Gingerbread Bauble

This month My Secret Yarn Stash was themed Gingerbread House, and the commercial yarn it contained was 2 x 50g balls of DK Supima Cotton from Three Bears Yarn. I decided to make a gingerbread bauble for the Christmas tree with mine, and I've written up a tutorial for it.

The bauble itself is a standard ball shape, with all of the stitches made into the back loop only, leaving all of the front loops available for us to use to slip stitch onto with the cream colour afterwards to make the icing effect. This part is freestyle, so every bauble is 100% unique!

Gingerbread Bauble

What you’ll need:

  • 25g Three Bears Yarn Suprima DK – Mango
  • 25g Three Bears Yarn Suprima DK – Cream
  • Stuffing
  • Buttons
  • 3mm hook
  • Darning needle

UK Terms used throughout:

  • CH – Chain
  • DC – Double Crochet     
  • SL ST – Slip Stitch
  • BLO – Back Loop Only

The Pattern:

Make a slip knot and chain 2

Round 1: 6DC into the 2nd CH from the hook (6)

Round 2: 2DC into BLO of each ST (12)

Pull slip knot tight. All of our stitches will now be made into the BLO

Round 3: 2DC into first ST, DC into next ST, *2DC into next ST, DC into next ST*, repeat round from * to * (18)

Round 4: 2DC into first ST, DC into next 2STs, *2DC into next ST, DC into next 2 STs*, repeat round from * to * (24)

Round 5: 2DC into first ST, DC into next 3 STs, *2DC into next ST, DC into next 3 STs *, repeat round from * to * (30)

Round 6: 2DC into first ST, DC into next 4 STs, *2DC into next ST, DC into next 4 STs*, repeat round from * to * (36)

Round 7: 2DC into first ST, DC into next 5 STs, *2DC into next ST, DC into next 5 STs*, repeat round from * to * (42)

Round 8: 2DC into first ST, DC into next 6 STs, *2DC into next ST, DC into next 6 STs*, repeat round from * to * (48)

Rounds 9-13: DC round (48)

Round 14: DC into first 6 STs, DC2TOG, *DC into next 6 STs, DC2TOG*, repeat round from * to * (42)

Round 15: DC into first 5 STs, DC2TOG, *DC into next 5 STs, DC2TOG*, repeat round from * to * (36)

Round 16: DC into first 4 STs, DC2TOG, *DC into next 4 STs, DC2TOG*, repeat round from * to * (30)

Round 17: DC into first 3 STs, DC2TOG, *DC into next 3 STs, DC2TOG*, repeat round from * to * (24)

Stuff the bauble – continue to stuff as required during the last few rounds

Round 18: DC into first 3 STs, DC2TOG, *DC into next 3 STs, DC2TOG*, repeat from * to * 2 more times, DC into remaining 4 STs (20)

Round 19: DC into first 2 STs, DC2TOG, *DC into next 2 STs, DC2TOG*, repeat round from * to * (15)

Round 20: DC into first ST, DC2TOG, *DC into next ST, DC2TOG*, repeat round from * to * (10)

Cut the yarn leaving a long end and with a darning needle, weave the yarn under the FLO of the remaining stitches, pull tight and this will neatly close the bauble.

We now have a bauble! Where we have worked into the BLO all the way through, we now have a surface we can “draw on”. This part is freestyled, get creative! Attach your cream yarn to a FLO of your choice and slip stich your way round, the idea is to make it look like dripping icing. Make some blobs which you can sew buttons onto, which will look like icing is holding it on.

Once you are happy weave all your ends through. I use the initial tail from the bauble to make a loop for hanging.

Andrew Moore