How to Knit an Easy Holiday Ornament Adornmentcomments (7) November 13th, 2008
"While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads…" —Clement C. Moore
As soon as I saw this yummy Tilli Thomas yarn, it reminded me of the perennial holiday symbol, the sugarplum, made famous in The Nutcracker ballet and our favorite holiday poem T'was the Night before Christmas. This handcrafted holiday gift will never be out of style, outgrown, or out of sight. A perfect mini take-along project, these ornaments are so quick and easy you will want to make several to bestow on all your favorite friends and family.
• A clear glass ornament, 8-1/2 inches in diameter (a colored ball in either a matching or contrasting color would also work)
• Yarn: Tilly Thomas Beaded Lace 100% silk
This yarn comes in a 165-yard skein, and I used the color Strawberry Dip. You should be able to knit three or four ornaments from one skein. Other good choices may be SWTC sequined Yang or Artyarns Beaded Silk. This is also a great project to use up leftover bits of variegated/hand-painted yarns you have on hand.
• Double-pointed needles size US 3 (depending on the yarn weight used, you may wish to adjust your needle size)
• Tapestry needle
DPN: set of double-pointed needles
K2 tog: knit two together
YO: yarn over
Step by Step
Cast on 36 sts, leaving an 8-inch tail, and evenly distribute on three needles.
I used a double strand of the Tilly Thomas Beaded Lace to bring me up to a DK weight. I also took into consideration the size ornament I had to work with to determine the number of stitches to cast on. If I were using only one strand, I would cast on 48 stitches.
Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: *YO, K2 tog. Repeat from * around.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until the piece measures around 2-1/2 inches.
K2 tog around two rows.
Cut the yarn and leave a 6-inch tail. Slide the beads off the tail to make it easier to close up the top. Thread a tapestry needle, and pull through the stitches while you are removing the DPN’s.
Slip the ornament cover over the ball and tighten up the stitches around the top.
Weave in the tail.
Slide the beads off the cast-on tail, then thread the tapestry needle to work through the cast-on stitches.
Pull tightly to close and weave in the tail.
I bet you can’t make just one! Please log in and share your creation with all of us!
Check out more enchanting fibres from the original embellished yarn company, Tilli Thomas.
Pattern inspired by Knox Socks Designs free pattern Knitted Christmas Ornament Covers by Judy Sumner.
See all of Phil Gyford's images on Flickr.
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