Each year I celebrate Christmas by decorating myChristmas tree with hand-knitted ornaments. So far I have well over 200 items - all hand knitted by me, save for two knitted by a friend. This is a great way to use up all those oddments of yarn that you have left over from major projects, by the way. However, many ornaments that I knit don't make it to the tree as they end up being gifts to family and friends.
To make my tree the "knittiest", I look out for ornament patterns in knitting books all throughout the year. I have found that the best source for these patterns are in books and leaflets by Jean Greenhowe and Alan Dart. This year (so far) I have 25 additional trims and I had a really hard time finding space for all the ornaments on the tree! Perhaps I should have two trees next year.........
Step 1: What to do with a great ornament pattern
Start knitting! If you like the results knit five or six more of the same (that's what I do anyway) The first patterns I found in a women's magazine in England in the late 1970's. It was for Father Christmas (Santa), elves, stockings and snowmen. They were pretty basic, but I still display them every year.
Step 2: Keep searching for patterns
When I discovered Jean Greenhowe, I was over the moon, as she had some great ideas in a couple of her knitting books. So I then knitted Christmas puddings, angels, different stockings, soldiers, a more sophisticated Santa, and some miniature holiday wreaths.
Here's her website - she has a new Holiday pattern this year too!http://www.jeangreenhowe.com/
Step 3: Can you eat a Christmas cracker?
I also knitted Christmas crackers! For those of you on the New York side of the Pond, these are not the edible kind but are what the French might call "bon-bons". The larger ones are used as table decorations and the small ones go on the tree. The "real" ones are made of paper and cardboard and when you pull them they break open with a snap to disgorge paper hat, silly motto and cheap plastic toy! These knitted ones don't do anything except decorate!