Saturday, December 3, 2011

Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern






Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern

Everyday Art

Materials:
4-5 Size 10 knitting needles
Chunky weight yarn such as

Instructions:
Cast on 40 sts onto 3 needles to knit in a round.
Rnds 1 through 6: K2, P2
Rnd 7: Knit, evenly spacing 4 decrease stitches—now 36 stitches
Rnds 8 through ~50: Knit

Heel:
Rearrange the stitches on the needles so that 18 of the stitches on the back of the sock are placed onto one needle. These will make up the heel flap. Divide the other remaining 18 stitches onto 2 needles. Now you should have one needle with 18 stitches along what will be the back of the sock and 2 needle with 9 stitches a piece which will make up the front of the sock.

Working with the needle with the 18 stiches, knit the stockinette stitch for about 12 rows, ending on a purl row. This will make the heel flap.

To turn the heel, continue working the stockinette stich. On the first row of turning the heal, knit (you should be working the right side now—the knit side) until the last 8 stitches, then knit 2 together (K2 tog), K1. Turn, leaving rem 5 sts unworked.

Sl 1 as to purl, P to the last 8 sts, then P2 tog, P1. Turn, leaving the rem 5 sts unworked.

Sl 1 as to knit, K to the last 6 sts, then K2 tog, K1. Turn, leaving the rem 3 sts unworked.

Sl 1 as to purl, P to the last 6 sts, then P2 tog, P1. Turn, leaving the rem 3 sts unworked.

Sl 1 as to knit, K to the last 4 sts, then K2 tog, K1. Turn, leaving the rem 1 st unworked.

Sl 1 as to purl, P to the last 4 sts, then P2 tog, P1. Turn, leaving the rem 1 st unworked.

Sl 1 as to knit, K to the last 2 sts, then K2 tog. Turn.

Sl 1 as to purl, P to the last 2 sts, then P2 tog.


Gusset:
Now you will need to pick up stitches along each side of the heel flap. I usually pick up ~9 stitches along each side and slip them onto a free needle. Knit all around one time and divide stitches onto 3 needles, keeping the heel flap stitches on the back needle as they were, but placing the newly picked up stiches onto the other 2 needles.

Rnd 1:
On the back needle (the one containing the heel flap stitches), knit. On the next needle, K1, SSK, knit remaining stitches. On the last needle, knit to the last 3 sts, K2 tog, K1.

Rnd 2:
Knit

Repeat rnds 1 and 2 until there are 36 stitches again.

Foot:
Knit until the foot measures about 2 inches shorter than the desired length of the stocking.

Toe Shaping:
Now you will be decreasing on all 3 needles. Half of your stitches should be on the “back” needle that did contain the heel flap and now contains the stitches that made up the bottom of the foot. The other half of the stitches should be evenly divided between the 2 needles making up the front or top of the foot. You’ll be decreasing along the sides—on both sides of the “back” needle and on the “top” needles where they meet the “back” needles.

Rnd 1:
On the “back” needle: knit to the last 3 sts, K2 tog, K1; on the first “top” needle: K1, SSK, knit remaining stitches; on the second “top” needle, knit to the last 3 sts, K2 tog, K1; back on the “back” needle, K1 SSK.

Rnd 2:
Knit

Rnds 3 on:
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until there are only about 12-14 sts remaining. Then, using a tapestry needle, weave the toe together.

Weave in all loose ends and you are finished. I also chose to sew a liner inside the stocking so that stocking stuffers won’t get caught in the stitches on Christmas morning. J




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