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! 😇).
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Crochet Lump of Coal Ornament Pattern
Skill level: beginner
1 pack Lion Brand Yarn Bonbons in Beach (100% Cotton yarn; fingering weight), which comes with 8 mini skeins. – You need less than a skein of black to complete the ornament.
US size F (3.75 mm) crochet hook
sewing needle & thread
Abbreviations & Terms
magic ring – an adjustable starting round. Here’s a tutorial.
sc – single crochet
ch – chain
sc 2 in next st – sc 2 times in same st
rnd – round
(X sts) – X is the number of sts that are now in the rnd
(Y rnds) – Y is the number of times a rnd is worked
sl – slip
rep from * – repeat the instructions following the asterisk as directed
Gauge & Dimensions: Approx. 19 sc & 23 rows over 4 inches. Finished ornament measures approx. 2.25 x 2.25 inches.
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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 next st; rep from * 4 times, sl to join. (8 sts)
rnd 3. ch1, *sc1, sc 2 in next st; rep from * 4 times, sl to join. (12 sts)
rnd 4. ch1, *sc2, sc 2 in next st; rep from * 4 times, sl to join. (16 sts)
rnd 5. ch1, *sc3, sc 2 in next st; rep from * 4 times, sl to join. (20 sts)
rnd 6. ch1, *sc4, sc1-ch1-sc1 in next st; rep from * 4 times, sl to join. (28 sts)
rnd 7. ch1, *sc5, sc3 in ch sp; rep from * 4 times, sl to join. (36 sts)
rnd 8. ch1, sc6, sc1-ch1-sc1 in next st, *sc7, sc1-ch1-sc1 in next st; rep from * 3 times, sc1, sl to join. (44 sts)
rnd 9. ch1, sc7, sc 3 in next st, *sc8, sc 3 in next st; rep from * 3 times, sc1, sl to join. (52 sts)
Break yarn, leaving a a 6 inch tail. Draw tail through last loop to secure.
With wrong sides facing, sew both squares together using black yarn scraps or the 6-inch 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.