Learning to Crochet Christmas Ornaments

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Posted on September 29, 2021 by Kate Wilson
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I love Christmas ornaments; I know that sounds weird, but I really do. There are so many different kinds, colors, and shapes. And some of the ornaments I have hold a lot of memories and sentiment for me, like the beaded ornaments & painted ceramics that my great-grandmother made. Ornaments are my favorite part of decorating the tree, and I especially love making them. I have made beaded ornaments, sequin ornaments (click HERE for my tutorial), painted plaster ornaments, and more. But one type of ornament I haven’t made yet? Crocheted Christmas ornaments.

As you know, crocheting is using a hook and yarn to create loops and interlock them together into everyday objects we love (Psst…if you want to learn about the history of crochet, click HERE to view another one of my articles). In the 20+ years since I learned how to crochet, I’ve made baby blankets, scarves, hats, housewares, and more. I’ve entered my work into the state fair, sold my crocheting in local stores and online, and I’d like to think that I have a pretty impressive yarn stash (not that it matters, I’m just super happy about it…haha).

So, considering how much I crochet, you would think that I would have made crochet ornaments before, right? Wrong. I can remember my mother crocheting snowflakes and angel ornaments with crochet thread, and I always thought it just looked…intimidating. At the time, I was just starting to crochet, at around the age of 10, and anything more complicated than a single crochet stitch seemed insurmountable to me. Never mind whatever magic she was working with teeny-tiny thread and a crochet hook that I had to squint to see.

Luckily, there are a lot of free patterns out there for crocheted ornaments, ranging from the considerably basic to the incredibly intricate. I decided that for my first time crocheting ornaments, I would come up with two easy-to-follow patterns of my own and share them with you, as well as direct you to some intermediate crochet Christmas ornament patterns, from Creative Fabrica sellers. There’s something for everyone in this article, regardless of skill level. And if you’ve made one of the ornaments I’ll be sharing at the bottom, I would love it if you’d comment and let me know what you thought of it. I think I might take them on next!

Now, for the beginner ornaments: the following two patterns are my own and are great for using scrap yarn. These would be well suited to someone just learning to crochet.

Crochet Ball Ornament

For this project, you’ll need:

  • 5mm crochet hook
  • Worsted weight yarn in red and gray
  • A yarn needle, for weaving in ends.

Pattern abbreviations:

Ch: chain
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
sl st: slip stitch

Pattern:

  • With red yarn, ch 2.
  • Row 1: 9 hdc in the first chain from the hook, sl st with the first hdc, forming a circle
  • Row 2: Ch 2. 2 hdc in each stitch going around. Sl st into first hdc.
  • Row 3: Repeat row 2 (2 hdc in each stitch, sl st into first hdc)
  • Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in the ends.
  • With gray yarn, sc in 4 stitches at the top of your ornament (any 4 stitches in a row can be the top; you pick where you want it to go).
  • Ch 1, sc in each stitch across
  • Ch 9, sl st into first sc, forming a loop.
  • Cut yarn, fasten off and weave in ends.

Project notes: You can use any two colors you want, or even a multicolor for the ball part of the ornament, and a solid for the top & loop. The yarn I used was Big Twist worsted weight yarn in Wine and in medium gray.

Zig Zag Christmas Tree Ornament:

For this ornament, you’ll need:

  • A 5mm crochet hook
  • Worsted weight yarn in green
  • A yarn needle
  • Fabric glue (I used Elmer’s Craft Bond Fabric & Paper Glue)
  • Assorted sequins, beads, and trim
  • Metallic cord, for hanging the ornament.

Pattern abbreviations:

sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch

Pattern:

  • Ch 72
  • Row 1: sc in each stitch across
  • Row 2: ch 1, sc in each stitch across.
  • Cut yarn, fasten off and weave in ends.

  • On a flat surface, fold your sc strip into the shape of a tree, going back and forth in a zig-zag pattern.
  • Cut a piece of green yarn about the length of your arm. Thread the yarn needle with the yarn, and, going up the middle, push the needle through all of the layers of the zig-zag tree, from bottom to top. Repeat, going from top to bottom. Tie off at the bottom and weave in ends.
  • Here’s the fun part: decorating! Using small beads, sequins, even ribbon, decorate your tree, attaching each piece with fabric glue. Make sure to allow at least 12 hours for it to dry completely.
  • Using the needle and the metallic cord, string the cord through the top of the ornament. Make a loop, tie off, and trim ends. Now it’s ready to hang!

Project notes: The yarn I used was Big Twist worsted weight yarn in Varsity Green. This project is easily adaptable if you want to make a smaller or bigger version of the ornament; simply adjust the number of chains to change the size. Feel free to go wild with the embellishments – I used some sequins and glass seed beads that I already had on hand.

Other Suggested Patterns

If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, don’t worry; I’ve got you covered! Here are a few suggested patterns for an intermediate skill level, all of them available on Creative Fabrica:

Crochet Pattern Christmas Star Ornament by CrochetGiftsShop

Christmas Sweets Ornament Pattern Set by Amy Gaines Amigurumi Patterns

Christmas Tree Ornament Crochet Pattern by CrochetGiftsShop

Snowflake Ornament Crochet Pattern by CrochetGiftsShop

What do you think? Have you ever made a crochet ornament before? Let me know in the comments!


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