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Crochet Club Mix and match baubles by Kate Eastwood

Published on December 3rd, 2016 | by Kate Eastwood

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Crochet Club: Mix & Match Christmas baubles!

Kate Eastwood’s Mix & Match baubles will light up your Christmas tree this year, and be festive treasures forever!

Every year a few new Christmas decorations seem to get added to our family collection and this year these magical, sparkly crochet Christmas baubles will be joining all the others.

Mix and match baubles by Kate Eastwood

I decided to go for the all out traditional Christmassy reds and greens but with such an array of sparkly yarn available the colour choices are endless.

Mix n match baubles by Kate Eastwood

My design is worked for two different sized baubles, with each crochet bauble having a polystyrene sphere inside of either 3.5cm or 6cm. The baubles are worked in two halves which are then stitched together around the centre of the bauble. The larger pattern is for a bobbly bauble and the smaller pattern is for a stripy bauble. The finished baubles have a plastic hook added at the top for a hanging ribbon.

For my baubles I used Cascade Sunseeker in Light Green 33 and Crimson 06. I also used Wendy Supreme Sparkle DK in White 1820.

To add extra sparkle, the bobbles for the large baubles and the stripes on the small baubles are worked in Twilleys Goldfingering in Red 038 and Gold 002.

I worked both sized baubles with a 3 mm hook, and this pattern is written using UK terminology.

You will also need some 3.5cm and 6cm polystyrene spheres. For my hanging loops I purchased some plastic hooks specifically designed to be used with polystyrene spheres.

For the hanging loops you will need some small amounts of co-ordinating ribbon.

mix n match baubles by Kate Eastwood

The baubles are worked in a continuous round so you may find it helps to use a stitch marker.

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To make the large Bobbly Bauble:

Round 1: Begin by making a magic ring and work 8 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from Round 1, 16sts.

Round 3: *Work 1 DC in to the next stitch and then 2 DC in to the following stitch.*Work from * to * all the way around, 24sts.

mix n match baubles by Kate Eastwood

Round 4: This is going to be your first bobble round, and you will also continue to increase your stitches. Whilst this sounds complicated if you follow the stitch pattern below it’ll all work out beautifully!

Work a bobble in to the first stitch as follows: yarn over in your bobble colour and work 5 HTR, leaving the final loop of each HTR on the hook. You will end up with 6 loops on your hook, one in your main colour and 5 in your bobble colour. Yarn over in your main colour and pull through all the loops on your hook.

mix n match baubles by Kate Eastwood

*Now work 1 DC in the next stitch, 2 DC in the following stitch, 1 DC, 1 DC, and 2 DC in the following stitch. Into the next stitch work another bobble.*

Repeat from * to * a further 3 times. On the third repeat finish with a DC rather than another bobble.

mix n match baubles by Kate Eastwood

Round 5:   *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 3 stitches, then work 2 DC in to the following stitch. * Repeat from * to * all the way around, 40sts.

mix n match baubles by Kate Eastwood

Round 6: Work a round of DC, 40 sts.

Round 7: Work 5 DC, then *make a bobble in to the next stitch and then DC 9*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. At the end of Round 7 you should have 4 bobbles and 40sts.

mix n match baubles by Kate Eastwood

Round 8 and 9: Work a round of DC, 40sts.

Round 10: *Work a bobble in to the first stitch, followed by 9 DC*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. At the end of Round 10 you will have 4 bobbles and 40 sts.

mix n match baubles by Kate Eastwood

Round 11: Work a round of DC, 40sts. Finish off and sew in the ends.

This completes the first half of the bauble. Make a second half in exactly the same way.

When both halves are complete fit them on to the Polystyrene sphere and using a length of yarn and a needle carefully stitch the two halves together. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Push the plastic hook in to the top of the bauble, add a hanging loop and to finish add a small bow.

mix n match baubles by Kate Eastwood

To make the small Stripy Bauble:

For the sparkly stripes I used 2 x strands of Twilleys Goldfingering.

Round 1: Working in your main colour begin by making a magic ring and work 4 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from the first round, 8 sts. On the final stitch of this round work your ‘yarn over’ with 2 x strands of Twilleys Goldfingering.

mix n match baubles by Kate Eastwood

Round 3: Working with the 2 x strands of Twilleys Goldfingering *work 1 DC in to the next stitch followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around, 12 sts. On the final stitch of this round work your ‘yarn over’ with the main colour.

mix n match baubles by Kate Eastwood

Round 4: Working in your main colour *work 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches, followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat  from * to * all the way around, 16 sts. On the final stitch of this round work your ‘yarn over’ with 2 x strands of the Twilleys Goldfingering.

Round 5: Working with the 2 x strands of the Twilleys Goldfingering * work 1 DC in to each of the next 3 stitches, followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch.* repeat from * to * all the way around, 20sts.

Rounds 6 to 9: Work a round of DC, 20 sts, remembering to change colours at the end of each round as above. Your last round will be one in the Twilleys Goldfingering. Finish off and sew in the ends.

This completes your first half. Now make a second half in exactly the same way, but on this half finish after Round 8. This will mean your final round will be in your main colour.

Once both halves are complete fit them on to the Polystyrene sphere and using 1 x strand of Twilleys Goldfingering, sew the two halves together. Finish off and sew in the ends.

mix n match baubles by Kate Eastwood

To finish, push the plastic hook in to the top of the bauble and add a hanging loop and a small bow.

mix n match baubles by Kate Eastwood

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About the Author

Living just outside Bath, Kate is fortunate enough to be able to indulge two of her biggest loves -- living right in the middle of the countryside but within easy distance of retail therapy. When not working at her nursery school she loves nothing more than a day of pootling around, with crochet, sofa and tea being right at the top of the list.




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