Friday, 19 December 2014

A Pair of Stockings

September 2014

These were long overdue. As an avid knitter, it was beginning to feel a bit wrong that my little boy didn't have a Christmas Stocking. As George was to have one, his cousin needed one too, as they are to spend Christmas together. Besides, I wanted to practise fair isle, play with colours and have an excuse to collect loads of Felted Tweed.

These are a knithack/mismatch of several patterns - primarily Spindleknitter's Stockings and Ho Ho Ho along with a couple of charts from The Tapdancing Lizard by Catherine Cartwright-Jones and Roy Jones and 150 Scandinavian Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone. A full list of what came from where is set out below.

From bottom to top: 

  • Red hearts on blue - improvised
  • Yellow bells on brown - from Spindleknitters Stockings
  • Holly on green - from Spindleknitters Stockings
  • White snowflakes on purple - from DROPS b21-32
  • Brown reindeer on blue - from 150 Scandinavian Motifs 
  • Yellow stars on navy - from The Tapdancing Lizard 
  • Green trees on white - from 150 Scandinavian Motifs
  • White snowmen on red - from DROPS 0-792

  • Train - from The Tapdancing Lizard
  • Green chevrons - improvised
  • Yellow and blue squares - improvised
  • Trees - from Spindleknitters Stockings
  • Yellow stars on navy - from 150 Scandinavian Motifs
  • Brown reindeer on white - from DROPS 122-1
  • Paper dolls - from 150 Scandinavian Motifs
  • Snowmen on blue - improvised

Worked heel as per Spindleknitters Stockings. Worked in dk over roughly 72 stitches increasing and decreasing as needed to make charts fit.

Lessons I learned from making these - three colour colour work is faffy and tight and needs a lot of untangling, colour work is so addictive that it's easy to end up making a stocking so massive it'll take you forever to fill it, a stocking tapering out upwards from the heel is the shape I like best and felted tweed has the most gorgeous palate of colours ever.

Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed dk in Scree, Sigh, Seafarer, Paisley, Rage, Mineral, Treacle, Clay, Pine and Herb
Needle: 3.25 mm
On ravelry here.