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Making the memories: ornaments to knit with the sentimental yarns you have on hand. Quick fun, to give or to collect yourself.


If you’d like an easy-to-print PDF version of this pattern, you’ll find it here.

Have fun! Be sure to share your ornaments at #myMDK on Instagram and Facebook.

About The Author

Alice Beltran lives in Long Beach, California with her family, who she loves covering in handknits. She has taught beginning knitting and rarely knits things that don’t require significant design input because she likes making it up. She grew up on Archie comic books. Later on, Len Deighton’s Action Cook Book showed her that comics could be instructive.

Alice recently opened a new shop of  beautiful hand-crafted jewelry for handknits, CostumeJewelryHabit. Michelin rating: Worth a Detour.

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  • Help! The link to the printable pattern isn’t working. Looks like fun.

    • Try it now, Dianne—should be working for you.

  • Such fun!

  • Just had a delusional moment where I thought “I will make a special one for ALL OF MY CLIENTS”. Then I shook it off and finished my coffee.
    Love these knitstrips. I am also the person who read the Comic BookClassic version of Moby Dick .

    • Shake it off shake it off!

  • Uhm…when do you add stuffing? After felting??

    • Hello! 🙂 Yes, see step #7. After felting, you stuff as you close the ornament up with whip stitch. I like to put some stuffing in before I start sewing it up, just to hold the shape out. Then with each inch or so of seam, I add more stuffing. Before sewing up the last inch, I really cram it in, and make sure there’s good stuffing all around by poking it in with my finger. 🙂 xoA

  • Oh, this is SO beautiful! Plus I always love to meet a sister Len Deighton devotee.

  • I love this. I have made my first one just have to felt and stuff. I am thinking of trying one with bobbles.

    • Yay, so glad! I would love to see them! I put the pattern on Ravelry. 🙂 xoA

      • Thanks for putting it on Ravelry also. That was easier than using the MDK shopping cart utility for a free download. I can’t wait to try this pattern!

  • How do I get the actual printable pattern? I’ve gone through the apparent process more than once now and I can’t see where or how the actual pattern shows up. Color me slow-of-thinking!

    • Hi y’all–the easiest way of all is simply to screen shot the pattern, then hit Print! Done!

    • Hi Ms. Mcintire, I just did a test run via MDK. Seems like you add it to your cart, and then checkout ($0 balance), and then there’s a place/hyperlink on your completed order page that says download pattern. Click on that and it will download for you. 🙂
      I think you can also access it via the pattern page on Ravelry. Hope you enjoy!

      • Agreed – easier to download from Ravelry (or a one-click download from your own site if you could make that change?) than going through a multistep sign-in-required shopping cart experience.

        Also, it would be nice to have Step 3 incorporated into Step 2 – otherwise it’s very possible to knit the entire ornament and then go “Oh, I was supposed to put the contrasting stripe in the middle?” I know, I know, always read the entire pattern before beginning to avoid these kinds of problems – but still…

  • Dear Ann and Kay,
    Is there a way to share your posts on twitter with a snapshot included? I wanted to get this one in front of my massive following today but couldn’t find a button. Thanks 🙂

  • I have a souvenir yarn from Portland, too. And it’s blue. Thinking ahead, I purchased two skeins so that I could do more than an ornament with it. But if there’s enough when I’m done, an ornament is a lovely idea.

    • :D! You need just a tiny dab of yarn for it…If you have even less than a tiny dab, maybe it could be a stripe, or some duplicate stitch color work on your ornament?

  • This pattern can also be adapted to make dryer balls. Knit with feltable yarn. Don’t felt it until it’s completely stuffed & sewn up. Instead of stuffing with fluff… fill with a rolled ball of feltable yarn, sew it closed… toss in the washer (to felt) & dryer. Once finished, use in the dryer instead of dryer sheets. Cuts dryer time in half & you won’t need to spend money on dryer sheets.

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