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Editor's Inspiration Christmas baubles by Midwinter Knits on the LoveCrochet blog

Published on December 3rd, 2015 | by Merion

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Editor’s inspiration: baubles and ssc (split single crochet)

Make some new tree decorations and learn a new stitch at the same time!

Do you love decorating your Christmas tree?  Are you a traditional red-green-and-gold household, or do you plump for the avant garde upside down style?

Upside down Christmas tree - Loveknitting blog

I suspect that if you’re a crafter like I am, you will have a fair number of handmade items hanging from the branches – either made by you, or your children or grandchildren, and it’s very satisfying to see them amongst the twinkly lights!

I thought I’d make some baubles this year, but I wanted to try something different, to learn something new – and, making something small is a great way to learn a new technique!  So, imagine my excitement (I know you can!) when I spied these brilliant little Christmas Baubles from MidKnits which use a stitch I hadn’t used before – the split single crochet stitch, that looks extraordinarily like a knitted stocking stitch.

Snowflake bauble on the LoveCrochet blog

Split Single Crochet (SSC) is a US term (because a single crochet is the American equivalent of a double crochet in UK terms) so I assume the UK equivalent would be a Split Double Crochet (SDC). It’s so simple you won’t believe it – instead of putting your hook into the top of the stitch below to make a new stitch you put it between the two vertical posts between the stitches. This is easier to see with the video below – but you absolutely won’t believe how easy it is!

 

This lovely pattern contains charts for three baubles – so you’re not only introducing the SSC stitch, but also some colourwork which entails changing threads along the line.  This is not the same as using the tapestry crochet technique where you carry two colours all the way across the work, this is just changing yarn colour for a few stitches and changing back again, something you have probably have done many times, making granny squares.

Christmas baubles using SSC on the LoveCrochet blog

There is shaping involved to, using the SSC2tog stitch – it’s fully explained in the pattern, but it’s actually the same as doing a sc2tog (dc2tog) stitch but between the vertical posts.  It sounds far more complex than it actually is!

I don’t know if you can sense my excitement, but I can’t wait to have a go!  Yarnwise, these gorgeous baubles are made in any aran weight yarn.  You can use cotton yarn if you particularly love it, but I would lean towards wool because when creating colourwork, wool and acrylic yarns have a little bit more give when curled around a bauble.

MillaMia Naturally Soft Aran is a great yarn for crochet because it doesn’t split, and for a project like this, where you’re going to be in and out of posts, the stitch definition is key.  The colours are sharply Scandinavian (and therefore Christmassy!) and you’ll get a good few baubles out of a ball!

I also love Lana Grossa McWool Merino Mix 100, which a great value wool and acrylic blend in some zingy brights and jewel shades, and my all time favourite Plymouth Yarn Homestead, a super soft but amazingly durable aran weight wool yarn, which is super value for a 100g skein.

I’d love to hear how you get on!  If you have a go at these gorgeous baubles, tell me all about it in the comments!  Good luck with your SSCs!

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About the Author

Merion dreams in colour and adores crochet! From glorious granny blankets to ethereal shawls and lace cardies, she's never very far from her hooks! She loves cake, knitting, heavy horses, books and Mozart. Her favourite colour is duck egg blue.




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