Tutorial: How to make Christmas baubles using the honeycomb stitch

from Gaia Gualtieri - 4 December 2017

Here’s a last minute project for all the knitting lovers out there on how to make stunning Christmas baubles. The project is quick and easy and requires such a small amount of yarn that even if you’re working with a precious and impressive yarn such as our Sparkle one, the total cost will be next to nothing. You’ll be amazed at the end result, even more so because we’ve chosen to make them using the honeycomb stitch, which although it’s rather simple it gives the baubles a 3-D effect.

Materials
Sparkle yarn 10 g (How much you use will depend on the size of the ball. Ours has a circumference of about 20cm/8”).
Polystyrene ball

Needles
Needles no. 8EU/ 11US

Stitches
Knit stitch
Purl stitch
Honeycomb stitch

How to make Christmas baubles using the honeycomb stitch

Cast on 21 stitches leaving about 30cm  of yarn for the closure of the piece around the ball.
1st row: purl
2nd row: knit, for each stitch increase 1 until you have 42 stitches.

Now proceed with the honeycomb stitch as follows:

3rd row: * knit 1, slip it as if to purl, knit stitch the 3rd*, repeat from * to * until the end of the row.
4th row: purl 1, slip the next as if to knit, purl the 3rd*, repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

Work 32 rows alternating the rows as done for rows 3 and 4.

37th  row: *knit 1, slip the next, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over *, repeat from * to * until the end of the row and you find yourselves with the number of initial stitches (i.e. 21)

How to close the ball

Take the stitches off the needle and pull them through the yarn that was left out to close up the ball.
Sew the side seam.

There you go, your Christmas bauble is ready to be hung on the tree. All you have to do now is make as many as you need until you have the best decorated tree in the neighbourhood.

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