Sunday, December 11, 2011

Jingle All the Way

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!

Knit on!



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