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Christmas Baubles – Free Crochet Pattern

October 3, 2018

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Everyone loves Christmas Crochet Baubles! These are fun and easy to make with this Free pattern for beautiful Christmas decorations. Use your favourite colours and have fun creating your own combinations! The pattern now includes a video further down the page.

I created this fun and easy to work pattern several years ago and it’s one of Ravelry’s all time favourites!  The pattern creates fun crocheted baubles which you can simply attach to a regular Christmas bauble, to create stunning bespoke decorations. I made my Christmas Crochet Baubles in a cotton fingering weight/4 ply yarn, but the pattern is suitable for light DK yarn as well. Just use a slightly smaller than recommended crochet hook, to give a firm shape.

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  • Scheepjes Catona or Scheepjes Cotton 8 – small amounts in assorted colours
  • Crochet hook – 2.5mm
  • Christmas ball – 3” in diameter (use some from last years decorations!)
  • Yarn needle to sew your ball together
  • You can use any 4ply/sport weight cotton yarn. If you use a DK weight yarn (and a 3.5mm hook) you will probably eliminate the last 2 rows in order for crochet piece to fit.

The pattern gives instructions to make 2 pieces (halves) which you sew together over your ball.

Abbreviations (US terms)

  • Sl st – slip stitch
  • Ch(s) – chain(s)
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Yo – yarn over
  • Beg – beginning
  • St – stitch

Special Stitches

Spike stitch or long single crochet : Insert hook between 2dc from round 2, yo, draw up a loop to the same height as the working row, yo and draw through both loops on hook.


Instructions for Christmas Crochet Baubles (US crochet terms)

Make 2 Using first colour, make a magic loop.

Round 1 : Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), make 11dc into loop, sl st to top of beg ch3 to join. Pull tight magic loop to close. Fasten off yarn. (12dc) Round 2 : Using next colour, join in any st from round 1. Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), 1dc in same st. Make 2dc in each st around, sl st to top of beg ch3 to join. Fasten off yarn. (24dc)

Round 3 : Using next colour, join in space between any of the sets of 2dc from round 2. Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), 1dc in same space, ch1, miss next 2 sts * 2dc in next space, ch1, miss 2 sts; repeat from * around, sl st to top of beg ch3 to join. Fasten off yarn. (24dc, 12 ch-1)

Round 4 : Using next colour of choice, join in top of a first dc from any 2dc set in round 3, ch1, 1sc in same st, 1sc in next st, 1 spike stitch (see special stitches) in ch-1 space, inserting hook between 2dc from round 2, * 1sc in next 2 sts, 1 spike stitch; repeat from * 10 more times, sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off yarn. (24sc, 12 spike st)

Rounds 5 – 7 : Using next colour of choice, join in any st. Ch1, 1sc in each st around. Sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off yarn. (36sc) Weave in all threads. Your ball will start to curve slightly after round 5. If using a DK weight yarn, 1-2 rounds of sc may be enough. Fit piece to your Christmas ball to check, it should have some ease to stretch. Once both sections of your crochet ball are completed, slip both pieces on to your ball, making sure the right sides are facing out.  


Once both sections of your crochet ball are completed, slip both pieces on to your ball, making sure the right side’s are facing out.   Using a matching yarn colour (or not!) sewing your 2 sides together, gently stretching on to ball as you go. Leave space for the hanging loop. Fasten off and weave in all threads. Make these colourful baubles for gifts, or to decorate your own Christmas tree!

You can check out another of my bauble patterns, for Granny Christmas Baubles HERE

crochet granny christmas baubles pattern

You might also like my latest pattern for Boho Christmas Baubles!

boho christmas crochet baubles

You can download a handy Printable PDF copy of the pattern in US Crochet terms below

Christmas Bauble English US Crochet Terms

You can download a handy Printable PDF copy of the pattern in Dutch below

Christmas Bauble Dutch Version

You can download a handy Printable PDF copy of the pattern in French below

Christmas Bauble French Version

Free pattern for Christmas crochet baubles   If you make this pattern, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and be sure to tag me in your photos so I can see it too, @anniedesigncrochet or #anniedesigncrochet – I can’t wait to see what colours you use with this pattern! The photographs and pattern contained on this page are the property of Annie Design You are welcome to use this pattern to make items to sell,  and I would appreciate that you include a link to the free pattern with credit for the designer, thank you! No unauthorized reproduction, in whole or in part, or distribution of this pattern or content is permitted.

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    December 24, 2018 at 2:46 am

    Thank you for the wonderful Christmas Baubles Free Pattern…. It is great and easy to follow. I appreciate it. I tried it and now I have a whole Christmas tree complete with your baubles. It looks beautiful…. Thank you…. Happy Holidays ????

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      January 2, 2019 at 10:07 am

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy your baubles for many Holiday seasons!

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    July 17, 2019 at 1:44 am

    I love the crochet ball ornaments. To make them untreatable, could a Styrofoam ball be used instead of a glass ornament?

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      July 17, 2019 at 8:02 am

      Hi! Yes it would work great…I have used styrofoam balls before to make baubles. And thank you!

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    September 27, 2019 at 11:34 am

    I’m wondering… there a multi-colored yarn I could use to avoid changing colors? I love these!

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      September 27, 2019 at 3:15 pm

      Good question! I am not sure if I know one, but I would think any multicoloured yarn with short colour breaks would work fine. Have a look in your local yarn shop…they may have a glittery yarn in for Christmas:)

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    October 19, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    I just made my first one. Instead of sewing it around a bauble, I used stuffing in it and then made a wool loop for hanging. Looks ace! Time to start mass production so I can give them as Christmas presents!

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      October 20, 2019 at 8:23 am

      I love that idea! No worries about the baubles breaking if dropped on floor. Enjoy your bauble making!

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    November 11, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    These are gorgeous! I bought the plastic ball ornaments, and made my first one last nite. Any tips or pix for stitching around to close? Not sure where to place stitches. I ended up crocheting around to close the two pieces, leaves a little ridge but felt more secure.

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      November 11, 2019 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you! I try to match stitch by stitch of each side. I use a yarn needle and insert it into a stitch on one half and then a stitch on the other side. I work my way around stretching as I go!

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    December 20, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Lovely baubles!! On my list for tomorrow ????

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    December 21, 2019 at 12:25 am

    I love your patterns. They are so colorful!

    Thank you, Kim

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      December 21, 2019 at 10:33 pm

      Hi Kim! Thank you, I always seem to choose the bright colours!

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    September 18, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Just found this in September 2020 and will start soon for Christmas gifts. Getting started ahead this year, finally!

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      September 21, 2020 at 1:49 pm

      Always a good idea! I hope you enjoy making your baubles:)

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    September 21, 2020 at 1:56 pm


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    November 15, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    The choice of colors used on the ornament In the video the pretty fall light colors Lower happen to have a list of those particular colors used I find it absolutely beautiful

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    November 29, 2020 at 6:55 am

    Thanks again, I have just watched the video I saw it from friends and I thought it’s beautiful to hab on the tree or give as a present. Have a wonderful holiday inspite if the pandemic. Be safe always.

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    December 21, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    these are gorgeous. could you possibly post a pattern to make them as flat granny squares?

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    June 12, 2021 at 9:17 am

    These baubles are so pretty and fun looking. I want to say Thank you!

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    Colorful Teacher's Ball Toy – Berayla Atölye
    August 3, 2021 at 10:45 am

    […] This pattern is originally shared as christmas bauble but in my language classes I use them as a helpful medium to motivate students and make the lessons more fun. I crocheted them and filled them with beans. (🙋I have some of my patterns (mandala, doily, purse, square) on sale, starting from $1, on my Etsy shop Berayla. If you would like to show your support here is the link: Christmas Bauble by Carmen Heffernan Pattern link: […]

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    November 18, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    May I sell these, provided I list you as the designer? I have an Etsy shop and I make items to sell elsewhere.

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      November 20, 2021 at 10:15 pm

      Sure! I appreciate being acknowledged as designer and thank you for asking x

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    November 30, 2021 at 5:16 am

    Do you have a list of colours you used in the Scheepjes Catona

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      December 5, 2021 at 10:01 pm

      Hi! I don’t have a list. I used many of the small amounts I had in my stash. If you look at Catona colours, you should find a match:)

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    December 27, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful bauble pattern. I gave them as Christmas gifts and everyone loved them. I also enjoyed making them!

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    Chris Pastrich
    July 25, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    WOW! These are beautiful! Thank you for the pattern (I started one of these this afternoon – used glittery yarn – looks adorable; but i will say that i think the colorful ones you’ve shown are super!!! That’ll be my next project! I’m going to display these at the County Fair in September!

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