This lump of coal makes a great gag gift, and it can double as a placeholder stocking stuffer for the little ones if they’ve been extra good this year. You can put the “coal” in their stocking with a note telling them where to find their extra-great present. This would be a great way to kick off a gift treasure hunt if you’re into that idea too! Maybe not every family has this particular giving-someone-you-love-a-hard-time type of humor, but I know it’s the kind of joke my folks would totally pull (had they thought of it! 😇).
Crochet Lump of Coal Ornament Pattern
US size F (3.75 mm) crochet hook
Lion Brand Bonbons in Beach in black
poly-fil (polyester fiber fill, a.k.a. stuffing)
Gauge & Dimensions: Approx. 19 sc & 23 rows over 4 inches. Finished ornament measures approx 2.25″ x 2.25″.
rnd – round
magic ring – here’s a tutorial for newbies
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
sl – slip
(X sts) – X is the number of sts that are now in the rnd
sc 2 in 1 – sc 2 in same st
arnd – around
sc1-ch1-sc1 in next st – single crochet, chain 1, and single crochet all in the same (corner in this pattern’s case) stitch
ch sp – chain space
Coal Square – Make 2
rnd 1. Form a magic ring, ch1 & sc 4 into ring, sl to join into rnd. Pull tail to tighten loop. (4 sts)
rnd 2. ch1, (sc 2 in 1) four times, sl to join. (8 sts)
rnd 3. ch1, (sc1, sc 2 in 1) arnd, sl to join. (12 sts)
rnd 4. ch1, (sc2, sc 2 in 1) arnd, sl to join. (16 sts)
rnd 5. ch1, (sc3, sc 2 in 1) arnd, sl to join. (20 sts)
rnd 6. ch1, (sc4, sc1-ch1-sc1 in next st) four times, sl to join. (28 sts)
rnd 7. ch1, (sc5, sc3 in ch sp) four ties, sl to join. (36 sts)
rnd 8. ch1, sc6, sc1-ch1-sc1 in next st, (sc7,sc1-ch1-sc1 in next st) three times, sc1, sl to join. (44 sts)
rnd 9. ch1, sc7, sc 3 in next st, (sc8, sc 3 in next st) three times, sc1, sl to join. (52 sts)
Break yarn, leaving a a 6 inch tail. Draw tail through last loop to secure.
Finishing: With wrong sides facing, sew both squares together using black yarn and or the 6″ tails. When you’ve sewn three of the four sides together, stuff with poly-fil and finish seaming the fourth side. Weave in all ends. Using a needle & thread, sew a scrap of ribbon to the back of your finished ornament to hang.
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Yarn was provided by Lion Brand Yarn.