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!
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.
Round 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in magic circle, join to first sc.
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around, join to first sc.
Round 3: Ch 1, *2sc, sc in next st, repeat from * around, join to first sc.
Round 4: Ch 1, *2sc, sc in next 2 st, repeat from * around, join to first sc.
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
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.
For this ornament, I switched colors after every 2 rows of crocheting. Using just two colors, this gives a nice, traditional striped look.
Slightly different, I made this ornament by switching colors after each and every row using 3 different colors.
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.
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!