How to make: Korknisse


Today we have a guest post from the fabulous @whatnotweb – how to make Korknisse out of corks and yarn remnants. These little fellows are a wonderful way to use up any oddments of yarn in your stash. If you’re new to knitting, check out which breaks down how to cast on etc.

You need:

  • 4 double pointed needle. Size 2,5.
  • Any remnants of sock wool or equally thin yarn. Skeins of tapestry wool will work, too.

The Body

Cast on 24 stitches. I always cast on on 1 needle and while knitting the first row will divide the stitches over 3 needles. 


Row 2:  close the round and knit 24 stitches


Row 3 to10: knit 24 stitches

This should now reach halfway up the kork. Depending on the yarn you might need 2 more rows.

Then cast off all the stitches, and sew in the ends. This now is a nice, warm coat for your korknisse.


The Hat

Cast on 24 stitches

Row 1-5: *knit 2, pearl 2* 6 times

Row 6-11 : knit 24 stitches

Row 12: *knit2 together, knit2* 6 times

This leaves you with 18 stitches.

20161117_152537 Row 13-15: knit 18 stitches

Row 16: *knit2tog,knit2, knit2tog* 3 times. You should now have 12 stitches.

Row 17-19: knit 12 stitches

Do not cast off, leave a longish end of yarn and with a sewing  needle pull this through the stitches.


Pull it taut and secure on the inside of the hat with a few stitches.

This should leave you with a nice, pointy hat.


Now make a small pompom or tassel and secure it to the hat. This really makes the korknisse come alive.


I also like to draw a little happy face on them.

If you rather not knit on 4 needles or if you do this with kids, you can do the knitting on 2 needles and sew up the seam at the end.

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