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Christmas Decorations

  • Christmas Decorations
Lucinda Ganderton has written two bonus patterns for you to try. Decorate your tree with knitted holly leaves or try a very simple crocheted bauble.


Pattern Instructions

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  • holly leaf

    Make two
    Using 4.5mm needles and Peacock Green cast on three sts
    Note: k into back of last st on all k rows between Rows 1-28
    Rows 1-2: starting with a k row work in st st
    Row 3: k1, m1, k1, m1, k1. Five sts
    Row 4 and every even-numbered row: p
    Row 5: k2, m1, k1, m1, k2. Seven sts
    Row 7: k3, m1, k1, m1, k3. Nine sts
    Row 9: k4, m1, k1, m1, k4. 11 sts
    Row 11: k5, m1, k1, m1, k5. 13 sts
    Row 13: cast off four sts, (k1, m1) twice, k6. 11 sts
    Row 14: cast off four sts pwise, p to end. Seven sts
    Rows 15-22: rep Rows 7-14
    Rows 23-25: rep Rows 7-9. 11 sts
    Row 26: p
    Row 27: cast off three sts, k to end. Eight sts
    Row 28: cast off three sts pwise, p to end. Five sts
    Row 29: cast off one st, k2, k2tog. Three sts
    Row 30: p2tog, p1. Two sts
    Row 31: k2tog tbl. One st
    Fasten off
    Sew in ends

  • berry

    Using 4.5mm needles and Candy Pink cast on five sts
    Rows 1-2: starting with a k row work in st st
    Row 3: k1, (m1, k1) to end. Nine sts
    Rows 4-6: starting with a p row work in st st
    Row 7: k1, (k2tog) to end. Five sts
    Cast off
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail

  • hanging loop

    Using 4.5mm needles and Peacock Green cast on 16 sts
    Cast off

  • to make up

    Thread tail of yarn on Berry onto tapestry needle and sew small sts around edge. Draw up thread halfway, stuff Berry with scraps of spare yarn, pull up tightly and fasten off. Sew two Holly Leaves tog at cast-on ends, then sew Berry over join. Sew loop behind Berry

  • bauble

    Using 4mm hook and Royal Purple make a magic ring, work 1ch, 6dc into ring, join with a sl st to first st
    Rnd 1: 1ch, (2dc in each st) to end six times, join with a sl st to first st. 12 sts
    Change to Candy Pink
    Rnd 2: 1ch, (2dc in next st, 1dc) to end, join with a sl st to first st. 18 sts
    Rnd 3: 1ch, (2dc in next st, 2dc) to end, join with a sl st to first st. 24 sts
    Change to Peacock Green
    Rnd 4: 1ch, (2dc in next st, 3dc) to end, join with a sl st to first st. 30 sts
    Rnd 5: 1ch, (2dc in next st, 4dc) to end, join with a sl st to first st. 36 sts
    Change to Vanilla Cream Rnds 6-7: 1ch, (1dc in each st) to end, join with a sl st to first st
    Change to Royal Purple
    Rnds 8-9: rep Rows 6-7
    Change to Candy Pink
    Rnd 10: 1ch, (4dc, dc2tog) to end, join with a sl st to first st. 30 sts
    Rnd 11: 1ch, (3dc, dc2tog) to end, join with a sl st to first st. 24 sts
    Change to Peacock Green
    Rnd 12: 1ch, (2dc, dc2tog) to end, join with a sl st to first st. 18 sts
    Rnd 13: 1ch, (1dc, dc2tog) to end, join with a sl st to first st. 12 sts
    Change to Vanilla Cream
    Rnd 14: 1ch, (dc2tog) to end, join with a sl st to first st. Six sts
    Rnd 15: 1ch, (1dc in each st) to end
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail

  • to make up

    Thread yarn through tapestry needle and gather up final six sts tightly. Make a loop close to bauble and work 20ch. Sew loose end to bauble

Pattern Instructions

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holly leaf

Make two
Using 4.5mm needles and Peacock Green cast on three sts
Note: k into back of last st on all k rows between Rows 1-28
Rows 1-2: starting with a k row work in st st
Row 3: k1, m1, k1, m1, k1. Five sts
Row 4 and every even-numbered row: p
Row 5: k2, m1, k1, m1, k2. Seven sts
Row 7: k3, m1, k1, m1, k3. Nine sts
Row 9: k4, m1, k1, m1, k4. 11 sts
Row 11: k5, m1, k1, m1, k5. 13 sts
Row 13: cast off four sts, (k1, m1) twice, k6. 11 sts
Row 14: cast off four sts pwise, p to end. Seven sts
Rows 15-22: rep Rows 7-14
Rows 23-25: rep Rows 7-9. 11 sts
Row 26: p
Row 27: cast off three sts, k to end. Eight sts
Row 28: cast off three sts pwise, p to end. Five sts
Row 29: cast off one st, k2, k2tog. Three sts
Row 30: p2tog, p1. Two sts
Row 31: k2tog tbl. One st
Fasten off
Sew in ends

berry

Using 4.5mm needles and Candy Pink cast on five sts
Rows 1-2: starting with a k row work in st st
Row 3: k1, (m1, k1) to end. Nine sts
Rows 4-6: starting with a p row work in st st
Row 7: k1, (k2tog) to end. Five sts
Cast off
Fasten off, leaving a long tail

hanging loop

Using 4.5mm needles and Peacock Green cast on 16 sts
Cast off

to make up

Thread tail of yarn on Berry onto tapestry needle and sew small sts around edge. Draw up thread halfway, stuff Berry with scraps of spare yarn, pull up tightly and fasten off. Sew two Holly Leaves tog at cast-on ends, then sew Berry over join. Sew loop behind Berry

bauble

Using 4mm hook and Royal Purple make a magic ring, work 1ch, 6dc into ring, join with a sl st to first st
Rnd 1: 1ch, (2dc in each st) to end six times, join with a sl st to first st. 12 sts
Change to Candy Pink
Rnd 2: 1ch, (2dc in next st, 1dc) to end, join with a sl st to first st. 18 sts
Rnd 3: 1ch, (2dc in next st, 2dc) to end, join with a sl st to first st. 24 sts
Change to Peacock Green
Rnd 4: 1ch, (2dc in next st, 3dc) to end, join with a sl st to first st. 30 sts
Rnd 5: 1ch, (2dc in next st, 4dc) to end, join with a sl st to first st. 36 sts
Change to Vanilla Cream Rnds 6-7: 1ch, (1dc in each st) to end, join with a sl st to first st
Change to Royal Purple
Rnds 8-9: rep Rows 6-7
Change to Candy Pink
Rnd 10: 1ch, (4dc, dc2tog) to end, join with a sl st to first st. 30 sts
Rnd 11: 1ch, (3dc, dc2tog) to end, join with a sl st to first st. 24 sts
Change to Peacock Green
Rnd 12: 1ch, (2dc, dc2tog) to end, join with a sl st to first st. 18 sts
Rnd 13: 1ch, (1dc, dc2tog) to end, join with a sl st to first st. 12 sts
Change to Vanilla Cream
Rnd 14: 1ch, (dc2tog) to end, join with a sl st to first st. Six sts
Rnd 15: 1ch, (1dc in each st) to end
Fasten off, leaving a long tail

to make up

Thread yarn through tapestry needle and gather up final six sts tightly. Make a loop close to bauble and work 20ch. Sew loose end to bauble