Sparkling Granny Ornament Crochet Pattern
Updated: Feb 2
Christmas is coming up soon, and I'm happy to have a tree in the house again. It's a white fir, or a concolor fir, and it's ultra Christmassy. It's really wide and oozes holiday vibes. It inspired me to whip up a quick Christmas ornament. I have a big bin of embroidery floss next to my desk and when I'm brainstorming (or procrastinating) I'll grab a skein and make something.
This sparkling granny ornament is a quick, fun project perfect for catching and reflecting the lights on your Christmas tree. A tree full of sparkling grannies would be so festive! They’d also look cute hung on a window to catch the daylight. It uses a single skein of DMC Light Effects Thread.
Not too hard, but requires working with small, somewhat finicky stitch structures, and a potentially frustrating thread.
Abbreviations (U.S. Terms)
sl st: slip stitch
RS: right side
Tools and Materials
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2.25 mm B/1 hook — I used the hook from this pack
Tapestry needles for weaving in ends — I love these though for this thread you might find these regular sewing needles more easy to use
DMC Light Effects Thread, in E135, Golden Dawn, 8.7 yd / 8 m total yardage
Any of the Light Effects Threads works, it plays off the light so beautifully in person. DMC Metallic Pearl would also work well, especially if you struggle with crocheting embroidery floss due to the splitting of the strands, as that is a non-divisible thread. Using DMC Mouliné Étoile Floss would create a beautiful, subtle sparkle.
2" H x 2" W, hanging string drop measures around 2 ¼"
Technical Notes and Gauge
Worked in joined rounds, RS always facing. Rounds are worked in the spaces created by the chain stitches, not into the previous rounds’ stitches themselves.
Gauge is not necessary for this project, however, it should be able to be worked within one skein of thread/floss. This thread is very stiff and can withstand crocheting fairly tight.
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ch 4, sl st into first ch to form ring
Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in ring, ch 2, (3 dc in ring, ch 2) 3 times; sl st into beg ch 3
Rnd 2: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same corner; (move to next corner, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) 3 times; move to last corner, 3 dc, ch 2; sl st into beg ch 3
Rnd 3: ch 4 (counts as 1 dc + ch 1), 3 dc in next sp, ch 1; (move to next corner, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1, move to next sp, 3 dc, ch 1) 3 times; move to next corner, 3 dc, ch 3, 2 dc
Rnd 4: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same sp, ch 1; [in each ch-1 sp, 3 dc, ch 1] until corner; move to next corner, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1; [in each ch-1 sp, 3 dc, ch 1] repeat until corner; ch 1, sl st into third ch of beg ch 4, yo, pull tail through last stitch
Using the remaining thread tail, sk ch-sp and pull tail through third dc; tie a double knot, leaving about a 4.5" loop; weave in ends, block.
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