merry merry

December 15, 2016

Every year I make a new ornament for my tree, and then make a few more to give away, and then write up the pattern for my readers.  I didn't get around to that activity this year, but if you still have a bit of time, here's some of my ornaments from past years.  All the patterns include detailed instructions with tutorial pictures when needed; all include complete supplies list, and all are FREE!  Enjoy!  The pattern links are embedded in each caption.

Woodland Elves are made with supplies you may already have on hand: vintage wood spools for the body, nuts for the head and snippets of yarn for the hat. You don’t need much more than that to make a little village of these quick and easy to make elves. Directions include knitting pattern for the 3 hat sizes, supplies list and assembly directions. 

I love making clothespin dolls and confess I’ve never made one I haven't adored! Christmas Dollies.  Knitted gowns are made extra special with the addition of pearls and other embellishments.  All my patterns have a complete supplies list.

Winter Trio, similar to the clothespin dolls above, this trio is made with pipe cleaner bodies. 

Do you have a button collection?  These Button Snowman could not be easier!

Christmas Pixies and Whosical Trees are perhaps the ornaments I love the most!  The elves are fun and easy to make and would make a good project for young children (but might need just a little help from mom or an older sibling).  The trees are sewn and ended up looking like they belonged in a Dr. Seuss book which made me love them even more.

Peg Angels are gorgeous with their eyelash yarn "fur" scarves and vintageChristmas sheet music wings.
While not a Christmas ornament, the Candy Cane Scarf is certainly Christmasy!  Knit this scarf in candy cane colors for a burst of holiday cheer any time of year! Knit entirely in garter stitch, you’ll have it finished in no time.


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  1. Thank you Kristen,
    I wish you and your family A most Beautiful and peaceful Christmas--


    1. Thank you so much Jennifer. I send the same to you and your family--beauty and peace!

  2. Hi Kristin, I am using the yarn you made your candy cane scarf with (which I happened to have in my stash) to make one of the baby sweaters you suggested in one of your recent posts. I think that's what my daughter's generation calls a "mash-up." Thanks so much for all your free patterns! One of these days I may succumb to Christmas knitting - in the form of a two-hour ornament such as your button snowman. But not much more! I don't even have a hat in me at this time of year:-). Merry Christmas! Chloe

    1. Hi Chloe, I totally understand why at this time of year, we must be careful and not add too much to the plate. I had a week of busy behind me, and tomorrow begins a 4 day marathon of busy, so today, just this one precious day, I'm not leaving the house. I'm all day in sweats and uggs, doing a few home things that need to be done, then rewarding myself with a Christmas movie and knitting. Merry Christmas!

  3. P.S. Just came from your Snowman post. What a clever way to do the gluing. I wondered how you had managed it! Chloe

  4. Darling, love the angels! Margie

    1. Thanks Margie! I'm trying to imagine what your crafty spot looks like: shiny and sparkly! You must make Christmas ornaments, yes?

  5. Thank you for sharing your patterns --- these are so adorable! Merry Christmas

    gayle in MN

    What if today we were grateful for everything?
    Charlie Brown

  6. Thank you for sharing your creative talents. The button tutorial was excellent and a great use for old buttons! I can see colorful button men in my future!

  7. These are all so cute and wonderful. Love the first set of ornaments. They're too cute. The Winter Trio is fun also.


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