My knitted Christmas ornament pattern is in Knit Now Magazine's Crafts for Christmas supplement this month. It is a fun, quick knit that uses simple stitches and a little seaming to give the effect of colourful tinsel draped over a Christmas tree.
It made me feel so organised working on a Christmas project back in the Spring although I'm sure my neighbours were puzzled at seeing me put Christmas ornaments on our garden trees to take a few photos! I was so excited at seeing how they looked in print too. I just love the magazine’s styling of the pattern images with the ornaments on a retro looking white tree along with some baubles.
It's not always easy to come up with winter designs on a warm spring or summer day so when I was trying to come up with the design, I found some of last year's Christmas cards I'd saved for my children to use for crafts this Christmas. I was inspired by snowy pines in a card with a traditional snow scene, so I created this tree in green and white initially and then saw its potential as a cheery tinsel clad Christmas tree.
Decorating the tree is one of my favourite Christmas moments each year. I like to do it with Christmas carols on and a mince pie as a treat at the end while we admire the tree with so many ornaments that remind us of special moments: treasured ones made by small hands at pre-school; a jokey photo one of me (looking quite alarmed) and my husband the year we met; and ones my mum and I have made over the years.
Pattern: Textured Tinsel Trees Published in: Knit Now magazine's Crafts for Christmas Supplement available with issue 147 Yarn: kit yarn from issue 147 or Stylecraft Special 4 ply
The tree is made in stocking and garter stitch so the tinsel stands out on the tree background. It has a little ribbon at the top to hang it and a wooden button at the base to act as a trunk/base and weight it slightly. It looks a little different front and back but the back also works well if it turns round by itself. I think it could be a fun project to embellish in different ways, maybe a star at the top and some bead or embroidery baubles. What would you add to yours? Let me know in the comments.
Knit Now Issue 147 is on sale in shops across the UK from Wednesday 5th October. To find your nearest stockist, use the store finder on Seymour or order online from Craft Stash. You can also purchase a digital edition of the magazine via the PocketMags app.
Do let me know if you make the ornament. I'm always so excited when I see that someone has used one of my patterns!