There is nothing nicer than handmade presents/decorations at Christmas, so why not knit a stocking to hang from the fireplace or to fill with presents as a lasting gift.
Although I have designed the stocking myself the actual pattern was adapted from the very famous Winwick Mum’s wonderful basic sock pattern. This never fails, I don’t know how many times I refer to it as it is so clear and concise. The free pattern can be found here on her Blog and just click on the sock along on the top bar.
Now for my version I used Stylecraft Special DK in the following colours; Pistachio, Teal, Duck Egg Blue, Lipstick, Parchment and Cypress for the leaves. 4mm circular needle and a pair of 4mm DPN’s.
I cast on 64 stitches in Pistachio and knit 7 rows. After that the stripes were worked in 4 row sequences…until 5 full sequences of 5 colours had been worked.
Now working in Pistachio knit 1 row and then follow Christine’s pattern for the heel flap, remembering that you have 4 more stitches than she has, so increasing the number that you place on the DPN.
Continue following the 2 row pattern for the required amount of rows.
Now on to turning the heel…… I know it sounds difficult if you are new to sock construction but it’s easier than you think!
Next it’s on to picking up the stitches to form the gusset, stitch markers are a must!!!!
once all the stitches are picked up and 1 row has been knitted change from Pistachio to Teal. Continue in pattern until you have 64 stitches in your needles. (the number we cast on).
Now change colour to Duck Egg Blue for 10 rows.
Change colour to Lipstick for 2 rows and then Parchment for 2 rows. Once you have 5 red stripes and 4 in Parchment start the toe shaping from the pattern. Work the first 2 rows of the toe shaping in Parchment and then continue to the end in Pistachio.
The photo above shows the starting of Kitchener Stitch. If you have never ventured down this road before it’s worth making sure you have peace and quiet and no distractions!
Now for the finishing touches, for the hanging I plaited 3 x 3 strands of wool. The ivy leaves were knitted from this free pattern on Ravelry.
I used 4mm needles and the Cypress green.
Then using the Lipstick red made 3 small pom-poms.
The stocking without the decorations weighs 80gr, and measures 52cm from top to toe.