Christmas is coming up, and fast! In just about 6 weeks, it will already be the big day. To celebrate the holiday this year, I thought it would be fun to give you guys a present – or really 12. Between now and December 25, I’m going to share 12 ornaments for Christmas, all of which will be a free knitting pattern, crochet pattern or a yarn craft. I’ve got some great ideas planned for this that I’m super excited about, so let’s kick things off with a sweet, knitted star.
(I figured a star would be festive without being too festive, since it’s still not yet Thanksgiving. I’ll hold off on the mega Christmas vibes as much as possible until it’s officially Christmas season.)
Knit Star Ornament Pattern
US size 2 knitting needles
size F crochet hook
Lion Brand Bonbons in Beach – 2 mini skeins in yellow
poly-fil (polyester fiber fill, a.k.a. stuffing)
CO – cast on
sts – stitches
WS – wrong side
p – purl
RS – right side
k – knit
M1 – make 1 st, you decide which way it leans
M1R – make 1 right-leaning stitch (video tutorial)
M1L – make 1 left-leaning stitch (video tutorial)
sl 1 -k2tog- psso – slip 1 st, k 2 sts together, pass slipped stitch over the k2tog
(X sts) – X indicates the number of sts that will now be on your needle
Star leg diamonds:
CO 2 sts
row 1 and all odd rows. (WS) p across all sts.
2. (RS) k1, M1, k1.
4. k1, M1R, k to last st, M1L, k1.
Repeat rows 1 and 4 until there are 11 sts on your needle (you’ll work row 4 four times).
6. k4, sl 1 -k2tog- psso, k4. (9 sts)
8. k across.
10. k3, sl 1 -k2tog- psso, k3. (7 sts)
12. k across.
14. k2, sl 1 -k2tog- psso, k2. (5 sts)
16. k across.
18. k1, sl 1 -k2tog- psso, k1. (3 sts)
20. k across.
22. sl 1 -k2tog- psso. (1 st)
Break yarn, draw tail through last loop.
Knit 10 total star leg diamonds. Using the mattress stitch, sew 5 diamonds each into two stars. Then sew both stars together all the way around, stuffing the star with poly-fil as you go.
Each of the star leg diamonds looks like this, kind of like a kite. The mattress stitch you use to join all of the pieces works so well to make the ten sections of the star appear as if they were knit as a single piece. If you’re new to the mattress stitch, you can check out this video tutorial I did to learn how.
PS: I’ve only made a few of the 12 ornaments of Christmas so far, so if you’ve got any suggestions for patterns you’re dying to see, please holler in the comments!
PPS: If you make any of these creations for yourself, share along with me on Instagram using #handsoccupiedhohoho so I can see your ornaments as you make them!