Jul
20

Home & Family Christmas Stocking!

It’s Christmas in July! Mark Steines and Debbie Matenopoulos welcome Knitting expert Vickie Howell who shows us DIY knitted Christmas stockings. Credit: © 2017 Crown Media United States, LLC | Photo: Alexx Henry Studios, LLC / jeremy lee

 

Home & Family Christmas in July

This week I flew out to Burbank, California to appear on my 3rd episode of Hallmark Home & Family to be a part of their Christmas in July event. As always, it was a blast! See below for my behind-the-scenes video of how the holiday decorations were made!

 

 
My project was a quick-to knit, chunky stocking that makes for a great gift for family, friends, and even co-workers. The best part? If you start now there’s plenty of time to make stockings for everyone in your life — you get a stocking, you get a stocking, everybody gets a stocking! Watch the segment below, then get stitchin’! 
 

 

Home & Family Christmas Stocking: How to Make

Merry Knitmas Stocking by @iamvickiehowell | As Seen on @homeandfamilytv

Merry Knitmas!

Chunky, holiday stocking

MATERIALS

Valley Yarns Superwash Super Bulky (100% Superwash wool; 55 yds.), in colors: (A) 2 balls Aqua Oasis by Vickie Howell, and (B) 1 ball Moontower Mustard by Vickie Howell

Size US 13 (9mm) Needles

Large-eyed Tapestry Needle

OPTIONAL: Crochet Hook

FINISHED SIZE

21”/53.5 cm long, excluding hanging loop

GAUGE

10 sts x 12 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette Stitch

ABBREVIATIONS

BO = bind off

CO = cast on

LH = left hand

K = knit

k1tbl = knit one stitch, through the back loop so it twists

k2tog = knit two stitches together

P = purl

p1tbl = purl one stitch, through the back loop so it twists

psso = pass slipped stitch over

RH = right hand

sl = slip

ssk = slip one stitch, slip another stitch, knit them together through the back loop.

st(s) = stitch(es)

yb = yarn back

yf = yarn forward

YO = yarn over

DIRECTIONS

Note: This project is worked flat, then seamed up.

Leg:

With A, CO 30 sts.

Rows 1, 3 & 5: *K1tbl, p1; rep from * to end.

Rows 2, 4 & 6: *p1tbl, p1; rep from * to end.

Join B.

Row 7: With B, k all sts.

Row 8: P all sts.

Row 9:  K1, *sl 1, k3, psso; rep from * to last st, p1.

Row 10: P1, *p3, YO; rep from * to last st, p1.

Note: Carry colors up side.

Row 11: With A, k all sts.

Row 12: P all sts.

Row 13: K3, *sl 1, k3, psso; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 14: P3, *P3, YO; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.

Repeat Rows 7-14, four times total.

Cut A.

Heel:

The heel is worked with a series of short-rows as follows.

Row 1: With B, k all sts.

Row 2: P all sts.

Begin shaping.

Row 3 (RS): K20, yf, sl 1, yb, sl st back to LH needle. Turn. (You’ll leave the remaining sts unworked.)

Row 4: P9, yb, sl 1, yf, sl st back to LH needle. Turn.

Row 5: K8, yf, sl 1, yb, sl st back to LH needle. Turn.

Row 6: P7, yb, sl 1, yf, sl st back to LH needle. Turn.

Row 7: K6, yf, sl 1, yb, sl st back to LH needle. Turn.

Row 8: P5, yb, sl 1, yf, sl st back to LH needle. Turn.

Row 9: K6, yf, sl 1, yb, sl st back to LH needle. Turn.

Row 10: P7, yb, sl 1, yf, sl st back to LH needle. Turn.

Row 11: K8, yf, sl 1, yb, sl st back to LH needle. Turn.

Row 12: P9, yb, sl 1, yf, sl st back to LH needle. Turn.

Shaping finished.

Row 13: K9, k2tog (closes gap), k to end.

Row 14: P18, p2tog (closes gap), p to end. –28 sts.

Foot:

Join A.

Row 1: With A, k all sts.

Row 2: P all sts.

Row 3: With B, k all sts.

Row 4: P all sts.

Repeat Rows 1-4, four times total.

Cut B.

Toe:

Row 1: With A, k5, ssk, k2tog, k10, ssk, k2tog, k to end. — 24 sts.

Row 2: P all sts.

Row 3: K4, ssk, k2tog, k8, ssk, k2tog, k to end. — 20 sts.

Row 4: P all sts.

Row 5: K3, ssk, k2tog, k6, ssk, k2tog, k to end. — 16 sts.

Row 6: P all sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a really long tail for seaming. Feed tail through live sts; let fall off of needles and cinch shut.

FINISHING

Using tapestry needle and yarn tail, seam up stocking side.

Make loop:

Using a crochet hook and A, or simply braiding yarn make a 2”/5cm loop and attach to top-back of stocking cuff.

Weave in ends.

Super Chunky Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern by @iamvickiehowell

download the pdf pattern now

To see how to knit the Layover Lace stitch pattern used to create the leg of the stocking, tune in today at 11am/10CT for a rerun of the episode. Curious how the short-row heel is worked? Join me next week at 12pm CT on my regular Ask Me Monday series, for a Facebook Live demo! 

5 Responses to “Home & Family Christmas Stocking!”

  1. GeGe Anderson

    You don’t clear instructions after casting on. Do I do ribbing first? ( What is that pattern?)
    After ribbing do I start Row 1 and so on?

    Reply
    • Vickie Howell

      Rows 1-6 are the twisted rib rows, so you just dive right in once you cast on! 🙂

      Reply
  2. Bethanie

    do you have crochet instructions for the large Christmas stocking just wondering

    Reply
  3. Donna

    Help. I can’t figure out the heel. I’m having trouble with getting the sl st to the left handed needle Sorry if makes no sense but I keep trying and it’s not working. Thank you

    Reply

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