Miniature Crochet Ball Ornament

This lacy homemade ornament has a delicate vintage look.  It is made by making two lacy circle and then crocheting them together.  The finished ornament is about two inches across.  Although it looks fragile, this ornament will last for years.  If it gets crushed or dirty, you can simply wash it in soap and warm water and then re-starch it.

You will need:

White cotton thread

A size 6 crochet hook

Scissors

Fabric stiffener

A small balloon

Ribbon and glue

Step 1.  Make the two parts of the ball.

 

Row 1.  Chain 20.  Join.  Chain 7.  Double crochet into the loop.  *Chain 3.  Double croceht into the loop.  Repeat from the * until there are 12 double crochets, counting the first "Chain 7 " as the first double crochet.  Chain 3.  Join.

Row 2.  *Chain 12.  Slip stitch ino the next double crochet.  Repeat from * all the way around.  Join.

Row 3.  Slip stitch in the first six stitches of the "Chain 12" from the previous round.  Chain 7.  Double crochet in the next loop.  *Chain 5.  Double crochet in the next loop.  Chain 3.  Double crochet in the next loop.   Repeat from the * all the way around.  Chain 5 and join to finish the round.

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 Step 2.  Join the parts of the ball.

You can stitch the end points together, or, when you are making the second half you can crochet them together as you crochet the 3rd round. 

To do this, instead of "chaining 5" chain 2.  Single crochet in the middle of the "chain 5" loop on the first piece.  Chain 2.  Continue on the next "chain 5" loop and repeat as you go around.

 

 

Step 4.  Get the ornament ready for shaping.

If desired, wash the ornament in warm soapy water and let it dry.  Pour some fabric stiffener into a bowl.  (Do not use spray-on fabric stiffener!  It isn't strong enough.)  Dip the ornament into the bowl and slosh it and rub it until it is completely wet with fabric stiffener.  Wring or blot out any excess fabric stiffener.

Step 5.  Shape the ornament.

Insert a balloon into the ornament and blow it up.  Set the ornament on wax paper and let it dry overnight.

Step 6.  Finish the ornament.

Pop the balloon and remove it from the ornament.  Add a bow and a loop of ribbon and hang the ornament on your tree!

You know that you can use heavy cotton thread to make beautiful Christmas ornaments.  Here are some interesting facts about cotton that you probably didn't know!  China is the largest cotton grower in the world, followed by India and the United States.  The United States grows over 9 million acres of cotton each year, or about 17 million bales.  That is enough cotton to make 3,655,000,000 pairs of jeans!

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