Knitting: A Stocking for W’s (second) Christmas

I had great intentions. They just got started a little late. So when I completed the fair isle part of this stocking at around 9pm on Christmas Eve, I finally conceded that this was not going to be a stocking for W’s first Christmas. His second Christmas would have to do.

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This project was inspired by the rediscovery of my own childhood Christmas stocking, looking a little worse for wear, at the bottom of a box full of tinsel and baubles. I recalled the joy of finding it stuffed with goodies on Christmas morning. My parents, rather cleverly, managed to elicit the delight of many many presents by individually wrapping parts of my present and stuffing them in my stocking – for example one year my stocking was stuffed with many little parcels, each a single brick of Duplo.

Keen for W to share in the delights of a stuffed stocking on Christmas morning, I decided to knit him one. I was after a classic style without too much busyness and something that was his, all his.

photo 3I modified this pattern to incorporate his initial. My first ever self-written fair isle pattern. Given I’m pretty new to fair isle, my execution isn’t awesome and there’s a bit of puckering around the edges. It was only as I reached the snowflake that I thought I’d better investigate techniques for carrying yarn across the back for large spans in fair isle knitting and I found the answer here. As a result my snowflake ain’t too bad. Not awesome, but not terrible.

My big mistakes of this knit were (a) using stocking stitch for the cuff – hello cuff curl – and (b) not increasing the stocking length sufficiently. As I knit this project using 8ply (DK) yarn and 3.75mm and 4.0mm needles, the sock ended up quite big but I didn’t increase the stocking length to compensate so the whole thing is a bit out of proportion.

So, either W will love his imperfect stocking and as he grows older see the imperfections as part of what makes it his, all his. Or my Virgo self will fold and do a different, better, perfect stocking in time for W’s second Christmas.

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Pattern: Nordic Star Stocking

Source: Millamia

Price: Free!!

Yarn: Scraps from my stash – Sublime Cashmerino Silk DK in Christmas colours

Needle: Straight needles, 3.75mm for cuff and 4.0mm for stocking and sock. Accidentally switched to my larger needle prematurely which makes the cuff not quite big enough to fold down over the stocking nicely.

Pearls: Given my fair isle skills are a little of the dire side, I used a life line technique prior to starting the snowflake. Came in very handy once I realised my massive long floats at the back needed fixing. You can find instructions on life lines here.

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