Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Mini Christmas Stockings

This is from the Oddball Knitting book (I love this new book!). These are addicting to knit up and I must say I am on the3rd and would like a wreath of stockings just like the pic in the book! I have totally conquered any leftover fear I've had on knitting socks/stockings too. I will even go bigger next time!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

It's done!

I finished! My first stocking -- and probably the only one -- this year. I used the pattern from Holiday Knits, but substituted Cascade 220. I still have a few rough stitches after blocking where the join is, but overall I'm very pleased! Now let's hope I can get the photo to appear...

And there it is! Wahoo!

This is a gift for my best friend. Each year we exchange stockings filled with goodies (just in case Santa forgets us...).

Happy Holidays!


LainE (knit and purl grrl)

Sunday, November 27, 2005

My stocking completed

Jen's Stocking

This is a pattern handed down in my family and over 40 years old. There is no name on the original paper pattern, so I have no idea where it came from. I remember my mom's knitting buddies making these. My Mom completed 13 of them over the years, and this is my 4th one to knit. I have made mine with Plymouth Galway and Angora. It is knit flat and has a seam down the left side. Once the knitting is completed down to the toe, the heel is put in by picking up stitches off a waste yarn that is knitted in along the way down. The toe is one piece and only needs to be seamed up. I seam all the white parts, then go back and seam up the red. There are more photo's on my Knitting blog Floats Knits and Purls in the archives where I explain how I worked with the different colors.

This has always been a fun knit, and one everyone seems to love. The stocking is good sized and holds lots of goodies! Now I need to get to work on Santa ornaments.

Almost done!

Here's my son's stocking--it's almost done. I wet-blocked it and I'm letting it dry. I still need to sew down the hem on the top and duplicate stitch his name across the white band. The moose portion is a bit wonky, but I'm hoping I fix fix that with some duplicate stitch and maybe a steam blocking. I'm really happy with it, though! Oh, I guess I also need to make the hanger and weave in all my ends!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Getting there....

Hi all!

I was so excited to see a knitalong for stockings. I'm working on my first one ever for a good friend. Every year we exchange stockings filled with goodies, so of course I thought I'd knit hers this year! Since I've done socks before, this pattern is posing little problems. It's from "Holiday Knits." Here's a photo as I work on the gusset.

More to report soon!

Knit and Purl Grrl

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Stocking Started

I finally started my stockings. The yarn has been staring at me for so long. I am working a toe-up pattern. I am going to do the toe, heel and cuff in the red. Then...the body will be green. I am going to embroider names on them after. This will be the first time I have attempted changing colors while knitting. I hope that I can do it.

Maverick's Stocking...

after stocking

Here is Maverick's Christmas stocking! It is made from Red Heart TLC Amore Red and White. It is all one piece sewn up on the sides. Below is a picture of the before sewing piece. I think it is cute but I would have liked the toe to come out better. Maverick likes it (at least the way it smells).

before stocking

Hope everyone is having a happy turkey day!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005


I finally started my son's Christmas stocking and I'm having a blast! It will need lots of blocking, but you get the general idea . I'm using Cascade 220 and I'm making the pattern up as I go.


Monday, November 21, 2005


Here's a photo of the finished stocking hanging on the antique armoire. I am really loving how simple and uncomplicated it looks. I think I might try to make a couple more of these before Yule for friends. I've definitely got enough yarn in my stash to get rid of this way. :)

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Rustic Lodge times 2

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Laying on my linen counter with care...

I finished both Rustic Lodge Stockings for my kidlets this weekend. I love them! They represent my first socks as well. I feel much more confident about knitting socks for real feet now, so much so I joined the solid socks KAL. Heehee!

Project Stats:
Pattern: Rustic Lodge Stockings from the Knit Christmas Stockings book

Yarn: 1.5 skeins of Reynolds Lopi in Fire Tweed, and 1.5 skeins of Lopi in Spruce Tweed for both. I have lots leftover for some small stockings, or a Christmas felted bag perhaps?

Needles: Clover Bamboo DPNs size 9 (Love bamboo!)

Time: 3 weeks for both. I was a little slower with the first one.

Feelings: Joy and happiness. The knitted fabric is very firm but with enough stretch to fit lots of stuff. I love the tweed look with the rolled cuff. The added benefit of reversing the colors for each child is nice as well. No fighting...

Friday, November 18, 2005

Baby's first Christmas stocking

Hi everyone. I'm Stephanie from StephKnits. I'm glad I found this knitalong because this year I'm planning to make a Christmas stocking for our new baby, Henry. He is almost 6 months old. I'm going to sort of make the pattern up and I'm using some Cascade 220 in white, green and red. There will be fair isle--a moose and probably snowflakes. I hope to get started as soon as I get a few gifts out of the way.

Hi everyone!

Hello. :) My name is Claire and this is my first KnitAlong. I'm so excited! Last year I fell in love with some retro-looking stockings in the Restoration Hardware catalog. One was white with a red snowflake pattern and one was just red and white stripes. This year I plan on recreating the striped stocking using one of Lion's patterns. I also want to try making one of the cute Santa hats they have at Lion's.

I've made socks before, but I've never worked with two colors, so I'm a little nervous. But I can't wait to get started! Everyone's looks fabulous so far!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Finally Started!

No pictures yet, but I have cast on for my first stocking! I am using Lion Brand Jiffy in Grass Green as my MC and Pearl Gray for the CC. So far, I have about half the leg part done.

I am combining bits and pieces of patterns I like as I go, so who knows how they will turn out. You would think that my problems with my last project (Mossy Socks) would have taught me better than to do that, but I guess I'm just a glutton for punishment. Somehow I just can't follow a pattern and make something, I have to modify it all and that's what gets me into trouble (i.e. frogging and redesigning).

Oh well, back to work!

I finally got started

I actually started my stockings, its a Christmas miracle! I'm using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Grass and US7 needles. I just bought these new Brittany double points and love them. I've never used them before but plan to buy more in the future now. I love how light they are, and that the size is printed right into them.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Wedding Gift Ragg Stockings

Ragg Christmas Stocking - Fair Isle I'm doing the rather unusual thing of knitting Christmas stockings for a wedding present. I began them shortly before the recipients' wedding back in August but have been seriously procrastinating since it was discovered that the kit yarn is the raw homespun type that offends the allergies of everyone in the household. Etiquette may say you have a year after the ceremony to cough up a gift, but I'd really like them to have it for this Christmas. I've set myself a goal of getting the knitting part completed by Thanksgiving. Then it's a matter of adding the names and lining the stockings. I'm using the Ragg Wool Stocking pattern from Annie's Woolens.

Here's a progress shot from today:

Ragg Stocking pair progress

I have a question: Should I duplicate-stitch the names before or after blocking? This is my first Fair Isle project, and I'm really quite proud of it, but it'll need a significant amount of blocking to disguise the fact that the Fair Isle section is narrower than the rest.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

I finished up one Rustic Lodge Stocking

What do you think of it? This one will be my son's. I'm doing the same pattern for my daughter but reversing the colors. The pattern is very easy which is good since before this stocking, I'd never knit a sock before. I enjoyed knitting it so much, I'm looking forward to casting on for my daughter's. No second sock syndrome for me!

Here's my son's stocking! Now I've got to get started on my daughter's.

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Monday, November 07, 2005

Hello All!

Hi my name is Amanda (aka ttbookjunkie) and I blog at Amanda Knits and Crochets. I made stockings for my husband and I a couple of years ago and this year I wanted to make a stocking from some red and white homespun for my fur baby Maverick. I have not used a pattern in the past pretty much just knitted and increased and decreases to shape.

Happy Knitting everyone!


Thursday, November 03, 2005

A Stocking For Me, Finally!

Hi All!
I'm hoping this KAL will get me going. I've made stockings for the whole family, both close and extended, but still do not have one for myself. I'm currently in the process of pattern and yarn choices. Love what folks are doing so far!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Becky's stockings

I am going to be making 2 stockings for me and my husband for our First Christmas as a married couple. My stocking is going to be this one from Elegant Heirlooms:

I saw one done up at a yarn store in Minneapolis on a recent trip up there and fell in love. The beads and ribbon make it so beautiful. My husband is designing his stocking, but it will be based on this basic pattern, just with a different design so that they will coordinate. His will be a deep blue background with a large star that will have beads and then a small town (Bethlehem) under the star. He wants his to have a white toe to match mine, and mine to have a blue toe to match his. The cuffs will also be those colors with our names in the opposite color. I think they will be beautiful, but I am very worried about getting them done by Christmas!

I'm interested to hear everyone's opinions on whether to knit these in the round or to knit flat and seam up. In general I would think I would prefer in the round b/c I don't like sewing, but I am wondering if a seam helps to strengthen the stocking when it's hanging full of goodies? Thoughts?

I apologize I haven't updated the sidebar with more pattern links yet. I will do so in the next few days. Also, if anyone has more experience with blogger, please let me know. I'm trying to have a right and a left sidebar, but can't figure out how to get it to work.

Keep the updates coming!!

Ordered my needles today

At least I have made some progress. I needed double points in a size I don't have, so I placed that order today. I still am not quite sure which pattern I'll do, but I'm leaning towards the Gansey style stocking in the Christmas Stockings book. I'll probably be useing Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Little Sock

Using the Little Blue Sock
pattern as a guideline I
made this little one from
scrap yarn and was
surprised at the
challenge! I am fairly
new at knitting and have
been knitting socks since last fall. Hopefully
time will allow me to make several more for
gift or tree decorations.

Yarn for the SockingAlong

I got my yarn today for my stockings. It looks like Christmas. I am still hunting for a pattern that I can read and DO. I am new at reading knitting patterns, and completing stitches. I can knit, pearl, and can do short row stitching (but need help with everything else-haha). I will be sure to post pictures of my yarn and the beginning of my work!

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Rustic Lodge Stockings

Hello Everyone! I'm making the Rustic Lodge Stockings from the Knit Christmas Stockings book for my children. I just cast on for my son's yesterday. I'm using the suggested yarn and colors, Lopi in Fire Tweed and Spruce Tweed. My son's will be green with red trim, and my daughter's will be red with green trim. I have planned to embroider their names on the stockings, but with the insanely long "to-knit" list I've got for this holiday season, I may wait until after Christmas to put their names on.

I'm looking forward to hearing about everyone's pattern choices and progress!

Christmas Stockings book arrived

I received my Christmas Stockings 18 Holiday Treasures to Knit book today! Now just to choose which to make first. I love this book, they are wonderful and there is even a section on designing your own stockings. FYI, there is some errata though, so be sure to check for that first.