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Felted Swedish Cornucopia Ornament
Lion Brand® Lion® Wool
Pattern Number: BK4K0512008
A Swedish friend showed us how to make this traditional cone-shaped Christmas decoration. Felting keeps the cone from stretching. Fill with candy, a small toy or a stuffed animal (perhaps our little felted spool-knit teddy!)
SKILL LEVEL: Beginner (Level 1)
SIZE: One Size
Approximately 5 inches [13 cm] tall
PUBLISHED IN: By Kids, For Kids
820-113 Lion Wool Yarn: Scarlet
Classic bright red
Quantity needed: 1 Skeins
Estimated Price: $ 5.99
Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 8 [5 mm]
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Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
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Ribbon for hanging
16 stitches by 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) before felting. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
Making a Gauge Swatch
Exact gauges is not imporant to this project.
With A, Cast on 20 stitches.
Knit until piece measures 5 inches.
Bind off, leaving a tail of about 8 inches
Using the large-eyed blunt needle and tail of yarn, sew two adjacent edges together to form a cone.
Trim yarn, weave in ends.
Hold the cone so the seam is in front.
Starting about the middle of one of the top sides, pick up 5 stitches.
This is the handle of the cone.
Knit until handle measures 6 inches.
Bind off, leaving a tail of about 6 inches.
Using the large-eyed blunt needle and tail of yarn, sew the handle to the other side of the cone.
Felting is a process whereby the wool is deliberately handled so that it is matted into a fabric.
Wool fibers have scales and are also crimped.
When these fibers are wetted and softened and then rubbed together they grab each other and are permanently bound together.
This happens when you put a wool item in a washer and agitate it -- it comes out much smaller and also denser, because the fibers have bound together.
Finished ornament size depends on how much the piece is felted.
Keep in mind that you can always felt more, but once felting is done, it is not reversible.
Wash by machine on a hot wash/cold rinse cycle with detergent and several pieces of clothing to agitate.
More about felting
Iron if desired.
If the ornament is too large for your taste, you can felt it additionally by washing again or by putting it in the dryer.
Felting is often improved by adding about 1/4 cup baking soda to the wash water to increase the alkalinity.
Tie a ribbon of your choice on the handle so the cone can be hung from a hook.
Fill the cone with a tiny bear, doll, candy or other items.
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
Yarn Ply -- what is it?
k = knit
p = purl
St st = Stockinette stitch
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