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Candy Cane Ball Christmas Ornament

Designed by Susan Levin




Knit Candy Cane Ball Christmas Ornament

Knit this easy, festive knit ornament to deck the halls or give as an extra personal, handcrafted gift.



BO – bind off; CC – contrast color; CO – cast on; K – knit; k2tog – knit two together; MC – main color; P – purl; rep – repeat; st(s) – stitch(es); WS – wrong side


Kfb – knit in the front and back of the stitch (increases one stitch)
s1 wyib – slip one with yarn in back
s1 wyif – slip one with yarn in front



28 sts = 4 inches on size 2 needles or size to obtain gauge.


Note: Follow color changes as indicated. Purl rows are worked in same color as previous knit row unless otherwise noted. Carry yarn not in use on side of piece loosely. Do not cut colors until indicated.

With Red, CO 20 stitches leaving about a 12" tail
Row 1 (wrong side) and all WS rows unless indicated: Purl
Row 2: Knit
Row 4: Kfb in each st across – 40 sts
Row 6: Knit
Row 8: *K1, Kfb, rep from * to end – 60 sts
Row 10: K29, Kfb, K to end of Row – 61 sts
Row 12: Knit
Row 14: Knit
Row 16: Knit
Row 17: P2 * P1 wrapping yarn twice, P3, rep from *, end last rep P2. Change to Green at end of row
Row 18: With Green, K2, *sl1 wyib dropping extra wrap, K1, insert needle into next st 2 rows below and draw up a loop, K the next st and then pass the loop over the st just knitted, K1, rep from *, end sl1 wyib, K2
Row 19: P2, *sl1 wyif, P3, rep from *, end sl1 wiyf, P2
Row 20: Knit
Row 21: P2, *P1 wrapping yarn twice, P3, rep from *, end last rep P2
Rows 22-25: Change to White and repeat Rows 18-21
Rows 26-29: Change to Red and repeat Rows 18-21
Rows 30-33: Change to Green and repeat Rows 18-21. Cut Green at end of Row 33
Rows 34-37: Change to White and repeat Rows 18-21. Cut White at end of Row 37
Row 38: Change to Red, Knit
Row 40: Knit
Row 42: Knit
Row 44: K30, K2tog, K29 – 60 sts
Row 46: K1, K2tog, rep from * to end – 40 sts
Row 48: Knit
Row 50: K2tog across – 20 sts
Row 52: Knit
Row 53: Purl
Do not BO.


Do not BO. Cut yarn leaving 12" tail. Thread tail onto yarn needle and then through live sts to place on hold. Do not fasten off or cut tail yet. Weave in CC tails.

With yarn needle and tail from cast on edge weave yarn through cast on edge and gather. Fasten off. Do not cut yarn. Sew side seam half way up. Insert ornament with neck of ornament on top. Continue to sew side seam to top or until cast on tail is used up. Pull tail to gather live sts so that they fit snugly and evenly around neck of ornament. Fasten off. Sew remaining seam with tail from top edge if necessary. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

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