JOY garland by Kathleen Dames

JOY garland

December 2011
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
50 - 200 yards (46 - 183 m)
S, L
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Let everyone know that a knitter lives here (or a knitter loves someone who lives here) by hanging a sign on the door! JOY is quick to knit and employs some clever use of i-cord and garter stitch. If you can knit, increase, and decrease, you can add a little holiday joy to your home (or office).

This is a perfect pattern for the beginner who wants to master basic increases and decreases OR for the experienced knitter who wants to explore some simple but clever techniques for a joy-ous result. Letter templates to craft your own holiday message are included.

I smile every time I come to my apartment door when this is displayed. Plus, the bells on the points make a happy jingling sound when the door is opened (maybe don’t put it up on a door that is opened too many times a day?), and if you’ve seen It’s a Wonderful Life as many times as I have, you know what happens when a bell rings!

What you’ll love about knitting JOY:

  • garland is created in one “go” with almost no finishing
  • if you can knit, increase, and decrease, you can have your very own knitted garland
  • perfect project to knit from stash

What you’ll love about displaying JOY:

  • your very own knitted garland!
  • make a long version of the small size to hang on the tree
  • add the large one wherever you need to spread some joy

Size/Finished Measurements
S (L); 3¼ x 2-inch (8½ x 4-inch) triangles; small five-triangle garland is 31 inches long, large three-triangle garland is 40 inches long

Plymouth Encore Worsted (75% acrylic, 25% wool; 200 yds 183/100g): Red, 1 skein
US8 (5.0 mm): double-pointed needles (DPN) or size needed to obtain gauge
Tapestry needle
Three (five) 9 (15) mm jingle bells
White felt
Fabric glue or sewing thread and needle

16 stitches x 16 ridges = 4 inches square in garter stitch

Skills Needed
casting on
binding off
working i-cord