Knitted Christmas stockings

Knit and personalize stockings for each member of your family and hang them for that jolly old elf to fill with goodies.

By Jean Scobie
Designed by Joy Green

How to knit a handmade stocking

To make:
With MC, cast on 60 sts. Work 6 rows in [k1,p1] ribbing. Continue in St st, working color sequence and shaping as follows:

Row 7: Knit.
Row 8: Purl.
Row 9: Knit.
Row 10: Work 2nd and every following 3rd st in CC.
Work 2 rows MC, 10 rows white, then 2 rows MC.
Row 25: As row 10.
Rows 26 to 78: Work in MC, dec 1 st at each end of needle on rows 43, 52, 61 and 73. 52 sts now on needle.
Row 79: Work first then every following every 3rd st in CC.
Work 2 rows MC.

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To shape heels:

Left heel:
Next row (wrong side): With white yarn, p13, turn.
Next row: Sl 1, k12.
Rep these two rows 8 more times.
Next row: P2, p2tog, p1, turn.
Next row: SI 1, k3, turn.
Next row: P3, p2tog, p1, turn.
Next row: Sl 1, k4, turn.
Next row: P4, p2tog, p1, turn.
Next row: SI 1, k5, turn.
Next row: P5, p2tog, p1, turn.
Next row: Sl 1, k6, turn.
Next row: P6, p2tog, p1, turn.
Slip rem 8 sts onto a st holder. Return to centre sts. Place centre 26 sts on a st holder. Slide rem 13 sts onto another needle so point is at outer edge of stocking and you are ready to start a k row.

Right heel:
Next row: With white yarn, k13, turn.
Next row: Sl 1, p12.
Rep these two rows 8 more times.
Next row: K2, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, turn.
Next row: Sl 1, p3, turn.
Next row: K3, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, turn.
Next row: Sl 1, p4, turn.
Next row: K4, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, turn.
Next row: SI 1, p5, turn.
Next row: K5, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, turn.
Next row: Sl 1, p6, turn.
Next row: K6, sl 1, k1, psso, kl, turn.
Slip rem 8 sts onto a st holder.
Starting at right heel and using MC, k 8 sts from holder, pick up and k 9 sts along edge of heel, k 26 sts from centre st holder, pick up and k 9 sts along edge of other heel, k 8 sts from rem st holder. 60 sts now on needle.
P 1 row.
Next row: Work 2nd and every following 3rd st in CC.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K14, k2tog, k28, sl 1, k1, psso, k14.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K13, k2tog, k28, sl 1, k1, psso, k13.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K12, k2tog, k28, sl 1, k1, psso, k12.
Next row: Purl
Next row: K11, k2tog, k28, sl 1, k1, psso, k11
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K10, k2tog, k28, sl 1, k1, psso, k10.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K9, k2tog, k28, sl 1, k1, psso, k9.
Next row: Purl. 48 sts now on needle. Work 15 rows, dec 1 st at each end of needle on row 4. 46 sts now on needle. Next row: Work first and every following 3rd st in CC.
Work 2 rows MC.

To shape toe:
Change to white yarn.
Next row: K9, *k2tog, k2, sl 1, k1, psso*, k16, rep from * to *, k9.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K8, *k2tog, k2, sl 1, k1, psso*, k14, rep from * to *, k8.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K7, *k2tog, k2, sl 1, k1, psso*, k12, rep from * to *, k7.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K6, *k2tog, k2, sl 1, k1, psso*, k10, rep from * to *, k6.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K5, *k2tog, k2, sl 1, k1, psso*, k8, rep from * to *, k5.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K4, *k2tog, k2, sl 1, k1, psso*, k6, rep from * to *, k4.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K3, *k2tog, k2, sl 1, k1, psso*, k4, rep from * to *, k3
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K2, *k2tog, k2, sl 1, k1, psso*, k2, rep from * to *, k2.
Next row: Purl.
Break yarn. Thread end through rem 14 sts. Draw up and fasten securely.

Finishing:
Weave in yarn ends on wrong side of work. With chalk pencil and drawing freehand or tracing around cookie cutters, trace simple appliqué shapes on felt; cut out. Place a small amount of fibrefill under the appliqué and machine-stitch in place. Remember that stocking will be folded in half so appliqué should be centred on the front half. Embroider details and sew or glue on trims where appropriate.

Using duplicate stitch, embroider name on white band on front half of stocking. This space accommodates a seven-letter name, each letter measuring 6 sts high and 3 sts wide.

Fold stocking in half and sew back leg seam. Make hanging loop at top of seam.

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