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Fair Isle Christmas Ornament Band

Fair Isle Christmas Ornament Band wrapped around a glass ornament.

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A Dressed up Ornament:

If you're a little tired of your plain old glass ball Christmas ornaments, take an evening to knit up a few of these Fair Isle Christmas Ornament Bands.

Using just a little bit of a couple different colors of yarn and a simple chart, this pattern can be worked up in a bunch of different colors to suit your decor or your mood. It's a quick change that also makes a cheap ornament gift-worthy.

Materials:

  • about 11 yards of your main color and 5 yards contrasting color of medium-weight wool or acrylic yarn
  • one pair size 7 US knitting needles
  • Fair Isle Band Chart
  • scissors and yarn needle
  • glass ball ornament (mine is almost 8.5 inches around)

Gauge:

5.5 stitches per inch. Gauge is not critical.

Size:

Finished band is 1.5 inches tall and 8.5 inches around, or size needed to fit your ornament.

Instructions:

  1. Using main color (white in ornament shown), cast on 9 stitches.
  2. Work from the Fair Isle Band Chart, knitting the Xs in your contrasting color (mine is red) and working in Stockinette Stitch.
  3. Repeat the chart as many times as necessary to make a band that wraps all the way around your ornament. Stretching to fit will help it stay on the ball. End with row 1.
  4. Use main color to bind off.
  5. Sew the cast on and bind off edges together and weave in ends.
  6. Slide the band onto the glass ornament.
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