Sunday, 13 November 2016

Christmas Crafting: DIY 'Sugar Plum Beary' Knitted Christmas Tree Decorations

Christmas Knitted Bear Tree Decorations Pattern
If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that I recently took up knitting (and if you don't you should probably follow me, I'm super nice!). When I tell people I know that I actually really enjoy knitting, the usual response is laughter followed by them questioning my age - I've clearly got the soul of someone beyond my years, trapped in the body of a 22 year old. All jokes aside though, knitting and knitwear in general is experiencing a renaissance in the world of fashion, largely because of those giant arm-knitted blankets and the mermaid tail ones you see all over Etsy. Whilst I haven't mastered all the stitches yet, and I definitely won't be trying to knit my own clothing anytime soon, I do enjoy giving smaller projects a go because they're the perfect way to put in the practice!

Most of my knitting inspiration has been divided between Pinterest and Ravelry, I am HUGELY in awe of all the amazing creativity I've seen across those websites and find everyone's designs so fascinating.

Christmas Knitted Bear Tree Decorations Pattern
Since we're hurtling towards Christmas at an alarming rate, I wanted to work on a small design that I could alter slightly to make it my own. So when I stumbled across this particular pattern on Pinterest, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. 

Christmas Knitted Bear Tree Decorations Pattern
I purchased the sparkliest, festive wool I could find, and have created what I fondly refer to as 
'Sugar Plum Beary' Knitted Tree Decorations.

Christmas Knitted Bear Tree Decorations Pattern
I followed the pattern to the letter, but switched the traditional wool used for the bears' dresses out for my sparkly alternative, and then stuffed them with significantly more stuffing than required to give them a fatter, more rounded, bauble appearance. I also didn't give them legs because in my mind it made them look like they were more fairy-like and sort of dancing - but if you don't agree, go ahead and add some little legs to them!

Christmas Knitted Bear Tree Decorations Pattern
Rather than use the Christmas checked ribbon as seen in the pattern above, I chose a thinner, silkier style and attached small sleigh bells to the top of each of the bears' heads. This is obviously optional, but I think it adds to the character of the bears and makes them even more festive. 
(I may or may not have conducted 'Jingle Bells' with them when they were finished too..)

Once you get into the swing of things, they really take no time to knit at all, and before you know it, you'll have an army of 'Sugar Plum Bearies' to trim your Christmas tree with!

Christmas Knitted Bear Tree Decorations Pattern
This post is a little out of the norm from my usual content, but I wanted to share with you all something I'm passionate about. I love teaching myself new things and learning from others too - I'd love to know if any of you guys knit too and are working on something for Christmas.

Happy Knitting! Until next time..



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