Free Puff Stitch Crochet Bauble Pattern
Need a last minute Christmas gift? Or is your tree missing that little something special? Well, we’ve got the perfect free crochet bauble pattern for you!
This free bauble pattern uses puff stitch to create an elegant, irresistible texture. You can make the bauble using any yarn you fancy and on any hook size, but we used a white dk cotton yarn on a 4mm hook. However, it's easy to get creative with this crochet bauble pattern, why not try a chunky yarn and alternate your colours on each row to add some colourful crochet to your Christmas tree! And once you've hooked up this free crochet bauble pattern, why not check out our pick of 61 free Christmas crochet decorations and hook up a loads of Christmas crochet ornaments!
You will need
- A small amount of any Dk cotton yarn (a single 25g ball of Ricorumi Dk would be perfect)
- A 4mm (US G/6) hook
- A small amount of red ribbon
- A small amount of toy stuffing
Crochet bauble measures approx 22cm around.
You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.Puff stitch - Wrap yarn around hook and insert it into the instructed stitch or space, pull your yarn up through the stitch or space, leaving 3 loops on your hook. Repeat this process twice more into same stitch or space so that you have 7 loops on your hook. Yarn round hook and pull through all 7 loops. Finally, close the puff st with a ch1. If you would like to know more and see step-by-step pictures check out our how to crochet puff stitches tutorial.
For the decreasing part of the bauble you’ll need to work some invisible decreases! Invisible decreases (in case you’re unsure) are when you insert your hook through the front loops of the next 2 sts, going in an upwards direction through both loops, then draw your yarn through all the loops on your hook (slipping them off your hook as you go). For more help with this, check out our how to do the crochet invisible decrease tutorial.
Free puff stitch bauble crochet pattern
Round 1 Ch1 (does not count as st throughout), 6dc into loop, ss in first dc. [6 dc]
Round 2 Ch1, 2dc in each st around, ss in first dc. [12 dc]
Round 3 Ch1, (1dc in next st, 2dc in next st) six times, ss in first dc. [18 dc]
Round 4 Ch1, (1dc in each of next 2 sts, 2dc in next st) six times, ss in first dc. [24 dc]
Round 5 Ch1, (1dc in each of next 3 sts, 2dc in next st) six times, ss in first dc. [30 dc]
Round 6 Ch1, (1dc in each of next 4 sts, 2dc in next st) six times, ss in first dc. [36 dc]
Round 7 Ch1, (1dc in next st, ch1 and skip next st) around, ss in first dc. [18 ch-sp]
Round 8 Ss in first ch-sp, puff st in same ch-sp and in each ch-sp around, ss in the top of the first puff st. [18 puff st]
Rounds 9-12 Repeat Round 8 (the ch-sp now sits between each puff st).
Begin stuffing at this point and continue stuffing as you go.
Round 13 Ch1, 36dc evenly around, ss in first dc. [36 dc]
Round 14 Ch1, (1dc in each of next 4 sts, inv dec) six times, ss in first dc. [30 dc]
Round 15 Ch1, (1dc in each of next 3 sts, inv dec) six times, ss in first dc. [24 dc]
Round 16 Ch1, (1dc in each of next 2 sts, inv dec) six times, ss in first dc. [18 dc]
Round 17 Ch1, (1dc in next st, inv dec) six times, ss in first dc. [12 dc]
Round 18 Ch1, (inv dec) six times, ss in first dc. [6 dc]
Break the yarn – leaving a long tail – but before you close up the top of the bauble, tie your bit of ribbon into a loop (leaving a nice big knot at the end). Push the knot through the hole at the top of your bauble and then weave your tail through the 6 remaining sts and pull tight around the ribbon’s knot. Weave in all the ends and then hang your bauble proudly on your tree (or give it to someone as a gift).
We hope you’ve enjoyed this free crochet bauble pattern. Don’t forget, if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.
Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.
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