Free Vintage Camping Lantern Amigurumi Crochet Christmas Ornament Pattern
Hi friends, I am so excited to share this pattern with all of you today! These adorable little amigurumi camping lanterns are currently my favourite ornaments on my tree. I love how festive these vintage camping lanterns look and how quickly this pattern works up. This pattern was inspired by an adorable anime called Yuru Camp. The show follows a group of friends that bond over their love of camping and the overall vibe of it is just so… hygge. So if you’re into feel-good, warm and fuzzy anime, definitely give Yuru Camp a go!
Another thing I love about this pattern is that you can very easily customize the amigurumi crochet camping Lanterns to fit the theme of your tree by changing the colour of your yarn. You can also easily size up your lantern by using thicker yarn like I did for the red lantern. The red lantern is made with Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran in Black, Red Wine and Vanilla Cream (3.5mm hook, yarn under sc).
The pattern will be worked in Sport weight yarn.
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Yarn I Used
I used WeCrochet Shine Sport Yarn for the tutorial part of the pattern; however, you can use any yarn as long as you correspond your hook to the weight of your yarn.
For the embroidery details, I used DMC 6-Strand embroidery floss.
List of Colours I Used
Lantern pictured in the tutorial: 6g of Macaw, 2g of Platinum, and a little bit of Coffee.
5 Round Circle = 1.5” with a 2.75mm hook
Note: If you are working with an x-stitch (yarn under single crochet), you will need to go up a couple hook sizes. I recommend using a 3.25mm hook.
Gauge isn’t super important for amigurumi, but I included it just in case you want to check your gauge. Being a little off should not affect the final product too much. You can learn more about how to measure gauge for amigurumi here!
Free Vintage Camping Lantern Amigurumi Crochet Christmas Ornament Pattern
The difficulty level of this pattern is Easy. You will need to understand how to work into back loops/front loops, and you will also need to know how to do the seamless join in the round.
The finished ornament (not including the wire handle) measures to be about 3 in (7.5 cm) tall.
This pattern is written in US crochet terminology.
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Please note that this pattern is worked in continuous rounds unless otherwise stated.
YO: yarn over
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
inc: two single crochet in one stitch
dec: invisible decrease, single crochet two stitches together through the front loops only
sc2tog: single crochet two together: (insert hook into the next st, YO, draw up a loop) x 2, you should have 3 loops on your hook. YO and draw it through all 3 loops on your hook.
BLO: crochet only in the back loops (loop away from you) of each stitch
FLO: crochet only in the front loops (loop closest to you) of each 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
sc3: sc 3 times in the next stitch
Seamless Join in the Round: Cut your yarn tail, fasten off, and thread your yarn tail onto a darning needle. Locate the 2nd st of the round, insert your needle under that stitch and pull through. Insert your needle into the centre of the final st of the round and out the back. Weave the tail in.
THINGS YOU NEED
- WeCrochet Shine Sport Yarn
- DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss in 3031, 725 & 971 (or you can use orange & yellow felt in place of the 725 & 971)
- 2.75mm Crochet Hook
- Darning Needle
- Locking Stitch Markers (Optional)
- Polyfil Stuffing or Scrap Yarn
- 24 Gauge Floral Wire (Optional)
- Wire Cutter (Optional)
- Fast Drying Tacky Glue, I’m using Aleene’s Tacky Glue (Optional)
Vintage Camping Lantern
Note: For the rounds that are marked with a *, I recommend you fasten off after, do a seamless join in the round, and weave the tail in. To start the next round, start with a slip knot on your hook and pick up a stitch on any stitch towards the back of your project. Doing so will prevent the jog that happens when you work into the back loops/front loops only. If you choose to not do this and want to just sl st into the final stitch of each round, your lantern will not look like mine. This ornament is so small and we switch from back loops to front loops so often that the jogs will be very noticeable (see photo on the right). It might seem tedious, but this project actually works up quite quickly.
Stuff as you go.
starting with Coffee yarn
1 6sc in magic circle 
2 (inc) x 6  * (Reminder: Fasten off, seamless join in the round, and weave the tail in.)
switch to Macaw yarn
3 BLO, sc in all sts  *
4 FLO, (sc, inc) x 6  *
5 BLO, sc in all sts 
6 sc in all sts  *
Before moving on to round 7, we’re going to thread a piece of Coffee yarn from the bottom up, between rounds 1 & 2, and then back into the piece. Making sure that the opening of the loop is facing forward, tie a double knot with the ends on the wrong side of the project. Place a chopstick or a pen in the loop to ensure the loop stays in place.
7 BLO, (sc, sc2tog) x 6  *
switch to Platinum yarn
8 FLO, sc in all sts 
9 (sc, inc) x 6 
10 sc in all sts 
11 sc, inc, (2sc, inc) x 5, sc 
12 sc in all sts 
13 sc, dec, (2sc, dec) x 5, sc 
14 (sc, dec) x 6  *
switch to Macaw yarn
15 FLO, (sc, inc) x 6  *
16 BLO, sc in all sts  *
17 FLO, sc, inc, (2sc, inc) x 5, sc  *
18 BLO, sc in all sts 
19 sc in all sts  *
20 BLO, sc, sc2tog, (2sc, sc2tog) x 5, sc 
21 (sc, dec) x 6 
Fasten off, stuff fully, close hole and weave the tail in.
with Macaw yarn
1 Ch 12, working into the back bumps of the chain: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc3, 8sc, sc3 
Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing. You will need a tail long enough tail to run through the lantern to sew the other end as well.
- Pin the frames onto the sides of the lantern. The end of the frame with the yarn tail should be pinned towards the top. The top part of the frame should be pinned onto rounds 5 & 6 of the Lantern, and the bottom should be pinned onto rounds 16 & 17. Also make sure to position the frames so that the opening of the loop on top is facing the front. Check to see they are lined up properly by looking at the lantern from the top down.
- Sew the frames in place. Start by sewing in the top, then thread the yarn tail through the lantern and out immediately beside the bottom end of the frame. Sew the bottom end of the frame to the Lantern and weave the tails in. Repeat on the other side.
- With DMC725 (yellow), embroider a vertical line onto the front of the lantern along the base. The height of the line should be around 3 rounds tall. Go over the line multiple times and weave the tail in. Insert your needle underneath the embroidered line and wiggle your needle back and forth to puff it up a little.
- With DMC971 (orange), embroider slightly longer lines (about 4 rounds tall) onto either sides of the yellow line. Go over the lines multiple times and weave the tail in. Insert your needle underneath the embroidered line and wiggle your needle back and forth to puff it up a little.
- If embroidery isn’t your thing, you can use felt instead. Cut a big teardrop shape out of orange felt and a smaller teardrop shape out of yellow felt. Glue the yellow piece onto the orange piece, then glue the entire piece onto the front of the lantern. Allow the glue to dry.
- With DMC3031 (brown), embroider an “x” over the front of the lantern, with the ends of the “x” starting from behind the frame. You can secure the lines down by sewing over top the spots of the lines you want to secure down. [See how I do my embroidery here]
- With the same brown floss, embroider a short horizontal line between rounds 18 & 19.
- With a wire cutter, cut a piece of floral wire to roughly 7” long. Thread it through round 3 of the lantern, making sure you’re threading it through sideways.
- With equal amounts of wire exposed on both sides, bend the sides up and then inwards towards each other, allowing roughly 1” overlap.
- Dab some glue onto where the wires overlap and wrap a piece of Coffee yarn around the wires. If you want a thicker handle, you can keep gluing and wrapping. Trim off the excess yarn tails and wire ends.
- If you do not want to work with wire, you can just thread a piece of yarn in place of the wire and tie it off to create a loop.
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