Monday, December 7, 2009

Knit Beaded Christmas Ornament Pattern

After finding this pattern for beaded Christmas ornaments, I was inspired to design my own based on items that I could easily find. I was also hoping to take advantage of the plethora of fingering weight wool I have around my house. Another advantage is that by using large beads (rather than tiny seed beads), I won't have to string as many onto the yarn!

For tips about how to make beaded knitting projects, check out this knitty article.


  • Knitpicks Palette Blue Note Heather (blue with hints of teal and pink)
  • Aqua Purple lined (LT6E62) 6/0 Czech glass beads (24 g tube)
  • Wire Beading Needles
  • Yarn needle for finishing
  • 2.5 inch Styrofoam Ball
  • Size 3 (3.25 mm) double pointed knitting needles.
Gauge: ~9 sts/inch; ~8 rows/inch

First string the beads onto the wool. I strung the entire package onto the wool, but I did not need that many beads for my ornament. Since I do not have a crochet hook small enough to add beads onto the work as I go, it was better to have too many beads strung than not enough.

The Pear-Shaped Beaded Ornament Pattern
Row 1: Cast on 6 sts. Join and knit 1 round.
Row 2: Kfb across (12 sts)
Row 3: Kfb across (24 sts)
Row 4: K1, slip 1 bead (s1b), *K2, s1b* repeat from * until the last stitch, K1. (12 beads)
Row 5: kfb across (48 sts)
Row 6: Repeat row 4 (24 beads)
Row 7: *K1, Kfb* across (72 sts)
Row 8: Repeat row 4 (36 beads)
Row 9: *K2, kfb* across (96 sts)
Row 10: Repeat row 4 (48 beads)
Row 11: K across
Row 12: *K2, s1b* across (48 beads)
Row 13: *K2, K2tog* across (72 sts)
Row 14: Repeat row 4 (36 beads)
Row 15: *K1, K2tog* across (48 sts)
Row 16: Repeat row 4 (24 beads)
Row 17: K2tog across (24 sts)
Row 18: Repeat row 4 (12 beads)
At this point, place your styrofoam ball into the knit sphere. You will need to stretch the knitting out to get it to fit close to the top of the ball. It may be helpful to have toothpicks to anchor the knitting around the ball. We will now be starting the section that will appear more lace-like. When you knit the following rows, pull the stitches tight so you can close the casing around the ball. If you are having difficulty getting the needle in the stitches, increase the number of dpn you're using.
Row 19: k across
Row 20: *K2, S1b* across (12 beads)
Row 21: k across
Row 22: K2tog across (12 sts)
Row 23: K2tog across (6 sts)

Cut yarn, pull though remaining stitches. Weave in loose ends. Using yarn or thread, tie a loop at the top so you can hang it on your tree. Step back and admire your work. Then take a picture and send it to me at

Before stretching the ornament, it looks small on the styrofoam ball.

Total beads used: 254
Total beads remaining on wool: 145

I accidentally ended up creating a pear shaped ornament. In theory, I could have stretched it over the ball completely, but it was so hard to knit around the Styrofoam ball that I added some rows at the top. They are stretched more, and have a lace-like effect that I found pleasing. I was also concerned about running out of beads, but as you can see I only used about 2/3 of the container.

I also learned that the beads are more visible on the WS of this project (I regret that I do not have a photo of this for you). I liked the subtle aspect, but if you want to beads to be sticking out more like dew drops, then change all K's to P's.

My tree, with my beaded ornament and knit snowbuddy.
The beaded ornament is a similar size to glass bobbles you may already own.

Abbreviations used in this pattern:
Kfb - increase by knitting into the front and back of a single stitch.
s1b - slip one bead
K - knit
P - purl
K2tog - decrease by knitting two stitches together

This this pattern was created by ChemKnits for your personal or charity use. This pattern is not to be replicated, sold or redistributed without permission from ChemKnits. © 2009 ChemKnits


  1. We've had snow aplenty here in Prague, and I meant to go outside and take lots of beautiful pictures of the rooftops covered in snow, Charles Bridge covered in snow, the castle covered in snow. Only thing is, I've discovered that I'm a dreadful wimp when it comes to taking pictures in ice cold, finger freezing weather. I step outside, camera in hand, walk a block and then dive into a coffee shop till my eyelashes unfreeze. Then I repeat myself, and finally I scamper home to warm up by sitting on top of a radiator.Today though, the shortest day of the year, was a gorgeously sunny day here in Prague. Please imagine sparkly streets covered with Christmas shoppers and people running around going to their last business meetings of the year (that was me) while I show off a few of my favorite Christmas tree ornaments, all from the Czech Republic or Austria.

  2. I love these. Wanted to try knitting with beads and this looks like th perfect project. beautiful and do-able. thanks so much for the pattern. you are a true artist. Merry Christmas. jan

  3. Thanks for the ornamented pattern and for the instruction. How much time do you usually need to end up creating a pear shaped ornament?

  4. I wanted to thank you for this excellent read!! I definitely loved every little bit of it. I have you bookmarked your site to check out the new stuff you post. Living Room Furniture Metuchen NJ

  5. I am happy to find this post very useful for me, as it contains lot of information. I always prefer to read the quality content and this thing I found in you post. Thanks for sharing.
    couple ornaments

  6. Kit Sous Vetement Coton Ete Amiante
    Kit est 100% coton et agréable à porter
    Chaque kit est emballé individuellement.
    Le kit contient:
    1 t-shirt à manches courtes
    1 bref
    1 paire de chaussettes
    1 serviette
    Emballage: 40 kits/boitte
    Taille: XXL
    Prix: Euro 1.75 / Kit SOCIAL ACCOUNTS Kit Sous Vetement Coton Ete Amiante

  7. C 700 Einwegschutzanzug Kat. III Typ 4/5/6, weiß
    mikroporöse Beschichtung 65 g/m²

    Kategorie III, Typ 4 + 5 + 6

    abgeklebte Nähte
    dreiteilige Kapuze
    Gesichtsgummi zur optimalen Anpassung der Kapuze
    Arm-, Bein-, und Taillengummi
    Abdeckblende über dem Reißverschluss bis zum Kinn

    dreiteilige Kapuze
    Gesichtsgummi zur optimalen Anpassung der Kapuze
    Arm-, Bein-, und Taillengummi
    Abdeckblende über dem Reißverschluss bis zum Kinn SOCIAL ACCOUNTS Einweg Schutzanzug C700 Kat. III Typ 4/5/6, weiß XXL

    Non seulement délicate et élégante, la nouvelle ligne de linge de lit DEREN avec bandes satinées 2 cm séduira le plus grand nombre grâce à son entretien facile.FacebookACCOUNTS
    En effet, le mélange coton / polyester lui confère une excellente tenue au lavage et permet un repassage facile.Comme tout le linge de lit DEREN, la gamme PERLA n’échappe pas à la règle et arbore également nos astucieux liserés de couleur (invisibles une fois le lit fait) à l’ouverture de la housse de couette (ci-dessus) permettant de trier, plus rapidement, le linge par taille. La housse de couette satinées Perla