I just love creating quick and easy crochet decorations for Christmas and so am delighted to share my new collection of crochet bauble patterns with you!
This tartan bauble is a great way to take your Fair Isle crochet skills further. It might look tricky but once you have the colour changes you’ll have it made and decorating your tree in no time at all.
Made in rounds using split crochet stitches, you can either pop a ready made bauble in it like I have or stuff it to create the shape. Perfect for using up that yarn stash and great fun too!
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More about the tartan bauble pattern
As I said I love to make decorations for the home, especially Christmas ones and so when I sat down to design the entire crochet bauble collection I played around with some traditional festive patterns as well as some fun and quirky ones.
Tartan is a regular in our house at Christmas, mainly because it’s on the tin that delicious buttery shortbread biscuits come in! This is a traditional crochet pattern for Christmas that wraps all the way around the bauble. It looks like there is a lot going on but it’s deceptively simple.
I went for a blue version here but you can make it in any colour you like to match your theme! A red or a green would also work well with tartan.
More about Fair Isle crochet baubles
I designed 7 Fair Isle crochet bauble patterns in all (along with 7 tapestry and 7 mosaic ones) and love all of them!
Fair Isle crochet is such a great technique that uses beginner stitches in a really fun and unique way to create a knit look fabric.
The only stitch you’ll need to know for the Fair Isle section of the baubles is a split single crochet stitch (ssc). It’s worked like a regular single crochet but ‘splits’ through the centre V of the stitch rather into the main body of the stitch as it’s usually done.
Here are the other baubles in the collection to show you how versatile the technique can be!
Bauble-ing Crochet Along 5th – 22nd December 2022
I am thrilled to be hosting a crochet along between the 5th and 22nd December 2022 where we can all get bauble-ing together and share in our joy of crochet in the lead up to the festive period.
It would be so wonderful to have you join!
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To make my version of the cable crochet headband I used Color Theory yarn, 100% acrylic, 246yds/100g, Category #4 weight.
Each bauble uses approx 20g of yarn (50yds) if you’d like to raid your stash!
For the whole collection of baubles I used the following colours:
3 balls of Ivory
1 ball each of Nutmeg, Canyon, Raisin, Satellite, Dijon, Caper, Stonewash and Thunder
Here are some that I think would work really well for this pattern in various price ranges:
- Lion Brand Heartland:100% acrylic; 252yds, 230m/140g
- Sirdar Country Classic Worsted: 50% wool, 50% acrylic; 218yds, 200m/100g
- Swish Worsted by WeCrochet: 100% superwash merino wool, 110yds, 100m/50g
Tension and Sizing
My baubles cover an 8cm/3.15″ plastic bauble with slight negative ease.
Tension isn’t essential for this project so just make sure to match up the Base to your bauble so that you know it will fit before working the main body.
If you are going to stuff your baubles then you don’t need to worry about tension at all and they can be as big or small as you like 🙂
Along with your yarn, you will need the following:
- A 2.75mm(C) crochet hook- my favourites are Clover Soft Touch or Furls Odyssey (use HANJAN15 to save 15%)
- 8cm/3.15″ plastic baubles available here in a pack of 24: Fillable plastic baubles
- Alternatively, you could cover existing baubles that you have at home.
- You could also use Fibre Fill to stuff them or scraps of yarn ends! You just need to make sure to stuff them really full to get a good shape.
- Pair of sharp scissors
- Ribbon for hanging
You can watch a video tutorial for the Fair Isle bauble technique here:
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Glossary and Abbreviations
ch(s) – chain(s)
sp – space
ss – slip stitch
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
sk – skip
rep – repeat
yoh – yarn over hook
blo – back loop only
flo – front loop only
rem – remaining
tog – together
The stitches used in the baubles are as follows:
sc – single crochet (UK dc – double crochet)
ssc – split single crochet (UK sdc – split double crochet)
exsc – extended single crochet (UK exdc – extended double crochet)
The baubles use basic stitches but worked in perhaps a new way. It’s great fun and not much of a change to create something really different!
Split single crochet
Insert hook into the centre (between the ‘legs’) of stitch. Yarn over and pull through a loop. Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook
Extended split single crochet
Insert hook into the centre (between the ‘legs’) of stitch. Yarn over and pull through a loop. Yarn over and pull through one loop on the hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook.
Extended split single crochet 2 together
Insert hook into the centre (between the ‘legs’) of stitch. Yarn over and pull through a loop. Yarn over and pull through one loop on the hook. Insert hook into the centre (between the ‘legs’) of next stitch. Yarn over and pull through a loop. Yarn over and pull through one loop on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook.
The Fair Isle baubles are worked in continuous rounds with increases until Round 7, a set amount of 42 sts until Round 22 and then decreases until Round 27 to complete.
Always change yarn on the the last ‘yarn over and pull through’ when you need to change colour.
All stitches are worked as split stitches in the Fair Isle baubles.
Carrying your colours across the back of the work is a great idea! These are known as ‘floats’. Make sure to catch your floats regularly in long sections that don’t use that colour to avoid them pulling too tight.
The pattern is written in standard US crochet terms.
Tartan Crochet Bauble Pattern
US Crochet Terminology
Using 3 colours of your choice: A, B and C. I used A: Stonewash, B: Ivory, C: Satellite
Work all stitches as split Exsc in this section using A.
Make a magic ring.
Round 1: 6 Exsc into the ring .
Round 2: 2 split Exsc into each stitch around .
Round 3: * split Exsc in next st, 2 split Exsc in next st; rep from * around .
Round 4: * split Exsc in next 2 sts, 2 split Exsc in next st; rep from * around .
Round 5: * split Exsc in next 3 sts, 2 split Exsc in next st; rep from * around .
Round 6: * split Exsc in next 4 sts, 2 split Exsc in next st; rep from * around .
FAIR ISLE SECTION
Work all stitches as split sc in this section working colour changes as follows.
If you enjoy working from chart or colour blocks then you can find them (and step by step instructions) in the Ebook:
Round 7: *(C) x 1, (B) x 1, (C) x 3, ((B) x 1, (C) x 1) in next st, (A) x 3, (C) x 1, (A) x 1 ((A) x 2) in next st; rep from * around 
Round 8: (B) x 42
Round 9: Rep Round 7
Round 10: Rep Round 7
Round 11: Rep Round 7
Round 12: Rep Round 7
Round 13: (B) x 42
Round 14: Rep Round 7
Round 15: (A) x 1, (B) x 1, (A) x 3, (B) x 1, (A) x 1, (B) x 3, (C) x 1, (B) x 3, (A) x 1, (B) x 1, (A) x 3, (B) x 1, (A) x 1, (B) x 3, (C) x 1, (B) x 3, (A) x 1, (B) x 1, (A) x 3, (B) x 1, (A) x 1, (B) x 3, (C) x 1, (B) x 3
Round 16: Rep Round 15
Round 17: Rep Round 15
Round 18: Rep Round 15
Round 19: (C) x 42
Round 20: Rep Round 15
Round 21: Rep Round 15
Round 22: Rep Round 15
Work all stitches as split Exsc in this section using A.
Before making the Top, weave in ends and insert the bauble into the cover. Work the remaining rounds with the bauble in place. If your bauble has a removable cap then taking it off at this point could be helpful.
Round 23: * split Exsc in next 5 sts, Exsc2tog over next 2 sts; rep from * around .
Round 24: * split Exsc in next 4 sts, split Exsc2tog over next 2 sts; rep from * around .
Round 25: * split Exsc in next 3 sts, split Exsc2tog over next 2 sts; rep from * around .
Round 26: * split Exsc in next 2 sts, split Exsc2tog over next 2 sts; rep from * around .
Round 27: * split Exsc in next st, split Exsc2tog over next 2 sts; rep from * around .
Weave in ends and add a ribbon to hang if desired.
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