Are you feeling like you need some more happy in your holiday? You came to the right place! This is a knitting pattern that will show you how to make the most adorable, cheery, and wickedly cute Christmas reindeer ornament, sure to bring a smile to the face of even the grumpiest scrooge. You know you want to cover your whole house with this cheery Christmas friend! He also makes a great gift for your family and friends, a knitted reindeer holding a gift card is much more adorable than just a gift card! And, this ornament is a quick, satisfying knit, making it perfect for completing last minute (we know you knitters!). Just watch out leaving him alone under your Christmas tree with your presents: he tends to be rather rambunctious and mischievous!
This pattern was written by Rebecca Danger for Wicked Chickens Yarn. Rebecca is a prolific knitting pattern designer and author with more than 150 published designs. She is known for her whimsical monster and creature patterns, making her the perfect fit to design some wickedly cute Christmas Ornaments for us!
Skill Level: Intermediate as determined by the Craft Yarn Council. We would recommend this pattern for beginning knitters that are comfortable knitting in the round or who want a bit of a challenge. We have rated it "intermediate" because according to the Craft Council skill level guidelines, anything knitted in the round is intermediate.
Skills used: Basic knit and purl stitches, changing colors, increases, decreases, knitting in the round, picking up stitches, i-cord, and basic sewing skills. This pattern is written using Magic Loop Method for knitting in the round. See Rebecca's Frequent Questions page for more info on dpn's vs Magic Loop: http://rebeccadanger.typepad.com/rebecca_danger/frequent-questions.html
Pattern Format: Instant download Adobe .pdf file
Yarn: 30-55 yards of tan yarn for reindeer body 15-40 yards of dark brown yarn for antlers and hooves 10-35 yards of light tan yarn for snout 5-15 yards of red yarn for red nose (you can also use dark brown)
This pattern is written round by round so that you can use any weight yarn you want to create all sorts of sizes of reindeer friends. Try sock weight yarn for ornaments perfectly sized for your tree, or bulky weight yarn for decorations for your mantel! The heavier the yarn weight, the more yardage needed.
Gauge: You pick! Simply knit with your choice of yarn on needles 2-3 sizes smaller than called for to get a tight knit fabric your stuffing wont show through.
Needles: You pick! A 40" or longer circular needle (for Magic Loop Method) in a size right for your yarn. You can also optionally use two double pointed needles in the same size as your circular, but it is not necessary. See the pattern for more info.
Notions: Scissors, tapestry needle, beginning of the round stitch marker (removable or closed) and optional row counter, and 14 removable stitch markers.
Finished size: Varies depending on the yarn you use. For the samples shown in the pattern we used sock weight yarn and 6mm safety eyes. The bodies came out 3", not including legs and other limbs.
This 4 page pattern is very clearly written, and Rebecca offers many tutorials on the techniques used in it on her blog to keep you from feeling confused while knitting: www.rebeccadanger.typepad.com. She also has a Frequent Questions page for instant pattern help: http://rebeccadanger.typepad.com/rebecca_danger/frequent-questions.html.
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