Today we have the last Christmas ornament. This is another knit one.
For this ornament I used two colors of Elsebeth Lavold Favorite Wool. This yarn is 100% wool and comes in 109 yard (50 gram) balls. The suggested gauge is 4.5 to 5 sts/1″ on a US6 or US7 needle.
This yarn was introduced in Fall 2010 along with The City(e)scapes Collection book featuring sweater and accessory patterns for men and women.
Sixteen new colors were introduced this season, bringing the total to 34 colors from which to select. I used colors #25-Pine Green and #31-Carmine Red for my ornament.
Without further ado, here’s the pattern!
Favorite Wool Knit Ornament
Yarn: Elesebeth Lavold Favorite Wool in colors #25-Pine Green and #31-Carmine Red one ball of each
Needles: US 7 dpns, set of 4
2.5 inch Styrofoam ball
Gauge: 5 sts x 7 rows /1″ in st st in the round
Abbreviations: K=knit; KFB=knit front and back; K2tog=Knit next 2 sts together; sts=stitches
Using green yarn, Cast on 6 sts.
Distribute evenly on 3 needles (2 sts each needle) Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist sts. Place marker at beginning of round.
Round 1: KFB around (12 sts)
Round 2: K around
Round 3: KFB around (24 sts)
Round 4: K around
Round 5: *K1, KFB, repeat from * around (36 sts)
Round 6: K around
Round 7: *K2, KFB, repeat from * around (48 sts)
Drop green yarn. Switch to red.
Rounds 8-15: K even
Drop red yarn. Switch to green.
Round 16: *K2, K2tog, repeat from * around (36 sts)
Round 17: K around
Round 18: *K1, K2tog, repeat from * around (24 sts)
Round 19: K around
Round 20: K2tog around (12 sts)
Round 21: K around
Round 22: K2tog around (6 sts)
Round 23: K around
Bind off all sts.
Weave in ends.
Make loop: Cut 3 strands around 9″ long (or desired length) of both colors. (9 strands total). Pair a red strand with a green strand and work a traditional braid. Pass braid through top of ornament. Tie ends together to form loop.
Make tassel: Holding both yarns together wrap around your hand or a stiff piece of cardboard 20 times or to desired fullness. Tie a strand of yarn around one end of bundle to synch. Cut loop at opposite end to form fringe. Attach to bottom of ornament.
I thought switching to the red for one wide stripe on the body of the ornament was easiest, but you can work thinner stripes if you want.
Another option would be to work the wide stripe but then attach the loop so the ornament hangs on its side for vertical stripes.
Instead of working the ornament in stockinette stitch, purl the entire thing for reverse stockinette stitch.
Duplicate stitch a design on the finished ornament…your initials, the date, a design, let your imagination run wild!
You’ll find many uses for these cute ornaments. Hang them on your tree or a wreath, string them up as a garland, or use them in place of a box on a gift.