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Free Chinese Lantern Amigurumi Pattern

Happy Chinese New Year!

Whenever Chinese New Year rolls around, you start seeing these bold, red lanterns popping up everywhere. So to decorate our home a little during this festive time, I have decided to create my own little Chinese Lantern pattern.

You can make your own to decorate your house with (it’ll look adorable hanging on a door knob), or you can make it as an accessory for your amigurumi toys.

Free Chinese Lantern Ornament Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

Finished item measures to be about 3 inches tall (including the fringe).

If you would like to show your support, please consider purchasing an inexpensive printable PDF file of this pattern!

Otherwise, keep scrolling for the free pattern.

Please do not reprint, sell or claim the pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to the free pattern on the blog. Please do not copy and post the pattern onto your site.

*Please note that this pattern is worked in continuous rounds unless otherwise stated.


  • Red & Yellow Yarn (sport weight)
  • Gold or Yellow Embroidery Thread
  • 3mm Crochet Hook
  • Polyfill or Cotton for stuffing
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle
  • Stitch Marker
  • Pins

st(s): stitch(es)
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
inc: two single crochets in one stitch
dec: invisible decrease, single crochet two stitches together through the front loops only
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
sl st: slip stitch
(…) x # : repeat anything in the parenthesis however many times the number indicates
[#]: total number of stitches for that row
#sc: one sc in the following # stitches
BLO: back loops only, sc into the loop away from you

Body of the Lantern

with red yarn
1 6sc in magic circle [6]
2 (inc) x 6 [12]
3 (sc, inc) x 6 [18]
4 (2sc, inc) x 6 [24]
5-6 sc in all sts [24]
7 (3sc, inc) x 6 [30]
8 sc in all sts [30]
9 (3sc, dec) x 6 [24]
10 (2sc, dec) x 6 [18]
11 (sc, dec) x 6 [12]
Stuff with polyfil, close off hole.

**note: This is when I would suggest you embroider the lines on the ball. I did 4 lines across the ball to divide the ball up into 8 segments.


Top of the Chinese Lantern

with yellow yarn
1 6sc in magic circle [6]
2 (inc) x 6 [12]
3 BLO (dec) x 6 [6]
Sl st to first st. Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.


Bottom Piece of the Chinese Lantern

with yellow yarn
1 6sc in magic circle [6]
Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.

Bottom Fringe

Wrap the embroidery thread around your fingers 18 times, making sure to hold the end at the bottom by your pinky.
• Cut the thread along your pinky so that you end up with 18 strands of thread.

• Gather 3 strands of the pre-cut embroidery thread. Insert hook into a stitch in the bottom piece and pull the middle of the 3 strands of embroidery thread through to form a loop.
• Thread the 6 ends through and pull tight, creating a Cow Hitch (apparently that’s what it’s called!).
• Repeat with other sts.


  • Weave the end of the ball (red yarn) through the ball to the top of the ball.
  • Thread the yarn through centre of the top piece. Loop back through the hole and tie a double knot to create the part you hang the lantern with.
  • Sew the top piece to the centre of the top of the ball.
  • Sew the fringe piece to the bottom of the ball.
  • Trim the fringe to the length you want it to be.

Thank you for following along with this pattern! Please leave me a comment down below (or contact me) if you have any questions about this pattern. I would also love to see your creation so don’t forget to tag me (@olliehollycrochet) on Instagram or use the #olliehollycrochet! Please let me know in the comments what you would like to see next!

[If you would like to see more Chinese New Year 2019 related patterns, check out my Year of the Pig pattern on the blog and check out the Chinese New Year Pig in the Shop!]

You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Abby Sy of Ollie + Holly and provide a link to my blog  Permission is NOT granted for mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind.  Thank you for being respectful and for your understanding!

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