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Striped Christmas Ball Ornament

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Striped Christmas Ball Ornament

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This Striped Christmas Ball Ornament is a really quick and easy project, even if you don't have a lot of experience with knitting in the round. The ball starts at the bottom, increases are worked to the center and then decreases are worked at the same rate, all the while making easy three-round stripes.

Materials:

  • about 5 yards of one color and 7 yards of another color of medium weight yarn of your choice (I used Vanna's Choice)
  • set of 4 size 8 US (5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
  • scissors and yarn needle
  • fiber fill or fabric scraps for stuffing (I used fabric)

Gauge:

About 4 stitches per inch in Stockinette Stitch in the round. Gauge is not critical, but you want a relatively firm fabric.

Size:

Ball is about 7 inches around at widest point and 3.5 inches tall.

Knitting the Christmas Ball Ornament:

  1. With color A (that's the one you need a smaller amount of), cast on 6 stitches. Divide onto 3 double-pointed needles and join in round. If desired, place a stitch marker to mark the end of the round.
  2. Knit 1 round.
  3. Knit in the front and back of each stitch around. 12 stitches.
  4. Change to color B and knit 2 rounds.
  5. Kfb around. 24 stitches.
  6. Change to color A and knit 3 rounds.
  7. Change to color B and kfb around. 48 stitches.
  8. Knit 2 rounds.
  9. Knit 2 together around. 24 stitches.
  10. Change to color A and knit 3 rounds.
  11. Change to color B and k2tog around. 12 stitches.
  12. Knit 2 rounds.
  13. At this point you can cut color B. Weave in the ends you have available (this is easier if you turn the project inside out) and stuff with fiber fill or fabric. You can smoosh the project around a bit to see how stuffed you like it, whether more round or sort of tapered.
  14. Change to color A and k2tog around. 6 stitches.
  15. Knit 2 rounds. Cut yarn, thread onto yarn needle, pick up stitches off needles and cinch the top of the ornament closed. Weave the end into the inside of the ornament. Do your final smooshing.
  16. To use as an ornament, simply hook your ornament hook into the top of the ornament.
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