How to Knit a Christmas Stocking

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    by Sarah Jackson

    About the Author

    Sarah Jackson has been writing freelance for almost four years, the majority of her work being featured on Adventure Journey, an online travel publication. She is currently in her final year of her M.S.W. degree at Temple University, with a B.S. degree from BYU.

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    Christmas is a favorite time of year for old and young alike, and we are constantly reminded of it by the decorations that surround us everywhere we go, making the season that much more joyous. Some of the most beloved decorations are those that you make yourself. This striped Christmas Stocking is a great handmade decoration (or gift) that you can alter to fit your own style and taste. Before beginning this project, you should know how to knit in the round with double-pointed needles, and how to switch yarn colors.

    Things You'll Need

    • Three balls of yarn with about 50 yards of yarn each, labeled A, B and C. The sample used red (A), white (B) and green (C).
    • Set of 4 U.S. 8 double-pointed knitting needles
    • Stitch marker
    • Measuring tape
    • Yarn needle

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    Getting Started

    Using color A, cast on 44 stitches loosely.

    Divide onto needles as follows: 14 stitches on the first 2 needles, 16 stitches on the third.

    Join in the round. Be sure the working yarn is coming from the right needle. Place a stitch marker on your right needle to mark the beginning of the round. Be careful not to let your stitches twist on the needles before you make the 1st stitch connecting the ends.

    K2, p2, repeating this rib stitch using color A until your work measures 2 inches from the cast-on edge.

    Begin the striping sequence of the stocking. Switch to color B and knit a few rounds, then switch to color C and knit a few more rounds. The number of rows you knit before you switch aren't important–you can create the stripes to your own liking. Continue knitting stripes until stocking measures 12.5 inches from cast-on edge.

    Prepare to make the heel. Slip the last 11 stitches from the last needle and the 1st 11 stitches from the first needle onto 1 needle for the heel, keeping the marker in the center of the stitches. Leave the remaining 22 stitches on 2 needles for the instep and cut the yarn.

    Create the heel of the stocking. With the Wrong Side of your work facing you and color A, work the stitches as follows:
    Row 1: Slip 1 stitch, purl to the end of the row. Row 2: Slip 1 stitch, knit to the end of the row.
    Repeat these 2 rows until the heel measures 2 inches.

    Shape the heel as follows:
    Row 1: Purl 14, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn the work the other way. Row 2: Slip 1, knit 7, slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch, knit 1, turn the work the other way. Row 3: Slip 1, purl 8, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn the work the other way. Row 4: Slip 1, knit 9, slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over the knitted stitch, knit 1, turn the work the other way. Row 5: Slip 1, purl 10, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn the work the other way. Row 6: Slip 1, knit 11, slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch, knit 1, turn the work the other way. Row 7: Slip 1, purl 12, purl 2 together, turn the work the other way. Row 8: Knit
    14 stitches remain on the heel.

    With the color of your next stripe and the Right Side of the work facing, pick up and knit 12 stitches along the side of the left heel. With the second needle knit 22. Using Needle 3, pick up and knit 12 stitches from the right side of the heel. Knit the 1st 7 stitches from the heel onto the end of the third needle and slip the remaining 7 stitches onto the beginning of the first needle. (60 stitches now divided with 19 stitches on the first and third needle and 22 on the second.)

    Continue working your rounds as follows, continuing the striping sequence as you knit:
    Round 1: Knit first needle to last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1; knit second needle stitches; on third needle knit 1, slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch, knit the rest of the needle.
    Round 2: Knit the entire round.
    Repeat these 2 rounds until 44 stitches remain. Then continue knitting each round for 4 inches.

    Shape the toe of the stocking by switching back to color A.
    Round 1: Knit first needle to last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1; on the second needle, knit 1, slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over, knit to the last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1; on the third needle, knit 1, slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over, knit to the end of the needle.
    Round 2: Knit the entire round.
    Repeat these 2 rounds until 20 stitches remain. Knit the stitches from the first needle onto the third needle. Using your yarn needle, sew the 20 stitches together to create the toe.

    Attach a twisted cord to the top by cutting 4 50-inch strands of color A. Hold all 4 strands at one end and twist until they begin to curl, tie the ends in a knot so they won't unravel, then sew it to the stocking.

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