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A Beginner-Friendly Crochet Ornament You Can Stitch This Weekend

Add a bit of handmade to your holiday season decorating by making some simple crochet Christmas ornaments. These decorations are a small, easy DIY project that make a great match for beginners. Once you know how to crochet an ornament, you can use your creativity to customize them however you please. Crank up the holiday cheer and let’s whip up some ornaments!

Four Styles of Crochet Christmas Ornaments

How to crochet an ornament

Making a small ornament for your holiday decorations is as easy as crocheting a small sphere using single crochets and filling it with some polyester stuffing. 


Step 1: Crochet a flat circle

Psst! If you want more information on how to crochet a flat circle, check out this in-depth guide.

Start by creating a magic circle.

Find round of crochet ornament

Round 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in magic circle, join to first sc.

small crochet circle in red yarn

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around, join to first sc.

round three of crochet circle

Round 3: Ch 1, *2sc, sc in next st, repeat from * around, join to first sc.

growing crochet circle

Round 4: Ch 1, *2sc, sc in next 2 st, repeat from * around, join to first sc.

large red round crochet circle

Round 5: Ch 1, *2sc, sc in next 3 st, repeat from * around, join to first sc.

Step 2: Form the sides of the sphere

making a crochet ornament

Continuing from the circle you just made…

Row 6-14: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join to first sc.

Step 3: Start decreasing to close up the sphere

Rather than using a traditional sc decrease, we’ll use an invisible sc decrease. This method of decreasing helps the decreases blend seamlessly with the other stitches.

The invisible decrease is worked into only the front loops of the stitches. For one sc decrease, do the following: Insert hook into front loop of first st, YO, pull up a loop, insert hook into front loop of second st, YO, pull up a loop, YO pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Row 15: Ch 1, *sc in next 3 st, invisible decrease, repeat from * around, join to first sc.

Row 16: Ch 1, *sc in next 2 st, invisible decrease, repeat from * around, join to first sc.

Row 17: Ch 1, *sc, invisible decrease, repeat from * around, join to first sc.

Step 4: Stuff and close sphere

At this point, you can stuff the partially completed sphere. Stuff firmly because over time, the stuffing will settle. Once you have stuffed firmly, continue on to Row 18.

Row 18: Ch 1, invisible decrease around, join to first sc.

Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing up the hole.

Using a tapestry needle, close up the hole by inserting the needle through the first loop of one stitch from the outside to the inside. Continue to do this for each stitch around.

Pull the yarn tight to close up the hole and make a knot around one of the stitches to secure.

Insert tapestry needle through the top of the sphere and pull through to hide the tail end and cut excess yarn with scissors.

Step 5: Create a string to hang the ornament

Cut a piece of yarn about 7″ long.  Use your crochet hook to pull that yarn through the top stitches of the ornament.

Next, tie a knot to form a loop and hide the knot inside of the ornament.

Dress up your ornament with stripes

Add some stripes to your crocheted ornament by adding and changing colors when crocheting your ornament.

Traditional stripes

For this ornament, I switched colors after every 2 rows of crocheting. Using just two colors, this gives a nice, traditional striped look.

Thin stripes

Slightly different, I made this ornament by switching colors after each and every row using 3 different colors. 

Thick stripes

For this ornament, instead of switching between two colors every two rows, I switched between two colors every 3 rows. This gives a bolder striped look, which reminds me more of sports and team colors.

Random stripes

In this ornament, I used two different colors in the following sequence: 3 rows of gray, 2 row white, 4 rows gray, 3 rows white, 1 row gray, 2 rows white and 3 rows gray. Randomizing your stripes can give you a fun and abstract look.

More ways to dress up your crochet ornaments

Use fun, bright colors

You can stick with the traditional holiday colors or you can also give your ornaments a happy, fun look by using bright and bold colors! These bright colors go particularly well with a white tree.

Use variegated yarns

Using a variegated yarn will give you lots of color without having to switch colors throughout the small project. Depending on the type of variegated yarn you choose, you may end up with a marbled look like the photo above or a more striped and/or color blocked look.

Ideas to embellish your crochet ornaments

  • Embroider on initials using a tapestry needle and yarn.
  • Sew on beads or fun buttons.
  • Make it into an animal or face by crocheting and sewing on ears and eyes.

Now that you know how to crochet a simple ornament and have ideas of how to make them your own, make a few and get decorating!

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