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Quick & Easy Christmas Stocking

Knit-O-Matic
Knitting
December 2009
Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
10 stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches in stocking stitch
US 15 - 10.0 mm
10.0 mm (N/P)
115 - 126 yards (105 - 115 m)
one size
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This pattern is basically an oversized, easy-peasy, toe-up sock.

A number of people have very discretely inquired about my motivations on this project, since I’m Jewish and all. Last year I celebrated Christmas with my boyfriend and his family, I got my very own stocking and I thought it was the cat’s meow! The only thing that didn’t appeal to me was the aesthetic, which seems to involve an unusual level of kitsch for WASPs (especially for my boyfriend’s ultra fashionable mom). Before we even sat down for dinner I was planning a stocking for myself.

Now, this story isn’t just about me and my secret and taboo jewy desire to carve out a piece of Christmas for myself. After my brother got married this summer my parents started socializing with his in-laws (better know as the ‘outlaws’). Anticipating that Christmas would on their calendar this winter, I thought it would be very nice for them arrive to a warm reception with their very own, personalized stockings. All of this was easy, until I started researching what a stocking should look like. Everyone had a different description and each was Canonical (as in written in blood, sweat, tears, and then etched stone). So this is a Jewish girl’s take on how she thinks a Christmas stocking can look great. It’s like a big version of the Whos’s stockings from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” If you find it too big you can either make it shorter or stuff the toe with tissue paper. That said, I think that my stocking is so nice that you are going to want to replace your mungy old things, or convert. ;-)*

Size
7” wide
22” long

Materials
10mm-16” circular needles (or 5 double pointed needles or a 36” long circular needle for magic loop)
1 skein Cascade Magnum or Brown Sheep Burly Spun
3 Jumbo Locking Stitch markers
10mm crochet hook (for cast on)
scrap yarn, super bulky
jumbo tapestry needle

Optional Materials for Applique
Felting needles
Felting mat or dense sponge
Lamb’s Pride Bulky, Creme
Straight pins

Gauge
10 sts & 12 rows = 4”/10cm

Abbreviations
k knit
k2tog knit 2 sts together
M1 make 1: lifted stitch increase
p purl
p2tog purl 2 sts together
PM place marker on the needle
R row or round
sl slip (the stitch)
sl m slip marker
st/s stitch/es
w & t wrap & turn (short rows)

Techniques
Provisional Cast-on
Short Rows
Short Row Heel Tutorial (how to make the sts pretty)
M1 Increase
I-Cord
Needle Felting