The Easy Wrap Holiday Ornament I talked about yesterday is the fastest way to use up your leftover yarn and make it purposeful. I know I will be wrapping a few of those ornaments now and then throughout the year as leftovers appear. I’ll be set for the 2018 holiday season.
Looking for more ideas, I couldn’t scroll past the opportunity to knit a yarn basket ornament. There’s no way I’d miss out on that. Any knitter who travels with their knitting, is usually known for having fiber and two needles on hand at any time. There are some of my friends who find great amusement in this.
The pattern for this adorable Knit Basket of Yarn Ornament, like the others I’ve covered this week, has a very easy construction.
The basket is comprised of a square of seed stitch, and an elongated piece of garter stitch for the handle. Everything is seamed afterwards to create the basket, then you wind up 1” balls of yarn to go in the basket. I really love the idea of the tiny little balls of yarn because they don’t have to match, or be really special in anyway. They just have to be fiber.
I think it would be a really interesting gift, if you’re the kind of person who knits for people for Christmas, to knit their gifts, then make an ornament with the leftover yarn from your project. Brilliant!
I’m really in love with the two little knitting needles that go in the basket. The pattern calls for tooth picks, but I didn’t have any. I did have some skewer sticks, which are quite large, so I cut them down to size. You’re really able to get creative with the beads on the ends as well. I have a whole whack of beading supplies so it was not hard to find beads, but to choose them was the difficult part! In the pattern it just says to glue the ends of the tiny wound balls into place and put them in the basket. I full-on glued them into the basket. I’m not sure if everyone carefully wraps and lovingly places their ornaments away for the season, but the ones that aren’t breakable usually get thrown into a shoe box. I wanted it to stay together and look good for next year.
I think this is a perfect gift to knit and give away. On Red Heart’s website the blurb they have about this pattern suits it perfectly. “This is the perfect ornament to give all your yarn-loving friends. Even those who never touch a needle will remember that their “friend who knits” gave it to them.”
Join me tomorrow for my last installment of using up leftover yarn.
This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Using your leftover yarn to make easy wrap holiday ornaments
- Cherishing your favorite leftover yarn in a keepsake ornament - January 26, 2018
- Commemorating your knitting status with the Knit Basket of Yarn Ornament - January 25, 2018
- Using your leftover yarn to make easy wrap holiday ornaments - January 24, 2018
- The easiest knitted mitten pattern you’ll ever encounter - January 23, 2018
- Using leftover yarn for crafting and decorating ideas - January 22, 2018
- How to knit a shawl starting tab - December 22, 2017
- Knitting the Flying V Shawl with Amphora yarn - December 21, 2017
- Taking colorwork design elements from a cowl as a detail for a hat - December 20, 2017
- Knit the Victory Hat pattern and modify it for a matching scarf - December 19, 2017
- The nature and benefits of Amphora yarn - December 18, 2017