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Cat's Eye Lace Christmas Ornament

Cat's Eye Lace Christmas Ornament.

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Easy Ornamentation:

It seems like everyone who's ever had a Christmas tree has some plain round glass ornaments. These decorations are pretty enough, but they are kind of plain.

Here's a quick idea for jazzing up a basic storebought ornament with a lacy knit sheath. The cover takes very little time (or yarn) to knit up and is a perfect way to make your ornaments more unique, or to turn an inexpensive store find into a quick and cute gift.

Materials:

  • Small amount of lace weight yarn
  • one pair size 4 US knitting needles
  • one glass or plastic round Christmas ornament (mine is 9 inches around the center)
  • scissors and yarn needle

Gauge:

20 stitches and 30 rows per 4 inches (5 stitches and 7.5 rows per inch) in Cat's Eye Lace. Gauge is not critical.

Size:

Unstretched the piece is 4 inches wide and 5.25 inches long. It will stretch to fit a medium-sized round glass ornament.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 20 stitches.
  2. Work in Cat's Eye Lace pattern (below) until piece measures about 5.25 inches, or long enough to stretch around the ball of your choice.
  3. Bind off and cut yarn, leaving a long tail.
  4. Sew the cast on and bound off edges together, then along one side. Weave in any remaining ends.
  5. Slide the ornament into the knit sack, then use another piece of yarn to weave a wide running stitch across the top edge. Pull tight and weave in the end to secure the cover to the ornament.

Cat's Eye Lace:

Row 1: Knit 4, *(yarn over) twice, knit 4. Repeat from * across.

Row 2: Purl 2, *purl 2 together, purl 1, knit 1 (those are the yarn overs from the previous row), purl 2 together. Repeat from * across, end purl 2.

Row 3: Knit 2, yarn over, *knit 4, (yarn over) twice). Repear from * across, end knit 4, yarn over, knit 2.

Row 4: Purl 3, *(purl 2 together) twice, purl 1, knit 1 (those are the yarn overs from the previous row). Repeat from * across, end (purl 2 together) twice, purl 3.

Repeat these rows for pattern.

Note: stitch count will vary as increases on right-side rows are not decreased until wrong-side rows.

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