Christmas Decorations

These were great fun to knit. You can choose any of the charts for either side of the decoration. They are knitted in the round using stranded colourwork techniques. Skills involved are provisional cast on, working with 2 colours in the same line (stranded colourwork), magic loop or small circumference knitting in the round, three needle cast off. 

It takes one Beaker Button Christmas Baby skein set to make two ornaments. I worked one chart on each side.

Tension: 13 sts x 18 rows over 5cm x 5cm  knitted in the round, 40m mini skein in green, red and white will make both ornaments, spare needle for 3 needle cast off, yarn needle for sewing in ends, 10g of stuffing, waste yarn.

I used 3mm x 80cm circular needles for this project and the magic loop method of knitting small circumferences in the round. Yarn A was the colour red or green, yarn B was the white.

Cast on 62 stitches using a provisional cast on. Join to knit in the round being careful not to twist.

Work in stotcking stitch for the entire piece. Follow your chosen chart(s) from the bottom right corner. You will fit two charts per side. I worked a different chart on either side. Yarn A are the white squares and yarn B are the black squares. Complete the chart, then work one round in yarn B. 

Divide the stitches so that one chart is on each side of the needles. Using the spare needle work a three needle cast off. Fasten off and leave a long tail. 

Pick up the stitches along the bottom of the work from the provisional cast on. Work one round in yarn B. Stuff lightly. Repeat the three needle cast off for the bottom in the same way as the top. Weave in tails at the bottom and all but the longest tail at the top. Thread the longest tail at the top to the centre of the ornament. Stitch the tail back through the cast off stitches twice, leaving a loop each time for hanging. Weave the tail securely through the work and hang on your tree!


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