I’ve decided on a compromise – a tree where all the ornaments are meaningful – which means many (most, hopefully) will be handmade, but also that I can keep the various non-handmade angels I’ve collected.
So in the spirit of handmade, when I went to a party with an ornament exchange this past weekend, I took this hand-knit ornament with me.
I knit it while watching Project Runway, so it was a quick knit (although I should add the caveat that I’m also a pretty fast knitter – the time forcing myself to learn continental style was well worth it).
And true to form, I did not take notes as I went, but made it up as I went along. However, it was simple enough that I can recreate the pattern for you.
Worsted weight yarn (I can’t even tell you what I used – it was some worsted weight acrylic from my stash)
3″ diameter styrofoam ball
Double pointed needles – size 6
This is a good list of knitting abbreviations to start with if you’re unfamiliar with them.
Cast on 6 sts, and place 2 on each of 3 double pointed needles. Join round.
Row 1: K into front & back of st, K2. Repeat on each needle. Each needle has 3 sts now.
Row 2 & even numbered rows: K
Row 3: K into front & back of st, K into front & back of st, K1. Repeat on each needle. Each needle has 5 sts now.
Odd numbered rows 5-11: K into front & back of first and last sts, knitting all sts in between. You will increase to 13 sts on each needle.
Odd numbered rows 13-21: SSK, k to last 2 sts, K2tog
When you have only 6 sts left, cut the yarn leaving a long tail, thread the tail through the remaining sts and pull tight.
Around row 17, when your ornament is 2/3 of the way done, stick the styrofoam ball in it. Continue to knit with the ball in place.
I used a crochet needle to weave the tail to the back side. On the top, I added a poinsettia I made from felt the same way I made the flowers in this tutorial.
I pushed one end of the hook into the styrofoam, threaded the flower onto the other end, and sandwiched hot glue in between.
Then packaged it up for the ornament exchange.