Hello and welcome to Day Six of the Seven Days of Christmas Baubles! Today we will learn how to crochet the Mint Swirl Christmas Bauble.
Christmas and mint just seem to go well together. When I think of my favourite Christmas treats I think of mint cookies and chocolates, peppermint candy canes and mint hot chocolate. Mint at Christmas time just works.
After working this swirl pattern on the Christmas Bauble this week I was reminded of peppermints, tense the name, Mint Swirl.
The pattern this week features a lot of going between colours as you are working. If you are new to the colour changing technique and it seems a bit daunting, I invite you to check out some of the other Christmas Baubles I’ve designed this year. Some of the designs are more simple with less changing colours. If you stick with this one, though, I am sure you will find that as you work the pattern you will soon find your groove and the colour work will go quickly.
Days One to Five:
Days One to Five are available on my blog an you’ll find them here:
Day Three: Free Christmas Star Bauble Crochet Pattern
Day Four: Free Chevron Bauble Crochet Pattern
You will notice in this design that it is slightly different from the other baubles. Where the colour work in the previous ones begin at round nine, in this pattern the colour work begins at round eight. But this is all explained below.
Thank you so much for stopping by! The written pattern and video tutorial are in full below. However, if you would like to show this pattern some love, add it to your libraries or print off an ad free PDF, you may do so from either my Etsy or Ravelry Shop linked below:
Enjoy and until next time, happy crocheting!
Mint Swirl Christmas Bauble:
Skill Level: Easy
Gauge: 17 sts x 20 rows of sc = 4 inches
Finished Size: 3.5 x 3.5 inches diameter (10 inch circumference)
Yarn: Heartland® by Lion Brand® (100% Acrylic; 5 oz, 142 g; Approx. 251 yds, 230 m). Worsted/medium Weight (4). Colour A: Saguaro and Colour B: Acadia – Approximately 50 yards of each colour.
Hook: Size G/6 (4.0 mm) Hook. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions: Yarn Needle, stitch marker, Christmas Bauble with 10 inch circumference OR some fibrefill.
Stitches and Abbreviations:
Blo – Back Loop Only
Ch – Chain
Rpt – Repeat
Sc – Single Crochet
Sc2tog – Single Crochet Two Stitches Together
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Yo – Yarn Over
- Pattern is written in American English terms.
- Pattern is worked in rounds.
- Ch 1 at beginning of round does not count as stitch.
- Weave in ends as needed.
- Do not join at the ends of the rounds, instead use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch and move as work progresses.
- Do not turn at the end of each round.
- This pattern may be worked around a Christmas Bauble or without and then filled with a fibrefill afterward.
- When colour is not in use, carry it behind the working yarn.
Free Crochet Pattern:
With Colour A, make a magic ring OR ch 4 and join with a sl st in the 1st ch to make a ring.
Rnd 1: Into the ring work 6 sc. Do not join but use a stitch marker to mark the first st. Move marker as work progresses. Do not turn. (6 sts)
Rnd 2: In the blo, work 2 sc in each st all the way around. (12 sts)
Rnd 3: In the blo, * 2 sc in the next st, sc in the next st, rpt from * all the way around. (18 sts)
Rnd 4: In the blo, * 2 sc in the next st, sc in each of the next 2 sts, rpt from * all the way around. (24 sts)
Rnd 5: In the blo, * 2 sc in the next st, sc in each of the next 3 sts, rpt from * all the way around. (30 sts)
Rnd 6: In the blo, * 2 sc in the next st, sc in each of the next 4 sts, rpt from * all the way around. (36 sts)
Rnd 7: In the blo, * 2 sc in the next st, sc in each of the next 5 sts, rpt from * all the way around. (42 sts)
Rnd 8: In the blo, * 2 sc in the next st, sc in each of the next 6 sts, rpt from * all the way around to the final 2 sts, switch to colour B, in the blo, sc in each of the last 2 stitches (This is row 1 on chart below). (48 sts)
Rnds 9-19: Continue working in the blo, work the graph below beginning at row 2. Each square on the graph is equivalent to one sc, change the yarn colour as the need arises by completing the stitch prior with the new colour yarn (i.e. In the stitch prior to the stitch worked in the new colour, with colour A insert your hook in the next st and draw up a loop. Drop colour A, pick up colour B and draw through the two loops on your hook completing the stitch, work the next st in the new colour). Carry the non working yarn in behind the working yarn. Do not join or turn at the end of each round.
If working around a plastic bauble, insert the bauble into the sleeve you have created now. The rest of the pattern will be worked around the plastic bauble.
Rnd 20: In the blo, * sc2tog, sc in each of the next 6 sts, rpt from * all the way around. (42 sts)
Rnd 21: In the blo, * sc2tog, sc in each of the next 5 sts, rpt from * all the way around. (36 sts)
Rnd 22: In the blo, * sc2tog, sc in each of the next 4 sts, rpt from * all the way around. (30 sts)
Rnd 23: In the blo, * sc2tog, sc in each of the next 3 sts, rpt from * all the way around. (24 sts)
Rnd 24: In the blo, * sc2tog, sc in each of the next 2 sts, rpt from * all the way around. (18 sts)
If working around a bauble, fasten off here leaving a long tail.
If intending to fill with fibrefill continue:
Rnd 25: In the blo, * sc2tog, sc in each of the next st, rpt from * all the way around. (12 sts)
Rnd 26: In the blo, sc2tog all the way around. Fasten off leaving a long tail (6 sts)
Using the long tail, weave around the top opening of bauble and pull to close. Fasten off and weave in ends.