CRO­CHET BAUBLES

Whip up some last-minute Christmas magic with Char­lotte Gray’s cro­chet baubles

Mollie Makes - - Contents -

Com­bine pas­tels and sparkles in these last-minute Christmas makes

What­ever vibe you’re go­ing for with your tree this year, there’s al­ways room to squeeze in a bit more sparkle, right?

These pas­tel baubles are quick and easy to cro­chet – also handy if you’re af­ter a last-minute gift idea, like for the friend you weren’t ex­pect­ing a present from.

We reckon this trio would also be lovely for those cel­e­brat­ing their first Christmas in a new home. Or, you could start a new tra­di­tion of giv­ing hand­made dec­o­ra­tions each year, per­son­al­is­ing baubles with your pals’ favourite colours for ex­tra brownie points.

In­struc­tions

To make each bauble, two hemi­spheres are cro­cheted to­gether around the poly­styrene ball. Each round is com­pleted with a slip stitch and fas­tened off. Make the process eas­ier by cro­chet­ing

over the yarn ends in the pre­vi­ous round to avoid hav­ing to sew them all in at the end.

Bauble hemi­sphere (make 2)

Round 1 us­ing Yarn E, start with a magic ring, ch4 (counts as 1dtr), 11dtr into the magic ring, pull the ring closed, ss to the 4th ch from the start to join [12sts] Break yarn and fas­ten off Round 2 at­tach Yarn A in be­tween any dtr stitch of the pre­vi­ous round. Work this round into the spaces be­tween dtr from Round 1, ch3, 2-tr clus­ter into same space, ch1, (3-tr clus­ter in next space, ch1) 11 times, ss to 3rd ch from start to join [12 3-tr clus­ters and 1ch-sps] Break yarn and fas­ten off Round 3 at­tach Yarn B in any 1ch-sp, ch3 (counts as 1tr), 2tr into the same 1ch-sp, (3tr into next 1chsp) 11 times, ss to the 3rd ch from the start to join [36tr] Break yarn and fas­ten off Round 4 at­tach Yarn A in any st. Ch3 (counts as 1tr), 1tr into each st around, ss to 3rd ch from start to join. Break yarn and fas­ten off Round 5 at­tach Yarn B in any st, ch2 (counts as 1htr), 1htr into each stitch around, ss to 2nd ch from the start to join. Break yarn and fas­ten off

Fin­ish­ing

At­tach Yarn E to any st on the last round of one hemi­sphere. Place the two hemi­spheres to­gether, last rounds touch­ing, and join them by work­ing through the sts on the last round of both hemi­spheres. Ch2 (counts as 1htr), then work 1htr through both sets of sts all around. Half­way around, in­sert the poly­styrene ball and con­tinue. Ss to 2nd ch from start to join. Break yarn and fas­ten off, leav­ing a long tail to cre­ate a hang­ing loop. Re­peat the pat­tern twice more to cre­ate a set of three dif­fer­ent coloured baubles, re­plac­ing Yarn B with Yarn C for the sec­ond bauble, and with Yarn D for the third.

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