Ornament in a Flash:
If you're looking for a little project that you can knit a bunch of to give as gifts -- or use to decorate gifts -- this knit Christmas ornament wreath is a quick and easy solution.
It uses less than a yard of yarn and whatever kind of embellishments you have on hand -- from yarn to ribbons and beads to jingle bells -- and makes a great Christmas ornament for the tree, or it can be worn as a pin or used to decorate a gift box or bag. Best yet, it will take almost no time at all to knit one up.
- a small scrap of green, light-weight yarn (I used less than a yard, but this will vary depending on the size of ring you use)
- two size 6 US double-pointed knitting needles
- one plastic craft ring, around 2 inches in diameter (I got mine from the knitting section of my local crafts superstore)
- scissors and yarn needle
- decorations such as jingle bells, red yarn or ribbon, or whatever you'd like to decorate your ornament.
Gauge is not critical, though you want your stitches tight enough that you won't be able to see the plastic ring when you're done. Size will vary depending on the size of your ring.
- Cast on 4 stitches.
- Knit one row.
- Holding your ring so that the working yarn goes under the ring, begin to work an I-cord around the ring.
- Continue knitting until the whole ring is covered in knitting.
- Bind off, leaving a long enough tail to use to sew the ends of the knitting together. Weave in ends.
- Decorate as you like. I used two jingle bells and a length of red yarn. Use an ornament hanger to hang on tree or a safety pin or pin back to make into a pin.
- If desired, you can sew along the inside edge to clean up where the I-cord does not completely close. I like the extra texture so did not do this.