This tutorial shows you how to make them but adapt them to suit your requirements and what you have available. I did!
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You will need:
Yarn (use old leftover lengths)
Cocktail sticks or bamboo skewers (for needles)
Beads (for the ends of your knitting needles)
Step 1:Make knitting needles
Make your knitting needles. Take your skewers or cocktail sticks and cut them down to the correct length. They need to be long enough to pass through your bauble (even if they are not going to). Then glue your bead onto the blunt end of the sticks. Mine are hearts purely because that was what I already had at home. You now have two tiny knitting needles.
Step 2: Wrap bauble in yarn
Get your bauble and apply some glue around the hanger at the top of the bauble. Start gluing your yarn to the bauble in an organised way. This is to make sure that the bauble is covered.
Continue until the whole bauble is covered.
Step 3: Complete yarn wrapping & attach needles
Now continue to wrap the yarn around the bauble in a more random fashion so that it looks like a ball of wool. Cut off the yarn and glue the end down (or tuck it in tightly). If your bauble does not have a hanger on it make yourself a hanging loop using the yarn (before you cut it) and then glue that down. Now push your needles through the wrapped yarn and you are finished.
Here is one I made using a smaller bauble and some plastic cocktail sticks that I had in the cupboard with nice beads already attached.
This bauble is made from a styrofoam bauble. All that is different is that I pushed the knitting needles through the bauble before wrapping the yarn.
Alternative Idea: Knitting in a bauble
I love these but I also decided to use one of my plastic baubles to show some knitting. Use two cocktail sticks to knit a small square of knitting. I know that it is fiddly but it is worth it.
Then cut the sticks down so that they fit inside the bauble. Knit half a row and cut off the yarn to form a small ball of wool. Place your knitting inside the plastic bauble and attach the hanger. So easy!
These Xmas decorations for knitters are so quick and easy to make that you could make them as gifts or to sell at a Christmas Fair. Let me know in the comments section below how many you make and what they are for. I love to hear from you!
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Enjoy making your own decorations – it makes Christmas so special.
Remember to pin this tutorial on Pinterest so that you can find it later (or next Christmas).