I grew up loving the delicate looking lace garlands on Christmas trees. As an adult, I am drawn to them as they are less likely to be eaten by my toddler or pets. We are a non tinsel household with the babies (furry or otherwise) around. The only problem is that I don’t usually have the time or patience to work lace — then I found the Starbella yarns! It looked like lace and it was on SALE…in Christmas colors! After spending far too long debating between standard white and “Christmas,” I bought the last two skeins of the tri-color festive yarn.
Lace Holiday Garland
You will need:
- Starbella yarn (whatever color fits your theme)
- Knitting Needles (any size up US13)
- Stitch holder/Large Safety pin
I had never worked with this yarn type before, and it was not without some frustration (you will want a safety pin or stitch holder). Still, this is an excellent project for someone just starting or wanting to teach others a basic knitting concept. The needle size used seems to be irrelevant as the pattern called for US6 and I used 8s and tried it on 13s.
Cast on 4 by slipping the needle back to front through the “eyes”, then knit 4, turn, knit 4 repeat until desired length.
The yarn itself is actually a mesh with a thick side and an open weave side. It is commonly used for lightweight, frilly scarves, and all I did was start a scarf pattern (a pattern that is FREE) and didn’t to stop at a scarf length. The yarn automatically spirals as you work which can lead to twisting. Avoid that by only pulling off a foot or so at a time. If you plan on or need to stop and set the work down at some point you will NEED a stitch holder or large safety pin. This stuff slides right off the needles and unravels in a blink.
I used one skein for the ceiling of my entryway, and 2 skeins should be plenty to wrap a full sized tree in the colors of your choice. Now I have a toddler friendly, pet friendly, hand washable garland that should last for many Christmases. It is hard to pick my favorite part about this garland: The fact that it is beautiful or the fact that it cost me about five dollars and I won’t have to shop for garland any time soon!
Have you modified your decorations due to pets or kiddos?