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Today Harriet Hare thought she would share with you how to knit your own mistletoe for New Year. She has seen very effective crocheted mistletoe patterns before but has never come across a knitted pattern for mistltoe? Harriet Hare knows that some people don't crochet so she cleverly worked out how to knit your own instead.


Here is the pattern. There are 2 versions that vary very slightly. This is in case you don't know yet how to do the purl stitch. You may need some help when it comes to do the berries for the very first time or try to work it out with a grown up. There are lots of step by step photos to help you.Harriet Hare is all for doing things together as it always seems to make it a special time when you do this. Why not make a bunch of mistletoe or even make lots and make a very pretty mistletoe garland, or add some to a Christmas wreath?


Mistletoe Pattern

Using Double Knit yarn and 4mm needles.



Cast on 13 stitches with green.

Next row: Knit 10, then turn your knitting for the next row. (this is called short row knitting when you turn the knitting before you get to the end of a row.


Next row: Slip 1 stitch, knit 9 stitches to end of row.

Next row: Knit all 13 stitches

Next row: Purl all 13 stitches to end  (If you don't know how to purl you can knit this row. The leaf will end up flatter without a curl in it.)

Next row: Knit 10 stitches, then turn knitting for the next row.

Next row: Slip 1 stitch, knit 9 stitches to end of row.

Next row: Cast off all stitches until 1 stitch is left on needle.


You can keep this stitch on the needle and then cast on another 12 stitches ready for the second leaf.

With 13 stitches on the needle work second leaf as first.


With one stitch left on the needle cut yarn and pull through last stitch to finish.



This is a bit trickier but once you have worked it out it is not so difficult. Bobbles, which the berries are, are also found quite often in Aran knitting. So once you have mastered this you are on your way to learn other stitches.


Near the top of the leaf, where the two leaves are attached, draw up a loop of white yarn through the knitting and place onto a needle.

Now we are going to knit into this stitch 5 times! First knit into the front strand of the stitch but don't pull the stitch off the needle, then knit into the back strand, then knit into the front strand again, then the back and finally the front strand a third time. Only now can you slip the original stitch off the needle. You should now have 5 stitches sitting on the right hand needle.

Next row: purl  (or knit if you don't purl yet)

Next row: Knit

Next row: Purl

Next row: Knit, turn.

Then slip all the stitches over the first stitch so you are left with only the first stitch on the needle.


With one stitch left on the needle cut yarn and pull through last stitch to finish.


All that is left to do is knot the two ends  together to form a berry.

Make another berry in the same way on the second leaf.


Sew in all ends. Whilst sewing in the ends you can neaten the berries and tighten the leaves together.

mistletoe berry1 berry2 berry3 berry4 berry5 berry6 berry7 berry8 berry7

Pull yarn through onto needle

for first stich

Knit into front & back with first stitch still on needle

Having knbitted into front & back of stitch 5 times (5 sts)

5 stitches ready to work

5 stitches after rows worked

Stitches being cast off

Tie ends together to form berry

Finished with all ends sewn in