A few weeks back I wrote a mini tutorial on knitting in the round using the magic loop. If you made it to the end you’ll know I promised a seasonal project to help you put those skills in to practice.
So here it is: You’ll need a 3mm circular needle (or dpns if you’d prefer) and some odds and ends of 4ply sock yarn to whip up a few of these for your tree (or cat!).
A simple knitted bauble
k knit. p purl. st(s) stitch(es). tog together.
Ssk slip next two stitches knitwise, one at a time to right needle. Insert tip of left hand needle from left to right into fronts of these stitches and knit them together.
M1 using left needle, lift strand between last worked st and first st on left needle from front to back, then knit lifted st through back loop.
Cast on 12 sts. Join to work in the round.
Rnds 1-2: knit
Rnd 3: (k1, m1, k2) to end. 16sts
Rnd 4 and all even rnds, knit
Rnd 5: (k1, m1, k2, m1, k1) to end. 24 sts
Rnd 7: (k1, m1, k4, m1, k1) to end. 32 sts
Rnd 9: (k1, m1, k6, m1, k1) to end. 40sts
Rnd 11: (k1, m1, k8, m1, k1) to end. 48sts
Rnd 13: (k1, m1, k10, m1, k1) to end. 56sts
Rnd 15: (k1, m1, k12, m1, k1) to end. 64sts
Rnd 17: (k1, m1, k14, m1, k1) to end. 72sts
Rnd 19 – 28: knit
Rnd 29: (k1, ssk, k12, k2tog, k1) to end. 64sts
Rnd 31: (k1, ssk, k10, k2tog, k1) to end. 56sts
Rnd 33: (k1, ssk, k8, k2tog, k1) to end. 48sts
Rnd 35: (k1, ssk, k6, k2tog, k1) to end. 40sts
Rnd 37: (k1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1) to end. 32sts
Rnd 39: (k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1) to end. 24sts
Rnd 41: (k1, ssk, k2tog, k1) to end. 16 sts
Rnd 43: (k1, k2tog, k1) to end. 12sts.
Break yarn leaving a long tail. Thread through sts, stuff, pull up sts, fasten. Create a hanging loop using a crochet chain, or attach a ribbon.
Rounds 19 to 28 give you an opportunity to add some simple stranded colour work, stripes, beads etc (as long as 72sts is divisible by the number of stitches in your pattern repeat, and the tension isn’t too dramatically altered). Or you can embellish after knitting.
Other Knitted Christmas decorations
My other favourite knitted Christmas dec is this delightful mini Christmas stocking pattern by Julie Williams. It is available as a free Ravelry download and can be found here.
Have fun x