project photoChristmas Stocking

Designed by Nicky Epstein
For Designs For America from Solutia

Size: Approx 24" long.

Worsted-weight yarn Wintuk® (100% Acrilan Acrylic, 230 yards per 3-1/2 oz. skein) by Caron: 1 skein each #3002 Off White (MC), #3251 Holiday Green (Col A), #3248 Honey (Col B), #3048 Deep Crimson (Col C), #3197 Dark Persian (Col D), #3231 Sable (Col E). The following items are not included: Knitting needle size 8 (5mm) or whatever size needed to get correct gauge and size 5 (3.5mm) double-pointed needles for motifs; Crochet hook size G/6 (4.25mm); yarn needle.

Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4" in St st on larger needles. To save time, take time to check your gauge.

*Yarn requirements suggested in this leaflet are adequate. If you make any adjustments in length or width, or if your stitch gauge differs from the recommendation, then the yarn amount may not be sufficient.


Special Abbreviation
SSK: (Slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time, insert left needle from left to right into the fronts of these 2 stitches and knit them together.

With MC, cast on 61 sts. Work in St st, beg with a purl row, for 10 rows, ending with a RS row. K 1 row for turning ridge. Cont to work in St st, beg with a knit row (RS), for 40 more rows, ending with a WS row.
Dec Row: K1, SSK, k to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1—59 sts. Cont to work in St st, rep dec row every 10th row 3 times—53 sts rem. Work even until piece measures 13-1/2" from turning ridge, ending with a WS row.

Divide for Heel
(RS) K13 and sl to holder for right half of heel; k17 and sl to 2nd holder for instep; k13 for left half of heel. Work on these 13 sts only.
Row 1: P13.
Row 2: Sl 1, k12.
Rows 3-18: Rep Rows 1 & 2.

Turn Heel
Row 1: P2, p2 tog, p1, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1, k3, turn.
Row 3: P3, p2 tog, p1, turn.
Row 4: Sl 1, k4, turn.
Row 5: P4, p2 tog, p1, turn.
Row 6: Sl 1, k5, turn.
Row 7: P5, p2 tog, p1, turn.
Row 8: Sl 1, k6, turn.
Row 9: P6, p2 tog, p1—8 sts rem. Sl sts to holder.

(RS) Sl 13 sts for right half of heel to needle, attach yarn.
Row 1: K13.
Row 2: Sl 1, p12.
Rows 3-18: Rep Rows 1 & 2.

Turn Heel
Row 1: K2, SSK, k1, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1, p3, turn.
Row 3: K3, SSK, k1, turn.
Row 4: Sl 1, p4, turn.
Row 5: K4, SSK, k1, turn.
Row 6: Sl 1, p5, turn.
Row 7: K5, SSK, k1, turn.
Row 8: Sl 1, p6, turn.
Row 9: K6, SSK, k1—8 sts rem. Cut yarn. Sl these sts to free needle.

Gusset & Instep
With RS facing, k8 sts of Right half heel. With same needle, pick up 9 sl sts from right edge of heel flap, k27 instep sts from holder, pick up and k9 sl sts along left edge of heel flap, k 8 sts from holder—61 sts.
Row 1 & WS Rows: P across.
Row 2: K14, k2 tog, k 29, SSK, k14.
Row 4: K13, k2 tog, k29, SSK, k13.
Row 6: K12, k2 tog, k29, SSK, k12.
Row 8: K11, k2 tog, k29, SSK, k11.
Row 10: K10, k2 tog, k29, SSK, k10.
Row 12: K9, k2 tog, k29, SSK, k9—49 sts rem.

Work in St st until foot measures approx 6-1/2" from edge of heel flap, ending with a WS row. Dec 1 st in next row—48 sts. P 1 row.

Row 1: K9, k2 tog, k2, SSK, k18, k2 tog, k2, SSK, k9—44 sts.
Row 2 & All WS Rows: P across.
Row 3: K8, k2 tog, k2, SSK, k16, k2 tog, k2, SSK, k8—40 sts.
Rows 4-15: Cont to dec 4 sts every RS row as est until 16 sts rem.

From WS, sl first 4 sts to holder; sl next 8 sts (top of stocking) to empty needle, sl rem 4 sts to 2nd holder. From RS, beg with 4th st, sl 4 sts from first holder onto 2nd needle, k4 from 2nd holder (side edges at center of needle). Turn so points of both needles are at right, cut yarn leaving a 14" tail.

Weave Toe
Thread yarn onto yarn needle. Weave toe as follows: *On front needle, go through first st as if to k, sl st off needle, go through 2nd st as if to p, leave on needle, on back needle, go through first st as if to p, sl st off needle, go through 2nd st as if to k, leave on needle; rep from * until all sts have been worked; fasten off securely, leaving end to sew up back seam.

Sew back seam. Turn top edge to inside at ridge and tack in place.

All appliqué is worked with size 5 dpns. See photo for shapes and placement of motifs and embroidery.

Bobble (make 7 MC, 4 Col C)
Cast on 1 st. In same st, k1, [p1, k1] twice—5 sts. K1 row; p1 row; k2 tog, k1, k2 tog, turn; p3 tog, fasten off.

Holly Leaves (make 2 Col A)
Cast on 5 sts.
Row 1: K2, yo, k1, yo, k2—7 sts.
Row 2 & all Even Numbered Rows except 8: P across.
Row 3: K3, yo, k1, yo, k3—9 sts.
Row 5: K4, yo, k1, yo, k4—11 sts.
Row 7: Bind off 3 sts, [k1, yo] twice, k5.
Row 8: Bind off 3 sts, p6.
Row 9: Rep Row 3.
Row 11: Rep Row 5.
Row 13: Bind off 3 sts, k7.
Row 14: Bind off 3 sts, p4.
Row 15: K2 tog, k1, k2 tog.
Row 17: Sl 1, k2 tog, psso. Fasten off.

The following motifs, except for Small Gift Box, are made with I-cord: Cast on 3 sts, k3, do not turn, *sl sts to other end of needle, k3; rep from * for indicated length.

Gingerbread Man
With Col E, make I-cord for 16". Sew to stocking in gingerbread shape. Make 2 french knots with Col E for eyes; 3 french knots with Col C for buttons. Mouth is a Col C straight st anchored at center.

Candy Cane
Make 2 I-Cords 11" long: 1 MC and 1 Col C. Twist tog; st in place on stocking in candy cane shape.

Christmas Tree With Col A, make I-cord for 20" for tree; With Col E, make I-cord 1" long for trunk. sew in place. Make tree lights using 2 strands various cols with french knots. Star is double-cross stitched using 2 strands Col B.

Candy Twist Make 2 I-cords 4" long: 1 Col C, 1 Col A. Twist tog; then sl st cords tog, leaving 1" free at ends. Tie each end with Col C. Sew in place.

Star With Col B, make I-cord 12" long. Sew to stocking in star shape.

Candy Spiral With Col C, make I-cord 12" long. Wrap in spiral; st in place with long sts from center, using 2 strands Col A.

Top Border & Bow With Col A, make 2 I-cords: 16" long and 46" long. Sl st in place after back seam and hem are completed.

Small Gift Box
With single strand Col C, cast on 11sts; k5 Col C, with double strand Col B, k1, k5 Col C. Cont as est in St st for 1", ending with a WS row. With single strand Col B, k 1 row, then cont as before for 1"; Bind off. With crochet hook and Col B, ch 25, fasten off. Form into 3 loops; sew to top of box as shown in photo. Name With Col C, personalize in duplicate st on hem area above I-cord edging.

Standard Abbreviations
beg  . . .  begin(ning)
ch  . . .  chain
col  . . .  color
cont  . . .  continue
dec  . . .  decreas(e)(ing)
dpn(s)  . . .  double-pointed needle(s)
est  . . .  establish(ed)
k  . . .  knit
MC  . . .  main color
p  . . .  purl
psso  . . .  pass slipped stitch over
rem  . . .  remain(ing)
rep  . . .  repeat(ing)
RS  . . .  right side
sl  . . .  slip
st(s)  . . .  stitch(es)
St st  . . .  stockinette stitch
tog  . . .  together
WS  . . .  wrong side
yo  . . .  yarn over

We hope you enjoy making this fine pattern, which features quality yarn made with Acrilan Acrylic Fiber. Please write and tell us what types of hand-knit and crocheted items you would like to see on future crafting shows. Our address is:

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Kennesaw, GA 30144
Attn: Designs for America


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