Knit Ampersand Wall Decoration

I love being able to combine knitting, embroidery, and crochet with other mediums. It is probably my favorite way to experiment with fiber crafts. Paper embroidery, Kool-Aid dyed wool, crocheting on paper, and now knitting on wire. I can’t stop! Haha. What’s the point if you can’t have fun with crafts, right? I also love being able to make inexpensive and handmade decoration pieces for my space. This knit ampersand is my new favorite wall decoration. It looks so cute hanging next to my art prints. The ampersand was super easy to make too! The possibilities of knitting on this bendable wire are endless…
– Size 5 double pointed needles (dpns)
– Worsted weight yarn
– Cerrowire primary wire, 17 ft. 
– Wire cutters
– Scissors
– Tapestry Needle
Step 1: Cast on 4 stitches
Step 2: Take the wire and hold it behind the 4 stitches on the needle. Take the working yarn and bring it behind the wire and knit the 4 stitches.
Step 3: Slide the stitches to the other end of the needle. Bring the working yarn behind the wire again and knit across. 
Step 4: Repeat Step 3, making sure you bring the yarn behind the wire on each new row, until you reach your desired length.
Step 5: Twist the wire into the shape of an ampersand “&”, word, letter, shape, whatever you want! Tightly wrap a length of yarn around the parts of the shape/letter that overlap. 
Step 6: Continue tightly wrapping around the overlapping sections until the shape/letter is secure. Weave in the ends with a tapestry needle and cut the excess yarn. 

That’s it! Hang your ampersand on the wall next to your favorite prints. I love looking at my little knit wall decoration hanging above my desk. Just a little something handmade and cheerful to add to my space! I hope you give it a try and make one too!

I definitely want to make other wall art words using this technique. I’m thinking about knitting the word “sleep” to hang above my bed. I definitely need the reminder to catch more zzzz….haha.

What are you going to try with this technique? Your name? A new baby’s name? Oh, and hang it above their crib! So cute. See, the possibilities are endless. :)

  1. Genevieve says:

    I love your photography style; your craft photos are always so clear and professional, but also have sweet touches of prettiness like this nail art. I’ve been waitressing full time all summer and not allowed nail varnish so am rather envious :)

  2. Such a great idea! Now I’m thinking of all kinds of words I can make to hang above my desk.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think I’ll try a crochet version since knitting needles confound me hahaha :)

  4. Erika Mendez says:


    Where did you find the wire? What gauge is it?

  5. Allison says:

    Brilliant! I want to make one right now!

  6. Lesley says:

    This is really friggen cute! Great job!
    Lesley / bytheporchlight.com

  7. Frances says:

    You are a clever sheepish girl! I would think that the carrying the flexible wire along the length of the cord knitting would have so many possibilities. The & is only the beginning.

    Thank you for the very clear tutorial.


  8. Emily says:

    This is so cute! The possibilities really are endless. I love your nail polish too, by the way!

  9. chatti says:

    so beautiful. i’m inspired to make this though scared i would mess up!

  10. Adriana says:

    Recently found your blog. I’m intrigued. 😀

  11. fenn says:

    I LOVE THIS, you so seriously so clever!! my mind is buzzing with ideas but i’d be a bit daunted to start! thanks for sharing :)



  12. Grace says:

    This is an absolutely fantastic project! I love this idea and will definitely being giving it a try soon! Thank you for sharing it with us! :)

  13. dotty says:

    this is SO cute! i love me some punctuation, so this is extra awesome!

    dash dot dotty

  14. This looks fun! I think I’ll try that one day…really cute, fun and colorful, I love! 😉

  15. Hannapat says:

    So spiffy. Love it! xo

  16. This is the work of a true artist! In one word: Beautiful!

  17. Kristina says:

    I love this idea! The possibilities for what you could make using this technique are endless. Good thinking!

  18. Anonymous says:

    A nie lepiej zrobić ten wężyk na laleczce dziewiarskiej – Knitting Dolly??

  19. caroline says:

    great blog you have
    love to watch
    greets from belguim

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  22. Oh my! I fell in love with this idea. This is so cute. It is pretty simple yet could really make a difference in any boring wall.


  23. i just made this and i really like it! easy peasy, too. though i think that i won’t use wool next time – starts to get a bit fuzzy in spots. for anyone wondering about the wire gauge, i used 14 gauge. it’s called ‘primary wire’ at lowe’s. in the electrical section. came in a 20 ft spool – black. and easy to cut with snips.

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