Stunning Stranded Ornaments

These baubles are knit in the round with Scandinavian-inspired stranded colorwork. They are a quick intermediate project and a great way to use up leftover yarn. These ornaments make for ideal tree decorations, or you can knit smaller version to use a present toppers.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size:  3” high x 10” circumference (17.5 x 25.5 cm)

Gauge: 26 sts x 28 rows = 4” (10 cm) in colorwork stockingette in the round

Materials

Yarn:

Fine Weight Yarn Cascade 220 Sport (100% wool; 164 yards [150 meters]/50 grams): #8895 Christma Red (MC, 1 skein), #8505 White (CC, 1 skein)
Needles: US size 3 (3.25 mm) double pointed needles
Notions: 4 stitch markers, stuffing

Special Stitches

M1L: Make 1 left leaning increase by picking up the bar between the next 2 stitches from front to back and knitting it through the back of the stitch.
M1R: Make 1 right leaning increase by picking up the bar between the next 2 stitches from back to front and knitting it through the front of the stitch.

Pattern Notes

All four of the baubles are worked exactly the same, knit in the round from the bottom to top, the chart or written instructions are repeated four times around the bauble. It is best to start stuffing the bauble when you get to round 33 before the gap gets too small to fit the stuffing in.

Striped Bauble Pattern

Leaving an 8” tail and using MC cast on 12 sts placing a stitch marker after every 3rd stitch. Join to work in the round being careful not to twist.
Rnd 1: Using MC knit.
Rnd 2: Using MC *k3, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 3: Using MC knit.
Rnd 4: Using CC *k1, m1r, k3, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 5: Using CC knit.
Rnd 6: Using CC *k1, m1r, k5, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 7: Using MC knit.
Rnd 8: Using MC *k1, m1r, k7, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 9: Using MC knit.
Rnd 10: Using CC *k1, m1r, k9, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 11: Using CC knit.
Rnd 12: Using CC *k1, m1r, k11, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 13: Using MC knit.
Rnd 14: Using MC *k1, m1r, k13, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 15: Using MC knit.
Rnds 16-18: Using CC knit.
Rnds 19-21: Using MC knit.
Rnds 22-24: Using CC knit.
Rnds 25-26: Using MC k all sts.
Rnd 27: Using MC *k1, k2tog, k11, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 28: Using CC knit.
Rnd 29: Using CC *k1, k2tog, k9, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 30: Using CC knit.
Rnd 31: Using MC *k1, k2tog, k7, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 32: Using MC knit.
Rnd 33: Using MC *k1, k2tog, k5, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 34: Using CC knit.
Rnd 35: Using CC *k1, k2tog, k3, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 36: Using CC knit.
Rnd 37: Using MC *k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 38: Using MC knit.
Rnd 39: Using MC *k1, k2tog, k1, repeat from * to end.
Make sure that the ball is tightly stuffed, break yarn and thread through the remaining 12 sts, pull tight and secure.

Snowflake Bauble Pattern

Leaving an 8” tail and using MC cast on 12 sts placing a stitch marker after every 3rd stitch. Join to work in the round being careful not to twist.
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: *k3, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 3: Knit.
Rnd 4: *k1, m1r, k3, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 5: Knit.
Rnd 6: *k1, m1r, k5, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 7: Knit.
Rnd 8: *k1, m1r, k7, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 9: Knit.
Rnd 10: *k1, m1r, k9, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 11: Knit.
Rnd 12: *k1, m1r, k11, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 13: Using CC knit.
Rnd 14: *Using CC k1, m1r, using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k5, using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC, k1, using CC m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 15: *Using CC k3, using MC k1, using CC k1, using MC k2, using CC k3, using MC k2, using CC k1, using MC k1, using CC k2, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 16: *Using CC k5, using MC k3, using CC k1, using MC k3, using CC k4, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 17: *Using CC k2, using MC k3, using CC k1, using MC k2, using CC k1, using MC k2, using CC k1, using MC k3, using CC k1, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 18: *Using CC k3, using MC k3, using CC k1, using MC k1, using CC k1, using MC k1, using CC k1, using MC k3, using CC k2, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 19: *Using CC k1, using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k3, using CC k3, using MC k3, using CC k2, using MC k1, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 20: *Using MC k1, using CC k 7, using MC k1, using CC k7, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 21: *Using CC k1, using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k3, using CC k3, using MC k3, using CC k2, using MC k1, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 22: *Using CC k3, using MC k3, using CC k1, using MC k1, using CC k1, using MC k1, using CC k1, using MC k3, using CC k2, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 23: *Using CC k2, using MC k3, using CC k1, using MC k2, using CC k1, using MC k2, using CC k1, using MC k3, using CC k1, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 24: *Using CC k5, using MC k3, using CC k1, using MC k3, using CC k4, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 25: *Using CC k3, using MC k1, using CC k1, using MC k2, using CC k3, using MC k2, using CC k1, using MC k1, using CC k2, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 26: *Using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k5, using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k1, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 27: *Using CC k1, k2tog, k 11, ssk, repeat from * to end. Break CC.
Rnd 28: (Use MC from this point on) Knit.
Rnd 29: *K1, k2tog, k9, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 30: Knit.
Rnd 31: *K1, k2tog, k7, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 32: Knit.
Rnd 33: *K1, k2tog, k5, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 34: Knit.
Rnd 35: *K1, k2tog, k3, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 36: Knit.
Rnd 37: *K1, k2tog, k1, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 38: Knit.
Rnd 39: *K1, k2tog, k1, repeat from * to end.
Make sure that the ball is tightly stuffed, break yarn and thread through the remaining 12 sts, pull tight and secure.

Reindeer Bauble Pattern

Leaving an 8” tail and using CC cast on 12 sts placing a stitch marker after every 3rd stitch. Join to work in the round being careful not to twist.
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: *k3, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 3: Knit.
Rnd 4: *k1, m1r, k3, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 5: Knit.
Rnd 6: *k1, m1r, k5, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 7: Knit.
Rnd 8: *k1, m1r, k7, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 9: Knit.
Rnd 10: *k1, m1r, k9, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 11: Using MC knit.
Rnd 12: Using MC *k1, m1r, k11, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 13: *Using CC k1, using MC k4, using CC k1, using MC k3, using CC k1, using MC k4, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 14: *Using MC k1, m1r, k1, using CC k1, using MC k4, using CC k1, using MC k4, using CC k1, using MC k1 m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 15: *Using MC k4, using CC k1, using MC k5, using CC k1, using MC k3, using CC k1, using MC k1, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 16: *Using CC k1, using MC k3, using CC k3, using MC k7, using CC k1, using MC k1, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 17: *Using MC k2, using CC k1, using MC k2, using CC k10, using MC k1, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 18: *Using MC k5, using CC k8, using MC k3, repeat from * to ending .
Rnd 19: *Using MC k1, using CC k1, using MC k3, using CC k8, using MC k3, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 20: *Using MC k4, using CC k9, using MC k2, using CC k1, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 21: *Using MC k2, using CC k1, using MC k7, using CC k3, using MC k3, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 22: *Using CC k1, using MC k5, using CC k1, using MC k4, using CC k2, using MC k3, repeat from to end.
Rnd 23: *Using MC k4, using CC k1, using MC k6, using CC k3, using MC k2, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 24: *Using MC k1, using CC k1, using MC k5, using CC k1, using MC k3, using CC k4, using MC k1, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 25: *Using MC k3, using CC k1, using MC k5, using CC k3, using MC k4, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 26: *Using CC k1, using MC k4, using CC k1, using MC k2, using CC k1, using MC k2, using CC k1, using MC k4, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 27: *Using MC k1, k2tog, k3, using CC k1, using MC k4, using CC k1, using MC k2, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 28: *Using CC k1, using MC k8, using CC k1, using MC k4, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 29: *Using MC k1, k2tog, k1, using CC k1, using MC k6, using CC k1, using MC ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 30: *Using MC k5, using CC k1, using MC k3, using CC k1, using MC k2, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 31: *Using MC k1, k2tog, using CC k1, using MC k3, using CC k1, using MC k2, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 32: *Using MC k4, using CC k1, using MC k4, using CC k1, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 33: *Using MC k1, k2tog, k4, using CC k1, using MC ssk, repeat from * to end .
Rnd 34: *Using MC k1, using CC k1, using MC k2, using CC k1, using MC k3, repeat from * to end. Break CC.
Rnd 35: (use MC from this point on) *K1, k2tog, k3, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 36: Knit.
Rnd 37: *K1, K2tog, k1, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 38: Knit.
Rnd 39: *K1, k2tog, k1, repeat from * to end.
Make sure that the ball is tightly stuffed, break yarn and thread through the remaining 12 sts, pull tight and secure.

Heart Bauble Pattern

Leaving an 8” tail and using MC cast on 12sts placing a stitch marker after every 3rd stitch. Join to work in the round being careful not to twist.
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: *k3, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 3: Knit.
Rnd 4: *k1, m1r, k3, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 5: Knit.
Rnd 6: *Using MC k1, m1r, k1, using CC k3, using MC k1, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 7: *Using MC k3, using CC k3, using MC k2, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 8: *Using MC k1, m1r, k1, using CC k5, using MC k1, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 9: *Using MC k3, using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k2, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 10: *Using MC k1, m1r, k1, using CC k3, using MC k1, using CC k3, using MC k1, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 11: *Using MC k3, using CC k1, using MC k2, using CC k1, using MC k2, using CC k1, using MC k2, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 12: *Using MC k1, m1r, k1, using CC k4, using MC k1, using CC k4, using MC k1, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 13: Using MC k3, using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k1, using MC k1, using CC k1, MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k2, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 14: using MC k1, m1r, k1, using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k5, using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k1, m1l, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 15: *Using MC k2, using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k7, using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k1, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 16: *Using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k3, using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k2, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 17: *Using MC k1, using CC k4, using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k4, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 18: *Using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k3, using MC k3, using CC k3, using MC k1, using CC k2, repeat from * to end
Rnd 19: Using MC k1, using CC k1, using MC k1, using CC k3, using MC k5, using CC k3, using MC k1, using CC k1, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 20: *Using MC k1, using CC k4, using MC k3, using CC k1, using MC k3, using CC k4, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 21: *Using MC k1, using CC k3, using MC k3, using CC k1, using MC k1, using CC k1, using MC k3, using CC k3, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 22: *Using MC k1, using CC k3, using MC k2, using CC k1, using MC k1, using CC k1, using MC k1, using CC k1, using MC k2, using CC k3, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 23: *Using MC k1, using CC k4, using MC k2, using CC k3, using MC k2, using CC k4, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 24: *Using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k9, using MC k1, using CC k2, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 25: *Using MC k2, using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k7, using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k1, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 26: *Using MC k3, using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k5, using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k2, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 27: *Using MC k1, k2tog, k1, using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k1, using MC k1, using CC k1, using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k1, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 28: *Using MC k3, using CC k4, using MC k1, using CC k4, using MC k2, repeat from * to end
Rnd 29: *Using MC k1, k2tog, k1, using CC k1, using MC k2, using CC k1, using MC k2, using CC k1, using MC k1, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 30: *Using MC k3, using CC k3, using MC k1, using CC k3, using MC k2, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 31: *Using MC k1, k2tog, k1, using CC k2, using MC k1, using CC k2, using MC k1, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 32: *Using MC k3, using CC k5, using MC k2, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 33: *Using MC k1, k2tog, k1, using CC k3, using MC k1, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 34: *Using MC k3, using CC k3, using MC k2, repeat from * to end. Break CC.
Rnd 35: (use MC from this point on) *k1, k2tog, k3, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 36: Knit.
Rnd 37: *K1, k2tog, k1, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 38: Knit.
Rnd 39: *K1, k2tog, k1, repeat from * to end.
Make sure that the ball is tightly stuffed, break yarn and thread through the remaining 12sts, pull tight and secure.

Finishing

Place the tail from the cast on onto a needle and thread through the cast on stitches to tighten the hole and secure.
To make the hanging loop pick up and knit 3sts from the top of the bauble, using two of the dpns knit a 4” Icord, bind off the 3sts and sew the end to the top of the bauble close to where the sts were picked up. yarn ball

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