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Home : Patterns : Fair Isle Felted Ornament

Free Knitting Pattern: Fair Isle Felted Ornament

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Lion Brand® Fishermen's Wool®
Pattern #: L0119AD
Rating: ****3.3 (based on 3 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size
About 5 in. (12.5 cm) diameter, after felting


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Fishermen's Wool®

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Natural Oatmeal Brown Heather Nature's Brown Oak Tweed Maple Tweed Birch Tweed
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Only 202: 78% Pure Virgin Wool, 13% Acrylic, 9% Rayon ; package size: 8 oz  (227 g), 465 yards (425 m)
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Additional Materials
Foam ball, about 13 in. (33 cm) circumference
Rubber gloves

Fair Isle Felted Ornament

Lion Brand® Fishermen's Wool®


Exact gauge is not essential to this project.


Pfb (Purl into front and then back)
An increase worked as follows:
1. Purl the next st through the front loop, but do not remove the st from your left hand needle.
2. Purl the same st once more, this time inserting your needle through the back loop of the st. You will have created 2 loops (sts) on your right hand needle.
3. Drop the st from your left hand needle - you have increased 1 st.


1. Ornament cover is knit flat and then seamed to cover foam ball.
2. For ease in working, all shaping (increasing and decreasing) is worked on WS rows, color changes are worked on RS rows.
3. Ornament can be made by following the written instructions OR the Chart.
4. When working from Chart, read RS chart rows from right to left, and WS rows from left to right.

With straight needles and A, cast on 6 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: With A, pfb in each st to end of row - 12 sts at the end of this row.
Row 3: With A, knit.
Row 4: Rep Row 2 - 24 sts at the end of this row.
Row 5: With A, knit.
Row 6: With A, *pfb, p1; rep from * to end of row - 36 sts at the end of this row.
Row 7: With A, knit.
Row 8: With A, *pfb, p2, rep from * to end of row - 48 sts at the end of this row.
Row 9: With A, knit.
Row 10: With A, *pfb, p5, rep from * to end of row - 56 sts at the end of this row.
Row 11: With A, knit.
Row 12: With B, purl.
Row 13: With B, knit.
Row 14: With A, purl.
Row 15: With A, knit.
Row 16: With B, *pfb, p13; rep from * to end of row - 60 sts at the end of this row.
Rows 17 and 18: With B, purl.
Note: Purling on the RS creates a ridge on the RS.
Row 19: *With B, k1; with A, k1; rep from * to end of row.
Row 20: With A, purl.
Row 21: *With A, k1; with B, k1; rep from * to end of row.
Rows 22 and 23: With B, purl.
Row 24: With B, p8, p2tog, *p12, p2tog; rep from * to last 8 sts, p8 - 56 sts at the end of this row.
Row 25: With A, knit.
Row 26: With A, purl.
Row 27: With B, knit.
Row 28: With B, purl.
Row 29: With A, knit.
Row 30: *With A, p2tog, p5; rep from * to end of row - 48 sts at the end of this row.
Row 31: With A, knit.
Row 32: *With A, p2tog, p2; rep from * to end of row - 36 sts at the end of this row.
Row 33: With A, knit.
Row 34: *With A, p2tog, p1; rep from * to end of row - 24 sts at the end of this row.
Row 35: With A, knit.
Row 36: *With A, p2tog; rep from * to end of row - 12 sts at the end of this row.
Row 37: With A, knit.
Row 38: Rep Row 36 - 6 sts at the end of this row.
Row 39: With A, knit.
Row 40: Rep Row 36 - 3 sts at the end of this row.
Hanging Cord
With A, knit, do not turn work, *slide sts to other end of needle and k3, pulling yarn tightly across the back of the work, (do not turn work); rep from * until cord measures about 6 in. (15 cm) long. Bind off. Sew bound-off end of cord to beginning to make loop.

Wrap piece around foam ball and sew seam, drawing in sts of bound-off and cast-on edges. Tuck ends to inside of knit piece.

Fill sink with hot water and a small amount of liquid soap (any hand or dish soap will work). Submerge Ornament in soapy water. Wearing rubber gloves, hold Ornament with one hand and rub surface of knit fabric with your other hand, working over entire surface until the stitches begin to lose their definition. Rinse gently to remove soap residue. Allow to dry.

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k = knit p = purl
p2tog = purl 2 together RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es) WS = wrong side

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Pattern Average Rating: ****3.3 (based on 3 reviews)
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Fair Isle Felted Ornament Reviewed by Debbie Williams on 2013-09-26 *****
You would have more success steaming the ball with your iron...more control, instant results. Good luck! : )

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