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Striped Christmas Stockings

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Liven up your mantel with these bright and cheery knit Christmas stockings.  Great for boys and girls alike, these Striped Christmas Stockings make wonderful Christmas gifts come Christmas morning.  You could also knit up one of these stockings and fill it with delicious homemade treats that you can present to friends and neighbors.  This is one gift that will keep on giving for years to come!

Striped Christmas Stocking

Materials:

  • One set (4) 5mm [US 8] double pointed knitting needles
  • 4mm [US G-6] crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker

Green Cuff Stocking

  • 1 skein Red Heart® Super Saver yarn in Paddy Green (A)
  • 1 skein Red Heart® Super Saver yarn in Soft White (B)
  • 1 skein Red Heart® Super Saver yarn in Cherry Red (C)

Blue Cuff Stocking

  • 1 skein Red Heart® Super Saver yarn in Dark Sage (D)
  • 1 skein Red Heart® Super Saver yarn in Soft White (C)
  • 1 skein Red Heart® Super Saver yarn in Ranch Red (B)
  • 1 skein Red Heart® Super Saver yarn in Soft Navy (A)

 

Gauge: 18 sts = 4”; 24 rows = 4” in Stockinette stitch. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

 

Instructions:
Stocking is 18" long.

Stripe Pattern

  • Green Cuff Stocking:  (3 colors, green cuff): 4 rnds A, 4 rnds B, 4 rnds C.
  • Blue Cuff Stocking:  (4 colors, blue cuff): 3 rnds A, 3 rnds B, 3 rnds C, 3 rnds D.

Stocking

Cuff

  1. With A, cast on 54 sts, dividing sts evenly over 3 dpns. Join, pm for beginning of rnd, being careful not to twist sts. Work 24 rnds Garter st (knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd).

Begin Stripe Pattern

  1. Working in St st (knit every rnd), repeat Stripe Pattern for desired color version for 60 rnds. Cut all colors except A.

Divide for Heel

  1. Slip first 13 sts from first needle, and last 12 sts from last needle of rnd onto a free needle–25 sts. Divide remaining 29 sts onto 2 needles for instep.

Heel

  1. 25 heel sts are now worked back and forth in rows as follows: With Right Side facing, attach A and work 14 rows in St st, ending with a Wrong Side row.

Shape Heel

  1. Row 1 (right side): K16, k2tog, k1; turn.
     
  2. Row 2: Slip 1 pwise, p8, p2tog, p1; turn.
     
  3. Row 3: Slip 1 kwise, k9, k2tog, k1; turn.
     
  4. Row 4: Slip 1 pwise, p10, p2tog, p1; turn.
     
  5. Row 5: Slip 1 kwise, k11, k2tog, k1; turn.
     
  6. Row 6: Slip 1 pwise, p12, p2tog, p1; turn.
     
  7. Row 7: Slip 1 kwise, k13, k2tog, k1; turn.
     
  8. Row 8: Slip 1 pwise p14, p2tog, p1; turn.
     
  9. Row 9: K across remaining 17 sts. Cut yarn.

Divide for Gusset

  1. With same needle, pick up and k 8 sts along edge of heel flap; with second needle, k across 29 instep sts; with third needle pick up and k 8 sts along other edge of heel flap, then with same needle, k 8 sts from first needle. Needle 1 has 17 sts, needle 2 has 29 sts, needle 3 has 16 sts–62 sts.

Shape Foot

  1. Join, pm for beginning of rnd being careful not to twist sts, and keeping continuity of stripe pattern, shape foot as follow:
     
  2. Rnd 1 (dec): Needle 1: k15, k2tog; Needle 2: k2tog, k25, k2tog; Needle 3: k2tog, k14.
     
  3. Rnd 2: K even around.
     
  4. Rnd 3 (dec): Needle 1: k to last 2 sts, k2tog; Needle 2: k27; Needle 3: k2tog, k to end.
     
  5. Rep rnds 2 and 3 once more. Needle 1 has 14 sts, needle 2 has 27 sts, needle 3 has 13 sts–54 sts. Work even for 27 rnds. Cut all colors except A.

Toe

  1. Rnd 1: With A, k 1 rnd even in St st.
     
  2. Rnd 2 (dec): Needle 1: k across to last 2 sts, k2tog,
     
  3. Needle 2: k2tog, k across to last 2 sts, k2tog; Needle 3: k2 tog, k to end. Repeat Rnds 1 and 2, 7 times more. Needle 1 has 7 sts, needle 2 has 13 sts, needle 3 has 6 sts–26 sts. With needle 3, k across needle 1. 13 sts now on 2 needles. Cut A leaving 24” tail.

Finishing

  1. Graft toe sts together. Fold cuff over stocking. With right side facing and crochet hook, attach B at back; sl st in each st around; ch 12 for hanging loop, sl st to first sl st. Fasten off. Weave in yarn ends.

Grafting

  1. Insert the yarn needle as if to purl in the first stitch of the front needle. Pull the yarn through, leaving the stitch on the needle.
     
  2. Insert the yarn needle as if to knit into the first stitch of the back needle. Pull the yarn through, leaving the stitch on the needle.
     
  3. Insert the yarn needle as if to knit in the first stitch of the front needle (the same stitch as before) and slide this stitch off the needle. Insert the yarn needle into the next stitch on the front needle as if to purl, but leave the stitch on the needle.
     
  4. Insert the yarn needle as if to purl in the next stitch on the back needle, and slide this stitch off the needle. Insert the yarn needle in next stitch on back needle as if to knit. Pull the yarn through, but leave this stitch on the needle.
     
  5. Continue repeating steps 3 and 4 until all stitches are grafted, pulling carefully as you work. When last stitch is worked, weave in remaining end.

    Striped Christmas Stocking

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