This fun four-color Christmas stocking by Vickie Howell is a great way to add some retro-modern flair to your holiday celebrations. Worked in her Sheep(ish) yarn, it's also a pretty quick project that will make a big impact on your fireplace or under your tree.
The stocking features a Seed Stitch cuff and an afterthought heel, which is a lot of fun. You'll use three charts to complete the colorwork section, but they're short and straightforward so it should be no problem if you're comfortable reading a knitting chart.
- 1 ball each Bernat Sheep(ish) by Vickie Howell in colors: (MC) White(ish) 00037, Contrast (A) Robin’s Egg(ish) 00089, Contrast (B) Red(ish) 00087, Contrast (C) Chartreuse(ish) 00084
- one set of size US 8 (5mm) double pointed needles
- yarn needle
- waste yarn
- stitch marker
- copy of Fair Isle Stocking Chart
18 stitches and 22 rows per 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch
Finished stocking is 20 inches long
Knitting the Seed Stitch Cuff:
With A, cast on 48 stitches. Divide stitches onto 3, double-pointed needles (16 stitches on each). Place marker; join, taking care not to twist.
- Round 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * around.
- Round 2: *P1, k1; repeat from * around.
These two rows create seed stitch when worked in the round.
Repeat these two rounds until cuff measures 4 inches from edge.
Knitting the Leg:
Join Main Color.
- Rounds 1-2:< Knit.
- Rounds 3-10: Follow Chart 1. Note: Each of the rounds will have 4 pattern repeats.
- Rounds 11-36: Follow Chart 2.
- Rounds 37-44: Follow Chart 3.
With Main Color, knit until piece measures 12 inches from beginning edge.
Cut all contrasting colors.
Heel Prep Round:
This round you’ll place heel stitches onto waste yarn to be worked later, as follows: Continue as established until last 12 stitches on Needle 3, drop working yarn; join waste yarn and knit to end of round.
Knit the first 12 stitches of Needle 1 on waste yarn. (24 stitches total on hold.) Drop waste yarn, slide these 24 stitches back to respective left hand needles so that you’re back to where you were before you dropped your working yarn. Return to knitting every round, working those stitches again. Continue as established (knitting every round in Main Color) until piece measures 16.5 inches from beginning edge.
Cut Main Color.
Rearrange stitches onto needles as follows: Needle 1, 12 stitches; Needle 2, 24 stitches; Needle 3, 12 stitches. (48 stitches)
Knitting the Toe:
Join Color A.
Decrease round: Needle 1, K to last 2 stitches, k2tog; Needle 2, ssk, k to last 2 stitches, k2tog; Needle 3, ssk, k to to end of round. (44 stitches)
Next round: Knit.
Repeat these two rounds until 16 stitches rem, ending with a knit round but without working the stitches on Needle 3.
Redistribute stitches from Needle 3 onto Needle 1; ditch Needle 3.
You’ll now have front and back toe stitches, evenly dispersed on two needles. Hold parallel and use three-needle bind off to close toe.
Working the Heel:
CAREFULLY pull out waste yarn; place live stitches on DPNs in the same manner as for toe so that beginning of round is at the center back. Pick up a stitch at each side gap. Distribute 50 heel stitches as follows: Needle 1, 13; Needle 2, 25; Needle 3, 12.
Join Color A. Work heel as for toe, until 22 stitches remain.
Perform a three-needle bind off, as for toe.
Finishing:Using Color A, braid 3 strands of yarn together, each 5-6 inches long. Fold in half to create hanging loop, sew on to top-back edge of stocking cuff.
Weave in ends.