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Christmas Sweater / Jersey, Knitted Ornament Pattern, Handmade Holiday 2010

Today I knitted and needlefelted this little Christmas Sweater Ornament for the holidays. I am going to be gifting these to my close friends and family to hang on their trees or around their homes for Christmas and we will also be hanging these in our home too:)

Natural yarn, mine is a handspun Merino
4mm circular needles
Wool needle for sewing up
Colourful fleece for needlefelting
Felting needle
Wire for hanger

Cast on 28 stitches and join for knitting in the round.
Purl 2 rounds.
Knit 14 rounds.
Now we are going to knit the front of the sweater as a row instead of in the round. Knit 14 stitches and place the other 14 stitches on a stitch holder to be knitted later. These will make the back of the sweater.
Knit the 14 stitches that are on the needle, knit 4 rows in stocking stitch, then purl 1 row and knit 1 row.
Cast off.

Place your saved stitches that were on your stitch holder onto a needle to knit the back.
Knit in stocking stitch for 4 rows.
Purl 1 row, knit 1 row.
Cast off.

This is the body of the sweater. Sew up the shoulders of the sweater, leaving an opening for the neck.

With your circular needles, pick up 12 stitches around the armhole of your sweater.
Continue knitting in the round to knit the sleeves.
Knit 14 rounds for the sleeves, purl 1 round and knit1 round.
Cast off.
Repeat above for the other sleeve.

Sew in all your ends.

Here is the little sweater / jersey with all its ends sewn in and the little hanger I made from a small piece of wire.

Once I had finished, I needlefelted a little Christmas tree in a pot onto the front of the sweater.
Happy Monday:)
Please note, this pattern is for personal use only, and not for resale, items knitted from this pattern may not be sold for commercial purposes, thank you.

Christmas Felt Sewing Needle Saver / Folder / Holder, Tutorial, Handmade Holiday 2010

I have had such fun making this felt sewing needle saver / folder / wrap. I thought it would be a lovely gift for someone special at Christmas time or anytime. So I thought I would share my tutorial here today. I am going to make up a few for my mom and mom-in-law and my friends at knitting group;) This is also a great activity for little ones and quite easy for them to make.

Materials I used:
Wool felt
Fleece for needle felting
Felting Needle
Felting sponge
Embroidery thread
Floral fabric
Pinking Shears

Cut out your felt piece for the outside of your wrap.
Dimensions: 6 inches x 3 inches.

I needle felted an acorn onto the front right hand side, I imagine I will add muchrooms, autumn leaves etc… to the others I am making:)

I cut out a piece of floral fabric to line my needle wrap, this should be slightly smaller than the outer piece of felt. I used my pinking shears, I love these scissors, so wonderful not to have to sew seams! Then I sewed on the fabric to the felt around its edges.

I then cut another piece of felt for the inside of the wrap, slightly smaller. This will hold your needles once your holder is finished.
4.5 inches x 2.5 inches.
Sew this piece of felt down the middle of your wrap and attach it.

Sew around the outside of your felt with blanket stitch, (my favourite stitch at the moment)!

Sew on your button on the outside.

Sew a little loop on the other side of your felt that will loop around your button to hold your needle wrap closed.

Button and loop sewn on and holding wrap closed.

And there you go, one needle saver / holder / wrap ready to hold your needles!

A close up of the lined inside fabric.

This project is lovely because you can use many of your fabric and felt scraps to finish it off. I will also be adding a few of these to my Etsy shop soon:)
Have a wonderful weekend,
Happy Sewing:)

Felt Gingerbread Man Christmas Tree Hanging Ornament, Decoration Tutorial

Today we made another felt Christmas ornament, a hanging felt Gingerbread Man. He is really easy to make and the blanket stitch gives great detail for his edging.

Materials Used:
Brown wool felt
Fleece for stuffing
Pink thread for sewing on the blanket stitch
Colourful fleece for eyes and mouth
Sewing needle
Ribbon for hanging him up
Gingerbread man biscuit cutter
Black marker pen
Felting needle

Template for your Gingerbread man, actual size.

I drew around my gingerbread man biscuit cutter to create my template and then I cut it out, placed it on my felt and drew around the template in black marker pen. I cut out two exactly the same for the front and the back.

Placed both sides together and started sewing around the gingerbread man in pink blanket stitch. Leave an opening to fill with fleece.

Once you have sewn around your gingerbread man, fill with fleece.

Sew the opening closed and needlefelt some buttons, eyes and a smiling face onto your felt .

Attach the ribbon at the back and he is finished! Perfect to hang on your Christmas tree…

Or on your door handles around your home:)



Knitted Santa Hat Christmas Ornament Pattern

This morning Erin said she would like to knit a Christmas ornament for our tree, we are going to add as many handmade ornamnets as we possibly can to our tree this year and we are in the process of making them now. She sat down with her pencil and paper and we set about designing a pattern. We worked out a design,  the decreasing rows and stitches and then and discussed how we would finish it off! What a proud moment for mama that Erie wants to write patterns! Erin asked if I would share our pattern with you, so of course I have and here it is:)

Red and white yarn
Wool needle for sewing up
Ribbon for making your hanging ornament
Fleece for the end of your hat

This pattern is knitted flat with handspun yarn and size 4mm needles.
Cast on 20 stitches in white yarn and knit 4 rows in garter stitch.
Row 5: Change to your red yarn and knit.

Row 6: Purl
Row 7: Knit 5, knit 2 tog, knit 5, knit 2 together, knit 6. (18 stitches)
Row 8 to 11: Knit in stocking stitch (starting with a purl row)
Row 12: Purl 4, purl 2 together, purl 4 purl 2 together, purl 4, purl 2 together. (15 stitches)
Row 13 to 16: Knit in stocking stitch.
Row 17: Knit 3, knit 2 together, knit 3 knit 2 together, knit 3, knit 2 together. ( 12 stitches)
Row 18 to 21: Knit 4 rows in stocking stitch
Row 22: Purl 2, purl 2 together, purl 2, purl 2 togther, purl 2, purl 2 together. (9 stitches)
Row 23 to 26: Knit 4 rows in stocking stitches.
Row 27: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 1 knit 2 together.  (6 stitches)
Row 28 to 31: Knit 4 rows in stocking stitch.
Row 32: Purl 2 together, purl 2 together, purl 2 together. (3 stitches)
Row 33: Knit 1, knit 2 together.
Row 34: Purl 2 together.
Bind off.

Finishing off:
Sew up on wrong side.
Turn onto the right side and attach your ribbon.
Sew on a little tuft of fleece on the end of you hat, bend the top of your hat over and attach to the side of your hat and you are done!
Linda and Erin

Please note, this pattern is for personal use only, and not for resale, items knitted from this pattern may not be sold for commercial purposes, thank you.

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