Our daughter, Charlie, is at the age where she’s really starting to “get” holidays. Easter and Christmas are current favorites, although I’m confident she has no idea what Easter is about except piles of chocolate and everything is covered in bunnies (two of her most favorite things ever), and we try and keep Christmas planning and purchasing pretty low key. What we enjoy most is hanging out together, decorating the tree – it is much more fun with a four-year-old as stylist! – baking cookies, and hanging twinkly lights in preparation for the day.
After picking out a tree last weekend, we opened up our box of decorations and I found one of the knit ornaments I made about 10 years ago and gave as small gifts to our extended family. Remembering how fast, fun, and simple they were to make, I quickly set out to make a new set for our tree for Charlie to enjoy.
The end result is a gift to my family, but also a gift to you – a free PDF download with instructions for 3 different ornaments worked up in The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering and Canopy Fingering. Each style comes with two alternate options, from stripes, to cables, to embroidery.
HOLIDAY CHEER ORNAMENTS
This stash-buster is perfect for any fingering weight yarn you have on hand!
1 / The Fibre Co. Canopy Fingering: Parakeet and Orchid
2 / The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering: Appleby Castle, Grizedale Forest, St Bee’s Beach, and Yew Tree
Each ornament takes approximately 10 grams/35 yards (not including pom pom)
GAUGE: 30 sts and 40 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in St st, after blocking
NEEDLES: 1 – set US 1 (2.5 mm) DPNs, or size to obtain gauge
NOTIONS: Cable needle, Polyfill stuffing, tapestry needle, size 2.75 mm crochet hook, 1.5” pom pom maker
Mittens: 4.5” (11.5 cm) length, 4” (10.75 cm) circumference.
Ball: 7” (17.75 cm) circumference, stuffed.
Hat: 4.75” (12 cm) circumference, 2.75” (7 cm) height.
SKILLS: Increasing, Decreasing, basic cables (optional), basic embroidery (optional), kitchener stitch.