Christmas Lifebuoy Crochet Pattern


Welcoming another fantastic Crochet Guest Poster. Today we have the wonderful Eleonora from Coastal Crochet. Do pop up for a good browse. Lots of gorgeous crochet designs as well as fun with driftwood! If you love the sea, you will ADORE these Christmas Crochet Ornaments and driftwood decorations. Lifebuoy Ornament Crochet Pattern - Beach inspired Christmas Decorations #crochet #beach #lifebuoy #Christmas

The Coastal Crochet has shared the Lifebuoy Ornament with you today for FREE!!! Thank you so much. If you are interested in any of the other designs (how can you resist them)… you can get the rest of the patterns over on Etsy or Ravelry! Read more about the full set here.

A Coastal Christmas – By Eleonora Tully

This Life Buoy is part of a collection of four crocheted Christmas decorations inspired by the theme ‘A Coastal Christmas’! Lifebuoy Ornament Crochet Pattern - Beach inspired Christmas Decorations #crochet #beach #lifebuoy #Christmas


  • ‘Scheepjes Catona’ 4ply (100% mercerized cotton, 25g/62.5m); 1 ball of each: Yarn A Snow White (106), Yarn B Vintage Peach (414) and Yarn C Apple Granny (513)
  • Gold sparkly yarn, 1 ball Yarn D such as ‘Scheepjes Lizzy’ (80% Viscose / 20% Polyester, 25 g/101m) in colour (03) or ‘Twilleys of Stamford Goldfingering’ (80% Viscose / 20% Metalized Polyester, 25 g/100m) in Gold (2) or ‘By Claire Sparkle’ (73% Cotton, 27% Polyester, 25g/62m) in Glam Gold (003)
  • A 2.5mm hook
  • Scissors, yarn needle and stitch marker

The Lifebuoy measures 7cm across, excluding hanger.

The Lifebuoy is made in one piece. The inside edge is fastened together in the final round. When crocheting into the chains, go under top strand of chain only.

Crochet Abbreviations used:

  • BL: back loop,
  • ch: chain,
  • cm: centimetres,
  • dc: double crochet,
  • mm: millimetres,
  • RS: right side,
  • ss: slip stitch,
  • st(s): stitch(es),
  • tch: turning chain,
  • tr: treble,
  • tr2tog: treble crochet two stitches together.

Tension: Tension is not critical for these projects although the stitches should be tight enough for the decorations to feel firm.
Pattern Notes: UK crochet terminology is used.

UK crochet to US conversions:

  • dc = sc
  • tr = dc

How to make a Lifebuoy Christmas Ornament

The lifebuoy itself

Using Yarn A, make 36ch, ss to first ch to join into a ring.

Round 1 (RS) 3ch (counts as first tr), miss ch at base of 3 ch, 1tr in next ch, 2tr in next ch, continue with (1tr in next 2 ch, 2tr in next ch) to end, ss to top of first 3 ch to join, 3ch, turn [48 sts]

Round 2 All the sts are now worked into the BL of each st, 1tr in next st, tr2tog, continue with (1tr in next 2 sts, tr2tog) to end, ss to top of first 3 ch [36 sts]

Fold lifebuoy so ring is now formed and work next round to inside edge going through both layers of ring

Round 3 1ch (does not count as st), continue with 1dc in each st and corresponding ch from starting ch around, ss to first st, fasten off and weave in ends.

Edging and Hanger

With RS facing join Yarn D to BL of any st on outer edge. Work 1ss loosely around in BL of each st, ss to first ss to join, make 30ch, ss to base of 30 ch, fasten off and weave in ends.

Holly Garland for the Coastal Ornament

Using Yarn C, make 3ch, ss in 3rd ch from hook, 3ch, ss in same ch as before, (6ch, ss in 3rd ch from hook, 3ch, ss in same ch) 4 times, fasten off leaving tail long enough to weave end back to central point of garland. Weave other end in to central point and use these to fasten garland to top of lifebuoy.

Lifebuoy Ornament Stripes

Using Yarn B cut 4 x 60cm lengths of yarn. Wrap these around the lifebuoy at 4 regular intervals using photo as a guide.

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Isn’t it just adorable? You really **MUST** check out the full Coastal Ornament Set and be inspired to make them all!

PLEASE NOTE: Copyright © 2018 (Eleonora Tully, Coastal Crochet) Visit her blog at and Instagram. Please respect the Coastal Crochet’s work and do not copy or share this pattern unless given express permission to do so.

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