A knitter’s tree is not complete without some knitted Christmas ornaments. Fortunately, stitching an ornament doesn’t take nearly as long as, say, that knitted blanket you are planning to give to your mom this year.
A hand-knit ornament can be as simple or as complex as you’d like. Even beginner knitters can add yarny goodness to the tree, thanks to the plethora of more basic ornament patterns.
Whip up some of these knitted Christmas ornaments as tree decorations or as gifts for family and friends this year. (We promise they don’t take as long as those holiday gifts you’re finishing!)
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1. Star Ornaments
These ornaments use a neat shaping technique called stacked increases. If you’ve never tried this type of increase before, don’t worry; there’s a link to a video tutorial included with the pattern in case you get stuck. This ornament is a great way to use up even the smallest little scraps of yarn.
Photo via Craftsy member SnuginaDub
2. Campervan Christmas Ornament
Know a friend who likes to travel and maybe even owns a campervan? This is the perfect ornament for their tree! The sample above was knit with DK-weight yarn, but you could knit it with lighter or heavier yarn to make an ornament that’s a different size. Just be sure you change up the needle size, too.
Photo via Craftsy member SailingKnitter
3. Swirl Ball Mystery Ornament
It’s easier than you think to knit the sparkly swirl of this ornament. The only skills you need are knitting garter stitch and seaming! The designer also suggests knitting this up as a toy ball or as household decor. If you don’t need any new ornaments, you could skip the ribbon and just place a group of these in a pretty bowl as a decoration.
Photo via Craftsy member Ginx Craft
4. Christmas Love Hearts
There are three different heart sizes included in this pattern, so you can knit all three or just choose the one that fits best with your tree size. Embroider anything you’d like on them, from snowflakes like the one seen here to hearts and even flowers.
Photo via Craftsy member Tin Can Knits
5. Fancy Balls
Grab all those old sock-weight scraps and see if any of them create a color palette that would work for these ornaments. I love the designer’s idea of using these not only as ornaments but also as present toppers for a little bonus gift.
Photo via Craftsy member DesignDR
6. Small 5-Pointed Star Ornament
If toe-up socks have been on your to-knit list for a while, this is the perfect opportunity to practice the cast on. These tiny stars use the toe-up cast on to create a neat start. My first thought when I saw these was to use chunky yarn and make a giant tree-topper!
Photo via Craftsy member Deby Lake
7. Ribbons of Hope Ornament
Hang this ornament in your tree to remember a loved one or to show your support for someone currently battling cancer. Designer Deby Lake provides a list of colors that correlate with different types of cancer, so check out her list to help you choose the right colors.
Photo via Craftsy member Knitables
8. Christmas Pudding
Go for a traditional Christmas look with this ornament that’s topped with festive greenery. The ornament is knit flat and then seamed, but more experienced knitters can easily translate it into an in-the-round pattern that doesn’t require seaming.
Photo via Craftsy member ayrshire knits
9. Christmas Candle Tree Decoration
This candle does double duty as both a table decoration and an ornament. Hang them from the branches, or attach a wire to the bottom of the candle so you can wrap it around the tree branch and let the candle rest right on top of it. This would also look beautiful on a mantel, too.
Photo via Craftsy member AmandaBerry
10. Little Christmas Stocking
Stockings look just as nice in the tree as they do draped across the fireplace mantel. Of course, Santa won’t be able to stuff as many goodies in this mini one. This pattern is not designed like the usual sock, so if you’re a beginner, no need to be intimidated by it.
Photo via Craftsy member iMake
11. Mini Christmas Sweater
Follow the chart included to make this holly design or use the blank chart included with the pattern to create your own Christmas cheer. Instructions are also included for how to make the wire hanger, which doubles as a handy ornament hook.