Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Simple Knitted Christmas Baubles

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As I've mentioned before, I am determinded to have my tree filled with knitted decorations and to that end I have been experimenting with knitting some christmas balls.

The concept is simple.

Using a set of 5 DPN's and the wool of your choice, cast on 20 stitches leaving quite a long tail.  This becomes the loop that will hang your ornament from your tree.

Divide them into 5 stitches per needle and join being careful not to twist the stitches.  Before you start, decide on a pattern.  My cabled red ball is a simple 2x2 cable, the green ball is moss stitch and the white ball is plain knitting with pearl beads. 
1st row: Knit
2nd row: increase in each end stitch of each needle (8 stitches increased)

Repeat these 2 rows until you have 15 stitches on each needle

Knit 9 rows following your established pattern. 
Then it is a case of reversing what you have done.

1st row: Decrease in each end stitch of each needle
2nd row: Knit

Anything goes when it comes to designing these Christmas Balls
Repeat these 2 rows until you are back to 5 stitches per needle.

Using a wool needle, thread them through the stitches, pull firmly and secure.

Fill with cotton filler.  This is the tricky bit believe it or not.  I am still trying to perfect the knack of achieving a Christmas ball rather than a Christmas oblong.  The key is to pack it tightly.

Using the long tail, thread a wool needle again, slip stitch around the opening, gently pull to secure and create a loop that will hang your decoration.

I have knitted balls in moss stitch (Seed stitch), using cables, using glitter wool and cotton.  Each time the effect is the same.  Another adorable knitted knick knack to hang from your tree.

Happy Knitting,

4 comments:

  1. This is such a cute idea!I am pinning it for later - may have to spruce up my tree a bit this year! Thanks for sharing!
    Rebecca
    Heronscrafts.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Rebecca - would love to see a picture if you make them.

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  2. I'm so glad that I found you on Show and Tell Saturday! They look great. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome work:)

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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    1. Thanks Katie - we've got a few more Christmas projects on the go, so hope to add those some time soon.

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