Christmas Pickle Ornament

I love amigurumi and I recently read about a Christmas tradition with pickle ornament.  The tradition started in German homes but has now become a tradition in many American homes!  From what I found, the tradition goes something like this.

The Christmas pickle is the last ornament families hang on the tree on Christmas Eve. The first child who finds the pickle ornament hidden in the branches of the Christmas tree either gets to open the first gift, an extra gift or a special treat!

My bonus daughter enjoyed this tradition with her family when she was a little girl.  Now I was on a mission to find a pattern and make a Christmas pickle ornament for her and her sister!  I found a knit pattern but since I can’t knit, I decided to create my own crochet pattern.  Enjoy!


Free Pattern – Christmas Pickle Ornament

Materials Needed:

  • Size H hook (5mm)
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (green, white, red and black)
  • Small Pom-pom
  • Fiber Fill

Stitch Abbreviations:

  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • St – Stitch
  • Sc2tog – Single Crochet 2 stitches together (decrease)
  • Rnd – Round

Size:  Approximately 5-6″

Pattern Instructions:

Rnd 1  Using green yarn, begin with a magic circle; 6sc in the magic circle (6)

Rnd 2  2sc in each st around (12)

Rnd 3  (Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) 6 times (18)

Rnd 4-19  Sc in each st around (18)

Change to white yarn to create the base of the hat

Rnd 20-21  Sc in each st around (18)

Use black yarn to embroider the eyes and mouth

Change to red yarn to create the body of the hat

Rnd 22-25  Sc in each st around (18)

Rnd 26  (Sc in next 2 st, sc2tog) 4 times; sc in last 2 st (14)

Rnd 27  (Sc in next 2 st, sc2tog) 3 times; sc in last 2 st (11)

Stuff your pickle with fiber fill

Rnd 28-29  Sc in each st around (11)

Rnd 30  (Sc in 2 st, sc2tog) 2 times; sc in last 3 st (9)

Rnd 31-35   Sc in each st around (9)

Rnd 36   (Sc in next st, sc2tog) 3 times (6)

Finish off closing the top of the hat and leave a long tail to connect the hat on the side

Bend the hat to one side and secure it with the long yarn tail

Add the pom-pom to the tip of the hat with white thread

Use red yarn to create a loop for hanging and you’re finished!

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about the pattern. I would love to hear your feedback!

This pattern was created by Rhonda Carroll at a Stitch in the South.  This pattern may be printed for personal use however no part of this pattern may be copied, sold or redistributed.  This includes but is not limited to text, images or diagrams.  Items created with this pattern may be sold but I would greatly appreciate a shout out!