December Dreaming Stocking by Kathleen Sperling

December Dreaming Stocking

by Kathleen Sperling
November 2018
Aran (8 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 18.5 rows = 4 inches
in Stranded knitting after wet blocking
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
220 - 235 yards (201 - 215 m)
One size: Finished leg/foot circumference 12.5". Foot length 13.5". Length from cuff to bottom of heel 18.5".
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Santa will love stuffing gifts into this ornate stocking! There are a lot of colourwork techniques packed into this project to keep you interested: stranded knitting, intarsia, and even a little bit of duplicate stitch. This stocking also uses a “hat heel” construction, which has you working the stocking starting at the heel rather than from the cuff or the toe. The pattern takes advantage of this unique construction to display a snowflake ringing the heel, and a snowy pine tree on the triangular gussets at the sides of the foot. Make Christmas morning fun for years to come!

Skills Required

  • Knitting, purling
  • Increasing, decreasing
  • Stranded knitting
  • Intarsia
  • Duplicate stitch
  • Chart reading
  • Working in the round with DPNs (alternatives: two circulars or magic loop method)

Yarn Requirements

  • Main colour (shown in sample as red): approximately 100 yards
  • Contrast colour 1 (shown in sample as white): approximately 65 yards
  • Contrast colour 2 (shown in sample as green): approximately 70 yards

Other Materials Needed

  • Stitch marker
  • Stitch holder
  • 2 safety pins
  • 4 10-inch lengths of yarn: two in one colour, two in a second colour