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.
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!
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.
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.