Crochet Ball Ornament

This breathtaking ornament is made from two lacy circles which are joined together and starched to hold their shape.  Buy the strongest fabric stiffener you can find.  The spray on varieties won't be strong enough for this project.

You will need:

White cotton thread

A size 6 crochet hook

A small balloon

Fabric stiffener

Scissors

Ribbon and beads (optional)

Step 1.  Crochet the first circle.

Chain 8.  Join to form a circle. 

Round 1.  Chain 4.  Double crochet into the loop.

*Chain three.  Make two double crochets into the loop.

Repeat from the * so that you have six groups of double crochet stiches.  Chain three and join the round.

Round 2.  Chain 4.  Make 1 double crochet into the 'chain three loop.'   Chain 3, make two double crochet into the same loop.

*Chain 1.  Make two double crochet into the next loop.  Chain three, make two double crochet into the same loop.

Repeat from the * all the way around.  Chain one and join the round.

Row 3.  Chain 4 and turn your circle so you are working in the other direction.  Treble crochet in the loop. 

*Chain 5 and make two treble crochets in the next loop (the chain one space.)

Repeat from the * all the way around.  Chain 5 and join the round. 

Row 4.  Slip stitch in the treble crochet and then into the loop.  Chain 4.  Double crochet.  Chain 3.  Two double crochet in the same loop.  *Two double crochet in the next loop.  Chain 3.  Two double crochet in the same loop.

Repeat from the * all the way around.  Join the round.

 

Love the look of this ornament but don't crochet? Try a string ball ornament.

 

Row 5.  Slip stitch in the next treble crochet and once into the loop.  Chain 1.  Make 2 single crochets into the same loop.  Chain 15.  Double crochet in the next loop. 

*Chain 12.  Double crochet into the next loop.  Repeat from the * all the way around.  Chain 12.  Join the round.  (You should have 12 loops.)

Row 6.  Chain 1.  Make five single crochets into the loop.  Chain 5.  Make five single crochet into the same loop.

*Make 5 single crochet into the next loop.  Chain 5.  Make five single crochets into the next loop. 

Repeat from the * all the way around.  Slip stitch to join the round.  Tie off the circle.

Step 2.  Make the second circle.

For the second circle, follow the directions for rows 1-5.  On the sixth row, you will make the row and join the circle together.

Row 6.  Chain 1. 

*Make five single crochets into the loop.  Chain 2.  Make a single crochet through the loop of the first circle to join the two circle.  Chain 2.  Make five single crochet into the loop of the second cirlce, to keep finishing the round.

Repeat from the * all the way around.  Slip stitch to join the round.  Tie off the ornament.


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Step 3.  Soak the ornament.

Dip the ornament into the fabric stiffener.  Rub it and sueeze it until it is completely saturated.  Squeeze out any excess fabric stiffener.

Step 4.  Shape the ornament.

Work a balloon into the middle of the ornament.  It will take some wiggling and tugging.  Blow up the balloon as full as you can.  Set the ornament on wax paper and let it dry overnight.

Step 5.  Finish the ornament.

Pop the balloon and pull it out of the ornament.  You can simply add a loop of ribbon to hang the ornament on the tree or you can add beads and a bow.

Step 6.  Hang the ornament on your tree.

It will look stunning against the dark green!

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