Download the PDF for a set of portable project instructions. It also includes the charts for the duplicate stitch motifs. Read through all of the instructions before beginning.
k–knit; rep–repeat; RS–right side; st(s)–stitch(es)
Insert left needle from back to front under the horizontal strand between the last stitch worked on the right needle and the next stitch to be worked on the left needle; knit this strand through the front loop.
One Size: Approximately 4" (10 cm) wide x 4" (10 cm) high when stuffed. To create other sizes, use lighter or heavier weight yarn.
- #4 Worsted Weight Yarn: Background color: Approximately 20 yds (19 m) for each ornament. Accent colors: 1 yd (.91 m) will make about 24 Duplicate Stitches. Refer to photos and charts (on pages 3-8 of PDF) for colors used in each ornament
- Boye® Knitting Needles, Size 7 (4.5 mm)
- Tapestry or yarn needle with blunt tip
18 sts x 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) on size US 7 (4.5 mm) needles. Gauge is not critical for this project.
With Background Color, cast on 10 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2 and all even numbered rows: Purl.
Row 3: K1, M1R, K to last st, M1L, K1 – 12 sts.
Rows 5-11: Rep Row 3 on all odd numbered rows – 20 sts at the end of Row 11.
Row 13: K1, SSK, K to last 2 sts, K2tog – 18 sts.
Rows 15-21: Rep Row 13 on all odd numbered rows – 10 sts at the end of Row 21.
Rows 23-42: Rep Rows 3-22.
Bind off loosely in knit leaving a long tail for sewing side seam.
Choose your favorite design, then follow the chart in the project PDF to embroider the design on the ornament using Duplicate Stitch. Count the rows and stitches to be sure you center the design as shown.
To make duplicate stitch: Thread yarn into a blunt yarn or tapestry needle, and work one duplicate stitch (see illustration in the project PDF) over each knit stitch as shown in your chart. As with regular embroidery, do not leave knots. To start and end a color, weave it through several stitches on the wrong side of the fabric.
Accent stitches, illustrated by a straight line on the pirate chart, were made using Outline Stitch. See illustration in the project PDF.
Fold ornament with right sides together and sew sides. Turn ornament right side out and gently stuff with fiberfill. Sew top closed. Use scrap yarn to make hanger in center top.