The second Christmas ball finished in KnittingSarah‘s Twelve Christmas Balls knitalong, this is number 49, a reindeer for February.
For some reason I had a lot more trouble with this one than the January snow crystal, although I think I made a better attempt at the crochet hanging loop. The reindeer had a couple of long stretches in a single colour so I had a go at weaving the long floats at the back.
With the white yarn held in my right hand and the red in my left, it was quite simple to “catch” the red yarn. Just lay the strand of red yarn across the working needle and then knit the stitch as usual with the white yarn.
It was a bit trickier finding out how to catch the white yarn but this is the technique I tracked down and it turned out to be very simple. Insert the needle and wrap the white yarn as if you’re about to knit it but don’t knit it yet. Then, wrap the red yarn as if you’re going to knit it but don’t knit it just yet either. Pull the white yarn back around and off the needle, and then knit as usual with the red yarn. Neat!
I also finished my grey tweed cardigan and sewed on the buttons. Knit using Peace Fleece wool/mohair yarn, this is going to be super warm, more suitable for a Northern hemisphere February than late summer here.
Pattern: Mariposa from a vintage booklet Patons 19 Style Knits (1959)
Yarn: Peace Fleece Worsted, colour Father’s Gray