Knitting & Crochet

Knit and felt a Christmas stocking

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Knitting & Crochet

Knit and felt a Christmas stocking

This knitted and felted Christmas stocking is inspired by a style my grandmother used to make with machine-made felt. In fact, it is a more elegant version of the stocking my father hangs to this day.

Finished size
6-1/2" wide at cuff, 14" cuff to heel, 11" foot length

You need:

• Jo Sharp DK Wool (100% wool; 50 g = 107 yds): 3 balls main colour (MC) White 301 and 1 ball each contrast colour 1 (CC1) Moss 012 and contrast colour 2 (CC2) Pistachio 002
• Size 8 (5 mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Crochet hook size D or E (3.25 or 3.5 mm)
• Sewing needle and thread

Gauge
• Prefelting: 8 sts and 10 rows per 2 inches in St st
• Postfelting: 10 sts and 14-1/2 rows per 2 inches (this gauge is more important)

To make:
You will make two sides and sew them together after felting. The two sides need to be mirror images of each other and the easiest way to achieve this is to start one side with a knit row, and one side with a purl row. That way, the same row count works for both sides. This will mean that on one side, the RS will be St st and the toe edge of the stocking will be at the beginning of a knit row. On the other side, the RS will be Rev St st and the toe edge will be at the beginning of a purl row.

With MC, CO 33 sts. Work in St st (or Rev St st) for 64 rows.

Shape foot
To shape the foot, increases and decreases will be made on both the heel edge and the toe edge. Mark the toe edge with a contrast colour yarn or split ring marker, if desired.

Row 65 (start toe shaping): CO 1, K to end of row.
Work 2 rows even.

Row 68: P to last 2 sts, Pf&b, P1.
Row 69: CO 1, K to end of row.
Repeat these 2 rows 2 more times.

Row 74: P to last 2 sts, Pf&b, P1.
Row 75: CO 2, K to end of row.
Repeat these 2 rows once more.

Row 82: P even.
Row 83: CO 1, K to end of row.
Work 3 rows even.
Row 87: CO 1, K to end of row.

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Page 1 of 2 – Learn how to finish your stocking, plus make the festive green holly leaves on page 2.
Row 88 (start heel shaping): BO 1, P to end of row.
Row 89: K even.
Repeat these 2 rows 2 more times.

Row 94: BO 1, P to end of row.
Row 95: K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.

Row 96: BO 2, P to end of row.
Row 97: BO 1, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
Repeat these 2 rows once more.

Row 100: BO 3, P to end of row.
Row 101: BO 1, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
Repeat these 2 rows once more.

Row 104: BO 3, p to last 3 sts, P2tog, P1.
Row 105: BO 2, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
Repeat these 2 rows once more.

Row 108: BO 3, p to last 3 sts, P2tog, P1.
Bind off all sts.

Make second side the same, but substitute knits for purls and purls for knits to reverse shaping.

Leaves (make 7 or desired quantity)
Start with a slip knot.
Row 1: Kf&b (2 sts).
Rows 2, 4 and 6: Purl.
Row 3: Kf&b twice (4 sts).
Row 5: K1, Kf&b twice, K1 (6 sts).
Row 7: Using cable cast-on, CO 4, BO 2, knit across (8 sts).
Row 8: CO 4, BO 2, purl across (10 sts).
Row 9: K1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (8 sts).
Row 10: P1, P2tog, P to last 3 sts, P2tog tbl, P1 (6 sts).
Rep rows 7-10 twice more.
Row 19: K1, SSK, K2tog, K1 (4 sts).
Rows 20 and 22: Purl.
Row 21: SSK, K2tog (2 sts).
Row 23: K2tog.
Bind off.

Hanger
With crochet hook and colour of choice, crochet a chain starting at the top back edge of one of the pieces. Remember to make your chain twice as long as you want your hanger to be. Fold the chain in half and secure it to the fabric.

Finishing
Felt the stocking pieces and the leaves.

Using sewing thread and a needle, sew the leaves in clusters onto one side of the stocking.

Whipstitch the 2 pieces together with contrast colour yarn, leaving the top open.

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Excerpted from Winter Knits Kit: Instructions and Tools for 25 Cozy Cold-Weather Projects, copyright 2006 by Sara Lucas and Allison Isaacs. Excerpted with permission from Chronicle Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced except with permission in writing from the publisher.




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