Knitted bauble pattern
Got time for a last-minute Christmas knit? Cast on Kirstie McLeod's Scandi-style decoration to hang on your tree or give as a gift.
We can’t get enough of this knitted bauble pattern – with three Fair Isle designs to pick from and an endless choice of colour combinations, you won't be able to cast on just one! Why not team yours with the decorations from our round-up of the best christmas knitting patterns and trim the whole tree in handmade ornaments?
If you've done a little bit of Fair Isle knitting before, use our knitted bauble pattern to improve your skills. It's small, portable and quick to finish, so you can increase your colourwork confidence without having to take on a big, tricky knit. To get great results, check out our guide on how to knit perfect Fair Isle, and learn how to catch Fair Isle floats with our masterclass for neat results on the back of your work as well as the front.
When you're done, attach a hanging loop, stand back and admire!
To make this knitted bauble you will need:
Knitted bauble pattern
8cm (3¼in) tall
This pattern uses our standard knitting abbreviations. Follow our guides for instructions on how to cast on knitting and how to cast off knitting, plus how to increase a stitch in knitting and how to decrease in knitting.
Cast on 12 sts using 3mm needles and Yarn A. (Note: If you are knitting your bauble using Charts B or C then you should start with Yarn B (Red) instead of Yarn A (White) – reversing the colourway from Chart A.)
Row 1 and every alt row (WS) Purl.
Row 2 *Kfb, K1, kfb; rep from * 3 more times. [20 sts]
Row 4 *Kfb, K3, kfb; rep from * 3 more times. [28 sts]
Row 6 *Kfb, K5, kfb; rep from * 3 more times. [36 sts]
Row 8 *Kfb, K7, kfb; rep from * 3 more times. [44 sts]
Row 10 *Kfb, K9, kfb; rep from * 3 more times. [52 sts]
Row 12 *Kfb, K11, kfb; rep from * 3 more times. [60 sts]
Row 14 *Kfb, K13, kfb; rep from * 3 more times. [68 sts]
Work Row 1 of Chart A, B or C (below), repeating the 17 st patt 4 times. Cont working Chart as set until all 17 rows of Chart are complete.
How to use our charts: Start at the bottom right-hand corner. Read right-side rows from right to left and wrong-side rows from left to right. A row of squares represents a row of knitting. See how to read charts in knitting patterns for more information.
Break Yarn B and cont in Yarn A only.
Row 1 (RS) *Sl1, K1, psso, K13, k2tog; rep from * 3 more times. [60 sts]
Row 2 and every alt row (WS) Purl.
Row 3 *Sl1, K1, psso, K11, k2tog; rep from * 3 more times. [52 sts]
Row 5 *Sl1, K1, psso, K9, k2tog; rep from * 3 more times. [44 sts]
Row 7 *Sl1, K1, psso, K7, k2tog; rep from * 3 more times. [36 sts]
Row 9 *Sl1, K1, psso, K5, k2tog; rep from * 3 more times. [28 sts]
Row 11 *Sl1, K1, psso, K3, k2tog; rep from * 3 more times. [20 sts]
Row 13 *Sl1, K1, psso, K1, k2tog; rep from * 3 more times. [12 sts]
With RS facing, sew up the seam until about half way. Turn RS out and stuff. Sew the seam closed.
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More Christmas knitting patternsIf you like this and want to knit more decorations, we think you'll also like our knitted angel pattern and star knitting pattern. Try our stocking and snowman knitting patterns and star and Christmas tree knitting patterns too. Plus don't miss our advent calendar wreath knitting pattern.
Kirstie is the Editor of Simply Knitting and Commissioning Editor of The Knitter, and what she doesn’t know about knitting isn’t worth knowing! She’s responsible for packing both magazines with gorgeous, fresh patterns by designers from all over the globe and bringing the biggest trends from the fashion world straight to your needles. When she’s not squishing new yarns, browsing the latest pattern collections, and travelling to knitting shows across the UK and beyond, Kirstie can be found working on her own knitwear designs – and she even finds time to crochet too! Look her up on Ravelry to see her latest creations, and follow her on Instagram at @kirstie.mcleod.