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The Jolly Ornament ~ Free Christmas Crochet Pattern

Crochet Christmas ornament in any size with this easy and free crochet pattern, Make your season merry and bright with handmade charm!

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Introducing the Jolly Christmas Ornament: a delightful, handmade crochet decoration meticulously crafted to add an extra dash of festive charm to your holiday season.

Two crochet Christmas ornament with Christmas decoration,

Last night, while going through my stash, I found some lovely yarn. It wasn’t sufficient for a large project, but I didn’t want it to go to waste. Then, I remembered the plastic round balls I had bought on sale at Michaels last year. So, I decided to try my hand at making Christmas ornaments!

As I started crocheting, I was delighted by how the colors in my variegated yarn blended together beautifully. Surprisingly, within less than an hour, I had crafted a stunning Christmas ornament, that I proudly claim as handmade. I’m thrilled at the thought of creating more to share as gifts!

In this blog, I’ll share not only how I made my ornaments but also how you can create your own ornaments in any size using different weight yarns and stitches. So, grab your yarn and hooks, and let me show you how I made these beautiful Christmas ornaments. 

Feel free to explore my Christmas Collection for more festive ideas!


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Crochet Christmas Ornaments Made Simple

Wrapping crochet around a ball might sound difficult with all those increases, decreases, and stitch counting. But believe it or not, all you have to do is crochet a rectangle to make this gorgeous ornament.

You can also use any yarn weight since it doesn’t really matter. Light-weight yarns create delicate decorations, while worsted or bulky yarns give a textured look. Additionally, you can experiment with using different stitches, from lacy to textured, to achieve various effects and styles.

For the Jolly Ornament, I selected a worsted weight variegated yarn, and I opted for the single crochet stitch for its simple appearance.

So select a plastic or glass ball ornament in your preferred size, choose your yarn and hook, and then let’s take some measurements. 

How to Make this Ornament in Any Size

If you’re using the same yarn weight and size ball ornament as mine, you can skip this step, as I’ve already taken the measurements and calculated the stitch count for the pattern.

For other sizes or different yarn weights, remove the top cap from the plastic or glass ball. Then, using your preferred yarn and appropriate hook, create a foundation chain that extends from the bottom center to the top opening of the ball. An important tip: stretch the foundation chain when taking the measurement to achieve a perfect fit.

Once you’ve measured the length of your foundation chain, crochet the rectangle piece using your favorite stitch, stopping when you’re able to wrap the crochet piece snugly around the ball. Follow the pattern for sewing.

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Recommended Yarn

*Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn*, #4 worsted weight yarn. Color shown: Royal Gorge Print.


About 30 yards

Crochet hooks

G/4.5 mm


4” square = 15 SC and 16 rows.


4″ DIY Plastic Ornaments: Ball Ornaments

Tapestry needle: to weave in ends.


  • CH: Chain
  • ST: Stitch
  • SC: Single crochet
  • SL ST: Slip stitch
  • BLO: Back loop only
  • Rep: repeat

Pattern notes

• This pattern is written in US terms.
• The pattern is easy for a confident beginner.

Two colorful crochet ornament

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Step1 – Crochet the rectangle

CH 21 to make a foundation chain

Row 1

SC in the 2nd Ch from the hook, SC in each ST across, CH1, turn. (20)

Row 2

SC BLO in each ST across, CH1, turn. (20)

Row 3- 37

Rep Row 2, at the end of row 37, fasten of and leave a long tail for sewing.

Step 2 – Assemble your ornament

Using a tapestry needle, weave the long tail through each stitch of row 37, taking it one stitch at a time. When reaching the end, pull the yarn tight and secure it with a knot.

A needle sewing a crochet piece

Continue sewing the side, grabbing a stitch from one side and its opposite counterpart halfway across.

Remove the top cap, then insert the plastic ball inside your crochet piece. Resume sewing until you reach the top. Secure with a knot.

I yarn needle inserted in a crochet piece, wrapped around a plastic  ball.
Sewing a crochet piece around a ball ornament

Close the top~Continue sewing around the top, threading the yarn through the foundation chain. Pull the yarn tight to close and secure with a few knots.

Finish up

Cut your yarn, weave in the ends, and admire your beautifully crocheted Christmas ball ornament! 🙂

Don’t forget to put the top cap back on, and for a finishing touch, feel free to embellish your ornament with a ribbon or Christmas picks.

🤝 Sharing is caring!

Crochet your own Christmas ornaments to add a special touch to your home or to give as thoughtful gifts! If you make one, I’d be thrilled to see your creation. Don’t hesitate to showcase your work and connect with fellow crochet enthusiasts. Share and connect with the Crochet Village Community on FaceBook and Instagram.

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Hi, I'm Assia

The passionate crochet designer behind The Crochet Village. I'm all about infusing my patterns with a mix of my modern outlook and contemporary flair, while staying true to the solid crochet techniques that have been passed down through generations in my family. Making crochet cool, trendy, and, most importantly, fun! ❤️

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