December 19, 2005
This Year's Ornament
I really enjoyed making little sweater ornaments last year, but this holiday season, as I've spent the days leading up to the holidays in the great outdoors, I found a different inspiration for some knitted decorations.
Between the beautiful ginko trees in the yard where I'm staying with friends, the lace knitting that I've done recently, and my current interest in knitting with wire, I was inspired to play around and create some lace leaf ornaments.
The concept is simple. You just take a repeat of your favorite traditional lace pattern, and knit it with a strand of mohair. I used a fine kid mohair silk blend for the white leaves and a thicker wool mohair blend for the colored leaves.
The silver leaf with beads is simply the same pattern without the yarn, using a thicker silver wire. Mine was 26 guage sterling.
I'm copyrighting the recipe, since I think it's such a cool concept that I'd like to keep the credit for it, but I think it would be really cool to see what other lace patterns people could come up with to knit this way. I've had snowflakes on the brain as well (check out the really cool links), and I'd love to see a snowflake version if anyone comes up with one.
White Lace Leaf Ornament
Julia Trice, copyright 2005
Small amount of lace weight mohair (I used Art Fibers' Tsuki, but Karabella's laceweight mohair and Rowan's kidsilk haze would give the same effect)
Spool of 36 gauge metal wire (available at beading supply shops for about 99 cents)
Size US7-US10 wooden needles
Wire cutters to cut ends
When working with wire it is always advisable to wear safety googles to prevent sharp ends from injuring your eyes. When your leaf is complete, carefully tuck in any sharp ends that might protrude and keep out of reach of children.
With yarn and wire held together, cast on 3 sts using the backward loop method.
Posted by Julia at December 19, 2005 12:29 PM
Row 1: k3
Row 2: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1
Row 3 and all odd rows through row 11: purl
Row 4: k2, yo, k1, yo, k2
Row 6: k3, yo, k1, yo, k3
Row 8: ssk, k5, k2tog
Row 10: ssk, k3, k2tog
Row 12: ssk, k1, k2tog
Row 13: sl1, p2tog, psso, fasten off.
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What a wonderful idea -- I love all variations. Thanks for sharing your pattern.
The white ones are almost ethereal. Lovely.
That is a terrific idea! Are you going to show us a picture of the decorations in place??
Thank you! it is so lovely!
Safety googles? :) does that mean I should be looking at my computer screen searching for good yarn deals whilst knitting these? :) Very, very cool, thank you! Now I know what my friend is getting as a thank-you gift for making Christmas dinner!
I'm surprised that they didn't blow away when you photographed them outside! They look so fine and delicate, truly lovely! They're only made better by the fact that they're great stash busters.
What a fabulous idea! Wire knitting always looks a little "bare" to me, I never thought of using it with something a little fuzzy. Soft and bendable, how clever!
that's so pretty! i have to make some.
Thanks for sharing such a beautiful pattern.
so fragile and beautiful! i love them! thanks for sharing the pattern.
Those are really gorgeous! And! How cool is it to see a knitted lace ornament rather than all that crochet.
beautiful! wow, julia, go you, what a fantastic idea. maybe for next year's tree, how gorgeous would that be!
it was so nice to finally meet you yesterday ~ that was such a blast hanging out and we'll definitely have to do it very soon indeed.
;) happy holidays and new year!
Wow! They are awesome! I love them.
They look really great. I bet they are even lovelier in person.
Great idea. I am looking forward to seeing other interpretations as well. :)
Julia these are gorgeous. What a fantastic idea!
Beautiful ornaments - I love their simplicity and form, especially in plain white.
Wanted to say how much I enjoyed talking yesterday over at Mel and Rose. Made me think, which is always appreciated, and made me glad for such good company.
Oh they are lovely! The white ones look so fragile and delicate,
What an incredible idea! Just beautiful, and not just for the "holidays" (whichever one is being celebrated)! You could place these beside a knitted or crocheted flower as a pin. Very inspirational...thanks for posting the pattern!
The wire is very pretty but I love the colorful leaves best.