Crochet - Christmas Stocking Pattern
04Dec

Crochet - Christmas Stocking Pattern

Oh it’s been so long. I’ve missed this space. I’m so happy to be back today with a crochet project to share. With the winter approaching we’ve been spending more and more time indoors. The long evenings have meant more time to crochet and I’ve had so many ideas. They all come and once so I’ve been working hard to control myself and finish one project at a time…

I’ve spent the past few weeks making crochet stockings. I’ve used my favourite winter stitch; I call it the up-down stitch but its just alternate double and treble crochets. It makes a lovely textured fabric that suits winter projects perfectly in my opinion.  I was really inspired by two huge 400g balls of Hayfield Bonus Aran Tweed that I had stashed away.  I wanted to create a simple rustic Christmas stocking.  Being somewhat of a perfectionist I played with different ways of creating the stocking; leg down, toe up, turned rounds, continuous rounds, square heels, short row heels. Oh so much fun. 

 Finally, I have come up with a pattern that I am happy with and I think it’s fairly simply in its construction. The stitches are basic and there are no tricky joins. Saying that, I think it may be easier to work the stocking continuously without turning at the end of each round but I have chosen not to do this for several reasons. The first being the stitch pattern gives a slightly different finish when not turned and I prefer the finish it gives with the turned rounds. The second is the seam. I find when I work in continuous (joined) rounds my seams travel slightly and I like a nice tight straight seam, in the case of these stockings I actually think the seam gives the stocking some structure. I will just add that the seam (joins) I have obviously spent far too much time worrying about are almost invisible to anyone other than a knitter/crocheter! I know this because I asked every member of my small family for feedback on these stockings and the only point they made was that they were not big enough. Ha. Ha.  Anyway, for fear of being known as the Christmas kill joy I made the stockings slightly longer at their request. 

Lululoves crochet christmas stocking

Lululoves crochet christmas stocking

Lululoves crochet christmas stocking

 The heel is made from short rows. Rows that are decreased then increased again. A heel can be a worrying thing if you are new to crochet but I assure you as long as you can work a double crochet (single crochet) decrease you will have no trouble with this at all. But just in case I have added lots of photos of the heel so you can reassure yourself you are doing it right!

Lululoves crochet christmas stocking heel

Lululoves crochet christmas stocking

Lululoves crochet christmas stocking

I hope if you have a go at these you enjoy making them as much as I have. The pattern will be free thoughout December after that it can be purchased as a PDF download.

The pattern pdf can be downloaded on Ravelry here

or from my Etsy store here

We our putting up our Christmas tree this weekend. I am excited because I can now shamelessly watch Elf over and over!

Bye for now.

Em x

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Comments (8)

  • Alessandra

    Alessandra

    05 December 2015 at 09:33 |
    Love it!!!!
    thank you, xxxxx Ale
  • Beth

    Beth

    05 December 2015 at 14:16 |
    This is such a cute pattern. Thank you so much for sharing it.
  • Stefanie

    Stefanie

    18 December 2015 at 17:17 |
    Aloha; found your blog via Tanya of Little Things Blogged who recently posted her top 30 reading list. Your cute blog caught my eye. I'm a knitter first and beginning crocheter second. As someone where crochet can affect my hands and wrists, I totally appreciate how much time and effort you put into this stocking design. I love the blackish-grey one with those pops of raspberry. I hope to knit my husband a stocking once the holiday craziness is done as our girls and I have handcrafted ones.
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      23 December 2015 at 15:53 |
      Hello, thank you for taking the time to comment. I had hoped to make more stockings too, but there never seems to be enough time during December...I always promise myself I'll be more organised the following year; but it hasn't happened yet! Enjoy the holidays.Em xx
  • Wendy

    Wendy

    24 December 2015 at 00:42 |
    Gorgeous pattern thank you for sharing it with us!
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      27 December 2015 at 19:20 |
      Thank you for your lovely feedback. Em xx
  • Sue Everson McEndree

    Sue Everson McEndree

    16 December 2016 at 03:22 |
    It says The pattern will be free thoughout December after that it can be purchased as a PDF download. but when I click the link, it takes me to Ravelry & won't let me have the free pattern. I really want to try this one.
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      13 January 2017 at 11:25 |
      I'm sorry the pattern was released last December (2015). Em x

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