The crocheted ornaments I posted on Sunday and Monday were fun and quick to make. But I’m an equal opportunity stitcher so knit ornaments were also in order.
Today’s ornament is knit using Ella Rae Superwash Classic. This 100% wool yarn comes in 220 yard (100 gram) balls. The suggested gauge is 5 sts/1″ on either a US 6 or US7 needle.
This yarn is soft enough for garments but sturdy enough for blankets. A good all purpose wool yarn. And, since it’s superwash, you can machine wash (on cold, gentle cycle) your finished project for easy care. But you are still better off laying it flat to dry rather than subjecting it to the extreme temperatures of the machine.
As if that isn’t all enough to recommend it, Superwash Classic comes in a slew of colors, including a whopping 32 news ones for this season.
I used color #103-Parsley for my ornament.
This ornament was a little trickery to make than the crocheted ones. You should be comfortable working in the round on double pointed needles before you tackle it. The bottom starts with just 6 sts, which makes the first row or two a little fiddly. I also suggest you use bamboo or wood needles. I started off with metal needles and everything was so slippery I didn’t get very far!
Just proof the proper tools make all the difference to a successful project.
Also things got a little tight after I inserted the foam ball, but after a row or two there was a enough fabric to stretch and ease things up a bit.
Well, I’m making this sound like a barrel of fun, aren’t I? But the finished ornament is very cute, and works up quickly, so the minor hiccups were worth it. 🙂
Superwash Knit Ornament
One ball Ella Rae Superwash Classic in color #103-Parsley
US7 dpns, set of 4
2.5 inch Styrofoam ball
Gauge: 6 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
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)
Rounds 8-15: K even
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: K2tog around (3 sts)
Make hanging loop: Using 3 sts on needle knit an I-cord around 4″ long (or desired length). Bind off all sts. Fasten off last st leaving a long tail for sewing. Use tail to attach loop to top of ornament.
Weave in ends.
As with the crocheted ornaments, it would be easy to add stripes or beads to this ornament to change it up. Let your imagination run wild!