Friday, December 08, 2006

Countdown to Christmas: Knit your own Holiday Garland!

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Above are examples of a few garlands I knitted last year. Each one is a bit different. They are fun, fast and easy to make. Finding the right yarn is sometimes a challenge. I wish I had kept the label wrapper from my favorite, but it doesn’t matter since I haven’t been able to find it here in New Jersey this year. You’ll need three skeins of yarn: two of the background color [a shaggy eyelash yarn works well], and one “fun” yarn like Lion Brand Fancy Fur that has bobble-like things that look like tiny ornaments when knitted up. Another good yarn is a paper flag novelty yarn, like one from Crystal Palace. Just use your imagination when choosing yarn varieties. To knit, use size 19 [26 inch] circular needles, cast on about 100 stitches with all three yarns [I know, I know, it’s a lot] and then just knit two rows of garter stitch for an almost instant garland. I got the idea from the Crystal Palace yarn website last year. So please, don’t use this pattern except for your own use. Here is their link.

Merry Knitting!



Ho,Ho,Ho…no I am not calling you nasty names I’m just getting into the spirit of the thing!
That is a neat idea and really does look christmasy (I know not a real word).

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