Thursday, February 21, 2013

Colorful oblong Christmas ornaments.

four pine cone fair isle knitted ornaments with present, candle, christmas tree and angel face
No you weren't subject to hallucinations while reading the title of this post: I'm really going to tell you about Christmas ornaments.

Today it's cold, it's windy, and it's even so windy it's very cold outside. Who says cold gets me into the Christmas spirit. Anyways, it's never too early to start knitting for the holidays season. Remember last year all these items you would have loved to knit in the last minute and couldn't find time to make? I don't know you but I have a long list of those! Next December I will have plenty of handmade ornaments for my tree (it's a small one I confess I have limited space).

This set of four was improvised in the first place and in the end I loved them so much I wrote up a detailed pattern to share.

These cute Christmas ornaments are a great way to use up your sock yarn leftovers or sock minis: each one will take you only about 25 yards all colors together. You'll also need a bit toy stuffing, size US1/2.25mm double pointed needles (or a long circular for magic loop addicts), a tapestry needle and scissors. I also suggest using a stitch marker to mark beginning of the round.

I'd say skill level is intermediate. You need to be able to knit in the round, with stranded colorwork up to 3 colors, increase and decrease. The pattern contains detailed writted instructions for shaping, colorwork charts and a useful stitch guide.

So want to make a set of those too?
Pattern is available for $3 (downloadable PDF file):  

And here they are proudly hanging (well only for a picture, I'm not that nuts to decorate my flat with Christmas ornaments in February!):

four christmas tree ornaments, stranded colorwork knitted candle, angel, present and christmas tree

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