Round Knit Ornament {Iron Craft Challenge}

embellished knit disk

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The theme for this week’s Iron Craft Challenge was “home,” which feels really appropriate after the events of last night and the devastation that happened to our neighbors yesterday (we only got lots of rain and wind here, so we have nothing to complain about). knit ball ornament

The inspiration for my little ornament came from the round piece, which started out as a swatch for another project I’m working on. I thought it would make a cute Christmas ornament with a little embroidery on it.

You could also use it as a pin cushion, or, with heavier stuffing inside, a paperweight. It’s cute, and homey, whatever you use it for.

What You’ll Need

  • a small amount of red yarn (I didn’t even measure. Maybe 20 yards? It’s totally a scrap project.); mine happens to be cotton but wool or acrylic would work, too
  • an even smaller amount of white yarn or color of your choice for embroidery
  • set of size 7 US (4.5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
  • scissors
  • yarn needle

What You’ll Do knit disks

  1. Cast on 30 stitches in red. Divide onto 3 needles and join in the round, being careful not to twist.
  2. Knit 1 round.
  3. Purl 1 round.
  4. Knit 1 round.
  5. *Knit 3, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  6. Knit 1 round.
  7. *Knit 2, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  8. Knit 1 round.
  9. *Knit 1, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  10. Knit 1 round.
  11. Knit 2 together around. 6 stitches remain.
  12. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread yarn onto yarn needle, slip stitches off knitting needles onto yarn and pull tight.
  13. Make a second disk in the same manner.
  14. Embellish the front of one (or both, if you want) disk with contrasting embroidery as you like. I used a simple backstitch along the decrease lines, accented with French knots.
  15. Sew pieces together, right sides out. Stuff lightly with fiberfill before completely sewing shut. embellished knit disk

Project Ideas

If you don’t knit, you could do the same thing with crochet. My disk is 3 inches across, so you could work a couple of crocheted rounds to a similar size.

Or cut a couple of disks out of fabric, embellish with thread embroidery and sew together.

As mentioned above this could be a Christmas ornament, pincushion or paperweight. You could also use it as a doll’s pillow, or stuff it more to make it ball shaped. Or do whatever you like.

Since I brought it up I’d love to know if you knit, crochet or sew. I have plenty of outlets for knitting patterns but if you all are interested (or want to learn) I can post more of that over here; just let me know!

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