Crochet Covered Christmas Ornaments
Free Crochet Christmas Ornament Pattern
Here is a free pattern for you to use to make your own crochet Christmas ornaments. The stitches used in this pattern are pretty basic, but if you have never worked with thread crochet before, it might be a bit of a challenge, as is working around the core in the last few rows. For this reason, I would rate this an intermediate pattern. If you're a beginner, don't let that scare you off! It's really quite simple and, once you get used to handling the materials, you'll be able to make a couple of these in about an hour!
Copyright and Permissions
No. 10 crochet thread, metallic recommended
2 inch foam balls
Also needed: scissors and a blunt tip, large eyed needle
Crochet Cotton Size No 10 - Metallic crochet thread is available in a range of colours
This is a cotton thread with a metallic strand wrapped around it for a lovely glitter, and is the type of thread used on the gold ornaments in the photo above. There are also fully metallic threads available, such as what I used on the red ornaments in the above photo. The cotton metallic thread is much easier to work with, and I would recommend it if you're not used to working in thread crochet.
Steel Crochet Hooks - Set of 6 sizes
This pattern uses a 2.75mm hook. This size is available in aluminum as well as steel, but I would recommend using steel hooks, as they are much stronger.
For this pattern, using a 2.75mm hook should fit over the foam core snuggly. Each person has a slightly different personal gauge, so it's good to have smaller or larger sizes available.
Craft foam balls - Enough to make a dozen ornaments!
These floral foam balls make a great, lightweight core to cover with crochet. The core will be visible through the stitches, which opens up the possibility of covering it with coloured foil, if desired.
Also needed are small, sharp scissors and a needle suitable for sewing in the tail ends.
Abbreviations, Stitches and Thechniques Used
- Magic Ring - a method that prevents a large opening at the start of your pattern.
- YOH - yarn over hook
- St - stitch
- Ch- chain
Yoh and draw yarn through loop on hook.
- Ss- slip stitch
Insert hook into designated space. Yoh and draw yarn through to front, and through loop on hook.
- Dc- double crochet
Yoh. Insert hook into designated stitch. Yoh and draw yarn to front (3 loops on hook). Yoh and draw yarn through 2 loops on hook. Yoh and draw yarn through remaining 2 loops on hook.
- 2dctog - two double crochet together (increase). Work 2 dc into same st. Counts as 2dc.
- Dc2tog - double crochet two together (decrease). Yoh. Insert hook into first designated st. Yoh and draw loop through (3 loops on hook). Yoh and draw through 2 loops (2 loops remain on hook). Yoh. Insert hook into next designated st. Yoh and draw loop through (4 loops on hook). Yoh and draw through 2 loops (3 loops remain on hook). Yoh and draw through all 3 loops on hook. Counts as 1dc.
- Turning chain is counted as the first dc stitch of a new round, or first half of the beginning increase or decrease of a new round.
How to make a magic ring
Here is a great video showing how to start with a magic ring. I also highly recommend June Gilbank's blog, Planet June, for more great crochet information, tutorials and patterns!
The Magic Ring start
- Round 1: working into a magic ring, ch 3. Work 11 dc around ring and ss into top of turning ch (3rd chain) (12dc)
- Round 2: Ch 3. 1dc into same space as ss. 2dctog into each stitch around. Ss into top of turning ch (24dc)
- Round 3: Ch 3. 1dc into same space as ss. Dc into next 5 stitches. *2dctog in next stitch, dc into next 5 stitches. Repeat from * 2 more times. Ss into top of turning ch. (28dc)
- Round 4: Ch 3. Dc into next 2 stitches. 2dctog into next stitch. *dc into next 6 stitches, 2dctog into next stitch. Repeat from * 2 more times. Dc into last 3 stitches. Ss into top of turning ch. (32dc)
- Round 5: Ch 3. 1dc into same space as ss. DC into next 7 stitches. *2dctog in next stitch, dc into next 7 stitches. Repeat from * to end. Ss into top of turning ch. (36dc)
- Round 6: Ch 3. Dc into each st around. Ss into top of turning ch. (36dc)
- Round 7: Ch 2, yoh, insert hook into next st, yoh and draw loop through (3 loops on hook), yoh, draw yarn through 2 loops, yoh, draw loop through remaining 2 loops. (Decrease made). Dc into next 7. *Dc2tog in next 2 st. Dc into next 7 st. Repeat from * to end. DO NOT SS YET. (32dc)
Being careful not to lose the working loop on the hook, turn shape inside out. Pull magic ring tight with beginning tail and sew in end. Trim excess thread. Take foam ball and, holding magic ring against its surface, flip the shape right side out over the ball. Adjust stitches so that Round 6 evenly encircles the equator of the ball.
Ss into the top of first decrease to close round. Continue working with foam ball in place.
- Round 8: Ch 3. Dc into next 2 st. dc2tog over next 2 st. *Dc into next 6 st, then dc2tog in next 2 st. Repeat from * 2 more times. Dc into last 3 st. Ss into top of turning ch. (28dc)
- Round 9: Ch 2, yoh, insert hook into next st, yoh and draw loop through (3 loops on hook), yoh, draw yarn through 2 loops, yoh, draw loop through remaining 2 loops. (Decrease made). *Dc2tog in next 2 st. Dc into next 5 st. Repeat from * to end. Ss into top of first decrease. (24dc)
- Round 10: Ch 2, yoh, insert hook into next st, yoh and draw loop through (3 loops on hook), yoh, draw yarn through 2 loops, yoh, draw loop through remaining 2 loops. (Decrease made). Dc2tog around to end. Ss into top of first decrease. (12dc)
- Finishing: Cut thread to 12 -16 inches long. Pull remaining loop on hook to draw end through and thread on needle. Weave needle through top loops of last round and draw tight to close circle. Pass thread through a few stitches to anchor, drawing the needle up through the middle of the circle. Fold the thread to create a 2-3 inch loop and tie a knot as close to the ball as possible. Pass needle back into the middle of the circle and anchor thread into several stitches. Pass the needle directly through the ball a few times, changing directions each time, to hide and anchor tail end inside the ball. Trim off excess thread.
The last round, drawn closed, with hanging loop.
Completed Ornaments - Make them your own!
Here's the bottom half of a completed ornament, showing some of the increases.
Once you're comfortable with the pattern, feel free to start experimenting! Try changing colours in different rounds, add a tassel to the bottom, or sew on some beads. Since these use foam cores, you could also pin on some sequins. Alternately, you could try covering 2 inch glass or plastic ornaments in complimentary colours instead of foam.
Do you enjoy crochet or other types of crafting? Have you made ornaments like this before? I'd love to hear all about it!