Monday, December 07, 2015

Craftmas Part One: Hand-Knit Stockings

We're decking the halls in preparation for the upcoming holidays, and we're doing it on a budget! Today, for your viewing pleasure, I bring you a set of three simple stockings to hang by the fire.

Simple Holiday Stockings

I knitted these up with some aran weight yarn that's been languishing in my stash for years now. It's so old it's actually been discontinued, but you could substitute any yarn of a similar thickness. I made them up as I went along, creating a basic sock recipe and inserting three different stitch patterns into it. This way, if we ever need supplementary stockings, I can make them in another pattern without worrying too much about matching the original three perfectly.

So how can you make your own? I'm so glad you asked! The pattern is available as a free pdf download from Ravelry. And if you don't have a Ravelry account yet? Well, that's free too, silly! Besides, if you enjoy any sort of fiber art - knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving - you really should check it out. It's an incredibly useful resource for organizing your stash, keeping track of your projects, finding new patterns and designers, conversing with like-minded craft enthusiasts, and about a billion other things!

So what are you waiting for? Go download your own copy and get to knittin'! Santa will be here before you know it!

Finished Measurements:
Foot circumference = 12in/30cm
Foot length = 8in/20cm, easily adjusted
Leg length = 12in/30cm, easily adjusted

180-230yds/165-210m of aran weight yarn per stocking
Samples were knit with the following:
Patons SWS Soy Wool Solids [70% wool, 30% soy; 110yds/100m per 2.8oz/80g skein]
     Cable sample: 2 skeins #70012 Natural
     Lattic sample: 2 skeins #70008 Natural Snow
     Chevron sample: 2 skeins #70008 Natural Snow and 1 skein #70012 Natural
US8/5mm needles
Cable needle
Tapestry needle

20 sts/24 rows = 4in/10cm in stockinette stitch

Simple Holiday Stockings


  1. I learned to crochet first (years ago), then started loom knitting last year. I am resisting learning to knit, but the temptation is oh so strong! I do not need another hobby, I do not need another hobby! :o)

    1. I feel the same way about spinning! I already have too much yarn. Why do I need to take up a new hobby that would create more of it?