Knitting Pattern: Simply Striped Christmas Stockings

Free Easy Knitting Pattern: Striped, felted wool Christmas stockings

Can you believe that Christmas is just five months away? For years I have wanted to make felted knit Christmas stockings for our family, but it's something I have just never got around to until now.

To make an extra sturdy, stuffable stocking, I decided to knit with 100% wool yarn and then felt the stocking in my washer/dryer. The pattern is very similar to a normal knit stocking, but it is made on a much larger scale. It is worked from the top down with a German short row heel. Rounds begin at the back of the leg/bottom of the foot.

Finished Measurements


7 ½ inches wide, 18 ½ inches from the top edge to the bottom of the heel and 14 inches from the back of the heel to the tip of the toe

Gauge

Materials

  • 1 skein of Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Wool (3.5 oz/100 g, 220 yd/200m) in each of four colors (shown above in Real Red, Azure, Woodsy and Plum Dandy) - It is very important that you DO NOT USE SUPERWASH YARN or the stocking will not felt.
  • US Size 8 (5.0 mm) dpns
  • 7 inches of 3/8 inch wide ribbon
  • needle and thread

Abbreviations

CO - cast on 
DS - double stitch - With the working yarn forward, slip one stitch (purlwise) from the left to the right needle, bring the working yarn over the top of the right needle and pull firmly. 
k - knit
kpno - knit one stitch and return it to the left needle, pass the next stitch over it and return the stitch to the right needle
p - purl
RS - right side
skpo - slip one stitch knitwise, knit one, pass slipped stitch over
WS - wrong side

Directions


As shown, Color A is Real Red, Color B is Azure, Color C is Woodsy and Color D is Plum Dandy.

Leg

With Color A, CO 80 sts evenly around 4 dpns.

Rnd 1-14 (Color A): K all sts.

Rnd 15-28 (Color B): K all sts.

Rnd 28-42 (Color C): K all sts.

Rnd 43-56 (Color D): K all sts.

Repeat Rnd 1-56 once more.

Rnd 57-63 (Color A): K all sts.

Heel

The entire heel is worked in Color A across 40 sts.

Row 1 (RS): K20.

Row 2 (WS): DS, p39.

Row 3: DS, k to next DS.

Row 4: DS, p to next DS.

Repeat Rows 3-4 twelve more times.

Row 5 (RS): DS, k6 (at this point there should be 14 Double Stitches on each side of the heel) k6, [k all strands of the next DS tog] twice.

Row 6 (WS): DS, p to next DS, [p all strands of the next DS together] twice.

Row 7: DS, k to next DS, [k all strands of the next DS tog] twice.

Row 8: DS, p to next DS, [p all strands of the next DS together] twice.

Repeat Row 7-8 eleven more times.

Row 9: DS, k19. At this point you should have one remaining double stitch on each side of the heel.

Foot

Do not turn your work.

Rnd 1 (Color A): K19, k all strands of DS tog, k40, k all strands of DS together, k19.

Rnd 2-7: K all sts.

Rnd 8-21 (Color B): K all sts.

Rnd 22-35 (Color C): K all sts.

Rnd 36-49 (Color D): K all sts.

Toe

The entire toe is worked with Color A. Make sure your sts are divided evenly around 4 dpns.

Rnd 1: K all sts.

Rnd 2: On Needles 1 and 3, k to last 2 sts, skpo; On Needles 2 and 4, kpno, k all sts to the end of the needle.

Repeat Rnd 1-2 until 40 sts remain.

Work only Rnd 2 until 12 sts remain. Knit 3 sts from Needle 1 onto Needle 4. Slip sts from Needle 2 and 3 onto a single dpn.

Break yarn leaving a long tail. With the yarn tail use the Kitchener Stitch to graft the Toe.

Felting

Before felting, your stocking will be very large.

To felt your stocking, machine wash and tumble dry (warm water and medium heat) with a medium sized load of similar colored items. Do not over-dry.

Make sure to slightly roll the top edge of the stocking before drying. It may be necessary to wash and dry a second time for the stocking to felt to the desired size.

If needed, lightly spray the stocking with water and block so that the stocking is 7 ½ inches wide, the leg is 18 ½ inches from the top edge to the bottom of the heel and the foot is 14 inches from the back of the heel to the tip of the toe.

After felting and blocking, hand stitch a loop of ribbon onto the stocking so it can be hung.

A printable version of my Simply Striped Christmas Stocking is available in my pattern shop and includes additional information about yarn requirements and felting tips for making a set of four coordinating stockings.

Free Easy Knitting Pattern: Striped, felted wool Christmas stockings

Happy knitting!



How to Make a Niddy Noddy to Skein and Measure Yarn

A pvc niddy noddy costs less than $5 to make and helps you measure yarn as you skein it.

Until I recently started spinning, I never really had the need to skein my own yarn. (Unless, of course, you count that time I had to rewash a cake of indie dyed yarn that was bleeding.)

There is a simple tool called a niddy noddy that can help you quickly wind up a skein of yarn. You may be able to purchase a niddy noddy at your local yarn store, or even online, but making one ridiculously easy and costs less than $5.

I did a little math when I was making my niddy noddy so that I could use it to measure my yarn, as well as skein it.

Materials

  • 5 feet of 1/2 inch pvc
  • 2 - 1/2 inch pvc T connectors
  • hacksaw or pipe cutter (optional)
  • ruler (optional) 

Directions


If you have a hacksaw or pipe cutter, it's easy to measure and cut your own pvc. If not, your local hardware store can usually cut it for you for a small fee.

Cut four 5-inch lengths of pvc for the ends of the niddy noddy.

The shaft length of the niddy noddy determines how long your skein will be.
  • 7 1/4 inch long shaft = 1 yd skein
  • 13 1/4 inch long shaft = 1 1/2 yd skein
  • 16 1/4 inch long shaft = 2 yd skein

I cut one of each length. If you only want one of the sizes, you'll be able to purchase a shorter length of pvc.

Dimensions to make a niddy noddy to measure and skein yarn in 1, 1.5 and 2 yd lengths

The 5-inch pieces slide into each side of the top of the "T" and the shaft goes in the middle. Then twist the ends so they are perpendicular to each other.

Wind your yarn as close to the center "T" connector as possible remembering not to pull you fiber too tightly. Secure the yarn ends and twist your yarn into a neat hank.


Happy spinning!




Featured Artist: Noelle Lewis

Pretty handmade stitch markers, storage tins and crochet hook handles from Noelle Lewis Art

One of the things I really like about knitting and crocheting is that they don't require a lot of complicated tools. Of course that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some pretty tools while you stitch.

This month I'd like to introduce you to my friend, Noelle from www.noellelewisart.com. She recently added a new collection of handcrafted knit and crochet tools to her shop that you will definitely want to get your hands on.

Who are you and where are you from?

I'm Noelle, an artist/crafter from California. I've been creating since I was a little girl, from markers and beads to paint and clay. I started an Etsy shop shortly after high school, which grew very slowly while I worked and took college classes. Then I spent a lot of time developing my skills during my husband's deployments with the Army. Now we live a pretty quiet life with our two cats in Tennessee, where he runs a gym and I've started a website.

What do you create?

My work continues to evolve over time, but I mostly make paintings and jewelry. My paintings are acrylic on canvas, usually realistic landscapes, ranging in size from miniature to large. I make my jewelry with polymer clay, a durable and colorful medium with almost infinite possibilities. My favorite technique is probably caning, a method of piecing different colors of clay together to create an image, which is then reduced, sliced, and used for various projects. Because clay is so versatile, I can also use it to make other items like home decor and crafting tools.

Pretty handmade stitch markers, storage tins and crochet hook handles from Noelle Lewis Art

What inspires you?

Visually, I am inspired by my favorite things in nature. We have lived in some beautiful places, and looking at the trees or the mountains or the stars makes me want to create beautiful things. I'm always taking pictures of interesting flowers and animals too, and it's fun to get ideas from what other people like. Personally, I am inspired by my favorite stories - I'm a big fantasy nerd - and real people who pursue their passions, whether they're people I know or the great artists, thinkers, and entrepreneurs of the past.

What is a typical day for you?

I generally start my day with catching up on chores, going for a walk, or maybe getting some projects started. But I'm a night owl, so after dark is when I really get going. That's when I tend to work on orders, new product designs, and updating my shop and website. Working on creative projects every day keeps the ideas flowing, but sometimes I need breaks too, so I like to watch Netflix at the end of the day.

Pretty handmade stitch markers, storage tins and crochet hook handles from Noelle Lewis Art

Tell us about your product line especially for knitters and crocheters.

It started with a suggestion to make some sheep stitch markers, since I was already selling sheep earrings. I ran with it and ended up making several sets of stitch markers and crochet hooks, and even some little storage tins. Some of the designs are inspired by knit and crochet slang, some have classic yarn themed patterns, and some are just cute and fun. I've improved my sanding skills to make sure the hooks are smooth and comfortable to hold. Each item is designed to be both beautiful and useful.

Pretty handmade stitch markers, storage tins and crochet hook handles from Noelle Lewis Art

Do you accept custom design orders?

Yes! I love working with customers to create something special I might not have thought of. I can make changes as simple as color and size, or as complex as sketching up a whole new design.

Pretty handmade stitch markers, storage tins and crochet hook handles from Noelle Lewis Art

Stay connected with Noelle






Crochet Pattern: Hazy Daze Hat

Stay cool this summer and block the sun with an easy crochet hat pattern.

We're expecting temperatures near 115° today in Tucson. Even I have a tough time getting excited about fiber crafts when it's this hot. But I have a super cute crocheted summer hat pattern that I think you are going to love.

The hat is made with a cool cotton, linen, silk and nettle fiber yarn. It's generously sized (22 inches in circumference) so that you can comfortably wear it with a ponytail or hairclip.

Materials

  • 1 50 g/218 yd ball of Plymouth Yarn Nettle Grove (shown in Seashell)
  • US size E (3.5 mm) crochet Hook

Gauge


6 sts or 2 rows of dc = 1 inch

Special Stitches


Cluster (CL)
- Holding back the last loop of each dc on hook, 2 dc in same st or sp, YO and draw through all 3 loops.

Beginning Cluster Shell (Beg CL Shell) - Ch 3, dc in same st or sp, ch 2, CL in same st or sp.

Cluster Shell (CL Shell) - In same st or sp work (CL, ch 2, CL). 

V-Stitch (V st) - In same st or sp work (dc, ch 2, dc).

Directions


Ch 8 and join with sl st to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 23 dc in ring, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 24 dc

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next dc, [ch 3, holding back the last loop of each dc on hook, dc in next 2 dc, YO and draw through all 3 loops] 11 times, ch 3, sl st in 2nd dc. 12 ch 3 sp

Rnd 3: Sl st in ch 3 sp, [ch 5, sc in next ch 3 sp] 11 times, ch 5, sl st in beginning sl st. 12 ch 5 sp

Rnd 4: 2 sl st in ch 5 sp, Beg CL Shell in same sp, [ch 3, CL Shell in next ch 5 sp] 11 times, ch 3, sl st in 1st CL. 12 CL Shell

Rnd 5: Sl st in ch 2 sp, Beg Cl Shell in same sp, [V st in ch 3 sp, Cl Shell in ch 2 sp of next Cl Shell] 11 times, V st in ch 3 sp, sl st in beginning CL.

Rnd 6: Sl st in ch 2 sp, Beg CL Shell in same sp, [ch 1, V st in ch 2 sp of next V st, ch 1, CL Shell in ch 2 sp of next CL Shell] 11 times, ch 1, V st in ch 2 sp of next V st, ch 1, sl st in beginning CL.

Rnd 7: Sl st in ch 2 sp, Beg CL Shell in same sp, [ch 2, V st in ch 2 sp of next V st, ch 2, CL Shell in ch 2 sp of next CL Shell] 11 times, ch 2, V st in ch 2 sp of next V st, ch 2, sl st in beginning CL.

Repeat Rnd 7, seven more times.

Rnd 8: Ch 3 (counts as first dc in this and all following rnds), 2 dc in ch 2 sp, dc in CL,[(2 dc in ch 2 sp, dc in dc) twice, (2 dc in ch 2 sp, dc in CL) twice] 11 times, (2 dc in ch 2 sp, dc in dc) twice, 2 dc in ch 2 sp, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 144 dc

Rnd 9: Ch 3, dc in 10 dc, 2 dc in next dc, [dc in 11 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 11 times, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 156 dc

Rnd 10: Ch 3, dc in 5 dc, 2 dc in next dc, [dc in 12 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 11 times, dc in 6 dc, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 168 dc

Rnd 11: Ch 3, dc in 12 dc, 2 dc in next dc, [dc in 13 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 11 times, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 180 dc

Rnd 12: Ch 3, dc in 6 dc, 2 dc in next dc, [dc in 14 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 11 times, dc in 7 dc, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 192 dc

Rnd 13: Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining, ch 3, [skip 1 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3] 95 times, sl st in 1st sc, fasten off. 96 ch 3 sp

Flower

Rnd 1: Starting with a magic loop, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 15 dc in loop, tighten the magic loop, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 16 dc

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining, [ch 3, sc in next dc] 15 times, ch 3, sl st in 1st sc. 16 ch 3 sp

Rnd 3: Sl st in ch 3 sp, ch 1, sc in same ch 3 sp, [(hdc, dc, 2 tr, dc, hdc) in next ch 3 sp, sc in next ch 3 sp] 7 times, (hdc, dc, 2 tr, dc, hdc) in next ch 3 sp, sl st in 1st sc, fasten off.

Attach the flower to the hat and you are ready for some summer fun.

A printable version of this crocheted Hazy Daze Summer Hat pattern with additional sizing options is available in my pattern shop.