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Two-Tone Decoration Set (F1-3)

the decorations included in this set of knitting patterns

When knitting Christmas decorations there are two approaches. You can either spend hours upon hours making individual objects of intricate beauty (nothing wrong with that) or you go for the bold look and quickly knock up enough decorations for a tree.

Each red and white decoration in this set is made from two pieces, knitted flat, in a single colour. The decoration is then embroidered in the contrasting colour and the sides are sewn together. Decorations in this set range in difficulty from level 1-3.

A printable version of this set of patterns is available.

You Will Need:

  • double knit yarn in red and white
  • whole cloves (optional)
  • black cotton thread (optional)
  • pair of 3mm knitting needles
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors


Follow the links below for instructions on how to make each of the shapes. Work the pattern through twice to produce two identical pieces, ready for making up.

Making Up:

Embroider a design on each shape using big, friendly (aka “rustic”, “bold” or “scruffy”) stitches.

Using matching yarn sew the two sides of the decoration together, hiding all loose ends inside. At this point you may wish to seal a couple of whole cloves in the decoration to give a festive scent to the room.

If you are going to hang your decorations from a tree you need to add a loop of thread from the top point of the shape. It is easiest to make a loop of matching yarn, but I think a loop of black cotton is a little classier as it doesn't unravel and looks almost invisible against the tree.

When making the stocking or gift shapes leave the top seam open so that a treat can be placed inside the decoration. Take a little longer to work in any loose ends on the inside.


Needle/Yarn Size

As with most ODDknit patterns the yarn and needle sizes in the "you will need" section are just a guide. Feel free to improvise with whatever needles and yarn you have lying around - that's half the fun!