I whipped up this little Christmas Ball in about 45 minutes from start to finish. I decided to knit up a Christmas ball so I could participate in the KAL that is being held by The Charminglochie and StudentKnits podcasts. This pattern is Christmas Baubles by Mona Schmidt. I modified a few things: 1.) I used Turkish CO so there wouldn't be a hole on the bottom. 2.) I reworked the pattern to knit it in magic loop instead of DPNs. and 3.)Instead of weaving in the ends as I went, I waited until the project was completed and then fished the ends into the filled ball just like I do when I pop in ends after I've knit a hexipuff.
I used a US size 5, 40" circ and some scrap Vanna's Choice I had laying around. I think I could've filled it a little more because some parts of the ball seem to have divots. (You can see in the photo above there is a divot on the white band which makes the band look like there is a red st where a white st would be.)
These have a lot of possibilities. I could see duplicate stitching a black belt buckle in the white band to make it look like a Santa ball. Self-striping worsted yarn would be fun. Duplicate stitching snowflakes, the year, a name, et cetera would be cute as well. One could also add a jingle bell inside or scent the fiberfill with holiday essential oils such as: cinnamon, clove bud, ginger, sweet orange, Fir needle, Scotch Pine, peppermint, spearmint, Frankincense, Myrrh, nutmeg, or cedarwood.
If you need a quickie Christmas gift, this is simple, fast, and fun!