Happy 4th Advent everyone! A week today and we will all be enjoying festive Christmas cheers with gifts, good food and drink and loved ones by our side. Earlier today the winner of last week’s give-away was drawn, warm congratulations go to Simone from The Netherlands who I had the pleasure meeting last summer when I was staying with my dear friend Marianne.
Today is the last part of the Advent give-away. A last minute gift or small treat for yourself, it takes no time at all and is also perfect for anyone new to stranded knitting.
I love Dala Horses, such a lovely festive Christmas ornament from Sweden. To celebrate my love for these beautifully decorated mostly wooden ornaments, I have come up with a small version of my own in the shape of a pin cushion.
What you need:
Small amount of yarn in two colours, preferably 4ply
3mm knitting needles
Small amount of toy stuffing
Using colour A cast on 24 sts and work 2 rows in stocking stitch. Work the complete chart once.
Fasten off colour B and continue in colour A only. Knit 26 rows in stocking stitch. Cast off all stitches. Weave in ends and block lightly to open up the pattern. Close all sides using backstitch, adding toy stuffing as you go.
I have made mine using traditional red and white, but this will look equally pretty in many other colour combinations. The choice is yours! If you prefer, you can also download the pattern as a printable PDF document by clicking here.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!