After a few minutes of brainstorming, here's what I came up with! I am very happy with it, and plan on making a bunch more to give as gifts this year.
- Small Amount of Worsted Weight Yarn in White, Red, Black and Gold/Yellow - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn (colors links above)
- I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
- #18 or #20 Tapestry Needle
- PolyFil to Stuff (I stock up on mine from JoAnn's when it's on sale)
Yarn Alternatives: Red Heart's With Love.
PolyFil is very affordable and comes with a lot. Alternatively you can use cotton balls or yarn scraps. If using cotton balls, your baubles will come out more stiff, take more time for shaping and I caution you to watch how much you put into your bauble because it's very easy to overstuff.
I was able to complete my Santa Bauble in about 30 minutes.
When stuffed, my finished bauble measures 10.25" around by about 3.25" in height, excluding hanger.
With I Love This Yarn and an I9/5.5mm Hook = 4" x 4"
Chain 16, DC in the 4th stitch, and in each stitch across. (14 DC)
R2 - R8: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across.
HDC - Half Double Crochet
HDC2tog - Half Double Crochet Decrease Over Two Stitches
*To work, yarn over, insert hook into first stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook.
HDC3tog - Half Double Crochet Decrease Over Three Stitches
*To work, yarn over, insert hook into first stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all 4 loops on hook.
FPDC - Front Post Double Crochet
*To work, see image below. Click on it to make larger.
Join to the first stitch, not beginning chain.
Beginning chain one does not count as a stitch.
Working the increases in the format I have listed them below helps to keep your seam straight and barely noticeable.
Watch for decrease instructions - these rows are worked differently than normal!
Work over all tails to minimize the number of tails to weave in.
In Rows 7 through 9, I state to "pick up White...pick up Red". There are only two stitches you will work with White in these rows, and the rest will be worked in Red. Change colors accordingly.
To change colors, work them in last part of stitch. For assistance, see my How to Change Colors in Crochet the EyeLoveKnots Way post.
I worked over the white tails for three or four stitches, pulling the initial white tail over too, and then fastened off with about a tail. Just make sure when you pull over the initial tail piece that you don't pull too tight, otherwise it will make the front post area bunch up.
Sometimes it's hard to tell where to put your next stitch after working a post stitch. The image above shows where to start the first half double crochet decrease after the second front post double crochet. If you end up with one less stitch in your round, recheck this stitch placement.
With Red, chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 1. Work 8 HDC into the ring. Join. (8 HDC)
R2: Chain 1. HDC into the first HDC, 2 HDC into each of the next 7 HDCs, HDC into the last HDC. Join. (16 HDC)
R3: Chain 1. HDC into the first 2 HDCs, (2 HDC into the next HDC, HDC into the next HDC) 7x, HDC into the last HDC. Join. (24 HDC)
R4: Chain 1. HDC into the first 3 HDCs, (2 HDC into the next HDC, HDC into the next 2 HDCs) 7x, HDC into the last HDC. Join. (32 HDC)
R5: Chain 1. HDC into the first 4 HDCs, (2 HDC into the next HDC, HDC into the next 3 HDCs) 7x, HDC into the last HDC. Join with Black. (40 HDC)
R6: With Black, Chain 1. HDC into the second HDC, HDC into the next 38 HDCs around, HDC into the last HDC. Join with Red.
R7: With Red, Chain 1. (HDC2tog, HDC into the next 3 HDCs) 3x, HDC2tog, HDC into the next 2 HDCs and pick up White, FPDC around the next post, FPDC around the next post and pick up Red, HDC2tog, HDC into the next 2 HDCs, (HDC2tog, HDC into the next 3 HDC) 3x. Join. (32 stitches)
R8: Chain 1. (HDC2tog, HDC into the next 2 HDCS) 3x, HDC2tog, HDC into the next HDC and pick up White, FPDC around the next post, FPDC around the next post and pick up Red, HDC2tog, HDC into the next HDC, (HDC2tog, HDC into the next 2 HDCs) 3x. Join. (24 stitches)
R9: Chain 1. (HDC2tog, HDC in the HDC) 3x, HDC2tog and pick up White, FPDC around the next post, FPDC around the next post and pick up Red, HDC2tog, (HDC2tog, HDC into the next HDC) 3x. Join. (16 stitches)
*At this point, I turned my piece inside out and weaved in my beginning tail (just a few passes to secure the hole).
Afterwards, I turned my piece right side out, and began on my belt. You can find the steps in the image above. Click to enlarge. Make sure you are only weaving through the top part (to you) so your tail won’t be visible on the other side. The gold will stick out.
Then I tucked all my tail pieces in, and stuffed my bauble.
Worked my final round:
R10: Chain 1. HDC3tog, HDC2tog, HDC2tog and pick up White, FPDC around next post, FPDC around next post and pick up Red, HDC3tog, HDC2tog, HDC2tog. Join. (8 stitches)
Fasten Off with a Long Tail and Pull up on loop so you can use it to sew top closed.
Begin closing up hole by weaving the needle in & out of every other stitch. (1)
Insert your hook from front to back through the
stitches to pull tail forward. (3)
Chain 12 (or desired chain). (4)
Slip stitch next to where the chain began to secure hanger. (5)
Weave in Ends. I would recommend at least three passes. (6)
Now it's ready for hanging! (Or gift giving).
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