VINTAGE STRIPE STOCKING © Project Weekend Creative LTD. 2020
VINTAGE STRIPE STOCKING
With vintage-y Christmas vibes to spare, this stocking can't wait to be stuffed with Santa's treats and hung by the chimney with care.
Update your decorations or welcome a new member to the family this Christmas with a traditional hand knit stocking. With a vintage inspired ivory and red open stripe, it's a fun knit that works up quickly and spread holiday cheer the whole way through.
Featuring a plush garter stitch cuff, and a stockinette body, this pattern was designed to be easy to follow and is a fun and playful knit. The perfectly shaped heel is created by knitting a sequence of Short Row Wrap & Turns, (we have a step-by-step video to walk you through it).
Our LOLL yarn features a special blend of Highland Wool and Alpaca fibers creating the perfect blend of durability and softness. Sustainably sourced and 100% naturally soft, (not chemically softened), LOLL is grown in the beautiful highlands of Peru and spun in a Fair Trade Certified facility. LOLL is not too chunky or hot, making it a perfect choice for all of your upcoming projects (hats, scarves, sweaters, blankets, cowls & interiors accessories).
SKILL LEVEL : INTERMEDIATE
Intermediate projects use more involved stitch combinations, color work, and shaping. These patterns are best for knitters who are comfortable following a knit pattern and have worked with circular needles before.
TIME TO MAKE
Finished Circumference at Cuff:
Finished Length: (Top of Folded Cuff to Heel)
Finished Length: (Heel to Toe)
14 stitches in stockinette stitch x 19 rows = 4" x 4" square
- Main Colour ( Colour in photo: Natural): 1.40 balls of Project Weekend's LOLL, our exclusive naturally soft, 65% Fine Peruvian Highland Wool / 35% Superfine Peruvian Alpaca yarn. Each ball weighs 125 GR. (4.4oz) and has 125m (137y).
- Contrast Colour (Colour in photo: Biking Red): 0.4 balls of Project Weekend's LOLL, our exclusive naturally soft, 65% Fine Peruvian Highland Wool / 35% Superfine Peruvian Alpaca yarn. Each ball weighs 125 GR. (4.4oz) and has 125m (137y).
- 1 pair of 7mm 16" Circular Knitting Needles (optional with kit purchase)
- 1 Stitch Marker
- 1 Knitters' Sewing Needle
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TECHNIQUE TUTORIAL VIDEOS & ILLUSTRATIONS
Not sure how to knit a specific technique? No worries, we've got your back! We've created videos and step-by-step illustrations for you to reference, so your project won't miss a beat. They are conveniently located throughout the pattern for you to click and learn from.
Please take a moment to review some of the knitting techniques used to make the Vintage Stripe Stocking.
This project is knit starting from the top down and is knit in-the-round using a circular needle. Watch the video How to Use Circular Knitting Needles for a demonstration of this technique.
Want to make the stocking longer? You will have enough yarn to add up to 3" of length to the stocking by knitting a couple more repeats of the stripe repeat pattern before you shape the heel.
To shape the heel, you will use a short row shaping technique by knitting a series of wrap & turns for stockinette stitch. Please see our step-by-step video on how to shape the heel if you need guidance.
When you are working with multiple yarn colors in the same work, do not cut each colour yarn tail at the end of each round as this will create a weaving-in nightmare at the end of your project. Instead, carry the yarns up your work by interlacing your two working yarns. Watch the video for a demonstration of this technique.
No stocking is complete without adding a little loop so it can be hung from a mantel hook! If you've never made an I-Cord before, take a peek at our video on how to do this very quick and easy knitting technique.
At some point during your project you will use up the full ball of Main Color and need to attach the 2nd ball. A great technique to do this is the Magic Knot technique as it allows you to trim your yarn ends right up to the knot and completely eliminates the need to weave in any loose ends.
K: Knit stitch
P: Purl stitch
W&T (RS): Wrap & Turn for Knit Side
W&T (WS): Wrap & Turn for Purl Side
SSK: Slip, Slip, Knit, which is a left leaning decrease of 1 stitch.
K2Tog: Knit two stitches together, which is a right leaning decrease of 1 stitch.
VINTAGE STRIPE STOCKING PATTERN
1. Using your Main Color, measure out a 36" long yarn tail. Cast-on 48 stitches using the LONG-TAIL CAST-ON METHOD.
2. Place a STITCH MARKER on your right needle and JOIN THE WORK IN THE ROUND, being careful not to twist any stitches.
Note: The placement of this stitch marker is the center back of the stocking.
3. Round 1: Knit all stitches.
Tip: Transfer the Stitch Marker over from the left to the right needle at the end of each round.
4. Round 2: Purl all stitches
5. Round 3-16: Repeat Round 1 & 2. (total 14 rounds)
Your work should now measure 3" from the Cast-On edge.
BEGINNING OF STRIPE REPEAT PATTERN (LEG)
6. Round 17-20 (Main Colour): Knit all stitches (total 4 rounds)
7. Round 21, (Contrast Colour): Knit all stitches (total 1 round)
8. Rounds 22-61: Repeat the Stripe Repeat Pattern (4 rows knit in Main Colour, 1 row knit in Contrast Color) another 8 more times, being sure to carry up your Main and Contrast yarn colors every 2-3 rows.
9. Rounds 62-63 (Main Colour): Knit all stitches (total 2 rounds)
NOTE: Want to add some extra length to the stocking? If you are knitting this stocking with Project Weekend LOLL yarn, then you have enough yarn to add up 3" more in length to the leg portion of the stocking. You just need to knit extra stripe repeats before you shape the heel. Each stripe repeat measures 1", therefore, if you would like to add 1", then knit one extra stripe repeat. Want to add 2" or 3"? Then knit an extra 2 or 3 stripe repeats.
SHAPING THE HEEL : STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO
NOTE: To create the heel shape, you will be working only half of the stitches back and forth on the circular needle. Leave the stitch marker on your needle as this is the half way point of your heel. Slip it over each time you work across these heel shaping stitches.
Using Main Colour Only:
1. (RS) Row 1: Knit 12 stitches, W&T (RS)
2. (WS) Row 2: Purl 24 stitches, W&T (WS)
3. (RS) Row 3: Knit 23 stitches, W&T (RS)
4. (WS) Row 4: Purl 22 stitches, W&T (WS)
5. (RS) Row 5: Knit 21 stitches, W&T (RS)
6. (WS) Row 6: Purl 20 stitches, W&T (WS)
7. (RS) Row 7: Knit 19 stitches, W&T (RS)
8. (WS) Row 8: Purl 18 stitches, W&T (WS)
9. (RS) Knit 19 stitches, (after 18th stitch, pick up the previous wrap and knit it at the same time as the 19th stitch) , W&T (RS)
10. (WS) Purl 20 stitches, (after 19th stitch, pick up the previous wrap and purl at the same time as the 20th stitch), W&T (WS)
11. (RS) Knit 21 stitches, (before knitting 21st stitch, pick up the 2 wraps and knit at the same time as the 21st stitch) , W&T (RS)
12. (WS) Purl 22 stitches, (before purling the 22nd stitch, pick up the 2 wraps and purl at the same time as the 22nd stitch), W&T (WS)
13. (RS) Knit 23 stitches, (before knitting 23rd stitch, pick up the 2 wraps and knit at the same time as the last stitch) , W&T (RS)
14. (WS) Purl 24 stitches, (before purling the 24th stitch, pick up the 2 wraps and purl at the same time as the 24th stitch), W&T (WS)
15. (RS) Knit 12 stitches,
You will now begin knitting in the round again.
1. Round 1 (Main Colour): Knit each stitch being mindful that you need to pick up the 2 wraps on stitch 13 and 36. When you pick up these wrapped stitches, make sure to keep the tension very tight to help prevent a small hole from forming between the stitches of the heel and instep join.
Tip: Should a small hole appear, don't panic as this is rather typical with socks. You can always go in after you're done knitting your sock and tighten up the tension on these yarns with a crochet hook (or a bobby pin!) to close up any gap and distribute the excess out among the surrounding stitches. Another option is to close up the hole with a small piece of yarn and tie a knot placed on the inside of your sock.
2. Round 2 (Main Colour): Knit all stitches
BEGINNING OF STRIPE REPEAT PATTERN (INSTEP)
3. Round 3 (Contrast Colour): Knit all stitches (total 1 round)
4. Round 4-7 (Main Colour): Knit all stitches (total 4 rounds)
5. Rounds 8-27: Repeat the Stripe Repeat pattern (1 round in Contrast color, 4 rounds in Main color) another 4 more times. (total 20 rounds)
6. Round 28 (Contrast Colour): Knit all stitches (total 1 round)
7. Round 29 (Main Colour): Knit all stitches (total 1 round)
8. Round 30 (Main Colour): Knit 12 stitches, place stitch marker, knit 24 stitches, place stitch marker, Knit 12 stitches to the end of the round (this end of round stitch marker is now the center bottom of the toe box).
Note: Each round decreases by 4 stitches.
1. Round 1 (Main Colour): Knit until 2 stitches away from the first marker, SSK, (transfer marker), K1, K2tog, Knit until 2 stitches away from the 2nd marker, SSK (transfer marker), K1, K2tog, Knit to end of round.
Repeat Round 1 until only 12 stitches remain on the circular needle.
Note: Near the last couple decrease rounds, the stitches on your needle will get very tight , try to keep moving the stitches around the needle using the Magic Loop Method to create room for you to knit your stitches comfortably.
Once you decrease down to 12 stitches, cut a yarn tail 10" long and weave it onto your sewing needle. Thread the yarn tail through each of the 12 stitches and pull tightly to close the hole. Weave the yarn through the tip of the sock to the inside of your work. Turn the stocking inside out and secure the yarn tail end with some knots.
Weave in all loose ends.
Along the fold line, locate the center back stitch. Pass the needle through the stitch that is 3 stitches to the LEFT of the Center Back Stitch.
Flip the cuff up and pull the yarn tail and about a half inch of the I-Cord through to the inside of the cuff.
Remove the yarn tail from the needle, and thread the 2nd yarn tail onto the sewing needle. Repeat this same process for the opposite yarn tail, this time, choosing to go through the stitch that is 3 stitches to the RIGHT of the Center Back stitch.
Now, you should have both yarn tails and a half inch of each end of the I-Cord on the inside of the fold of the stocking cuff.
Take the two yarn tails and either tie them together with a knot and bow, trimming any yarn tail ends that are longer in length than the cuff, or you can knot the yarn tail ends together and then weave them into your knitted work.
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