It’s that time of year- decorations are coming!! Don’t worry, you still have time to knit something. Maybe you have an ornament swap with people from work, or maybe you want to up the knitted goodness in your home for the holiday spirit. These fantastic knitted ornaments are sure to knit up quickly, and possibly even help tame the stash- or maybe you needed an excuse to get some fun new yarn?
Top row, left to right: These little bear ornaments (free pattern) are highly adaptable into other animals- it’s worth clicking through the projects to see how cute they look as bunnies and cats, too! These fair isle mini mittens (pattern $4.99) are perfect for stash busting and for fair isle lovers. And how adorable is this tiny seal and little Inuk (free pattern)? It’s the kind of miniature ornament that is sure to delight.
Middle row, left to right: This pattern includes how to knit five different snowy characters (pattern $4), perfect for decorations! And if you like beading (or would like to try) then look no further than this delicate snowflake ornament, which is part of a 5 pattern e-book ($12) for different beaded snowflakes and baubles. Or how about this super cute- and sort of startled looking- penguin ornament (free pattern)?
Bottom row, left to right: For those that love their traditional Christmas pudding, this is the perfect ornament (free pattern). And if you like traditional Christmas balls, I think you’ll find this one satisfying (free pattern). Finally, what knitter wouldn’t love a little knitting basket (free pattern) to hang from their tree?
And for extra special knitted ornaments, pick something that your friend or loved one is absolutely crazy for- do they like unicorns, or Star Wars? See if you can find a little toy pattern that would be just right shrunk into ornament size, for the fan in your life!
***There’s a kit giveaway at the end of this post, scroll down for entry details!***
Any of these beautiful garlands could also easily convert to individual ornaments, or you could start them off as ornaments, and as you add to the collection, create your own garland!
Clockwise from top right: This advent style garland (free pattern) features 24 individual mini ornaments, each delicate and lovely. These mini Christmas stockings (free pattern) are completely in my queue, and I have some mini skeins that are just right for them- I can’t wait to get started! I have visions of knitting 24 of them to use as a little advent calendar for my little ones. I love these old school Christmas light bulbs (patter is $3), I bet they would look wonderful just about anywhere. Then there is this absolutely darling garland of little tiny elf clothes (pattern $3.99)- I can image kids going crazy for this! Finally, we have a classic and lovely garland of mittens (free pattern) that would be perfect for stash busting. You could knit them solid, striped, or use your own designs on them.
A knitted stocking would be a wonderful keepsake for so many years to come. No matter what your style- simple and sophisticated, or colourful and a bit wild- there are stockings that would be just right for you and your family.
Clockwise from top right: Spindleknitter’s Stockings (free pattern) are a colour option with lot sof choose-your-adventure style charts to mix and match. For those who like their Christmas with a side of minimalism, these simple striped stockings (free pattern) are just right. Another colourful option are the Cascade Christmas Stockings (free pattern), which also have mix and match elements (perfect for using up odds and ends!). Then we have the Falling Snow Stocking (free pattern), classic with snowflake fair isle motifs. Last is the Arlo Stocking (free pattern), personalised and simple with a light touch of stranded work around the cuff.
Seasonal home decor is best when it’s meaningful and easy to incorporate into your home- I think some of these projects would be just right!
Top row: Are you a wine lover? If so, I bet you have corks. and what better way to honor your love of wine then to dress them up? You could dress them up as adorable elfin korknisse (free pattern), or as little pint-sized pine trees (free pattern). Middle row: And if you are an animal lover, this knitted deer (free pattern) would be so lovely- knit in different gauges, you could have a whole family of deer! Add some beans or rice to the feet to help weigh them stand up on their own. Or maybe you would prefer something smaller? How about this trio of super sweet holiday mice (free pattern), that would look lovely on a tablescape or a mantle, or even as ornaments. Bottom row: why wear an itchy fake fur Santa hat when you could be wearing a beautifully made, handknit Santa hat (free pattern)? And finally, this simple and chic snowman (free pattern) would look love hanging from a door, or perched on a mantle or table.
Laura Nelkin, the designer of the beautiful beaded snowflake ornament featured at the top, has offered one lucky winner a kit (which includes the pattern, beads/supplies and directions) for either the stars pattern or the lights pattern (see below). As someone who has made one of Laura’s kits before, I can assure you that even if you have never tried beaded knitting, the kits are super straightforward and really easy to learn from. To enter please leave a comment on the blog letting me know which kit you would most like – stars or lights- and where you would like to hang the finished product. this giveaway will be open until Thursday, Nov. 19th at midnight (EST), and the winner will be announced on Friday’s post. Good luck!