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Christmas Stocking

 

Marys StockingOne 50gr ball worsted weight acrylic or washable wool blend
in  red, green or white yarn
Size US 9 [5.5mm] needles or size to get gauge

Short Rows tutorial

Gauge: 8sts and 10 rows to 2 inches [not essential][don't you just love that?]

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Difficulty Rating: Easy
Techniques: 
Stockinette Stitch = Knit one row, Purl one row
Garter Stitch = Knit all rows
Short Rows = See Tutorial

Cast on 34 sts.
Knit 6 rows [a 2x2 rib could also be used] And if you use white, it will look furry.
Starting with a right side row work 30 rows in SS

We'll be starting short rows:
Next row: K24 turn,
Next row: P15 turn,
Continue in Stockinette Stitch working one extra stitch on every row [before you turn] until all the sts have been worked - [i.e. K16 turn, P17 turn etc.] ending on a knit row.

Purl one row on the 34sts. Then you can start the next stocking stitch part on the right side. The number of rows is not that essential and can be changed if so desired.

Knit 12 rows straight in Stockinette Stitch

Shape top:
Next row: *K1, K2tog, repeat from * to last st. K1.
Next row: P1, *P2tog, repeat from * to end of row
Next row: k2tog to end. [6sts]****
Next row: p2tog to end [3sts]

Note:****at this stage the yarn could be cut and drawn through the 6 sts to make a 'stubbier' toe. It's a matter of choice.

Cut yarn and draw through remaining sts and fasten off.
Sew seam.
Turn over garter st cuff.
Make a cord for hanging and fasten to top of cuff.
Hang on doorknob, fill with favours for guests to enjoy!

Note2…The top 6 rows of garter st could be knit in white yarn [or a white fluffy yarn] to give it a real Christmasy feel. Or you can crochet a loopy stitch around the cuff.

Another idea is to decorate your stocking with fun embellishments. Here's a stocking by Nicky Epstein that has a few fun things to knit. Stocking embellishments...

The stocking is approximately 11" long from toe to the top of the cuff...when you fold the cuff over, it's about 10" long. You can adjust the length by knitting fewer rows along the leg and foot for a smaller stocking. You can also start with fewer stitches  if you want it even smaller.

Enjoy the project.