I am a very slow knitter; therefore I weave. Occasionally I do knit and no, I’m usually not the person who knits a swatch first, although I know I probably should. Most of you faithfully knit swatches, right? This would mean that most of you also have accumulated a ‘swatch collection’ and what does one do with swatches?
One could make simple ornaments! I admit this idea is a ‘no-brainer’ and lordy, why didn’t I think of this myself. Hmmm, how lovely a Christmas tree will be decorated with alpaca!
Dig out your swatch box and put project swatches to good use making ornaments. Thin, drapey swatches will give the smoothest effect.
Materials: Glass or plastic ball ornament; knitted swatch (height and width similar to or slightly smaller than ornament circumference; exact dimensions are not critical, swatch will stretch to fit.); strong sewing thread, needle; ribbon (optional)
Directions: With right sides facing, sew two short ends of the swatch together to make a tube. Turn right side out. With a doubled length of thread, make a running stitch line along the bottom edge of the swatch.
From inside the tube, draw the thread tight and gather the bottom of the swatch into a tightly closed circle. Fasten off the thread. Pop the ball ornament into the swatch bag.
With a doubled length of thread, make a running stitch along the top edge of the swatch. Draw the top opening tightly closed, stretching the fabric slightly if necessary. Fasten off the thread. If you'd like, attach a ribbon for hanging.
From Knitting Daily, Interweave Knits, www.interweave.com