Make your Christmas memorable by making this crochet photo ornament as a gift for a friend or family member. Tuck pictures of your kids into the ornaments to make a holiday heirloom. They make a great gift to tuck into a holiday card.
Below you will find the complete pattern and instructional photos for this crochet photo ornament. You will also find all the materials, stitches, gauge, and sizing information and video tutorial.
Crochet Photo Ornament
In elementary school, we would be asked to bring a photo of ourselves to class and around the holidays our teacher would help us make them into little ornaments. My mom kept a box of all the ornaments we made in class. There was one box for every child full of picture ornaments. Check out the other two versions of picture ornaments here!
Yarnspirations was kind enough to supply the yarn for this project.
Photo ornaments are just so special. This year I made one for my nieces and nephews. I am giving them to my siblings as gifts. They are personalized gifts that are handmade. What could be better?
Quick and Easy Ornaments
These crochet ornaments work up quickly and easily. Just crochet a simple round back and the framed front. They come together in just six rows. You can spend a night making them and have a special gift for your family.
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0.2 oz or 21 yds of Caron Little Crafties (Weight: 4/medium – 63 yds, 0.7 oz, 20 g per skein) Pack includes 20 Skeins
– Color A: Center Ornament Color: 4 yds yarn
– Color B: Middle Ornament Color: 5 yards of yarn
– Color C: Outer Ornament Color and Ornament Back Color: 12 yds of yarn
Crochet Hook, Size G, 4.0mm
PVA Elmer’s Glue (Optional)
Blocking Mat and Pins (Optional)
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Stitches and Abbreviations
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
TR – Treble Crochet
SLST – Slip Stitch
ST(s) – Stitch(es)
Gauge and Size
Gauge: 4 DC X 2 Rows = 1 inch
Size: 4 inches wide by 5 inches tall
Standing Double Crochet and Standing Treble Crochet: To create a standing stitch, simply make a slipknot and put the yarn on your hook, then work a stitch directly into a stitch of the previous row. For the double and treble crochet, you will need to use your finger to hold the slip knot in place while making the stitch. This way you will be able to yarn over without the yarn slipping.
Crochet Photo Ornament Video Tutorial
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Crochet Photo Ornament
-Written in US terms.
– I do not count my CH2, turning chain, as a stitch.
– Three colors are used for the front of the ornament. You will fasten off at the end of each row and work standing stitches to join the next color.
Back of Ornament
With Color C
Row 1: CH2, Work 12DC into a Magic Circle. SLST to first DC. (12)
Alternative Row 1: CH3, Work 12DC into 3rd CH from hook. SLST to first DC. (12)
Row 2: CH2, *2DC into next ST* repeat from *to* a total of 12 times. SLST to first DC. (24)
Row 3: CH2, *DC in next ST, 2DC in next ST* repeat from *to* a total of 12 times. SLST to first DC. (36)
Fasten off leaving a 12-inch long yarn tail. This will be used to sew the front and the back of the ornament together.
Crochet Photo Ornament Front
– Three colors are used for the front of the ornament. You will fasten off at the end of each row. Rows 2 and 3 use standing stitches to join the next color.
– Instead of working a standing stitch, you can simply slip stitch to any stitch and chain 2 to begin the row. You will want to work your first stitch into the same stitch as the joining slip stitch.
With Color A: CH 24 SLST to first CH.
Row 1: CH1, *SC in next 3 CH, Work 2 SC in next CH* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. SLST to first SC. (30)
Row 2: With Color B: Work a Standing DC into any stitch. DC in next ST, Work 2 DC into next ST. *DC into next 2 STs, Work 2 DC into next ST* Repeat from *to* a total of 9 times. SLST to first DC. (40)
Row 3: With Color C: Work a standing TR into any stitch. CH3, SLST to 3rd CH from hook. Work a TR into the same ST as the previous TR. Work 2DC into next ST, HDC in next ST, SC in next 4 STs, HDC in next ST, DC in next ST, Work 2DC in next 3 STs. DC in next ST. HDC in next ST, SC in next 4 STs, HDC in next ST. Work 2DC in next ST. (26 STs so far)
At this point, you are halfway around your ornament.
Row 3 Cont’d: (TR, CH 3, SLST to 3rd CH from hook, TR) in next ST. Work 2 DC in next ST, HDC in next ST, SC in next 4 STs, HDC in next ST, DC in next ST, Work 2 DC in next 3 STs, DC in next ST, HDC in next ST, SC in next 4 STs, HDC in next ST, Work 2 DC in next ST. SLST to first TR. (52 STs total for row 3)
Fasten off and weave in all the yarn ends.
Blocking and Stiffening the Crochet Photo Ornament (Optional)
The photo will help hold the shape of the center of the ornament. To help the last row of the front ornament piece you can stiffen it with PVA (Elmer’s) glue. Place the front piece of the ornament on a blocking mat, foam mat, or cardboard box. Using a few pins, pin the ornament to shape it. Use a 1 part water to 3 parts glue mixture and lightly brush it on the back of Row 3 of the ornament.
Let the glue dry then assemble the ornament.
Assembling your Ornament
Take your photo and cut it into a circle that is just a bit smaller than the ornament back. Use the long yarn tail from the ornament back to sew the front and back of the ornament together with the picture sandwiched in-between the two pieces.
You will be sewing through the top of row 3 on the ornament back and through the top of row 2 on the ornament front. Once you have sewn all the way around, weave in your yarn ends.
Cut a 6-inch strand of yarn or twine. Thread it through the top of one point and knot the ends together.
Now your crochet photo ornament is complete. They work up fast and make a wonderful gift.
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