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.
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.
My review of Charts Made Simple
I chatted with Joan in Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 76.