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knitted or crocheted baubles

bjames | Posted in Knitting and Crochet on

I want to either knit or crochet bobbles separately from the garment which I will attach when the item is completed. Does anyone know instructions for these free hanging knitted or crocheted “balls”?


  1. fabricholic | | #1

    I don't know if this will do, but if you go to knittinghelp.com and look at their instructional videos, they show how to do baubles on the actual knitting. Good luck.


    Edited 12/21/2008 7:48 pm by fabricholic

    1. bjames | | #2

      Thank you, Fabricholic, but I want to be able to make the baubles separate from the item, and then be able to attach them by hanging them, creating a fringe made from baubles!

      1. fabricholic | | #3

        I was afraid that was what you meant. Can't help you there. Sorry.

  2. katina | | #4

    You can make your bobbles independently and then attach them as a fringe using a chain stitch cord.  Nicky Epstein has several books on edgings, etc - a lot of bobble info - check your local library.

    Edited 12/22/2008 12:23 pm ET by Katina

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    rodezzy2 | | #5

    I found this link...you could adjust them for your needs I would assume.



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    rodezzy2 | | #6

    I knew I had a pattern.  In my "The New Crochet Dictionary" by Rhoda Ochser Goldberg there is a pattern for "Ball Tassels (Cherries).

    Foundation round:  Wind yarn 3 times around finger and remove.  Work 6sc in this ring of yarn.  Pull loose end of yarn to tighten ring.

    Round 1:  Work 2sc in ea st.

    Round 2:  Work 1sc in ea st.

    Round 3:  Work 2 sc in ea st. (24sc)

    Round 4:  Rep round 2.

    Round 5:  Work 1sc into every other stitch.

    Repeat rounds 4 and 5 until 6sc remain.

    To end:  Weave yarn through the 6 rem sts, pull tog., and end off with a sl st.

    Note:  Before closing the ball, stuff with cotton, foam rubber, or wool scraps.

    I have an old knitting dictionary somewhere, I'll see if I can't find it.

    good luck! 

    Also in the book "Crochet on the Edge" from Annnie's Attic Crochet that I purchased in March of this year, there is a pattern for a "dangling balls" fringe that I can't duplicate due to fear of copyright infringement.  You can look up the book on Amazon.com and get the book for a decent price.  It's a simple pattern where you chain four stitches, create the ball and crochet four more stitches to the edge of your crochted project.  That's all I believe I can legally say.  Can't find the knitting dictionary.  There are lots of great edgings in this book.

    There is a book called "Knitting on the edge" by Nicky Epstein.  She has several books with edgings both knitted and crocheted.  I have her book called "Knitting neer Felt Better" which has beautifully felted knitting projects.  There are knitted fruits and vegetables such as grapes, onions, plums, and the like.  These patterns for knitting balls can be adopted into the baubles you are looking for.  I can't put the patterns on here, but you can get the book for a reasonable price at Amazon.com.  That's where I got these books.  They were much cheaper than buying at a book store, or ordering on the authors website. 

    That's all I have for you, I hope you are able to get what you need for your baubles.  Happy stitching. 

    Edited 12/23/2008 2:29 am ET by rodezzy2

  5. Teaf5 | | #7

    How big are the baubles you want to make?  There are a lot of patterns for "crocheted hacky sacks" online that might work, if they are not too big.

    Also, I have books with several patterns for elaborate crocheted edgings that include interesting, multi-dimensional baubles.  Let us know what you'd like!

    1. bjames | | #8

      The baubles ( bobbles) that I wish to make are small enough to be used as fringe on the bottom of a scarf, etc... about 1/2" - 1" in diameter.

      1. starzoe | | #9

        http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/knitting/msg1018330832692.htmlScroll down until you come to the posting by Anne B.Cast on just one stitch, leave a longish tail. Follow Anne's directions, cast off, leave a long tail. Use the long tails to attach the bobble to your project.

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