pattern for more details), the colorwork section will start at Round 7, 8 or 9.
Finally, the last 6 decrease rounds will be the same for each bauble.
Tapestry Crochet Basics for your Christmas Baubles
Each of these baubles is created using the tapestry crochet technique. And though crochet colorwork may look intimidating, there are really just a few things you need to keep in mind to ensure success!
- Each colorwork round uses 2 strands of yarn:
- The first strand (Color 1) is your “working yarn” i.e. the yarn you are using to create the current stitch.
- The second strand (Color 2) is your “carried yarn.” This strand is carried beneath your stitches (i.e. you work over the strand).
When it is time to change color, you pick up the carried strand and begin working with that until it is time for the next color change!
- Even if you are working a round in a single color (i.e. with NO color changes), you still need to carry a strand of the same color. This is to ensure an even tension across all rounds.
- With tapestry crochet, you will generally use a smaller hook size than you normally would for a particular yarn. The reason for this is to ensure nice, tight stitches, to prevent the carried yarn from peeking through. For example, each of these baubles calls for a #4/worsted weight yarn. Typically, for this yarn weight, you might use a 5mm (H-8) or 5.5mm (I-9) crochet hook. However, for this pattern we use a 4mm (G-6) to give us those neat, snug stitches.
I hope you have taken some inspiration from this set of Christmas crochet patterns.
And if you do make this pattern, then I would love for you to tag me on Instagram – I am @nedandmimi over there. I get a little thrill every single time I see my patterns being used in real life, and I love to share your posts!