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Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 97

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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I think it's pretty darn cute.

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 97

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I made this pompom, but you could just purchase one, too.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
He knows if you've been naughty.

This week, I share a pattern for a quick Christmas ornament and chat with designer, teacher and author J C Briar.

Last year, I made a bunch of little Christmas stockings. This year, I wanted to do something totally impractical and whimsical. It takes hardly any yarn or time, so might work well if you are the sort of person whose end-of-year knitting list grows (or just seems to).

I bought a pack of four 10.5 - inch glass ornaments, so I am going to see if I can come up with four variations of what are, essentially, yarn-bombed Christmas decorations.

This first one is a tiny Santa hat. I'm pretty in love with it. The yarn sparkles, which is fun, and is pretty inexpensive, which is great. If you haven't worked in the round a lot, this would be a pretty good project to work on those skills.

To make the hat super-pointy, I decreased by 3 stitches every other round. That's about two and a half times fewer decreases than I would use to make a nice, flat hat. It looks cute, if I do say so myself.

I used a pom-pom maker to create a little white pom-pom for the tip of the hat. My co-crafter, Joyce, is working on a crochet version of a little hat, and didn't use a pom-pom maker. So, be on the lookout for her instructions on how get by without that little tool.

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J C Briar and I talked about UFOs, charts and learning. I really enjoyed talking with her and can't wait to see what she does next.

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