Spiral Bauble Pattern Tutorial

Spiral Crochet Bauble

Apologies in advance for the poor quality photos – they were taken on my phone, and I really wish I’d taken more time and used my camera.  Anyway, hindsight is a wonderful thing!

I’ve uploaded this as a free downloadable PDF pattern on Ravelry, but I thought I may as well add it on here too.

For this decoration you will need:

Small Christmas bauble (20cm circumference)

3.5mm crochet hook

Stitch marker

2 colours of yarn

Needle

UK Stitches used: chain, slip stitch, double crochet.

This pattern is worked in continuous rounds, and can be quite complex especially in the beginning; round 3 is quite mind-boggling. But once you get past that, everything falls into place.

Please be aware that you will be using two different colours of yarn and keeping them both attached until the end, so this can become quite fiddly, but it is possible to continue with the work without getting your yarns tangled. The colours I used were blue and pink; blue formed the main bulk of the bauble and the pink made up the spirals. It is also imperative that you use a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round because you really need to know where you are at all times.

So let’s begin:

Blue yarn Chain 4, slip stitch into 1st chain to form a ring. Chain 1.

Round 1

10 dc into ring (don’t forget to place stitch marker in first dc)

Round 2

In this round you will be working 2dc into every stitch, so at the end you should have 20dc. However, it won’t be as simple as it sounds because we will be adding your second colour at various points along the way.

So the pattern goes like this:

2dc (blue,pink) 2dc (blue,blue) 2dc (blue,blue) 2dc (pink,blue) 2dc (blue,blue) 2dc (blue,pink) 2dc (blue,blue) 2dc (blue,blue) 2dc (pink,blue) 2dc (blue,blue)

The 4 pink stitches that you have added form the base of each spiral. When we move into round 3, this is when we start to develop the spirals.

Round 3

This round is a real stinker, it took me several attempts to get it right first time, it’s pretty confusing, but if you just follow the pattern you should get it spot on. Things only get easier after this.

For this round, you are crocheting 2dc, 1dc, 2dc, 1dc alternatively into each stitch around and you should have 30dc at the end.

However, again, we are adding pink into the mix, and it feels random, but I promise you it’s not.

So the pattern goes like this (I’ve written it as a list so it’s a bit easier to follow):

2dc (blue blue)

1dc blue

2dc (pink pink)

1dc blue

2dc (blue blue)

1dc blue

2dc (blue blue)

1dc pink

2dc (pink blue)

1dc blue

2dc (blue blue)

1dc blue

2dc (pink pink)

1dc blue

2dc (blue blue)

1dc blue

2dc (blue blue)

1dc pink

2dc (pink blue)

1dc blue

Round 4

Now the rounds are easier because you are just working 1dc into each stitch around. So this round goes like this:

Blue 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc

Pink 1dc, 1dc

Blue 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc

Pink 1dc, 1dc

Blue 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc

Pink 1dc, 1dc

Blue 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc

Pink 1dc, 1dc

Blue 1dc

Round 5

The sequence will change with each round, this is to form the spiral pattern but if you watch how it is worked, it’s not as confusing as the pattern looks.

So this round goes as follows:

Blue 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc

Pink 1dc, 1dc

Blue 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc

Pink 1dc, 1dc

Blue 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc

Pink 1dc, 1dc

Blue 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc

Pink 1dc, 1dc

Round 6

Blue 1dc x6

Pink 1dc x3

Blue 1dc x5

Pink 1dc X3

Blue 1dc x4

Pink 1dc X3

Blue 1dc x5

Pink 1dc

You should notice that your work is starting to curve now, into the beginnings of a bowl type shape, this is good, as it means it will fit nicely over the ball.

Round 7

Pink 1dc x2

Blue 1dc x5

Pink 1dc X3

Blue 1dc x5

Pink 1dc X3

Blue 1dc x4

Pink 1dc X3

Blue 1dc x5

Round 8

Pink 1dc x3

Blue 1dc x5

Pink 1dc x4

Blue 1dc x4

Pink 1dc x4

Blue 1dc x 3

Pink 1dc x4

Blue 1dc x3

Round 9

Blue 1dc

Pink 1dc x4

Blue 1dc x4

Pink 1dc x5

Blue 1dc X3

Pink 1dc x5

Blue 1dc x2

Pink 1dc x5

Blue 1dc

Round 10

Blue 1dc x2

Pink 1dc x5

Blue 1dc X3

Pink 1dc x6

Blue 1dc x2

Pink 1dc x6

Blue 1dc

Pink 1dc x5

Round 11

Pink 1dc x30

Slip stitch into first stitch and fasten off yarn, sew in ends. Repeat for other half of bauble, leaving a long tail for sewing the two halves together.

You should end up with something like this.