Holiday Countdown Stockings by Rebeka Darylin

Holiday Countdown Stockings

December 2013
Aran (8 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 4 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch in the round
US 6 - 4.0 mm
3.75 mm (F)
28 - 35 yards (26 - 32 m)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Miniature stockings made with one, two, or three colours in four styles, with your choice of a sewn-closed loop or a buttoned loop that lets you hang your stockings over tricky branches or in unexpected places.

Perfect for hiding tiny gifts such as ornaments, candy, mini toys, jewelry, cosmetics, money, and craft notions.

Each stocking is worked from the top down, with all the main components of a traditional top-down sock, but with details optimized for decorative and gift-holding purposes rather than for feet. (Which is not to say I didn’t try them on my dog, of course…)

Decorate your home, tree, wreath, and workplace. Attach them to larger wrapped gifts with a bow. Make an advent set to countdown to the holidays, or to extend your celebration through ye olde 12 days of Christmas -- start in January and make just 2 or 3 each month to be ready for next December.

Mix and match colours, styles, and loops to create your own unique set!

The pattern is fully formatted as a 7 page PDF (3 pages of info applicable to all stockings, and 1 page each for the specific variations).

Recommended skill levels: intermediate, having experience with working small circumferences in the round, and shaping techniques including decreasing, short rows, and picking up stitches.

Gauge: 21 sts x 28 rows over 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch worked in the round

Finished measurements (unstretched):
2.5” / 6.5cm wide at leg;
3.5” / 9cm from back of heel to tip of toe;
4.5” / 11.5cm from edge of cuff to bottom of heel;
6” / 15cm from base of loop to tip of toe;
and 7.5” / 19cm from top of loop to tip of toe.

You Will Need:

Yarn: worsted or aran weight yarn (such as Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, 100% acrylic), in the following amounts for each stocking:

One-colour Stocking: 28 yd / 26 m of Contrast Colour 1 (CC1) shown in: 173 Dusty Green

Colourblock Stocking: 16yd / 15m of CC1 shown in: 099 Linen, AND 18yd / 18m of CC2 shown in: 133 Rust

Double Helix Stripe Stocking: 20yd / 18m of CC1 shown in: 133 Brick, AND 11yd / 10m of CC2 shown in: 099 Linen

Triple Helix Stripe Stocking: 12yd / 11m of CC1 shown in: 099 Linen, AND 12yd / 11m of CC2 shown in: 133 Brick, AND 9yd / 8m of CC3 shown in: 173 Dusty Green

Suggested Needles: One 29” / 75 cm or longer circular needle to work Magic Loop (or one set of 4 or 5 DPNs in preferred length), in size US 6 / 4.0mm OR size needed to achieve gauge of 21 sts x 28 rows over 4” / 10 cm in stockinette st in the round


Tapestry needle
Two stitch markers and one removable marker

Additional Supplies:

Optional for stockings with openable button-closure hanging loop: one crochet hook in size US F / 3.75mm or 1 size smaller than the knitting needle size used to achieve gauge, AND sewing needle, AND thread, AND one button for each stocking

Optional for wall-hanging set of stockings: 1.3yd / 1.2m (2.6yd / 2.4m) of garland or ribbon on which to string 12 (or 24) stockings for a 12 days of Christmas (Advent/countdown) garland, or custom length

Optional for a countdown set of stockings: hanging tags with which to label each one

Thank you to my test knitters:
AprilBroken, FroggyMama, Julia Stockert (JStockert), oribe, and shakeyourbooties

Happy holidays!