Knitted bauble covers with hearts and stripes – new pattern!

hearts and stripes knitted baubles

I LOVE making knitted bauble covers. I started out using the pattern from Mollie Makes Magazine issue 46 but I came up with my own version of the pattern when I couldn’t make them fit my baubles properly, and I couldn’t resist adding stripes and a little row of hearts!

The baubles I use measure just over 18cm around, and I bought them in Homebase. I found the best way to fine tune the fit is trying different size needles to alter the tension, but remember the heart pattern does need larger needles because its not as stretchy.

Striped bauble (also use this pattern if you want to do a single colour bauble)

striped knitted bauble

You will need:

3 mm needles

double knit yarn (I use Stylecraft Special DK) in two different colours (I think I used turquoise and aspen)

darning needle

a bauble measuring roughly 18 cm around the middle

In your main colour cast on 7 stitches leaving a long tail (you will need this to sew up later).

Row 1: knit in front and back of every stitch (14 stitches)

Row 2: purl

Row 3: knit in front and back of every stitch (28 stitches)

Row 4: purl

Row 5: * knit 2 knit in front and back of stitch repeat from * until one stitch left. Knit final stitch. (37 stitches)

Row 6: purl

Row 7:  Change to second colour * knit 2 knit in front and back of stitch repeat from * until one stitch left. Knit final stitch. (49 stitches)

Row 8: purl

Rows 9 – 18: Changing colour at every knit row, work in stocking stitch (odd rows knit, even rows purl)

Row 19: Change to second colour. * Knit 2 knit 2 together repeat from * until one stitch left. Knit final stitch. (37 stitches)

Row 20: purl

Row 21: Change back to main colour for the rest of the pattern. * Knit 2 knit 2 together repeat from * until one stitch left. Knit final stitch.(28 stitches)

Row 22: purl

Row 23: Knit 2 together 14 times (14 stitches)

Row 24: purl

Row 25: Knit 2 together 7 times (7 stitches)

Row 26: purl

Cut yarn leaving a long tail and thread it using a darning needle through the remaining stitches.

Use the tail of yarn from the cast on edge to thread through the stitches on the bottom edge and pull tight like a drawstring (this will be the bottom of the cover).

Pop the bauble inside the cover. Use the tails of yarn to sew the cover shut (any other loose ends should be darned in), knot the ends together and use the darning needle to hide the ends inside the cover.

Heart bauble

hearts knitted bauble

You will need:

3.75 mm needles

double knit yarn (I use Stylecraft Special DK) in two different colours (I think I used turquoise and pomegranate)

darning needle

a bauble measuring roughly 18 cm around the middle

Cast on 7 stitches leaving a long tail.

Row 1: knit in front and back of every stitch (14 stitches)

Row 2: purl

Row 3: knit in front and back of every stitch (28 stitches)

Row 4: purl

Row 5: * knit 2, knit in front and back of stitch repeat from * until one stitch left. Knit final stitch. (37 stitches)

Row 6: purl

Row 7: * knit 2, knit in front and back of stitch repeat from * until one stitch left. Knit final stitch. (49 stitches)

Row 8: purl

Rows 9 -18: Work in stocking stitch following the heart fair isle pattern in the chart.

HEART CHART

Row 19: * Knit 2 knit 2 together repeat from * until one stitch left. Knit final stitch. (37 stitches)

Row 20: purl

Row 21: * Knit 2 knit 2 together repeat from * until one stitch left. Knit final stitch.(28 stitches)

Row 22: purl

Row 23: Knit 2 together 14 times (14 stitches)

Row 24: purl

Row 25: Knit 2 together 7 times (7 stitches)

Row 26: purl

Finish in the same way as the striped bauble.

More variations

Rows 9-18 of this pattern are plain stocking stitch with no increases or decreases so this is the best place to add your own designs. Just plan out your own fair isle pattern on a grid measuring 49 squares across by 10 squares high.

You can also sew or glue embellishments on (the original version I saw in Mollie Makes magazine had sequins), just be sure that they are not too heavy and are evenly distributed so that the bauble still hangs straight.

If you do use this pattern, don’t forget to send me a picture or a link! I’d love to see what combinations you come up with!

Beth 🙂

EDIT: Sorry those about the random italics! All fixed now!

12 thoughts on “Knitted bauble covers with hearts and stripes – new pattern!

  1. mollieandclaire says:

    Ooh thanks! We have a competition every year for homemade decorations (and other things) and last year Mum stole a march on us all with a knitted robin! A few covered baubles is just what is needed. 😄

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