Crystalline Frost Stocking by Denise Balvanz

Crystalline Frost Stocking

December 2015
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
US 8 - 5.0 mm
About 16” x 22” from top to toe
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Originating near Bergen, Norway, the blue and white Fana Sweater, with its 8-pointed stars, checkerboard pattern, and stripes with knitted “lice” has become very well known worldwide. This stocking borrows from those traditions to bring that traditional look to your home for Christmas. It has just a bit of ribbing at the top followed by the checkerboard pattern that was often used on the lower edge of the sweaters. The 8-pointed stars generally decorated the shoulders of the sweaters but here is used as the main motif at the top of the stocking. The lower leg and foot show off the stripes with the lice pattern. The flap heel and round toe are are plain blue to match the ribbing at the top.

Finished Size: About 16” around x 22” from top to toe

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted Weight, 85% wool/15% mohair, 4oz(113g)/190yds(173m). Main Color – 2 skeins Brite Blue, Contrast Color – 1 skein White Frost.

Needles: Size US8/5mm circular -16 inches/40cm long and a set of double pointed needles in the same size for decreasing the toe.

Gauge: 18 sts x 20 rows per 4 inches(10cm). The gauge is not critical in this project but you will want a fairly tight, smooth fabric. If you knit very loosely try a smaller needle size. If you would like a smaller stocking choose a light worsted weight, DK, sport or fingering weight yarn and smaller needles to match those suggested by the yarn. Any weight of yarn will work for this stocking but each will give you a different size depending on your yarn and needle choice.

(Originally published as Crystalline Frost Stocking in December 2015 issue of I Like Knitting)