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Knit Vest Christmas Ornament

Knit Vest Christmas Ornament.

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Knit Investments:

This knit vest Christmas ornament or bag decoration is a super cute and easy knitting project that's ideal for using up tiny bits of yarn. Knit the project in stripes as shown for very small lengths or yarn, or use a solid color for your slightly larger (but still tiny) scrap balls.

Of course you could also make this a Christmas sweater by picking up stitches around the armholes and knitting on sleeves, but I actually think it's cuter in this sleeveless version.

Materials:

  • about 2 yards total of a variety of lightweight yarns in colors of your choice (I used green, red and blue)
  • one set of 4 size 6 US double-pointed knitting needles
  • scissors and yarn needle

Note: whatever color you are using for the top, you will need two small balls in order to separate the front and back after the armhole shaping.

Gauge:

About 5 stitches and 7 rows per inch in Stockinette Stitch in the round. Gauge is not critical.

Size:

Finished size is almost 3 inches tall and 2 inches wide across middle of vest.

Instructions for Vest Body:

  1. Cast on 20 stitches. Join in round, being careful not to twist. Place a stitch marker to mark the end of the row, if desired.
  2. Work in knit 1, purl 1 ribbing for 4 rounds.
  3. If knitting stripes, change color here and work in Stockinette Stitch for 5 rounds.
  4. Change colors again, if desired, and work in Stockinette Stitch for 5 rounds.

Armhole and Neck Shaping:

  • Change colors again. Bind off 2 stitches, work 5 stitches, bind off 2 stitches. Put all of these stitches on 1 needle. Join a new ball of yarn and do the same thing on the other side. 12 stitches total.
  • Now working straight across the front and back individually, purl 1 row, knit 1 row, purl 1 row.
  • On the front, knit 2, bind off 3, knit 2. 4 stitches remain. Join a new strand of yarn for binding off 2 stitches on second half of front.
  • Knit straight across back stitches. Bind off all remaining stitches on the next row.
  • Sew shoulder seams and weave in ends. Use an ornament hook or miniature hanger to hang.
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