Not a Christmas CAL: Week 1. Brioche Bauble

Welcome to the first week of Not a Christmas crochet-a-long. Today we begin with small and cute baubles worked in brioche crochet. If you have no idea what this CAL is about, please check introduction and general information in this post. 

The crochet-a-long is hosted as a mystery one, so every new pattern is a surprise. The event will run for 4 weeks with new instructions released every week on Friday. 

The complete set of four patterns is available HERE on Ravelry and Etsy HERE with a special price only during the CAL. And after the CAL is finished, the patterns will be added to Etsy. If you already own the pattern, please come to your Ravelry library and the pattern should be there. 

Today we will make small baubles. I’ve become a bit addicted to brioche crochet lately. You probably remember Coral Story Blanket, Helios Mandala and Brioche Hearts, which are actually perfect match for today’s baubles. 


Brioche crochet is not as intricate as it looks. Here we only use front post stitches and chains. And random increases and decreases create stunning stitch patterns. Well, they can look random, but of course I thought of them very well, and they are placed just where they should be. 

For one bauble you will need two 10g skeins of Scheepjes Catona in contrast colors and 3.5 mm hook (or leftovers from your stash). 

Scheepjes Catona cutie packs as well as individual skeins (in 10g, 25g and 50g) are available in your local Scheepjes shops and via online retailers:

Wool Warehouse* and Black Sheep Wools* (both in UK, international shipping)

Caro's Atelier* (NL, Europe)

Taemombo (US and Canada)

One color will be used for each round, and you will not cut the yarn at the end of the rounds, but will carry it up on the wrong side to the next rounds. No ends to weave, which is obviously an advantage. 

The gauge is not important for this pattern, but stitches should be tightened enough so that the stuffing is not seen through them. I stuffed my baubles firmly to give them a stable spherical shape. 

Instructions are available in English only with US crochet terms. And they also include lots of progress pictures to help you with mastering the technique and to guide you through every round. 

If you need help, please post your question in my Facebook group HERE. A progress picture is always helpful to see what is going on and where possible mistake is. 

See you there? 

And definitely see you next week with a new pattern! Exciting! 

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