A Christmas Stocking

During Grandma’s recent visit, I showed her a couple of books filled with Christmas Stocking designs. I told her to pick a couple that she liked, and that I would make her one for the coming holiday.

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I was initially disappointed when she chose this simple design. I showed her a couple of designs featuring lovely colorwork motifs, but Grandma was adamant: she wanted one exactly as shown in the book, but in Christmas green. It turned out to be a fun project; uncomplicated, yet with a few small, interesting twists. Apparently Grandma likes it, as she plans to hang it up all year around!

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It was a bit tricky finding yarn in the right shade of green. It seems like green yarn currently available usually are yellowish-green or quite dark. As you can see, I did finally find something that was Grandma-approved!

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The toe is quite unusual as it utilizes centered double decreases instead of the usual decreases on either side. The resulting effect is good-looking, but I suspect this toe wouldn’t be comfortable in socks.

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The i-cord is quite possibly my best attempt ever! I don’t usually like my i-cord attempts; they look sloppy or have a poor "seam." Apparently, my "magic number" for i-cord is 4, as I had always used 3 stitches in the past.

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Pattern: “Basic Worsted Weight Stocking” by Jean Lampe, Christmas Stockings Size: approx 7? wide Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, Kelly Green Needles: Takumi Clover US 5 (3.75 mm) circulars Started: November 14, 2008 Completed: November 17, 2008 Token Progress: 5 of 10

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3 Responses to “A Christmas Stocking”

  1. Nicole Says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 8:23 am

    Looks great!

  2. Chris Says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    I love that simple design!

  3. opal Says:
    January 1st, 2009 at 2:26 am

    the stocking is elegant in its simplicity. it’s just lovely.

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