These guys are wicked simple, and make good last minute gifts, either as ornaments or in addition to a card or note. All you’ll need is some double pointed needles, scraps of yarn, and something to stuff with. If you wanted, you could knit these on straight needles and sew them up after.
- size 4 DPNS
- scraps of worsted weight yarn
- tapestry needle
CO 9 sts
Round 1: knit
Round 2: KFB into each stitch (18 sts)
Rounds 3 & 4: Knit
Round 5: Purl
Knit straight for 13 rounds, alternating colors as desired.
Round 19: (K1, k2tog) around (12 sts)
Rounds 20 & 21: Knit
Round 22: (K2tog) around (6 sts)
Cut yarn and thread through remaining sts. Stuff buoy, then pull yarn tight and weave in end.
Pick up 3 sts around the hole in the top of the buoy and place on one needle. Work icord for 5 rows.
Row 6: K2tog, K1
Row 7: K2tog
Cut yarn and pull tight through remaining st. Weave in all ends.
note: Knitting only one round (instead of two) after increasing the top will create a noticeably smaller buoy, if you desire.
Knit them in team colors, school colors, Christmas colors… They can hang alone, or tied together in a little bunch. You can hang them from the top or the bottom, it’s up to you.