Knit Candy Cane Ornament Pattern
A note about this ornament: It’s hard to believe that we haven’t yet done a candy cane in our ornament series, isn’t it? I had actually started playing with candy cane designs for this series from practically day one, but getting the stripes just right kept proving illusive. The crochet version kept ending up too chunky looking. An early knit version ended up with weird tension issues from the various color change techniques I was hoping for. But then this year I realized I was overthinking everything – the old KISS (keep it simple, stupid!) adage came to mind. When I went with a version knit with basic stranded colorwork and grafting, and poof! A candy cane ornament I could get behind sharing with you all. :)
US size 3 (3.25 mm) knitting needles
Lion Brand Bonbons in Beach in red & white
poly-fil (polyester fiber fill, a.k.a. stuffing)
1 pipe cleaner in red or white
Gauge & Dimensions: 5.25 sts & 8 rows per inch, knit in stockinette stitch. Finished ornament measures 5.5 inches from tip to tip before bending into candy cane shape.
Abbreviations & Terms
CO – cast on
provisional cast on – Here’s a tutorial.
WS – wrong side
k – knit
Clr A – color A (white)
wyif – with yarn in front
A – Clr A
B – Clr B
p – purl
rep – repeat
kitchener stitch – aka grafting, this is a technique for joining ends with a seamless appearance. Here’s a tutorial.
Clr B – color B (red)
CO 36 sts in Clr A using a provisional cast on.
1. (RS) sl 1 wyif, (k1B, k1A) 17 times, k1B.
2. (WS) sl 1 wyif, (p1A, p1B) 17 times, k1B.
3. sl 1 wyif, (k1B, k1A) 17 times, k1A.
4. sl 1 wyif, (p1A, p1B) 17 times, k1A.
5. sl 1 wyif, (k1B, k1A) 17 times, k1B.
6. Rep row 2.
Join ends using kitchener stitch and Clr B.
To finish, weave in all ends. Cut a 6-inch length of red or white pipe cleaner. Fold each end of the pipe cleaner down 1/4 of an inch to protect sharp points. Feed your pipe cleaner into the tube you knit and bend into a candy cane shape. Sew ribbon to the back of your candy cane to hang.
Share your ornaments in progress and finished ornaments using #handsoccupiedhohoho on Instagram & Twitter – I can’t wait to see how you make these your own!
Yarn was provided by Lion Brand Yarn.