Saturday, 31 October 2015

Crochet Christmas Pudding Bauble - free tutorial


Crochet baubles are so much fun to make, it is beneficial to know the basic crochet stitches before attempting these though, so have a look at the stitch explanations just below and have a play with those before you start.  The pattern is written in UK crochet terms.


Stitches explained:

Chain Stitch (CH) - Yarn around hook (from the back) and pull the new yarn through the loop on your hook.  This is ONE chain.  Repeat as needed.
Double Crochet (DC) - Put hook through work, draw yarn back through (2 loops on hook) yarn around hook (from the back) draw yarn through the 2 loops on the hook.
Half Treble Crochet (HTR)- Yarn around hook (from the back) put hook through work and draw yarn back through (3 loops on hook) yarn around hook, draw through 2 loops on hook, yarn around hook, draw through 2 loops on hook.
Treble Crochet (TR) - Yarn around hook (from the back) put hook through work and draw yarn back through (3 loops on hook) yarn around hook, draw through 2 loops on hook, yarn around hook, draw through 2 loops on hook.

Slip Stitch (SS) - Put hook through work, draw yarn back through work and the stitch on your hook.

You will need:
  50g Brown Yarn
  25g White Yarn
  Scraps of Green & Red Yarn
  4mm Crochet Hook
  Polystyrene Ball (70mm)
  Sewing up needle

PUDDING:
Round 1. Using BROWN yarn, CH 2 then work 6x DC's into the 2nd CH from the hook. Join into a circle with a SS into the first DC (6)
Round 2. CH 2 ** work 2 x DC's  into the next stitch, then 1 x DC into the next stitch. Repeat from ** all the way round and join with a SS (10)
Round 3. CH 2 then work 2 x DC's  into the next stitch, then ** 1 x DC into the next and 2 x DC's in the next. Repeat from ** and join with a SS (15)
Round 4. CH 2 then work 1 x DC  into the next stitch, then ** 2 x DC's  into the next and 1 x DC in the next TWO stitches. Repeat from ** and join with a SS (20)
Round 5. CH 2 then work 1 x DC  into the next TWO stitches, then ** 2 x DC's  into the next and 1 x DC in the next THREE stitches. Repeat from ** and join with a SS (25)
Round 6. CH 2 then work 1 x DC  into the next THREE stitches, then ** 2 x DC's  into the next and 1 x DC in the next FOUR stitches. Repeat from ** and join with a SS (30)
Round 7. CH 2 then work 1 x DC  into the next FOUR stitches, then ** 2 x DC's  into the next and 1 x DC in the next FIVE stitches. Repeat from ** and join with a SS (35)

Rounds 8- 16. Work 9 rounds with no increasing, always beginning each row with CH 2 and ending each row with SS  (35)
Round 9. CH 2 then work 1 x DC  into the next FOUR stitches, then **  skip a stitch and work 1 x DC in the next FIVE stitches. Repeat from ** and join with a SS (30)
Round 10. CH 2 then work 1 x DC  into the next THREE stitches, then **  skip a stitch and work 1 x DC in the next FOUR stitches. Repeat from ** and join with a SS (25)

Insert the ball carefully before continuing.
Round 11. CH 2 then work 1 x DC  into the next TWO stitches, then **  skip a stitch and work 1 x DC in the next THREE stitches. Repeat from ** and join with a SS (20)
Round 12. CH 2 then work 1 x DC  into the next ONE stitch, then **  skip a stitch and work 1 x DC in the next TWO stitches. Repeat from ** and join with a SS (15)
Round 13. CH 2  **  skip a stitch and work 1 x DC in the next stitch. Repeat from ** until the hole is small, break of yarn and sew the hole closed.

CUSTARD TOPPING:
Rounds 1-7. Using WHITE yarn, work rounds 1-7 as for the pudding.
Round 8. CH 2 then work 1 x DC  into the next FIVE stitches, then ** 2 x DC's  into the next and 1 x DC in the next SIX stitches. Repeat from ** and join with a SS (40)
Round 9. NO CHAIN, just ** DC straight into the first stitch, then in the next stitch work (HTR / TR / HTR) into the SAME stitch, DC in the next stitch, and SS in the next TWO stitches.. Repeat from ** and SS to join  (8 petals)
Round 10. SS in the first stitch, work a ** DC into the next FIVE stitches, then SS into the next TWO stitches.  Repeat from ** and SS to join.
Leave a long tail when breaking off yarn.
 HOLLY LEAVES: (make 2)
Row 1. Using GREEN, CH 7. 
The red numbers in brackets are to help you see where the stitches should go.
Row 2. DC into the 2nd CH from the hook (2), TR in the next stitch (3) then CH 2.  SS into the 2nd CH from the hook (into the top of the TR) this makes a "Picot" stitch.  Now DC into the SAME STITCH as the TR (3) SS in the next stitch (4) then DC in the next (5). TR in the next stitch (6), then CH 2 and SS into second CH from hook (picot).  DC in the same stitch as the last TR  (6) now SS in the last stitch THREE TIMES  (7)
Row 3. Do not turn but work BACK DOWN the chain stitch so it becomes the spine of the leaf. -  DC into the next stitch (2), TR in the next stitch (3) then CH 2.  SS into the 2nd CH from the hook (into the top of the TR) this makes a "Picot" stitch.  Now DC into the SAME STITCH as the TR (3) SS in the next stitch (4) then DC in the next (5). TR in the next stitch (6), then CH 2 and SS into second CH from hook (picot).  DC in the same stitch as the last TR  (6) now SS in last (7). Break of yarn leaving a tail to sew the leaves onto the pudding with.
HOLLY BERRIES: (make 2)
Row 1. Using RED, CH 2, then work 6 x DC's into the 2nd CH from the hook.
Break of the yarn and sew through the top of the 6 stitches and pull it into a ball (as shown on the right of the photo)
HANGING CHAIN:
CH 26 and break off yarn, leaving a long enough tail to sew with.
ASSEMBLY:
Sew the custard to the top of the pudding, catching each petal down as you go.
Sew the leaves to the middle of the top, sewing down the spine of the leaves.  Add the berries to the centre. 
Finally add the hanging chain behind the berries.
Display your Pudding with pride!


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For a free downloadable PDF version of this pattern, please visit:
www.soozintheshed.co.uk/christmaspuddingbauble.pdf

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