Christmas is only days away and for those of you who are in need of a last minute gift idea I may have what you are looking for: a knitted Christmas ornament! This pattern is very simple and most importantly, it can be done within an hour or so. If you want to give a gift that is handcrafted and highly personable, this is the perfect gift idea.
1 skein of light weight yarn (requires less than 50g)
Some left over yarn in a different color (same weight or less)
4 DPNs size 6 (4mm)
Cast on 9 sts. Divide sts evenly between the 3 DPNs.
Rd 1: knit.
Rd 2: K1, *M1, K1; rep from * to the end of round. 15 sts (5 sts per needle)
Rd 3: knit.
Rd 4: *K1, M1; rep from * to last st on needle, M1, K1. Repeat for the other two needles.
Rd 5: knit.
Repeat Rds 4 and 5 until there are 15 sts on each needle (45 sts). Continue to knit every round until ornament reaches approximately 1.5″ from last increase row. Now with a yarn needle, use the cast on tail to close up the cast on end and pull the end to the inside and trim.
Rd 1: *K3, K2tog; rep from * to end of round. 36 sts
Rd 2: *K2, K2tog; rep from * to end of round. 27 sts
At this point, begin stuffing your ornament with fiberfill. Be sure to stuff it until the ornament is firm.
Rd 3 and 4: knit.
Rd 5: *K1, K2tog; rep from * to end of round. 18 sts
Rd 6: knit.
Rd 7: *K2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Continue to stuff until full.
Rd 8-10: knit.
Cut yarn leaving an 8″ (20.5cm) tail and weave yarn through remaining sts. Pull tightly to close and weave in end.
With a different color yarn and your yarn needle, sew in any design or message to decorate your ornament. Some ideas are a snowflake, Christmas 2011, snowman, etc.
Optional: With a yarn needle, create a loop for easy hanging. You can attach a pom-pom like how I did or add some beading for extra flair.
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