By the time it comes to decorating the dining room properly for Christmas it is usually around the 20th December, a few bits always sneak in a little earlier as I re discover them year on year, but the main push is always around now. One of my favourite homemade decorations (apart from the crocheted snowflakes, see earlier post) are the little knitted Nisse that mamma made many years ago. Every year they come out and squirrel there way into our home, one just one, but many many Nisse are hung around the room.
Norwegians often bring in twigs and branches to hang decorations on and Christmas time is no exception. So today I have been in the garden and have cut a few branches from the holly tree to hang the Nisse on. Simple, plain, homely and for us in our home, Christmassy.
|These Nisse hang all over the dining room, we must have about 50 of them, |
notice the shy one with his back to you,
they each have their own character and no two are exactly the same!
Knitted hanging Nisse
These were made so long ago that we do not have the pattern any longer, but they are very simple to make. As a rough guide and you will need to play around with this, knit on 3 needles (although Norwegian will knit on 4) a needle size of 2 or 2.5.
Use wool size appropriate to needles.
With black cast on 18 st, divided on the three needles. Knit 3 rows.
Change to red wool and knit 7 rows.
Change to white or flesh colour and knit 4 rows.
Change back to red and knit 3 rows.
Now we need to begin to decrease. On the next four rows decrease by knitting 2 together at the beginning of each needle, so you should have 6 stitches left after 4 rows.
Final row, knit 2 together 3 times, leaving you with only 3 stitches left.
Cut wool and pull through the last 3 stitches make a hanging loop and fasten off.
To make the face, you will need to embroider on the eyes. for beards and hair, it is personal preference how you do it, but we tend to get a long piece of wool and thread in and out in the desired area, not pulling the wool all the way through, so as to allow for the hair to be sticking out. If you struggle to understand, email me and I can give futher instructions and possibly some photos too. am assuming no one is going to make these now before Christmas, but if you do I may struggle to give photographic help!
All our Nisse are different sizes to help give a more individual feel to them , just adjust how many you cast on and take it from there! Enjoy!
These little chaps are cute, fun and very quick to make. We began making these over 20 years ago and a couple you see in the below photograph are that old. Inside are champagne corks, so get drinking and start saving the corks, ready to make for next Christmas. Of course you can dress them in any colour you like and have these little chaps around all year. Should you like a female version, just plait up some wool and add it under the hat and you have yourself a lady! Blow are patterns both for a knitted and a crocheted version.
For crochet version: http://annabooshouse.blogspot.co.uk/p/crochet-korknisse-and-toadstool.html
and for the knitted version: http://www.elliphantom.com/2006/12/finished_korknisse_ornaments.html
EDIT: I have been informed that the above link does not actually contain the pattern anymore, please try this one: Kork Nisse
Today we will partake in another new family tradition and will trudge into London to the glorious Albert Hall and sing carols to our hearts content, all wearing Christmas hats of course, even Mr H (he may wear a black one with Bah Humbug written on it!) Enjoy today and all the preparations that so close to Christmas inevitably bring ♥