Crochet Thread Christmas Balls

Crochet Thread Christmas Balls

And welcome back to the fourth gift of Christmas, and this is The Crochet Thread Christmas Balls and these are quite Spectacular. These are just regular plastic Christmas balls that you can pick up at the major retailers just like you see. And you can also use glass if you want to. But this one is actually plastic. And you can actually spifin up your balls and actually put some crochet thread around it to really change it’s look. I find this is more of a gift giveaway because I think that these are really quite special looking once you get them done and really quite excited about that as well. So you’re gonna need a plastic or glass Christmas ball. You can see the size of the ball compared to my hand. But I’m gonna put the more information uh, about this ball on the more information of this video. So you can actually know and I’ll show you in the video where you can change it in order to make if for smaller balls as well. The thread that we’re using today the crochet Ber, ah, sorry is the Bernat Handi Crafter and this is crochet thread and uh, really quite nice. The color coordination that you see here is really providing a really quite nice um, affect on the ball. This color coordination is called, Adrift, a-d-r-i-f-t and this is a Bernat Handicrafter crochet thread. And finally, the crochet needle or hook that we’re using today is a 2.5 mm and it gonna require me to steady on the camera in order to show you how to make this particular ball. So let’s get started and we’re gonna create a slip knot which is your starting point and usually if you’re gonna be doing this project you’re probably gonna be experienced so I won’t go slowly at that. And I want you to chain eight. Okay, this never counts as one and let’s begin to do that so 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. And this is the circle underneath the ball and what I want you to do is put the beginning stitch on to the hook again and pulling a slip stitch all the way through so that we can trap that particular circle into position. So what I want you to do now is move up to the next step and what we wanna do is wanna chain three 1, 2 and 3 and now I want you to double crochet yourself all the way around inside the circle so grabbing your material, going into the circle and I want you to leave this straggler on the top because that will get trapped in position. Okay, and I want you to do that nineteen times. Okay, so just continue to go, you can count as you go or you can count uh, when you think you got enough and again keep that straggler into position, on top of it so that it traps it into position and I’ll catch you back up when we finish this rotation so we continue and make nineteen double crochets and then what you wanna just do is slip stitch the circle together. But we’ll catch back up in just a second. I’m now finished my nineteen and all I wanna just do now is slip stitch to the top of the first chain, just like so. And you’re gonna see that this is the straggler that came out from the center and what I want you to just do is to snip that up because now it’s trapped into position so now it’s out of the way. And let’s begin to chain four so 1, 2, 3 and 4. And I want you to come in to the second over so look very carefully, 1 and 2 going over and we’re gonna single crochet ourselves into position. Okay and then chain four again so 1, 2, 3 and 4. Okay, and then single, so we skip one and go to the second one over and I want you to do that all the way around, so chain four and then when you go to single crochet you make sure you skip one and you should have a total left of ten particular of these little um, crochet four spots at the end. So continue all the way around doing that. Now we’re gonna go around again and this time if you count you should have ten spots so you’re gonna see that you did your chain four and you skipped over one and every time you did that on the base then you should put ten all the way around. So now what I want you to do is just chain five 3, 4, 5. Okay, and what I want you to just do is to single crochet yourselves into the top of the chain four section that you did below. Okay, so there was one, so let’s do it again so chain five, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. And then go to the next one that’s over there and just go to the top. So just go right underneath it, don’t go into a stitch and go all the way around chaining five and then single crochet and we’ll meet back up at the end. Okay, we’re at the end of this rotation here and I didn’t want you to slip stitch at all. I just want you to hold because we have to maintain the ten all the way around so we got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 so if you were to normally at the end of a hat or anything we usually always bridge it over to create it but then you’ll end up with an odd number of eleven. So we just single crocheted ourselves into the top of the last one and what I want you to just do now is just immediately jump to the next one available and I want you to single crochet three times. So 1, 2 and 3. Okay and now I want you to chain nine. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Okay and now what I want you to just do single crochet yourselves into the top of the next one and I want you to single crochet three times so 1, 2 and 3 and then chain nine again, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Okay and then come back down for a single crochet and keep doing all the way around, we’ll meet back up at the end where we’ll continue along. We’re now coming to the final of this particular rotation and 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. I sound like a crochet workout or robot tape. But what we wanna do is when we, when we came across and we jumped across these three single crochets when we started that’s exactly on the first one is where we wanna come down and what we wanna do now is particularly um is cast off and we wanna finish this up at this particular point. And the reason why we are finishing it is that in the next ah, step is that we actually have to start off at the top of one of these bad boys. So in order to get up there need to be able to switch over and be able start. Let’s begin again and we’re just gonna do slip knot just like we did before. We want to use this as a casting on for the next process of this. So what you’re seeing here when you are actually spread it out it looks a lot different on a ball. And of course the ball is trapped on something, so when it goes on what you’re seeing here it’s actually part of the one section. Just like you see. So now what we have to do is we have to create the section that you see. So on this one here what we’ve just done is that we have done this section here. So now we have to create the opposite going in the other direction and we have to start off at the top here instead of the bottom like I mentioned before. So let’s begin again and I’m just gonna start it exactly where I finished off. So this is where I tied off so I am just gonna move to my left. And I wanna single crochet the casting on process and I’m just going into the particular loop instead of just into a stitch so that it can ride nice and easily and what I want to do is chain nine again. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 and now I just wanna single crochet into the next one over here and you wanna do that all the way around. So chain nine single crochet, chain nine and do that all the way around we’ll meet back up where we’re gonna continue this process. So I’m on the last part of this rotation so let me get my nine 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. And what I wanna just do is where we’ve started here is exactly where I wanna finish off so right into that slip stitching spot where we started that rotation to make it look even. Single crochet ourselves as normal. And now we’re ready for the next step. So you should still have nine or sorry ten around, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 it’s good. And now what I want you to do now spread this out okay and right here if you notice on the ball we have a beautiful thick line that is appearing up and down almost like a cathedral kind of idea and that is achieved through twelve single crochet. So let’s go in and we’re just gonna single crochet right into the actual piece itself. So just right underneath so it’s 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 and so instead of slip stitching or anything I just want you to immediately jump jump to the next one and put another twelve in. I want you to do that in every one of them coming back around. We’ll meet back up in the end again. So do that again. So twelve single crochet into each one of the outside loops. We now just single crochet twelve times in the each one of outside loops. As you can see and now you can grab your ball here and really give it a good indication of what’s it gonna look like when it pulls over. So now the next part is exactly the measuring size that change everything about this particular project. And what I’m about to tell you here is that I need you to slip stitch okay, so just continue to slip stitch along the edge until you get to the sixth one over. So that was 1, okay so just keep going over, [mumbling] the sixth one, and the sixth one because there was single crocheting of twelve The sixth means that technically you’ve just moved to the half way point again. Because if you look here where it’s grabbing it at the middle of the actual twelve point. So just do that and we’ll meet back up in a second where we’ll continue along with this particular project. And now at the half way point, and now what I wanna do is chain fifteen. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15. So if I wanted something smaller, smaller ball I won’t chain fifteen there, I’ll just go even smaller. So you can actually just do that. And what I want you to do is either you can look for the half way point and guess it or you can actually physically count the stitches My case, you know I’m kinda lazy that way. I kinda just look at it and see that’s the half way point and just put in a single crochet. Okay so do that all the way around and uh, you can actually get half way and then determine, pull it of the ball, seeing if it’s too much slack. If it’s not enough you can just you can adjust it before you go all the way around. And then just either take away stitches or add, depending on what, how size, how big your ball is really. So let’s keep going with that. So let’s finish off this project. We got our chain fifteen and we’re just gonna pull it and there is where we started just like so and we’re gonna come in and we’re gonna do a single crochet. And what we wanna do at this point as well, we wanna cast off or fasten off. So we’re gonna fasten this off completely leaving no loose ends at this point. Okay, so just do a weaving, tying affect here and cut this string as close to, because this is crochet uh, thread, it’s a cotton thread or whatever it is. [chuckles] I have no idea what I’m talking about half the time because it is that. Um, you can tie it pretty tight and it won’t unravel on you. So Um, that works out to be pretty good and we can just trim it. Nice and close. Like so, and now we wanna get a piece from the actual ball. Okay, just like, nah, maybe a foot long. It’s a cheap enough thread that you can waste a bit of it if you have to. So let’s begin and we’re gonna now put this over the top of the ball. Okay, before we do that, I want you to take this string and I want you to feed it through the outside loop. Okay, coming towards you. So the next one goes to the back side and comes to the loop through the front. Okay, back and keep doing that all the way around. It looks kinda like a little basket at this point and we just wanna insert the ball in. And just using the two strings kinda pull it up, I just don’t wanna let go of these loose ends that we have going down. Okay, we just wanna kinda pull it up like almost pulling up socks. We want all the loops to come up to the top. Like so. See, all those loops are now gathering at the top. So now what I wanna do, just make sure all the loops are up before we even really giving it a good tight tug. So we just wanna tie it. So it’s good nice good tight tug, look at that. Oh my goodness, it so perfect, love it. Okay, this is where I think you need two hands or four sets of hands. This is right at this particular point because if it doesn’t stay nice and tight it will loosen out on ya. So just gotta be a little careful it you’re by yourself doing this. Okay, so it did loosen off as I, you can see right there. But you know what, this may happen to you so you can do you just spread these bad boys out. This actually tied as tight as it’s gonna get so because it is crochet thread. I’m just gonna trim it nice and tight. Just like so and you can just spread these out. I know that was probably the cheap way to do it, it’s easier if you have someone holding it. But is still looks just as good when you spread everything out. Just like so. And so basically there is your christmas ball again. Kinda very similar to the first one. There’s a slight variation of the change that I did. Here, I chained only twelve because I thought it would be okay but then what I wanted to do is I realized I really had to give it a really good tug on that and because of that it was kinda too tight. So here I did a chaining of fifteen at the top to loosen it a little bit. Again, if its a smaller ball you won’t wanna do the chain fifteen at the top. And uh, this is actually quite an amazing project. Its actually, these are really quite super nice even to give away. They’re even super nice upside down. Um, because of the nice snowflake ideas that you have at the base. So, until next time. This is the fourth gift of Christmas. [music playing]

50 thoughts on “Crochet Thread Christmas Balls

  1. I like it that we can actually see you behind the camera!! this is a very nice one. Might do this for Christmas. Thanks Mikey!

  2. Mikey… this is great… i always want to make these, but reading and working are a PITA,, cause the print is so small… welllllllllll… now you have made it easy… i can watch you and know how to make it without reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks buddy…

  3. Me again,, i just realized your working with hands in a fairly awkward position… to be doing this fine crochet… i can see the camera between you and the hook.. right? Boy you really go all the way for us… this would be pretty painfull i'm guessing for some of us… thanks again for all you do……………GB

  4. Love this Christmas craft pattern! Mikey, I'm wondering where I could find your original "smiley flowers" pattern, not the Paton or Bernat flower patterns. I know you're very busy–do you have someone to answer questions for you? Thanks.

  5. Mikey, you are so wonderful! This project is so beautiful! Thank you for loving us crocheters so much, that you give us wonderful, as well as beautiful, projects!

  6. @charmazingable hello this is cathy from Mikey's helpdesk, I help Mikey answer his emails ect…..unfortunately the original smiley flower tutorials had to be removed from youtube so the bernat pettern and paton pattern are the only similar ones available……cathy 🙂

  7. I begin to look for Christmas ideas way in advance, and I have to say that hands down your videos are the best. I look forward to more of your videos, and I'll be sure to use this one when the holidays come around!

  8. Adding to my collection of ornaments making this year for my tree, extras for gift and other home decoration such as wreath etc. thanks m.

  9. I learned a trick to make it easier to knot things like this without an extra set of hands. Instead of just looping it once and then again for the knot, loop it twice first. It seems to make it hold better so you can get the knot tied just where you want it.

  10. Oh my that is gorgeous! I was supposed to spend the morning doing some research for my daughter's school project, but once again found myself spellbound by your tutorials! Now I'm gonna have to drag myself away, but when I'm finished I am definitely making some of these for my mom for Christmas 🙂 You and Bob Wilson are my favorite tutors

  11. I like this pattern. I might try it and finish off by using a needle with the thread and pull it up that way. I think it might make it easier to to hold the end string and do a typical sewing tie off.

  12. Hey Lynn….it's ch 3 and then do 19 dc in the center ring for a total of 20 dc…the written pattern is on Mikey's website if you think that would be helpful to you 🙂 [email protected] the crochet crowd help desk 🙂

  13. To make finishing easier set the ball in an ordinary glass (just choose the right size). That will hold the ball while you tie off the string.

  14. I find when you tie your first knot that you tie the knot loosely, then wrap one of the ends around again, then pull tight, it holds so it doesn't slip. I will be totally giving this a go, they're so pretty!!

  15.  I used 'Spangle' by Premier Yarns along with a size F (3.75mm) hook. every chain I pulled pretty tight in order to keep the size as close to original as possible. Thank you for the tutorial, it makes it so much easier to be able to watch with some patterns! 

  16. Think this would be better tied off at the bottom of the ball instead of the top and yes of course you would have to have someone to hold the ornament as you made the knot. Tied at the bottom would allow the pattern you worked so hard on to show more. The only tweek you would have to make would be to make sure the starting chain would fit down over the neck of the ornament.

  17. I love it! I did it with red string on a silver ball that I decorated! Super cute. My grandma will love this as a gift! 😘

  18. Great project!  I do have a suggestion:  when tying the top, use a surgeon's knot.  Instead of passing the end through the loop once for a standard knot, pass around and through again.  Once tightened down, it will hold itself for the second part of the knot much easier.  Thanks for the ideas!!!

  19. Hi Mikey, I'm just working on this great pattern! I bought some much larger Christmas armaments to use and made some adjustments on mine. Using the Red Heart Holiday yarn and E/3.5 hook I made it work beautifully.   Love how they're turning out!  I shared a video of the ones I made!
    Thanks for another helpful video!

  20. Thank you very much for these instructions and it's really fun to make as i've already completed two. I decided to do plain white yarn on traditional x-mas red ornaments. Really great project and I like how you explain every step clearly without being too repetative for us above beginner level ^^

  21. I know this is a old video but I have a question.. I have a large plasic ball that I would love to make this for but what are the differences in making a larger one? I do I need to do differently? Thanks in advance

  22. I'll definitely be trying this 🙂 gotta get some thread and spare ornaments first. Thank you very much 🙂 my partner's Nanna suggested I try tatting because I enjoy crochet. She wants me to make her a doiley for Christmas with the hooks she gave me 🙂 I think this will be a good start and a nice extra 🙂

  23. I followed you as I watched the video, but I used yarn over a balloon and stiffened it. Thank you for sharing this with us! It's very pretty over a ball or as I have done it.

  24. This is so cute, but now I find out it's the 4th day of Christmas I can't find the other days (in all the patterns) Can anyone help me please? Thank you

  25. I used size 10 crochet thread and size 7 (1.65mm) steel crochet hook and the resulting cover fit perfectly on a smaller Christmas ball ornament. Worked great! However, when he finished off the first time and began with a new thread end, I just slipped stitched over to the center of the ch 9 space.

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