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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

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Craft Tutorial: Bottle Cap Pressed Shamrock Keychain

St. Patrick's Day Crafting: Make a simple key chain with Guinness bottle caps and lucky shamrocks

It's the week of St. Patrick's Day, so what better time to share a DIY that incorporates Guinness beer bottle caps and shamrocks. I consider this to be a bit of a hardware store craft, because that's where you can get almost all of the tools and materials for the project.

This is a nice project to make in bulk because it's inexpensive and it doesn't take much more time to make a half dozen than it does to make one.

Materials

  • flower press
  • ICE Resin
  • 7/16" small screw eyes
  • shamrocks
  • bottlecaps
  • transparent tape
  • parchment paper
  • hammer
  • wire nail
  • 2 small pairs of needle nose or round pliers
  • scrap piece of wood
  • small disposable cup
  • disposable plastic utensil
  • toothpicks
  • key ring

Directions


Surprisingly, even though we live in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, I have a fairly large patch of shamrocks that randomly appeared in the backyard. If you are not so lucky, you can also buy them to grow as a houseplant at many nurseries.


To prep for this project you will need to press your shamrocks. It can take anywhere from a few days to two weeks for your shamrocks to be ready to use.
For crafting purposes, when removing a bottle cap from the bottle, use an opener to evenly bend the edges around the cap just enough so the cap comes off. You want the cap to retain its shape as much as possible.
Poke a small hole in the edge of the cap using a hammer and thin wire nail.

I recommend placing the hole above the bottle cap branding image.
Place the cap on a piece of scrap wood. Hold the nail with a pair of pliers and position the nail into one of the grooves at the edge of the cap. Tap the nail to create a small hole.
Make sure that the hole is not too close to the edge of the cap.
Twist a small screw eye into the hole.
Use two pairs of pliers to bend the screw into an "L" shape. You do this so the screw will be nearly invisible after the shamrock is placed.
Next, tape the screw eye into place, so it doesn't wiggle around.

It is very important to press the tape firmly against the cap near the hole or a tiny bit of resin will leak out. (I learned that one the hard way.)
Set your bottle caps on a protected surface. A sheet of parchment paper works well or even a plastic, disposable plate.

Place your shamrocks into the bottle caps.
Mix the resin according to the package directions in a disposable cup on a protected surface. Do not stir the resin too vigorously. You want to blend the resin without creating a lot of bubbles.

Resin is very sticky, messy and hard to clean up, so be careful.
Pour the resin into the bottle caps.
The resin should be slightly higher than the edge of the cap.
After 20-40 minutes, you may notice that your shamrock has floated to the surface. If this happens, use a toothpick to gently press the shamrock back down into the resin so that it is submerged about halfway between the cap and the resin surface.
Now the hard part. Do not touch or move the bottle caps for 24 hours. It's so tempting because the resin is irresistibly shiny, but keep your hands off.

After 24 hours, remove the tape. insert a ring into the screw eye and your lucky shamrock key chains are ready to use.

St. Patrick's Day Crafting: Make a simple key chain with Guinness bottle caps and lucky shamrocks


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The Chilly Dog's Guide to Holiday Gift Giving

I love supporting small businesses that are passionate about their products. I particularly love handmade items. So, this holiday season I'd like to share a list of some of my very favorite online shops.

No one paid to get on this list. These are indie shops I trust because I have personally purchased items for myself from the shops, I have purchased gifts for others from the shops or I have received a gift from the shop that a friend/ family member has purchased for me.


Row 1
AllAboutTheButtons - tape measures, knit wear, pins and more with buttons
RAINBOWFIBRES - stitch markers, roving, felting supplies, felted figurines
andersenpottery - yarn bowls, mugs, vases, shaving mugs, bowls
northandsouthshabby - vintage holiday figurines, vintage decor and coastal decor
KittyMineCrafts - yarn, roving and batts

Row 2
CatchingWaves - ethnic and boho necklaces, bracelets, earrings and felted art
HanjiNaty - earrings, hair accessories, pins boxes and coasters made of Korean Hanji paper
AudacityWear - semi precious stone boho earrings, necklaces, bracelets and pendants
enchantedplanet - pressed flower necklaces, bracelets and earrings
bkinspired - creative wood pyrography bookmarks, boxes, cards, flower presses and home decor

Row 3
Ceraminic - ceramic dishes, coasters, ornaments, earrings and buttons
joliefemmebydiana - scarves, bags, glasses cases, pillows and aprons
CarolaBartz - mixed media art, photo cards and prints, journals and notebooks and hand knit items
BohemianChicbead - beaded gemstone yoga, mala and boho jewelry
Dell Cove Spices - cocktail rimming sugar and salt, gourmet popcorn and flavoring, bbq rubs and tea

Row 4
AsspocketProductions - custom return address, ex libris, wedding and holiday rubber stamps
FourHappyFaces - frameable, printable downloads for home and gift-giving
Bungalow42 - bracelets, necklaces, earrings and anklets
Homeforglasslovers - fused glass jewelry, dishes and home decor
ThousandHillsSoap - handmade goat milk soap

Row 5
CartoCreative - cartography and typography art prints
forpawsandhome - cat toys
rhodyart - quirky holiday and greeting cards, mixed media art, magnets
DeeDeeDeesigns - ceramic tableware and buttons and jewelry
zuketeas - organic tea blends

Happy handmade holidays!

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Tutorial: Laced Hearts Cork Bracelet

DIY Jewelry Tutorial: Lace together leather and cork cord to create a heart filled bracelet that you're sure to love.
I really like combining different materials and techniques in my crafting. These bracelets incorporate three beautiful textures (leather, cork and metal) in an unconventional way.

The bracelet is made by lacing metallic leather cord through a strip of cork, almost like an embroidery stitch. Don't be intimidated, though. The stitch is deceptively simple once you get the hang of it.

Many thanks to Endless Leather for providing the round leather cord, cork cord and jewelry findings for this tutorial.

Materials


Directions


Use a scissors to cut the cork cord to 6 inches long. The toggle will add about 2 inches to the bracelet so the finished piece is about 8 inches around. (If you have very narrow or wide wrists you can subtract or add 1/2 inch to the length of the cork strip.)

Next you are going to draw a line of dots down the center of the cork on the WRONG side.

Start 1/4 inch from either end of the cork and mark your dots 1/2 inch apart, finishing 1/4 inch from the other end of the cork.
Punch holes down the center of the cork where you drew your marks.
The punch may not completely remove the holes since it is designed to punch paper, not 2 mm thick cork, so you may have little tabs left on the cork. Use a sharp scissors to snip off the tabs.
On to the lacing part. You need 1 meter of the round leather cord for the first part.

I taped one end of my cork and cord to the table so it wouldn't wiggle around while I took pictures. You probably won't need to tape your work down.

Pull the cord up through the first hole leaving about a 3 inch tail underneath.
Push the cord down through the next hole loosely. Make a half-heart shape on the side of your work.
Pull the cord up through the side of the heart. You should pull the cord so the half-heart is secure, but doesn't lose its shape.
Pull the cord up through the same hole at the top of the heart.

Let's go through that one more time.
Push the cord down through the next hole loosely. Make a half-heart shape on the side of your work.
Pull the cord up through the side of the heart.
Pull the cord up through the same hole at the top of the heart.
Continue lacing the same way until you reach the last hole.
Now you are going to do the same thing with a second piece of cord.

Pull the cord up through the first hole leaving about a 3 inch tail underneath.
Push the cord down through the next hole loosely. Make a half-heart shape on the side of your work.
Pull the cord up through the side of the heart.
Pull the cord up through the same hole at the top of the heart.
Continue working to the last hole.
Trim the cord ends so they are slightly longer than the cork strip.
Finally, you will glue the toggles onto each end of the bracelet.

Squirt the glue into each toggle. Don't be skimpy, but don't over do it, either.
Slide both the cork and the leather laces completely into the toggles.

And the hardest part? Let the glue dry for 24 hours.
Your bracelet is ready to wear!

DIY Jewelry Tutorial: Lace together leather and cork cord to create a heart filled bracelet that you're sure to love.


If you really want to get fancy, instead of using a single color of leather cord, you can alternate two different colors.


DIY Jewelry Tutorial: Lace together leather and cork cord to create a heart filled bracelet that you're sure to love.


DIY Jewelry Tutorial: Lace together leather and cork cord to create a heart filled bracelet that you're sure to love.

Happy crafting!

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Tutorial: Plastic Bottle Shamrocks

Kid's Craft Tutorial: Add some luck to your garden with DIY recycled plastic water bottle shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day or any day.Happy St. Patricks Day! A couple years ago I wrote a tutorial about making plastic bottle flowers and it is one of my most popular posts. Even though I do not do a lot of holiday themed crafting, I thought it would be fun to put a little twist on the design and show you how to make lucky four-leaf clovers with plastic water bottles.

This is a fun project to do with your little leprechauns, but you may need to help the wee ones with the cutting part.

Materials

Directions


Start by removing the labels from your water bottle. You can leave the cap on.
Use a sharp pair of scissors to carefully cut around the top ring of the bottle.
You only need the top section of the bottle. Recycle or repurpose the bottle bottom.
Next, make four, evenly spaced cuts from the cut edge to as close to the spout as possible. You can use the seams of the bottle as a guide for where to start cutting.

If you don't need as much luck in your garden, go ahead and make a traditional three leafed shamrock by making three cuts instead of four.
Fold the leaves back, almost like you are folding the bottle inside out.
Use a scissors to round out the edges of each leaf.
I'm leaving the cap on for the painting part, but you can remove it if you like. If there is still a thin safety ring on your bottle that held the cap in place, now is the perfect time to remove it.

Pro Tip: If there is any printing on the bottle, like a freshness date, it can be removed with a cotton ball and a little nail polish remover.
Place the shamrock on your work surface so that the bottle cap is facing up. You will be painting what used to be the outside of the bottle.

Use a light green or even white paint to paint some rounded triangles on the tip of each leaf.
See how it almost gives each leaf a heart shape?

Let the paint dry. Apply one or two more coats of paint over the same area letting it dry completely between coats.

If you want to get fancy, add a line of dots down the center of each leaf from the point of the triangle to the bottle cap.
Add a 2-3 coats of dark green paint to each leaf. It is fine to paint over your light triangles. You'll be able to see them through the plastic on the  other side of the shamrock.
Make sure to let the paint dry completely between coats.

If your shamrocks are going to be outside, I recommend adding 1-2 coats of Mod Podge to seal the paint and protect it from chipping and cracking.
Once everything is nice and dry, wrap a piece of floral wire around the gap where the safety seal used to be to form the stem.
Place your lucky four-leaf clovers in the garden or in pots on your patio and keep an eye out for leprechauns!

Kid's Craft Tutorial: Add some luck to your garden with DIY recycled plastic water bottle shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day or any day.

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