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