Inside – The Sonora Bauble : a lovely, desert inspired crochet ornament that adds a little sparkle to your Christmas tree.

The Sonora Bauble is a lovey crochet ornament inspired by the Sonoran Desert. In this free crochet pattern you will learn how to work the Crossed Double Crochet – an advanced beginner stitch. Keep reading to learn more about the Sonora Bauble.

Inspiration + Design

So…nor…ahhhhh…. it rolls off the tongue, right? It’s a beautiful word to name an exceptionally beautiful place – the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. This desert is uniquely special because it’s the only place the Saguaro Cactus grows. So, when I first designed this stitch sequence, I needed a name to match its beauty. Sonora – unique, harsh, but beautiful popped in my head and I ran with it.

The Sonora Stitch is a favorite stitch patten here at High Desert Yarn. It’s simple, boho, and gives all the desert vibes to any space in your home. But what make the Sonora Bauble stand out is its versatility. It complements a rustic farmhouse Christmas Tree just as well as uplifting a timeless, elegant decorating style.

You will adore the Sonora Stitch. It’s a little lacy, a little rugged, and yet somehow marries those two opposites together. Give it a try in the Sonora Bauble Crochet Pattern!

More Crochet Patterns that Use the Sonora Stitch

Yarn + Substitutes

Worsted Weight Acrylic – That’s What’s on the Bauble

Using up little bits of yarn is every crocheter’s dream. Well, maybe not our most exciting dream, but sure does feel fantastic when we use up a FULL skein of yarn. This crochet bauble pattern uses about 25yds of worsted weight acrylic. So, dig through that bin of tiny yarn balls and pick your favorite color for the Arvensis Bauble. Otherwise, those unused balls will keep haunting your dreams with tiny voices of “please pick me”.

Great Acrylic Yarn Options

  • Red Heart with Love Metallic
  • I Love This Yarn Metallic – pictured in the Sonora Bauble
  • Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran

A Very Bauble Christmas CAL

The Sonora Crochet Bauble is one of the featured crochet patterns of A Very Bauble Christmas CAL. Erin from Juniper & Oakes teamed up with me to create this event. A Very Bauble Christmas CAL provides you with 10 crochet ornaments to make in 10 days. There is a little bit of everything in terms of design – simple and clean to textured and colorful.

What to Expect

  • Event runs from Monday, November 28th through Sunday, December 11th, 2022
  • A new crochet bauble pattern will be available for free at 9am EST each day Monday through Friday
  • A Bauble Bundle will be available for pre-sale on Wednesday, November 23rd
  • Event takes places in the High Desert Yarn Handmade Community on Facebook
  • Need daily reminders for this CAL? Signup for the HDY Newsletter to get them sent straight to your inbox. Click here to signup.

Discover all 10 Bauble Crochet Patterns – Click Here

Pattern Instructions


Thank you for choosing this free pattern as part of your crochet journey! It’s an honor for you to be here, browsing the High Desert Yarn Blog. This pattern is 100% free for you to crochet from, but please, do not screenshot, or copy+paste this pattern. However, work directly from this webpage. The ad revenue from this website allows me to offer free crochet patterns. If you do not like the scrolling, or ads, then you may purchase the ad-free PDF in my Etsy Shop. Thank you for your cooperation. Happy creating! -Joanna (Owner + Creative)


  • Yarn – Worsted/Medium Weight (category 4) 100% Acrylic
    • Approximately 25yds
  • Crochet Hook – H/8 (5.00mm) or correct hook to meet gauge
  • Scissors 
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Plastic Ornament/Bauble (2.65″ around)


Experience Level = Advanced Beginner. It will help if you have an understanding of the DC, increasing, and decreasing stitches.

Check your gauge! This is important if you want your bauble to be the same size as the pattern.

CH 2 at the end of a round DOES NOT count as a stitch.

Join each round with a Slip Stitch. Alternatively, you can use the No Cut Join Method. See this photo tutorial here.

Do not turn at the end of a round.

Gauge + Finished Size

Rounds 1 & 2 = 2″ diameter

  • Create gauge using RNDs 1-2 in the pattern instructions
  • Gauge is measured across the diameter of the circle

This crochet pattern fits around a 2.65″ plastic ornament. If you need to adjust the pattern, please do so by any multiple of 2.

Stitch Abbreviations

American (US) terms used throughout.

MC – magic circle (magic ring)
CH(S) – chain(s)
DC – double crochet
SL ST – slip stitch
ST(S) – stitch(es)
RND(s) – round(s)
CH SP – chain space
DC 2tog – double crochet two together (decreasing DC)

Special Stitches

Crossed Double Crochet (XDC)

The Crossed Double Crochet is an advanced beginner stitch. If you know how to Double Crochet, you’ll be able to CROSS Double Crochet! My biggest tip — pay attention to the placement of the stitches. In this pattern, the Double Crochets will be placed in a Chain Space on either side of a Double Crochet. The exception is the 1st DC ST of the XDC rounds. This stitch is placed between the turning CH and DC of the previous round.

Skip 2 STS (CH SP + DC), and place a DC in the next CH SP. Find the skipped CH SP. Place a DC in this skipped CH SP. The first XDC is complete. For the second XDC, find the next CH SP. Place a DC in this CH SP. Then, place a DC in the previous CH SP. The second XDC is complete. Each CH SP will have 2 DCs in it.

Pattern Instructions


Round 1: CH 2. 12 DC in MC. Join RND with SL ST to 1st ST. CH 2. (12 STS)

Round 2: 2 DC in each ST around. Join RND with SL ST to 1st ST. CH 2. (24 STS)

Round 3: [DC. CH 1. SK ST.] Rep […] until end of round. Join RND with SL ST to 1st ST. CH 2. (24 STS)

Round 4: SK 1st ST. DC in the CH SP. DC between the CH2 and 1st ST of RND 3. XDC around each DC of RND 3. Join RND with SL ST to 1st ST. CH 2. (24 STS)

Round 5: [DC between the posts of the next XDC. CH 1.] Rep […] until end of round. Join RND with SL ST to 1st ST. CH 2. (24 STS)

Round 6: DC in each CH SP and ST of the round. Join RND with SL ST to 1st ST. CH 2. (24 STS)

Insert the plastic bauble, and use RND 7 to close the top.

Round 7: DC 2tog in each ST around. Join RND with SL ST to 1st ST. CH 2. (12 STS)

Fasten off, and leave a long tail. If the top round needs cinching, then weave the lang tail through each stitch of the final round and pull tight. Hang your beautiful crochet bauble!

Copyright Policy

You are free to use this crochet pattern to make and sell the final product, but do not republish or distribute this pattern in any way. DO NOT claim it as your own in part or in whole. Please give credit to High Desert Yarn, as the designer, in your listings, on your blog, or social media platforms. All images are property of High Desert Yarn. Do not use any of these images as your own.

Can’t get enough of crocheted baubles?

Follow along with the Very Bauble Christmas CAL!

  • Buy the Bauble Bundle to fast forward to the next pattern – purchase here.
  • Post a picture of your Sonora Bauble in the HDY Handmade Community on Facebook.
  • Head to the next free pattern in the CAL here (available on December 1, 2022).

High Desert Yarn is made possible by YOUR support. Thank you for reading this blog post, and helping build High Desert Yarn. Happy Creating, Joanna

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