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Candy Cane Christmas Ornament


Candy Cane Christmas Ornament
Candy Cane Christmas Ornament

Everyone loves a candy cane - especially one that can be hung year on the tree year after year without getting sticky!

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These cute little ornaments knit up in a snap, and once you have the technique down, you can do them in as many different widths, color and stripe combinations as you want!


  • Odd scraps of red and white worsted weight yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft in shades 9729 Red and 9701 White)
  • 2 size 3 US (3.25 mm) double pointed knitting needles
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors, tape measure and yarn needle


Gauge is not critical; you use a needle size much smaller than the ball band calls for in order to make the work as tight and neat as possible.

Knit the Candy Cane:

If you are unfamiliar with knitting an I-cord, this would be the time to brush up on the technique.

  1. Cast on 6 stitches in white, and do not turn work, instead slide back to the right side of the needle.
  2. Hold the pipe cleaner against the back of the work, and wrap the yarn around it at the end of each row, so that it is enclosed inside the tube.
  3. Row 1: K2 red, K4 white
  4. Row 2: K1 white, K2 red, K3 white
  5. Row 3: K2 white, K2 red, K2 white
  6. Row 4: K3 white, K2 red, K1 white
  7. Row 5: K4 white, K2 red
  8. Row 6: K1 red, K4 white, K1 red
  9. Repeat rows 1-6 until candy cane is about 6 inches, or desired length.
  10. Bind off all stitches.
  11. Weave in ends, trim pipe cleaner ends, and bend into candy cane shape.

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