Knitted and Felted Ornaments and Garland
Pattern description from Handknit Holidays: “The tradition of decorating a tree for Christmas is universal, though every culture has its own twist. In Scandinavia, ornaments may be woven from straw; Eastern Europe is famous for handpainted eggs; and those in Japan who decorate Christmas trees do so with tiny fans, paper lanterns, and origami swans. Here, Leigh Radford uses wool. In one version, her ornaments are simple balls knit in solid colors or stripes. In the other, colored fleece is felted into small balls that are joined and embellished in myriad ways - even strung together into a garland.
Finished Measurements for Knitted Ornaments: Small (Large): approximately 3 (4.5)” diameter
Yarn for Knitted Ornaments: Harrisville Highland Style (100% wool; 200 yards / 100 grams): 1 skein each #4 gold, #17 Bermuda blue, #16 teal blue, #22 plum, #7 tundra (gold/green), #48 dove gray, #38 teak (brown).
Needles for Knitted Ornaments: One set of five double-pointed needles (dpn) size US 7 (4.5 mm). Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions for Knitted Ornaments: Crochet hook size F/5 (3.75 mm); polyester batting; yarn needle.
Finished Measurements for Felted Ornaments/Garland: Small (Large): approximately 0.5 (1)” diameter
Fleece for Felted Ornaments/Garland: Harrisville Fleece (100% wool): 1 ounce each #4 gold, #17 Bermuda blue, #16 teal blue, #22 plum, #7 tundra, #45 dove gray, #38 teak, #8 hemlock
Materials for Felted Ornaments/Garland:
- Felting needle (available at yarn stores and from harrisville Design)
- Pan or tub for water, dishwashing soap, rubber gloves with textured palms (for friction and faster felting).
- Leather lacing - 18 feet or desired length for garland; 8-10” for each ornament.
- Yarn needle, sequin pins, seed beads - size 11 or smaller works best (bead must be small enough not to slip off the head of the pin), craft glue