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Knitted Christmas decoration

Hello!

I started knitting Christmas decoration a few years ago and would like to share some of my favourites with you. I found my inspiration on the internet, the Jean Greenhowe website and the Jean Greenhowe books I’ve got and tweaked them a bit to get to the result I like.

All the items can be used as decoration for your Christmas tree. But you can use them for other things too. Per item I will tell you what else I use them for. They also make a great present.

These little cuties are quick to make and you’ll have a whole load of them before you know it. I used a yarn called Apilou. It is a 100% acrylic home brand from one of my local craft shops that comes in 100 g balls to use with 3 mm knitting needles. You can make them with thicker or thinner needles and yarn as long as they match each other and you’ll have smaller or larger ornaments.

As usual, you can check the abbreviations in the practical section.

So let’s get started. I hope you’ll like these patterns and many trees get decorated with them this year.

Happy knitting!

xxx

Ann

Christmas bauble (one colour)

  • Cast on 14 sts.
  • G-st 45 rows.
  • Cast off, leaving a long thread.
  • Close at the short side, turn inside out, weave in the ends and turn right again.
  • Gather round one set of row ends. Pull tightly and secure with a knot. Weave in the ends at the inside.
  • Gather round the other set of row ends.
  • Slide a 4 cm Styrofoam ball in (you can use filling fabric instead if you like), pull tightly and secure with a knot. Weave in the ends.

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Small bag

  • Cast on 20 sts.
  • St-st 2 rows beginning with a K row.
  • K1, (yo, K2tog) x9, K1
  • St-st 9 rows.
  • K1, K2tog x9, K1 (11 sts).
  • BOPT.
  • Crochet a chain of 42 sts and pull it through the wholes you created at the top of the bag.

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Large stocking

  • Cast on 30 sts.
  • P 1 row.
  • K2, (inc K wise, K1) x 14 (44 sts).
  • Beginning with a P row st-st 9 rows.
  • K18, K2tog x 4, K18 (40 sts).
  • P 1 row.
  • K16, K2tog x 4, K16 (36 sts).
  • P 1 row.
  • K14, K2tog x 4, K14 (32 sts).
  • P 1 row.
  • K12, K2tog x 4, K12 (28 sts).
  • Beginning with a P row st-st 17 rows.
  • Change to second colour and g-st 7 rows.
  • Cast off and close with mattress stitch.

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Santa hat

  • Cast on 32 sts in the first colour.
  • K 3 rows.
  • Continue in the second colour and beginning with a K row st-st 6 rows.
  • K1, K2tog, K11, K2tog x 2, K11, K2tog, K1 (28 sts).
  • St-st 3 rows.
  • K1, K2tog, K9, K2tog x 2, K9, K2tog, K1 (24 sts).
  • St-st 3 rows.
  • K1, K2tog, K7, K2tog x 2, K7, K2tog, K1 (20 sts).
  • St-st 3 rows.
  • K1, K2tog, K5, K2tog x 2, K5, K2tog, K1 (16 sts).
  • St-st 3 rows.
  • K1, K2tog, K3, K2tog x 2, K3, K2tog, K1 (12 sts).
  • St-st 3 rows.
  • Change to the first colour and st-st 6 rows.
  • K1, K2tog x 5, K1 (7 sts).
  • BOPT.
  • Fill the top with some fabric and bind off to form a ball.

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Medium bag

  • Cast on 28 sts.
  • St-st 3 rows beginning with a P row.
  • K1, (yo, K2tog) x13, K1
  • St-st 13 rows.
  • K1, K2tog x13, K1 (15 sts).
  • BOPT.
  • Crochet a chain of 52 sts and pull it through the wholes you created at the top of the bag.

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Small stocking

  • Cast on 13 sts.
  • P 1 row.
  • K1, (M1, K1) x 12 (25 sts).
  • Beginning with a P row st-st 5 rows.
  • K8, K2tog x 2, K1, K2tog x 2, K8 (21 sts).
  • P 1 row.
  • K6, K2tog x 2, K1, K2tog x 2, K6 (17 sts).
  • Beginning with a P row st-st 9 rows.
  • Change to second colour and g-st 3 rows.
  • Cast off and close with mattress stitch.

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Mitten

  • Cast on 22 sts.
  • (P2, K2, P2) till the end.
  • (K2, P2, K2) till the end.
  • Repeat the last two rows one more time.
  • Beginning with a P row, st-st 3 rows.
  • K5, M1, K12, M1, K5 (24 sts).
  • 1 P row.
  • K5, M1, K14, M1, K5 (26 sts).
  • 1 P row.
  • K5, M1, K16, M1, K5 (28 sts).
  • 1 P row.
  • K5, M1, K18, M1, K5 (30 sts).
  • 1 P row.
  • K5, turn work, st-st 2 rows, cut the thread and pull it through the 5 sts.
  • Finish the row K wise over the remaining 25 sts.
  • P5, turn work, K 1 row, cut the thread and pull it through the 5 sts.
  • Beginning with a P row, st-st 7 rows over the middle 20 sts.
  • K1, K2tog x 9, K1 (11 sts).
  • Cut the thread and pull it through the 11 sts.
  • To finish the mitten, first weave in the access threads (that is all except the ones you used to pull through the 5 and 11 remaining sts).
  • First close the largest part with the mattress stitch and weave in the thread when you’ve finished.
  • Then close the thumb on the outer side and weave in the thread when you’re done.
  • Last but not least close the thumb on the inner side and weave in the thread.
  • I hope this makes sense. If not, I found this and this pattern on the internet which you can try or refer to. The second one is one you can download easily.

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Large bag

  • Cast on 32 sts.
  • St-st 4 rows beginning with a K row.
  • K1, (yo, K2tog) x15, K1
  • St-st 17 rows.
  • (K1, K2tog) x10, K2 (22 sts).
  • P 1 row
  • K1, K2tog x10, K1 (12 sts).
  • BOPT.
  • Crochet a chain of 62 sts and pull it through the wholes you created at the top of the bag.

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Medium stocking

  • Cast on 24 sts.
  • P 1 row.
  • (K1, inc K wise) x 12 (36 sts).
  • Beginning with a P row st-st 7 rows.
  • K14, K2tog x 4, K14 (32 sts).
  • P 1 row.
  • K12, K2tog x 4, K12 (28 sts).
  • P 1 row.
  • K10, K2tog x 4, K10 (24 sts).
  • Beginning with a P row st-st 13 rows.
  • Change to second colour and g-st 5 rows.
  • Cast off and close with mattress stitch.

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Christmas bauble (two colours)

  • Cast on 14 sts.
  • K 1 row in the first colour.
  • Starting with the second colour, g-st 44 rows in the two colours (two rows per colour).
  • K 1 row in the second colour.
  • Cast off, leaving a long thread.
  • Close at the short side, turn inside out, weave in the ends and turn right again.
  • Gather round one set of row ends. Pull tightly and secure with a knot. Weave in the ends at the inside.
  • Gather round the other set of row ends.
  • Slide a 4 cm Styrofoam ball in (you can use filling fabric instead if you like), pull tightly and secure with a knot. Weave in the ends.

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Notes

  • As I said you can use all these items as tree decorations: just insert a hook or attach a crochet chain to hang them on.
  • When you have made a lot of baubles in different colours and sizes, they are very nice in an apothecary (or another) jar to put on the table or mantelpiece (or anywhere you like).
  • I sometimes use the Santa hats as egg cosies.
  • You can use the stockings and bags as scented bags: roast some cloves, cinnamon, star anise and cardamom seeds in a hot pan and blitz them fine. Put a spoonful in some fine fabric and close it with some tape. Insert the fabric with roasted spices in a stocking or bag.
  • Another use for the stockings is to use them for cutlery. Just insert your cutlery in a large stocking and put it on the right side of the plate.
  • You can do the same with a napkin and put the stocking on the plate.
  • Stick a small sticker with the initials of your guests on one of the items, insert a hook and hang it on the glass by means of place tag.
  • If you want your guests to remember the meal, you can put some candy or a small bottle of liquor in a bag or stocking and let them take it home.
  • I’m sure there are many more ways to use these. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

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