If you are like me you may have a "difficult" female relative (who shall be nameless) for whom you want to give a gift at this holiday season. You know, she is the one who says "I don't want anything - just a Christmas card!" In the past I have solved this problem by knitting her many scarves, but how many scarves can one woman wear! Therefore, I have decided to knit her this little Christmas pin, which can also be used as an ornament for her Christmas tree. It takes no time at all, and I've even made some for myself.
Step 1: Choose your weapons
I have used up oddments of yarn from my stash in white, green and red, plus a small quantity of holiday ribbon, a safety pin, small amount of fiber fill hypoalergenic stuffing and a darning needle!
Cast on 18 stitches with white yarn on 2mm needles. I am using circular needles but a pair of straight needles is just as good. The little wreath/pin is knitted in garter stitch throughout.
1st row knit 16, turn
2nd row, knit 14, turn
3rd row, knit to the end
4th row knit to the end.
Repeat 1st through 4th rows 20 more times.
Step 2: Your knitted piece will curve round from the edges
When you have knitted the 20 repeats of pattern, your knitted piece should look like the picture below. Cast off and leave a long thread for sewing up.
It curves in the middle as there are less stitches round the edges!
Step 3: Sewing up
Bring the row ends together and sew neatly together, leaving the cast on and cast off ends open.
Turn the piece right side out and stuff lightly with fibrefill. It doesn't matter which side you use as your right side.
Step 4: Behold the Donut! (or rather Doughnut!)
When you have sewed up the row ends and stuffed the tube, you can then bring the cast on and cast of edges together and sew them neatly together. This part will not show much as you are going to cover it with your added decorations.