Saturday, October 17, 2009
Snow in October? Really now?
It snowed two days ago. Seriously. The fifteenth of October. In New Jersey. This is getting rediculous. It snowed all day, though nothing really stuck to the ground, I assume because the ground was still too warm to handle the snow. Regardless, we had a very winter-like day. It got me thinking about winter and Christmas and how I really need to get going on the holiday knits I have planned. Mom's gift is done, Jimmy's is done, but nothing else really. So what do I do? Write a new pattern, of course. Why work on what needs to be done when I can play around and knit Christmas stockins my family doesn't need. The result, at any rate, is the pictured stocking. Simple enough to knit, with a ribbed cuff and stockinette body. Made basically the way one would make a sock, just with heavier yarn and bigger needles. Nice that stockings don't have to fit. At any rate, here is what I came up with.
Yarn: worsted weight any style will do. I used two colors of Patons Merino, but something like Wool of the Andes or Lionbrand Wool-Ease would work. Even Red Heart would do the trick, if you can stand knitting something this big with 100% acrylic yarn.
Needles: US 7 DPNS set of five
Notions: tapestry needle and any applique's or bells or tinsel or whatever you might like to decorate with.
CO 60 sts, dividing evenly on four needles 15 sts on each)
Work MC in 1x1 rib for 4".
Change to CC and work 15 rows (2")
Change back to MC and work 15 rows (2")
contiue until leg portion has four color repeats done.
K 7 rounds in CC.
Divide for heel flap
Place 30 sts on one needle. This will be the heel. Leave other thirty sts on two needles, which will be the instep.
Work 20 rows of heel flap in MC.
K to center (15), K3, sl 1, ssk, turn.
P to center, P3, sl 1 P2tog, turn.
There are now two decrese points set up. These points are the gaps in the sts. K to 1 st before gap, ssk over gap, turn.
P to 1 st before gap, p2tog across gap, turn.
Continue in this manner until you reach the edges of the heel. There should be 10 sts left on heel needle.
Pick up 14 sts on each side of foot. Needle 1 should have 19 sts, needle 2 15, needle 3 15, and needle 4 19. Knit 1 round in CC.
Next round: Needle 1: Knit to last two sts, k2tog. Needle 2&3: K. Needle 4 SSK, K to end of needle.
Next round: K
Continue in this manner, maintaining stripe sequence, until 60 sts remain on needles. Continue in stripe pattern, 1 stripe MC and 10 rounds CC.
Begin toe decreases: Needle 1: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Needle 2: K1, ssk, k to end of needle. Needle 3: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Needle 4: K1, ssk, knit to end of needle.
Continue in this manner until there are 6 sts left oneach needle. Graft toe together. Weave in ends. Create a braid or crochet a chain to form a hanging loop. Stitch to inside of stocking. Decorate as desired. Hang by chimney with care for Santa to fill.