Stock­ing to knit

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - HELLO! - KNIT­TING EDI­TOR TERESA

This lux­u­ri­ous cable-knit stock­ing is the per­fect ad­di­tion to your fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions this sea­son. Es­pe­cially once it’s been filled with treats!

MEA­SURE­MENTS

Ap­prox­i­mately 37cm/14½in long by 16.5cm/6½in wide at the top.

MA­TE­RI­ALS

3 x 50g (100m) balls of Sub­lime Ex­tra Fine Merino Worsted (100% wool) in Al­abaster 003*. Pair each of 4.5mm (no. 7) and 5mm (no. 6) knit­ting nee­dles; cable nee­dle; 5cm pom­pom maker. Yarn is avail­able from theknit­tingnet­work.co.uk.

TEN­SION

18 stitches and 24 rows, to

10 x 10cm, over stock­ing stitch, us­ing 4.5mm nee­dles.

AB­BRE­VI­A­TIONS

St(s), stitch(es); k, knit; p, purl; c4b, cable 4 back (slip next 2 sts onto cable nee­dle, leave at back, k next 2 sts, then k 2 sts from cable nee­dle); c4f, cable 4 front (slip next 2 sts onto cable nee­dle, leave at front, k next 2 sts, then k 2 sts from cable nee­dle); 2tog, de­crease 1 st

(by work­ing 2 sts to­gether);

inc, in­crease 1 st (by work­ing into same st twice).

NOTE

Yarn amounts are based on av­er­age re­quire­ments and are there­fore ap­prox­i­mate. in­struc­tions in square brack­ets are worked as stated after

2nd bracket.

FIRST SIDE

** With 4.5mm nee­dles, cast on 34 sts.

1st row: K2, [p2, k2] to end. 2nd row: P to end.

Last 2 rows form bro­ken rib.

Rib un­til cuff mea­sures 9cm from cast-on edge, end­ing with a 1st row.

Change to 5mm nee­dles.

Work in pat­tern as fol­lows:

1st row: [K2, p2] 3 times, k10, [p2, k2] 3 times.

2nd row: [P2, k2] 3 times, p10, [k2, p2] 3 times.

3rd row: [P2, k2] twice, p4, c4f, k2, c4b, p4, [k2, p2] twice.

4th row: [K2, p2] twice, k4, p10, k4, [p2, k2] twice. These 4 rows form the cable panel with dou­ble moss st pat­tern. Pat­tern straight un­til work mea­sures 34cm from cast-on edge, end­ing with a wrong side row. **

Shape for foot: Next row: Inc in first st, pat­tern to end – 1 st in­creased.

Next row: Pat­tern to last 2 sts, inc in next st, pat­tern 1 – 1 st in­creased. Re­peat the last 2 rows, twice more – 40 sts.

Next row: Pat­tern to last 2 sts, work 2tog – 1 st de­creased.

Next row: Pat­tern to end.

Re­peat the last 2 rows, 4 times more – 35 sts.

Next row: Work 2tog, pat­tern to last 2 sts, work 2tog – 2 sts de­creased.

Next row: Work 2tog, pat­tern to end – 1 st de­creased.

Re­peat the last 2 rows, 6 times more – 14 sts.

Cast off.

SEC­OND SIDE

Work as given for first side from ** to **.

Shape for foot: Next row: Pat­tern to last 2 sts, inc in next st, pat­tern 1 – 1 st in­creased.

Next row: Inc in first st, pat­tern to end – 1 st in­creased.

Re­peat the last 2 rows, twice more – 40 sts.

Next row: Work 2tog, pat­tern to end – 1 st de­creased.

Next row: Pat­tern to end.

Re­peat the last 2 rows, 4 times more – 35 sts.

Next row: Work 2tog, pat­tern to last 2 sts, work 2tog – 2 sts de­creased.

Next row: Pat­tern to last 2 sts, work 2tog – 1 st de­creased.

Re­peat the last 2 rows, 6 times more – 14 sts. Cast off.

LOOP

With 4.5mm nee­dles, cast on 30 sts.

K 1 row.

Cast off.

TO MAKE UP

Join seam, re­vers­ing seam for cuff. Fold cuff to right side. Fold loop in half and at­tach to back of sock. Make two 5cm pom­poms and a 35cm long twisted or plaited cord (see be­low).

At­tach one pom­pom to each end of cord and join cen­tre of cord to back of sock.

TWISTED CORD

Cut two strands of Al­abaster in lengths of 105cm (this is three times longer than the de­sired length of 35cm). If you’d like a thicker cord, you can use more strands but they must be di­vis­i­ble by two. Note that the fi­nal cord will be a dou­ble thick­ness of the amount of strands you use.

Knot the lengths of yarn to­gether at each end. Slip a knit­ting nee­dle be­tween the strands at each end so they’re both rest­ing at each knot and stand­ing up­right. Hold one nee­dle steady and twist the other un­til the lengths of yarn are twisted tightly. You can ask a friend to help with this, or you can an­chor one end of the yarn over a door han­dle. Find the mid­dle of the twisted yarn and re­move the nee­dles, but keep hold of each end to stop them un­twist­ing too soon.

Bring both ends of yarn to­gether, keep­ing the length taut and re­lease the hand that is hold­ing the mid­dle. The cord should au­to­mat­i­cally twist up. Smooth out any un­even lumps with your fin­gers and knot both ends to­gether.

PLAITED CORD

We used the twisted cord method, but if you are strug­gling, then this is an eas­ier, al­ter­na­tive method. Cut three strands of Al­abaster in lengths of 50cm (this is one third longer than the de­sired length of 35cm). If you would like a thicker cord then you can use more strands but they must be di­vis­i­ble by three.

Knot the strands to­gether at one end and se­cure this end. Ask a friend to hold it, or tape/pin it to a suitable sur­face. Plait the strands in the same way that you would plait hair (right over cen­tre, left over cen­tre, etc) to the end of the strands and tie a knot to se­cure.

5CM POM­POM

(make 2)

Cut two cir­cles of card about 6cm in di­am­e­ter and make a hole in the mid­dle of each. Put the two pieces of card to­gether and be­gin to wind lengths of Al­abaster (use more than one length stranded to­gether for speed) around the card un­til the ring is cov­ered. Con­tinue un­til you can no longer poke the lengths through the cen­tre. You may need a darn­ing nee­dle for when the cen­tre gets smaller. Us­ing a pair of sharp scis­sors cut through the lengths around the outer edge of the ring. Tie a length of yarn tightly and se­curely around the mid­dle of the two rings and re­move the card­board. Fluff up the ends and trim to an even round shape us­ing scis­sors. Be sure to leave a length of the tie to at­tach to cord.

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