The first time I made a Christmas Stocking it just flew off my needles. Christmas stockings have been around for centuries! A tradition started by the thoughtfulness of a single individual. The gesture of lifting up another for no other reason than bringing happiness and hope. Let's keep the tradition going!
This stocking is started with a short row toe, instead of the traditional toe-up cast on's. This gives the stocking a rounded toe. This also allows it to be worked without the use of double-pointed needles or the magic loop method. Stranded colorwork in the round is an easy way for beginners to learn the technique and works up pleasurably for more advanced knitters. The heel is a short row heel, giving the advantage of the traditional look of a contrasting color and ease of knitting. Binding off with an I-cord bind-off gives a clean finish with an added I-cord hanger for display purposes. The pattern includes 12 ready-made charts and blank chart templates. This stocking is a great step for those who haven't ever worked a sock before, as it teaches all the basic techniques.