Cute and Christmasy:
This tiny little Christmas stocking ornament is a great quick project for using up a tiny bit of stash -- in red and green, as I've shown, or any colors you have handy.
It's adorable hanging on the tree or used to dress up a plain gift tag or gift bag. You can make a bunch for both of these purposes in no time at all.
- scraps of lightweight yarn (I used about 7 yards total) in two colors of your choice (I used red and green)
- 3 or 4 size 8 US double-pointed knitting needles (I started with 3 and went to 4 when I got to the gusset)
- scissors and yarn needle
About 4.5 stitches per inch in Stockinette Stitch in the round. Gauge is not critical.
Finished stocking is about 3 inches around and 3.5 inches long.
Instructions for Starting the Stocking:
- Using green or your contrast color, cast on 10 stitches. Divide on needles as desired; join in round.
- Work 4 rounds in Garter Stitch (in round, that's knit 1 row, purl 1 row).
- Change to red or main color and knit 10 rounds of Stockinette Stitch.
- Working on just 5 stitches back and forth, change to green and knit 4 rows.
- To turn the heel, knit 1, knit 2 together, and turn for 3 rows. 2 stitches remain.
- Change to red, knit 2, pick up and knit 4 stitches along heel, knit 5, pick up and knit 4 on other side of heel and knit 1 of heel stitches again. This is now the end of the round. 15 stitches remain.
Finishing the Stocking Ornament:
In the foot section the point where the round ends moves around a lot. This may seem confusing but it's pretty logical when you're actually knitting it, so just go with the pattern and don't worry about it too much.
The number of needles you are comfortable working with may vary as the pattern goes on. I used 3 needles on the leg, 2 on the heel, then 4 when picking up stitches and shaping the gusset, then back to 3 for the end of the foot. Do whatever works for you.