Christ­mas stock­ings

’Twas the night be­fore Christ­mas, and Ann Franklin’s bril­liant stock­ings were hung by the chim­ney with care.

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Per­fect for filling with fes­tive fun!

Do you re­mem­ber the joy of fetch­ing your fes­tive stock­ing down from the loft and hang­ing it up, ready for Christ­mas morn­ing? Recre­ate that de­light with this fun and colour­ful pair. As a gift for a friend or an ex­cited lit­tle one, young and old alike would be over­joyed to wel­come a bright and colour­ful stock­ing or a classic ap­pliqué ad­di­tion into their tra­di­tions.

Notes on stranded colour­work

When work­ing colour­work mo­tifs both colours should be car­ried along the whole length of the round where two colours are be­ing used, with the un­used yarn be­ing stranded as floats across the back of the piece. To make your knit­ting neater, when chang­ing colours, al­ways pass one colour above the other, and pass the other colour be­low the first and pass the colours in the same way con­sis­tently across ev­ery row. (e.g. al­ways pass Yarn A over Yarn B, and al­ways pass Yarn B un­der Yarn A.) Tra­di­tion­ally, longer floats (those stranded across 5 or more stitches) are caught up and an­chored in the knit­ting as it is be­ing worked. An easy al­ter­na­tive to catch­ing the strands as you knit is to leave all of the floats loose un­til the stock­ing is com­pleted, and then catch up the floats by sewing as part of the fin­ish­ing process. Use one strand of the yarn in the back­ground colour of the col­umn you wish to an­chor down, and then weave over the strands and un­der one or two strands of the knit­ted ma­te­rial, mak­ing sure that the stitches do not show through on the right side. For more help with your colour­work visit www.the­yarn­loop.com/in­dex. php/2013/10/6- steps-fan­tas­tic-fair-isle.

Notes on Charts A and B

As the stock­ing is worked in the round, ev­ery row of the chart is worked from right to left, start­ing with the first stitch of the pat­tern re­peat. Each of the mo­tifs in the stock­ing is worked over 9 sts, and is re­peated 8 times over the round. Start at the bot­tom of the chart and work up.

COLOUR­WORK STOCK­ING TOE AND FOOT

Cast on 9 sts us­ing Yarn A and 4mm DPNs. Dis­trib­ute the stitches evenly over the nee­dles and join into the round tak­ing care not to twist the stitches. Place a marker to in­di­cate the be­gin­ning of the round. Round 1 (RS) *Kfb; rep from * to end. [18 sts] Round 2 and ev­ery al­ter­nate round Knit.

Round 3 *K1, kfb; rep from * to end. [27 sts]

Round 5 *K2, kfb; rep from * to end. [36 sts]

Round 7 *K3, kfb; rep from * to end. [45 sts]

Round 9 *K4, kfb; rep from * to end. [54 sts]

Round 11 *K5, kfb; rep from * to end. [63 sts]

Round 13 *K6, kfb; rep from * to end. [72 sts]

Round 14 Knit. Round 15 Knit.

Break­ing off and join­ing yarns at the end of rounds as re­quired, work rounds 1- 47 of Chart A.

WORK HEEL

Slip the last 18 sts worked from the right- hand nee­dle to the left- hand nee­dle. Join in Yarn A to the be­gin­ning of th­ese 18 sts. Row 1 K36, w& t. [36 sts] Row 2 P35, w&t. Row 3 K34, w&t. Row 4 P33, w&t. Con­tinue work­ing short rows in the same way, work­ing 1 fewer stitch be­fore the w&t in each sub­se­quent row, un­til 7 wraps have been worked on each side of the heel. (14 wrapped sts al­to­gether.) Row 15 K23, knit the next (wrapped) stitch along with the wrap, w& t. ( The last stitch will have two wraps). Row 16 P24, purl the next (wrapped) stitch along with the wrap, w& t. ( The last stitch will have two wraps). Row 17 K25, knit the next (dou­ble wrapped) stitch along with the 2 wraps, w&t. Row 18 P26, purl the next (dou­ble wrapped) stitch along with the 2 wraps, w&t. Con­tinue in the same way, (work­ing 1 more stitch on each row to reach the first dou­ble wrapped stitch, then work­ing the wrapped stitch along with both wraps, be­fore w& t the next stitch), un­til only 1 dou­ble wrapped stitch re­mains on each side of the heel. Row 27 K35, knit the next (dou­ble wrapped) stitch along with the 2 wraps, w&t. ( The fi­nal wrap should be worked with the stitch on the first round of Chart B.) Row 28 P36, purl the next (dou­ble wrapped) stitch along with the 2 wraps, w&t. ( The fi­nal wrap should be worked with the stitch on the first round of Chart B.) Slip 18 stitches back onto the right hand nee­dle.

Re­join the yarn to the cen­tre back stitch and work rows 1-76 of Chart B.

STOCK­ING TOP

Break off last colour. Join in Yarn A. Knit 2 rounds. Next round *K1, P1; rep from * to end. Work a fur­ther 11 rounds in (K1, P1) rib. Cast off.

HANG­ING LOOP

Cast on 40 sts us­ing Yarn A and 4mm nee­dles. Knit 1 row. Cast off.

TO MAKE UP

Neaten all ends. Fold the Hang­ing Loop in half length­ways. Join the hook for ap­prox 3cm from the side edges up to the cen­tre, cre­at­ing a large loop. Sew the straight sides of the hook to the ribbed sec­tion of the Stock­ing at the cen­tre back, hav­ing the side edges of the hook level with the bot­tom of the ribbed sec­tion, and the Loop ly­ing above the cast off edge of the Stock­ing. Block gen­tly to mea­sure­ments, fol­low­ing any yarn care in­struc­tions on the ball band.

SNOWMAN STOCK­ING

Make the Snowman Stock­ing in ex­actly the same way as the Colour­work Stock­ing, but us­ing Yarn H ( White) for the Toe, Heel, rib­bing and Hang­ing Loop, and work­ing the 47 rounds of Chart A and 76 rounds of Chart B as plain stock­ing stitch in Yarn G (Red).

SNOWMAN

Cast on 18 sts us­ing Yarn H and 4mm nee­dles. Knit 2 rows. Row 3 (RS) Kfb, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, K1.

[20 sts] Knit 3 rows.

Row 7 Kfb, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, K1. [22 sts] Knit 3 rows.

Row 11 Kfb, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, K1. [24 sts] Knit 11 rows.

Row 23 K1, k2­tog, knit to last 3 sts, k2­tog, K1. [22 sts] Knit 3 rows.

Row 27 K1, k2­tog, knit to last 3 sts, k2­tog, K1. [20 sts] Knit 3 rows.

Row 31 K1, k2­tog, K3, k2­tog, K4, k2­tog, K3, k2­tog, K1. [16 sts] Knit 1 row.

Row 33 K1, k2­tog, (K2, k2­tog) twice, K2, k2­tog, K1. [12 sts] Knit 1 row.

Row 35 K1, (k2­tog) twice, K2, (k2­tog) twice, K1. [8 sts] Knit 1 row.

Row 37 Kfb in ev­ery st to end. [16 sts] Knit 9 rows. Break off Yarn H and join in Yarn I. Beg with a K row, work in st st for 4 rows.

Row 51 *K2, k2­tog; rep from * to end. [12 sts] Row 52 Purl. Row 53 *K1, k2­tog; rep from * to end. [8 sts] Row 54 Purl. Row 55 *K2­tog; rep from * to end. [4 sts] Break yarn and thread the end through the stitches left on the nee­dle. Pull the end of the yarn to tighten the stitches to­gether.

HAT BAND

Cast on 17 sts us­ing Yarn I and 4mm nee­dles. Row 1 (K1, P1) to last st, K1. Cast off in rib.

SCARF COL­LAR

Cast on 12 sts us­ing Yarn I and 4mm nee­dles. Knit 1 row. Cast off.

SCARF

Cast on 5 sts us­ing Yarn I and 4mm nee­dles. Knit 30 rows. Cast off.

TO MAKE UP

Make the main Stock­ing up in ex­actly the same way as the Colour­work Stock­ing.

Sew the Hat Band to the front of the Snowman’s head, level with the colour change row. Make a pom­pom for the top of the Hat by wrap­ping a length of yarn around two fin­gers; cut the yarn off and then tie it through the cen­tre to the top of the hat. Take one fur­ther length of yarn and tie it around the yarn bun­dle to cre­ate the pom­pom. Loop the main Scarf over the Scarf Col­lar and sew in place. Sew the com­pleted Scarf to the neck of the Snowman. Sew the three but­tons to the front tummy sec­tion of the Snowman. Use or­di­nary sewing thread to sew the se­quins and bu­gle beads onto the head por­tion to cre­ate eyes and a mouth. Us­ing three strands of Yarn B (or­ange) em­broi­der a tri­an­gle at the cen­tre of the face for a nose.

Once the Stock­ing has been blocked, sew the Snowman to the side of the Stock­ing, about half­way up the leg.

DASH­ING THROUGH THE SNOW, NEXT MONTH CAST ON A RU­DOLPH-THEMED TEATIME SET BY TEA COSY FOLK! IS­SUE 166 IS OUT FRI­DAY 10 NOVEM­BER 2017.

Ann Franklin “My grand­chil­dren were the in­spira!on for th­ese. I liked the idea of mak­ing some­thing that’s brought out ev­ery Chris"as and re­minds them how spe­cial I think they both are.” MEET OUR DE­SIGNER Give colour­work o and ap­pliqué a g with th­ese fun s! fes­tive stock­ing

Knit the Snowman’s body and hat as one piece, sewing the Hat Band on sep­a­rately to give it a 3D ap­pear­ance.

There’s more than colour­work in this stock­ing! We can’t re­sist those cute lit­tle bob­bles...

Make this stock­ing your own with a mix of your favourite colours – it’s a cracker!

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