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Partridge in a Pear Tree Ornaments

Check out these adorable knit Christmas ornament patterns and get in the holiday spirit in no time!

Partridge in a Pear Tree Ornaments
Partridge in a Pear Tree Ornaments
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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a set of Partridge in a Pear Tree Ornaments. These adorable knitted ornaments are perfectly festive. We all love singing classic Christmas carols and having the holiday decor to match. Knit a few pear patterns to make your Christmas pine into a pear tree.

Then knit the charming partridge to perch right at the top. You may not want to knit all of the gifts from the Twelve Days of Christmas (that's a lot of birds), but you'll love knitting this partridge!

Easy

Knitting Needle Size5 or 3.75 mm, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge24 sts and 30 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.

Finished SizeApprox 6 ins [15 cm] long

Materials List

  • PARTRIDGE - Patons® Classic Wool (100 g/3.5 oz; 192 m/210 yds) Main Color (MC) (77250 Dark Beige Marle) 1 ball (1 ball of MC makes 4 partridges)
  • Patons® Classic Wool (100 g/3.5 oz; 192 m/210 yds) Contrast A (00229 Natural Mix) 1 ball (1 ball of MC makes 4 partridges)
  • Size 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) knitting needles
  • Set of four size 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) double-pointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stuffing
  • 2 small black beads for eyes
  • Small piece of yellow felt
  • Length of satin ribbon for hanging loop
  • PEAR - Patons® Classic Wool (100 g/3.5 oz; 192 m/210 yds) Contrast B (00240 Leaf Green) 1 ball (1 ball of B makes 5 pears)
  • Patons® Classic Wool (100 g/3.5 oz; 192 m/210 yds) Contrast C (00231 Chestnut Brown) 1 ball (1 ball of B makes 5 pears)
  • Set of four size 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) double-pointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stuffing
  • Small piece of green felt
  • Length of satin ribbon for hanging loop

Small Pear Knit Ornament

Check out this video tutorial to learn how to make a small pear knit ornament.

Instructions

Partridge

Body
With MC, and double-pointed needles, cast on 6 sts. Divide sts evenly on 3 needles. Join in rnd, placing marker on first st.
1st and alt rnds: Knit.
2nd rnd: *Inc 1 st in each st around. 12 sts.
4th rnd: *K1. Inc 1 st in next st. Rep from * around. 18 sts.
6th rnd: *K2. Inc 1 st in next st. Rep from * around. 24 sts.
8th rnd: *K3. Inc 1 st in next st. Rep from * around. 30 sts.
10th rnd: *K4. Inc 1 st in next st. Rep from * around. 36 sts.
12th rnd: *K5. Inc 1 st in next st. Rep from * around. 42 sts.
14th rnd: *K6. Inc 1 st in next st. Rep from * around. 48 sts.
Knit 5 rnds even.
Next rnd: *K6. K2tog. Rep from * around. 42 sts.
Knit 3 rnds.
Next rnd: *K5. K2tog. Rep from * around. 36 sts.
Knit 1 rnd.
Next rnd: *K4. K2tog. Rep from * around. 30 sts.
Knit 1 rnd.
Next rnd: *K3. K2tog. Rep from * around. 24 sts.
Stuff body lightly.
Knit 3 rnds.
Next rnd: *K2. K2tog. Rep from * around. 18 sts.
Knit 3 rnds.
Next rnd: *K1. K2tog. Rep from * around. 12 sts.
Knit 1 rnd.
Stuff rem of body.
Next rnd: *K2tog. Rep from * around. 6 sts.
Break yarn. Thread yarn through rem sts and draw tightly.
Fasten Securely.
Belly
With A and pair of needles, cast on 5 sts.
1st row: (RS). Inc 1 st in first st. K2. Inc 1 st in next st. K1. 7 sts.
2nd and alt rows: Purl.
3rd row: Inc 1 st in first st. K4. Inc 1 st in next st. K1. 9 sts.
5th row: Inc 1 st in first st. K6. Inc 1 st in next st. K1. 11 sts.
Work 7 rows stocking st.
Next row: K1. ssk. K5. K2tog. K1. 9 sts.
Next and alt rows: Purl.
Next row: K1. ssk. K3. K2tog. K1. 7 sts.
Next row: K1. ssk. K1. K2tog. K1. 5 sts.
Cast off purlwise.
 
Wings (make 2 alike)
With MC, cast on 14 sts.
1st row: (K2. P2) 3 times. K2.
2nd row: (P2. K2) 3 times. P2.
These 2 rows form Rib Pat. Cont in Rib Pat for 8 more rows.
Cast off 1 st at beg of next row and following alt row.
Work 1 row even.
Cast off 2 sts at beg of next row and following alt row.
Work 1 row even.
Cast off 3 sts beg next row. 5 sts rem.
Work 1 row even. Cast off.
Finishing
Sew Belly, Wings and Body as shown in picture. Cut yellow felt following Beak template. Pinch Beak in center and sew to Body. Sew beads to Body for eyes. Thread Satin Ribbon through top of body.  Tie securely.

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Pear

With B, make as for Partridge Body.
Stem
With C and pair of double-pointed needles, cast on 3 sts.
Next row: K3. Do not turn. Slide sts to other end of needle.
Rep last row (i-cord) until cord measures 1½ ins [4 cm].
Next row: Sl1. K2tog. psso. Fasten off.
Finishing
Sew Stem to top of Pear. Cut green felt following Leaf template. Sew to Pear beside Stem. Thread Satin Ribbon through hanging loop. Tie securely.

Abbreviations

Beg
beginning
Inc
increase(ing)
K
knit
k2tog
knit next 2 stitches together
pat
pattern
rep
repeat
st(s)
stitch(es)

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Can I use circular needles instead of double pointed needles, and what is meant by stuff the body before the last rd of 6 stitches. I'm confused by this part of pattern

You need to stuff the body before you do the last round because the last round is going to close the piece and there will no longer be an opening to stuff the piece. Hope this helps.

Such a sweet little bird pattern, I want to make an entire flock to tie onto a mobile. The pattern is also a great stash buster and the birds could be knit in a garden of colors. What a cheerful gift for a new born or young child.

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