Knit Beaded Christmas Ornaments

Knit Beaded Christmas Ornaments

Simple, knitted and beaded Christmas Ornament patterns that are free to make for personal use and created around a styrofoam ball. Add a little texture to your Christmas decorations!

What you need

3″ or slightly smaller styrofoam ball
1 pr size 0000 (1.25mm) knitting needles
1 hank size 11 seed beads (crystal finish gives a nice sparkle to the ornament)
1 ball #8 perle cotton thread
You might want to try using the Kreinik #8 Metallic braid


Row by row knitting instructions:
Cast on 21 sts
Rows 1-2 Knit 21.
Row 3 Knit across and increase 1 into every stitch.
Rows 4-6 Knit 42.
Row 7 Knit across and increase 18 stitches evenly across the row.
Row 8 Knit 60.
Rows 9-14 (Knit 3, slip 1 bead; 19 times), knit 3.
Rows 15-20 (Knit 3, slip 2 beads; 19 times), knit 3.
Rows 21-47 (Knit 3, slip 3 beads; 19 times), knit 3.
Rows 48-67 Starting at Row 20, knit in reverse order from row 20 to row 1, replacing the increase stitches with decrease stitches.
Bind Off

Assembly Instructions:

Wrap the knitted piece around the styrofoam ball and stitch up the side seam.
To close up the opening at the top and bottom, gather the knitting together.
Finish the top and bottom with a whipped spider stitch, button, or some other way you invent for yourself.
Thread a ribbon through to the top for the hanger.
Hang beads, a tassel, or something else of your choice from the bottom.

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  1. Kathy L. Rug says

    I knit tiny beaded purses, so this is a great idea, pattern is clear to me. I’m starting some now for 2018 gifts. If you want more patterns, just take flat x stitch pattern that will fit in the # of stitches! You could also use the knitted balls book by, Arne & Carlos. Haven’t tried it yet but don’t see to much problems trying it.

  2. Thank you for this great idea of beading and knitting on styrofoam balls. I use fabric, pins,sequins and beads in a quilting design to cover the balls.

  3. The “Slip bead” part of the instructions needs clarification for those of us who have never beaded before. Otherwise seems like a good pattern – I’d like to try it if I found out what “slip bead” means.

  4. love this idea

  5. super!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. nice i made one its fanastic

  7. easy and quick project. love it!!!!!! im running out of time to make x-mas presents. thanks for the pattern!!!!

  8. wow 0_0 I can’t make this because i don’t have enough beads. Pretty cool though

  9. one hank is roughly about 10 grams of seed beads…make sure to pass all beads onto yarn before beginning…great instructions when followed step-bystep…very quick and satisfying project!

  10. these are really cool for the christmas tree

  11. Would like to see more enlarged pics with detail, if possible with all craft projects. This looks neat, but I can’t really see it. Sometimes if I get stuck on a project, I like to refer to a picture for reference.

  12. vary easy instructions! love it! #1

  13. chinchilla_chilieboy says

    its cute…..tabtag2 if ur still wondering u put the beads ont the yarn 1st,then dont knit wit them untill u r told to do so in the instructions….cute project…love josie

  14. diosaperdida says

    These are really nice…thanks.

  15. poor instructions

  16. For those of us who buy our beads by weight how many grams does it take?

  17. Simple but effective.

  18. You thread the beads onto the yarn before you start…then just bring one up and knit it in as needed.

  19. great for beaders who want to knit or knitters who want to bead

  20. I have made a dozen of these balls and love them. Wish there were more differant patterns

  21. where it says slip bead how are you getting the beads on the yarn. not sure about that

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