Friday, January 24, 2014

Christmas Stockings

AnnaVirginia FashionMy first post for the new year!

I decided it was time for some new stockings to be hung in our home for Christmases to come.  I looked all through Ravelry to see if I might find a pattern that would be a good starting point for me (If you’ve read my blog, you know I usually modify whatever pattern I’m following).

I found a stocking pattern that was just right!  It’s from Bernat Design Studio and is a free pattern.  It’s called “Cross Stitch Christmas Stockings.”  If you click on the link, you will have access to a free PDF download.  Of course you’ll need an updated version of Adobe Reader to view the PDF.  The pattern is only available in English and it’s written in US AnnaVirginia Fashioncrochet terms.

I made sure to get yarn for each of the ten stockings that closely matched the thickness of the other yarns used.  If it varied enough (making a stocking substantially bigger or smaller than the other stockings), then I switched the hook size to get the same dimensions while doing the same number of stitches.  Keeping the stitch count the same meant that the cross stitch pictures would be the same size.

Knit Cuff

This pattern starts with the cuff and works its way down.  My husband requested a fold-over cuff and I wanted the cuff to be knit (instead of slip-stitch crochet).  I worked it with circular size 10 needles; that way I didn’t have to do any sewing.  So I started the pattern like this:

With Color A

Cast on: 92.  KK, PP, around for 10 rnds.  Cast off.  Don’t break yarn.

Crochet:

Rnd 1:Ch 1. Sc in between each KK or PP section around so that you have 46 sc.  Sl st to first sc. Turn.

Rnd 2: Ch 1. In back loops only, sc in each st.  Sl st to first sc. Turn.

Rnd 3: Ch 1. In front loops only, sc in each st.  Sl st to first sc. Turn.

Rnd 4: Ch 1. (In both loops) Sc in each st.  Sl st to first sc. Switch to Main Color.

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Crochet Portion

Follow the pattern from “Leg” rounds.  Be sure to end each color-section on the wrong side (WS) even if the pattern doesn’t specify to.  It seems like it was a detail they forgot to type in because it definitely gives the stocking a cleaner look.

I noticed that I continuously needed to modify the pattern at one point (I did make this stocking 10 times…).  I’m not sure if I kept making the same mistake or if its an error, but here is what I had to do:

In the “Shape heel” section, 6th row, I had to do this (bold signifies the change): Ch 1. 1 sc in each of first 13 sts.  Sc2tog. Sc in next 2 sc. Turn.

Next, I attached the Joining rnd in the Main Color on the back of the stocking: 

This meant that I attached it to the heel base that was on the back (same side as the “seam” from the leg).  Then I did 7 sc up the side of the heel, 15 sc across the end of the heel, 7 sc down the other side of the heel and 23 sc in the instead. 

Cross Stitch Detail

I used the three included cross stitch patterns, with only modifying colors AnnaVirginia Fashionas needed.  For example, I did a yellow hat on the snowman and I put a yellow “star” on top of the tree.  I used the snowman pattern and re-worked the colors for a penguin (shown above).  For the snowflake and reindeer, I did a image search online for “simple christmas cross stitch patterns” and got some ideas.  Of course, I modified those as well.

I think that is all of the modifications I made.  If you want to see the individual pictures of each of the stockings, please visit my Ravelry project details. Also, let me know if I left anything out or if you have questions.

Do you make your own handmade Christmas stockings?  If you do, I’d love for you to link your blog posts below so I can see!

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