Knitted Christmas Tree ornaments

Yes, you read that right. Knitted Christmas balls. I obviously have too much time… Or not, as it took me about a year to make 10 pieces!
various designs of knitted christmas balls

I saw the knitted christmas tree ornaments in a book from Arne & Carlos: 55 Christmas Balls to Knit and was immediately sold on the idea, even though I realised it was going to be a lot of work. The instructions in the book are really clear. Still, if you’ve never knitted with more than 2 needles or more than one colour before, I can definitely say it’s a challenge.Work in progress

Luckily, a well timed Christmas present last year, ‘Ons Breiboek‘ came in handy. ‘Ons breiboek’ is a full-on manual for knitting, covering all the basics and a lot of more advanced techniques as well. (For the belgians reading this, this book is from the same organisation that publishes ‘Ons kookboek’, granny would be proud.)picture of red knitted ornament

So armed with 2 books, 5 needles and some cotton wool I set off on my task, and I have to say, once you master the technique involved, the balls practically knit themselves. Hehe, you didn’t believe that did you? But it does get easier, the general pattern for the ball stays the same every time, just the design changes (you could make the same design over and over again, but where’s the fun in that 😉 )white and blue knitted christmas tree ball

The end result was well worth the effort in my opinion. Now I just wish people would stop focussing on how fat and short me tree is and focus on the ornaments instead!Christmas tree with knitted ornamentsblue and white knitted ornament in the tree



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