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12 Designs Of Christmas Day 12 - How to Make a Crochet Beaded Bauble

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Designed by: Natalia Slipchenko

Difficulty: Intermediate

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We invite you to a new slash course, in which Natalia Slipchenko will show you how to make a crochet bauble. If you are looking for ideas for handmade Christmas decorations, this beaded bauble will definitely appeal to you. What's more, Natalia explains step by step how to make a crochet ball from which you can conjure up not only a bauble, but also an anti-stress ball, key ring or home decoration. It's easier than you think, so let's do it!
I have developed this course for beginners, everything is in a nutshell. There is only one requirement - the ability to make a slash. If you have not yet mastered the slash, making a bauble like this will be complicated by inexperience, so first of all I invite you to familiarize yourself with the slash course that is already on our website. Those who have mastered the slash can easily prepare the necessary materials :).

Materials needed;

TOHO Seed Beads - Size 11/0 in two colors according to the pattern. I used Transparent-Frosted / Dark Aquamarine and Opaque-Lustered / White.
Canarias Yarn Art - colour-matched to the beads.
Jewellery needle 
Crochet Hook - Size 0.9 - 1mm. Please note that the size of the crochet hook is to be larger than the one on which you use to make a slash cord. Our knitted canvas should be softer and more flexible.
Filler for Christmas balls with a diameter of 3.5 - 4cm (I used a foam ball 4cm). As a filler, you can use a ping-pong ball, a polystyrene white ball, an ordinary plastic bauble, or even pillow filler.
End Cap X1 & 1X Bead Cap 
Jewellery EyePins 
Jump Rings - 6mm
Optional: Crystals - I used CrystaLove™ / glass crystals / faceted round / 8x10mm / Light Gray / Opalescent & Crystalove™ / glass crystals / drop / 6x12mm / Azure / Opalescent.
Small paper cards about 1 × 1cm.

Remember that our tutorials are mainly for learning technique and inspiration, and this means that your bauble may look completely different. Experiment with colours and patterns to get a completely different effect :).

Step 1

First of all, we need to download the pattern. Click HERE

As always, at the beginning we check the pattern according to which we thread the beads. The pattern for Christmas baubles consists of 6 wedges, this number of wedges is ideal for the shape of a ball. We make 1/3 part by adding beads and widening the wedges. The middle part is worked in a spiral like a slash cord. At the last, third part, we do a beads reduction.
I usually make baubles with a diameter of 4cm. Just 66 beads in a lap get this diameter, but the diagram gives information about 72 beads, because the program counts "empty" cells that we do not thread. The "empty" cells are grayed out, it is the end of the wedge and the end of the row.

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We thread the beads according to the arrows from the bottom up from the right to the left, starting from the last page of the document (opposite to the necklace). To facilitate our work instead of grey cells, indicating the beginning of a new row (largest numbers) we thread on one piece of paper each time.
We use these paper markers only in parts 1 and 3 of the diagram where the wedges are. At the middle part, we do not need them, because we work the rows spirally without any changes.
It's getting festive with these photos!

Now we are crocheting. I would like to remind you that we must be very careful about our accuracy, we work the eyes freely, we do not draw too much. After placing the insert, the canvas will stretch a little, and the beads need space for maneuvers.
Below is a table that will help beginners with crochet in adding beads (widening the wedge). Each row increases by 6 beads (by 1 in each wedge) until we reach 66 beads in the lap. We always add 1 bead at the end of the wedge!

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Number of beads in a row

How we work one wedge

(1 - one half-bar, 2 - two half-bars to one eye)

1

6

1

2

12

2

3

18

2, 1

4

24

2, 1, 1

5

thirty

2, 1, 1, 1

6

36

2, 1, 1, 1, 1

7

42

2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1

8

48

2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1

9

54

2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1

10

60

2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1

11

66

2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1

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I start with the magic loop, but you can also start with 2 stitches. Then we process the usual half-pillars as with a slash (bead, thread and 2 stitches). From the beginning we start to work with beads without a sleeve from the thread. There are already 6 beads in the first row. Do not pull the magic loop tight, it is better to do it later after a few rows.

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Step 4

We break the paper marker and start the next row. In the second row, we need to increase the number of beads to 12. Therefore, we add to each mesh of the previous row 2 half-beads with beads.

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Step 5

We take out a paper marker. In the third row, we need to increase the number of beads to 18. Therefore, we work the first half-crocheted normally, and we make 2 half-crochets until the next stitch. This will be the first wedge. We repeat this action 5 more times until the next marker.

Click HERE for video instructions on this. 

Step 6

When the last marker is left, we make the last addition of 6 beads. Keep an eye on this amount because you don't have any marker. Now our wedges are well visible from the inside of the work.

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Step 7

After the 11th row, we no longer add beads, we have all 66 in the round. We work with a slash for the next marker of paper. Now you can try the filling/ball, if it is too loose, wrap it with aluminum foil or transparent food foil to the size you need. The insert should not slide inside the bauble, it should also not stretch it, so try to match it as best as possible. Please make sure that the shape does not change, press the foil well.

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Step 8

Before we go any further, we must attach the hanger. We drag the free end of the thread to the center of the bauble. We take one overlay and go through it with a pin from the inside. If you have a pin with an eye, bend it with pliers 90 degrees. We put this set inside our baubles and stiffen it with a refill.
Then we start the most responsible part of the work, because it can be complicated so watch it very carefully. We again have 6 wedges of 12 beads each and in each subsequent row we will reduce 6 beads. We always make the reduction at the beginning of the wedge!

 

Click HERE for video instructions on this section. 


Number of beads in a row

How we work one wedge

(1 - one half-bar, 2 - one half-bar for two meshes)

66

1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2

60

1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2

54

1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2

48

1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2

42

1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2

36

1, 1, 1, 1, 2

thirty

1, 1, 1, 2

24

1, 1, 2

18

1, 2

12

2

6

1


Step 9

After breaking the marker, we begin to reduce the beads according to the table above. The reduction is done by passing one stitch from the previous row and knitting the half-stitch to the other stitch in the previous row. We draw the thread tightly after each reduction so that no holes are visible. You can even change the crochet hook to thinner if you see that you have gaps in the place of reduction. In this row we process as follows: (reduction and 9 half-pillars) * 6.

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Step 10

We reduce beads by carefully following the pattern. When reducing threads, we draw more tight, but we process the rest of the half-pillars freely. Do you remember that I mentioned our work needs to be flexible? The fewer beads you have in a row, the less the work will be comfortable. We crochet the crochet slant so as not to hook on the contribution.

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Step 11

We finish our bauble with 6 beads. If you are left with a small hole, you can easily make it smaller by making a crochet or with a needle and thread. And we already have 90% of work done! We can enjoy and show our beautiful bauble to everyone we see!!

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Step 12

Only the finishing touches are ahead of us. We put a cap or tip on the protruding piece of the pin and make a hook. At the bottom of our baubles we will make a delicate pendant. We will attach a jump ring between the last row of beads and use a pin to add one faceted round crystal. Below, I hang a teardrop and crystal. The whole Christmas ornament can be hung on a string, tape or even a chain, depending on its purpose.

NOTES:
- If you have a colorful insert or a very contrasting one - it is better to wrap it with aluminum foil or paint it with the colour you need. But the paint must be indelible so as not to soil the thread from the inside.
- If the edges of your work curl inward, it means that you are working too tight.
- If you have very stiff "seams" in the place where beads are added and after inserting the filling inside they do not align - you are working too tight.
- If you can see the thread between the beads throughout the canvas - you are working too loosely.
- If you are making an anti-stress ball, it is better to fill it with a soft pillow insert at the very end of reducing beads. When you have a 2-3cm hole, you need to fill the ball tight enough to even out the shape. I used this technique to make my globe.

Step 13

These are the baubles, balls and pendants that you can do with this great slash technique that I love! Don't forget to show off your version of the bauble and share it on our Facebook Page

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