How To Crochet Christmas Decorations
Homemade Christmas decorations are great fun to make, and can also be great gifts. In this step by step guide Bee Clinch, crochet and craft tutor at Makedomenders, shows you how to make crochet baubles.
You Will Need
- 1 crochet hook
- 1 stitch marker
- dressmakers' stuffing
The bauble design is made using a spiral circular crochet method. Set up your hook and yarn with a slipknot, then make 2 chains. In the first chain you made, the second one from the hook, make 6 double crochet.
Make a double crochet into the first stitch of the next round, and mark it with a stitch marker, then make another double crochet into the stitch. Keep going round the circle doing 2 double crochets into each stitch.
Remove the stitch marker, double crochet into it, then replace it. In this round you will increase every second stitch. Stitch 2 double crochet into the second stitch, then 1 into the following stitch, alternating between 1 and 2 stitches until the end of the round.
In the fourth round you are going to be increasing in every third stitch, so will be stitching double crochet in the pattern: 1-1-2-1-1-2... until you reach the end of the round.
Keep increasing the number of stitches at regular intervals until you reach the size bauble you want to make. Do straight rows of double crochet to the depth you want your bauble to be, then start decreasing the number of stitches.
To decrease the stitches, start by marking your first stitch. If you finished increasing on every third stitch, start decreasing on every third stitch. To do this: double crochet the first 2 stitches, then pull up a loop on the third and fourth stitch, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops. Continue decreasing every third stitch until you finish the row.
Keep going round, decreasing in the opposite way to the way you increased the circle. If you like you can do a round without decreases between each round of decrease to give it a more cylindrical shape.
When you have finished the round with a decrease every alternate stitch, stop and place some dressmakers stuffing into the bauble to firm out the ball. Sew the opening closed with the spare yarn.