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Crafting host and author Vickie Howell is giving you some quick and easy tips on how to knit your own Christmas stockings.

DIY Knitted Christmas Stockings - Home & Family

MATERIALS

Valley Yarns Superwash Super Bulky (100% Superwash wool; 55 yds.), in colors: (A) 2 balls Aqua Oasis by Vickie Howell, and (B) 1 ball Moontower Mustard by Vickie Howell

https://www.yarn.com/products/valley-yarns-valley-superwash-super-bulky

Size US 13 (9mm) Needles

Large-eyed Tapestry Needle

OPTIONAL: Crochet Hook

FINISHED SIZE

21”/55.5 cm long, excluding hanging loop

GAUGE

10 sts x 12 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette Stitch

ABBREVIATIONS

BO = bind off

CO = cast on

LH = left hand

K = knit

k1tbl = knit one stitch, through the back loop so it twists

k2tog = knit two stitches together

P = purl

p1tbl = purl one stitch, through the back loop so it twists

psso = pass slipped stitch over

RH = right hand

sl = slip

ssk = slip one stitch, slip another stitch, knit them together through the back loop.

st(s) = stitch(es)

yb = yarn back

yf = yarn forward

YO = yarn over

DIRECTIONS

Note: This project is worked flat, then seamed up.

Leg:

With A, CO 30 sts.

Rows 1, 3 & 5: *K1tbl, p1; rep from * to end.

Rows 2, 4 & 6: *p1tbl, p1; rep from * to end.

Join B.

Row 7: With B, k all sts.

Row 8: P all sts.

Row 9: K1, *sl 1, k3, psso; rep from * to last st, p1.

Row 10: P1, *p3, YO,; rep from * to last st, p1.

Note: Carry colors up side.

Row 11: With A, k all sts.

Row 12: P all sts.

Row 13: K3, *sl 1, k3, psso; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 14: P3, *P3, YO; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.

Repeat Rows 7-17, four times total.

Cut A.

Heel:

The heel is worked with a series of short-rows as follows.

Row 1: With B, k all sts.

Row 2: Purl all sts.

Begin shaping.

Row 3 (RS): K 20, yf, sl 1, yb, sl st back to LH needle. Turn. (You’ll leave the rest of the sts unworked.)

Row 4: P9, yb, sl 1, yf, sl st back to LH needle. Turn.

Row 5: K8, yf, sl 1, yb, sl st back to LH needle. Turn.

Row 6: P7, yb, sl 1, yf, sl st back to LH needle. Turn.

Row 7: K6, yf, sl 1, yb, sl st back to LH needle. Turn.

Row 8: P5, yb, sl 1, yf, sl st back to LH needle. Turn.

Row 9: K6, yf, sl 1, yb, sl st back to LH needle. Turn.

Row 10: P7, yb, sl 1, yf, sl st back to LH needle. Turn.

Row 11: K8, yf, sl 1, yb, sl st back to LH needle. Turn.

Row 12: P9, yb, sl 1, yf, sl st back to LH needle. Turn.

Shaping finished.

Row 13: K9, k2tog (closes gap), k to end.

Row 14: P18, p2tog (closes gap), p to end. --28 sts.

Foot:

Join A.

Row 1: With A, k all sts.

Row 2: P all sts.

Row 3: With B, k all sts.

Row 4: P all sts.

Repeat Rows 1-4, four times total.

Cut B.

Toe:

Row 1: With A, k6, ssk, k2tog, k 10, ssk, k2tog, k to end. -- 24 sts.

Row 2: P all sts.

Row 3: K5, ssk, k2tog, k9, ssk, k2tog, k to end. -- 20 sts.

Row 4: P all sts.

Row 5: K4, ssk, k2tog, k9, ssk, k2tog, k to end. -- 16 sts.

Row 6: P all sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a really long tail for seaming. Feed tail through live sts; let fall off of needles and cinch shut.

FINISHING

Using tapestry needle and yarn tail, seam up stocking side.

Make loop:

Using a crochet hook and A, or simply braiding yarn make a 2” loop and attach to top-back of stocking cuff.

Weave in ends.

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