This was a very impromptu ornament design that I worked up earlier this week just for fun. I shared it in my stories and got quite a few requests for a pattern so here it is!
I worked it up in Bernat Baby Velvet in pink yarn because it matches the aesthetic of my tree and other Christmas decor, but you can absolutely make this little light bulb ornament in any colour and any weight yarn. Use a category 3 (light weight) yarn and a 2.75mm hook for a smaller ornament (a bunch of them would look great on a garland!), or use jumbo yarn and a 5mm hook to create a giant bulb (if you make one, you HAVE to tag me!).
You can also exclude the star stitching detail and use your own colour-work design (I’m thinking fair isle!) or keep it simple and classic.
As usual, this pattern is made in the same style as my Ragdoll patterns; separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together to give them that unique 2-D look.
There is zero colour-work in this pattern, so it works up quite quickly!
The finished measurements are approximately 12cm/4.5″ from top to bottom.
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- 3.25mm hook for main (I use THESE hooks!);
- Small amounts of Bernat Baby Velvet in Pink Dusk and Blissful Greige (or any worsted weight yarn)
- Small length of white yarn (I used Bernat Velvet);
- Tapestry needle.
Terms and Stitches:
Ch – Chain
Slst – Slip stitch
MR – Magic Ring
Sc – Single Crochet
Inc – Increase. Work a regular sc increase
Dec – Decrease. Work a regular sc decrease
Sc3tog – Single crochet three stitches together.
Panel (make 2):
Row 1: Chain 2, work one sc into the second chain from hook (1 st), ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Inc (2 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Inc in each st (4 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Inc in first st, sc 2, inc in last st (6 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 5: Inc, sc 4, inc (8 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 6: Sc in each st across (8 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 7: Inc, sc 6, inc (10 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 8: Sc in each st across (10 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 9: Inc, sc 8, inc (12 sts), ch 1, turn.
Rows 10-16: Sc in each st across (12 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 17: Dec, sc 8, dec (10 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 18: Sc in each st across (10 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 19: Dec, sc 6, dec (8 sts), switch to grey, ch 1, turn.
Rows 20-23: In grey, sc in each st across (8 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 24: Sc in each st across (8 sts).
Tie off. Repeat rows 1-24 for second panel.
Move on to assembly below!
Step 1: Star
Using white yarn, stitch a star onto each panel, as follows:
- starting two rows down from the bottom of the grey section, make a vertical stitch spanning 12 rows.
- starting two stitches in from either side, make a horizontal stitch between 6 and 7 rows down from the grey section, crossing the first vertical stitch.
- make two more diagonal stitches in an ‘X’ shape across the centre.
- make several other stitches around the star for added detail.
Tie knots in the back to secure.
Step 2: Joining Panels
Here’s what you should have now:
Starting in a stitch on the left side in the middle, begin attaching the panels together by inserting your hook through both panels. Single crochet around the outside edge of the panels.
Work the following into the point of the ornament at the bottom:
- Point: [Sc, ch 1, sc] all into the same st.
Crochet around until you reach the other side (before you reach the grey section). Stuff the ornament now.
Continue crocheting around, changing to grey as necessary. Crochet the following in the top corners of the grey section:
- Corners: [Sc, ch 1, sc] all into the same st.
Top up stuffing as you go. Switch back to pink as necessary. Slst to beginning st and tie off. Weave the yarn tail inside to hide.
Step 3: Finish
Add a hanging loop or an ornament hook and you’re done!
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