Be entranced by the northern lights! These pretty baubles feature colorwork aurora borealis motifs and twinkling stars over a stockinette background. Evoking the constant dancing of the aurora, the pattern provides a selection of six motifs creating a set of similar but unique ornaments. Make one, make two, make an entire night sky!
Each ornament requires one 3” polystyrene or styrofoam ball and approximately 40 yards of fingering weight yarn in the main color plus 10 yards in the contrasting color. They work up quickly and are perfect for using up leftover sock yarn!
A clever construction technique permits these ornaments to be made without the necessity of awkward knitting over the polystyrene or styrofoam balls. The ornaments are made in two sections with all necessary increases worked in stockinette. The pieces are later placed over a ball and grafted together using kitchener stitch. This requires a bit of patience but is much easier and enjoyable than trying to knit around a solid ball.
Sizing: 3 inches in diameter
Yarn Requirements: fingering weight yarn: 40 yards main color; 10 yards contrast color
Needles: 2.5 mm (US 1.5) double point needles
Gauge: 8 stitches and 11 rounds = 1 inch in stockinette
(Pattern provides instructions and links to assist with unfamiliar techniques)
working small circumferences in the round
grafting using kitchener stitch
finger knitting for hanging loops