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Festive Baubles

Nestling one motif inside another doubles the colour opportunities, making this project a real feast for the senses. Notice how the white in round 3 creates a winter festive feel, whilst the all-colour ones are richer and deeper. Experiment with even more colour by replacing the gold and silver with contrasting colours instead and see where it takes you. The possibilities are endless!

Colourful Crochet

 

YARN AND MATERIALS:

Rico Ricorumi DK (100% cotton, approx. 57m/62yd per 25g/7⁄8oz ball) DK (light worsted) weight yarn:

  • 1 ball each of:
  • Candy Pink shade 012
  • Fuchsia shade 014
  • Orchid shade 016
  • Lilac shade 017
  • Pink shade 011
  • Light Blue shade 033
  • Turquoise shade 039
  • Blue shade 032
  • Grass Green shade 044
  • Emerald shade 042
  • Purple shade 020
  • Orange shade 027
  • Tangerine shade 026
  • Yellow shade 006
  • Light Green shade 046

Rico Ricorumi Lamé DK (62% polyester, 38% polyamide, approx. 50m/54yd per 10g/1⁄3oz ball) DK (light worsted) weight yarn:

  • 1 ball each of:
  • Gold shade 002
  • Silver shade 001

 

HOOKS AND EQUIPMENT

3mm (US size C/2–D/3) crochet hook

Yarn needle 

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

5.5cm (21⁄8in) wide x 3cm (1.in) deep

TENSION

Round 1 measures 2cm (.in) diameter using a 3mm (US size C/2–D/3) hook

ABBREVIATIONS

 

Inner layer

(make 12 in any colour combination)

Using first colour, make a magic ring.

Round 1: Ch3 (counts as first tr), 11tr in ring, ss in top of beg ch-3 to join. (12 sts)

Fasten off first colour.

Round 2: Join second colour in any st, ch2 (counts as first htr), 1htr in same st, 2htr in each st to end, ss in top of beg ch-2 to join. (24 sts)

Fasten off second colour.

Round 3: Join third colour in any st, ch2 (counts as first htr), 1htr in each st to end, ss in top of beg ch-2 to join.

Round 4: Using same colour, rep round 3.

Fasten off.

 

Outer layer

(make 12 in any colour combination)

Using first colour, make a magic ring.

Round 1: Ch3 (counts as first tr), 11tr in ring, ss in top of beg ch-3 to join. (12 sts)

Fasten off first colour.

Round 2: Join second colour in any st, ch3 (counts as first tr), 1tr in same st, 2tr in each st to end, ss in top of beg ch-3 to join. (24 sts)

Fasten off second colour.

Round 3: Join third colour in any st, ch2 (counts as first htr), 1htr in each st to end, ss in top of beg ch-2 to join.

Round 4: Using same colour, rep round 3.

Fasten off.

JOIN OUTER AND INNER LAYERS

Place inner layer inside the outer layer with WS tog.

Round 5: Using either Gold or Silver, and working into BLO of round 4 sts of inner layer and FLO of round 4 sts of outer layer, join yarn in any st, ch1 (counts as first dc), 1dc in each of next 4 sts, 2dc in next st, [1dc in each of next 5 sts, 2dc in next st] 3 times, ss in beg ch-1 to join. (28 sts)

Fasten off.

 

Making up and finishing

Sew in any ends.

MAKE HANGING LOOP

Join same yarn as for round 5 in back of any dc, ch20, ss in same dc to join.

Fasten off.

 

Tip

Joining the two motifs can be fiddly to begin with but as you work round 5, gently sculpt them into shape and they will nest together beautifully.

Colour therapy

Notice how by framing each bauble in either silver or gold and matching this with the surface crochet in round 1, a degree of order is created.

 

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