Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tiny Christmas Sweater Ornaments

I have been looking for a simple and clear pattern for making these tiny little sweater ornaments.  I realized I had no knitting ornaments on my tree, so I had to knit up a few.

Then I realized how easy these were to knit and figured out why there aren't any instructions.  Basically you making a teeny top down raglan sweater, duh!

So, here are some written instructions, just in case you don't want to figure anything out!

I used leftover sock yarn, and  #2/40inch circular needles, and knit these using magic loop.

Cast on 24, connect.

Turtleneck: knit 1 row, purl 1 row, knit 1 more row. OR you can knit 3 rows (or more) in a 1 x1 rib.

Row 1 - Knit, placing markers on each needle as follows:  Knit 2, place marker, knit 8 place marker, knit 2.

On back needle, Knit 2 place marker, knit 8 place marker knit 2.  So you now have the front, back and arm sections marked.  (on each needle: the arm stitches are two, the front/back stitches are 8)

Row 2 - Knit until 1 before each marker then kfb (knit into front and back) slip marker, kfb, knit.

Row 3 - Knit

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 six times.

Taking waste yarn, slip arm stitches from front working needle onto waste yarn (8 stitches) now drop that waste yarn until a bit later.

Knit to next marker, taking another waste yarn, slip the next  8 arm stitches, and then slip the arm stitches from the back needle on to the waste yarn (you should have 16 arm stitches, 8 from the front, 8 from the back).

Now you will start knitting under the arm (connecting front piece to back piece) until you reach those last 8 arm stitches.  Pick up the first waste yarn that is holding the first 8 stitches, and slip those last 8 stitches onto the waste yarn.

Start knitting under the arm, connecting back to front, and continue knitting in the round until the sweater is long enough for you.  End with a 1 x 1 rib if you like.

Cast off.

Take arm stitches from waste yarn, careful not to twist any stitches.  Leave enough tail to sew up under arms and start knitting arms in the round until they are long enough to suit you, end with a 1 x 1 rib if you would like.  Cast off.  Repeat for other arm.

Weave in ends in the neck and bottom.  Sew up under arms and now you have tiny little sweater ornament.  This is a great use for those leftover sock yarns.  And you could probably do these two at a time just like you do socks!!