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Christmas Stocking

Hello!

It’s mid-November already! High time to get started on some Christmas crocheting and knitting. I’ll be doing a lot of that in the next few weeks, along with posting some foodie treats, presents and recipes for the big day.

To start, I’ll explain how I make my Christmas stockings.

Over the years I have found several patterns on the internet and in magazines. I tried them all. But somehow I was never happy with the result. Until I used this and that from one pattern and other things from more pattern. And this is what I came up with.

I hope the description will be good enough for you to have as much pleasure in making these stockings as I have.

Happy crocheting!

xxx

Ann

Christmas stocking

Hexagon (make 16)

Round one

  • Take the first colour and make a magic ring.
  • Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2.
  • (3 dc, ch 2) x 5.
  • Close with a sl st in the top of the ch 3 made at the beginning of the row (or use the invisible method).
  • Weave in the ends.

Round two

  • Take the second colour.
  • In any ch 2 space: ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc.
  • In the next ch 2 space: 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc (repeat in the remaining ch 2 spaces).
  • Close with a sl st in the top of the ch 3 made at the beginning of the row (or use the invisible method).
  • Weave in the ends.

Round three

  • Take the third colour.
  • In any ch 2 space: ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc (repeat this in all ch 2 spaces).
  • In the following space between 2 ch 2 spaces: 3 dc (repeat this in all spaces between 2 ch 2 spaces).
  • Close with a sl st in the top of the ch 3 made at the beginning of the row (or use the invisible method).
  • Weave in the ends.

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Small square (make one)

Round one

  • Take the first colour and make a magic ring.
  • Ch 2, 2 hdc, ch 2.
  • (3 hdc, ch 2) x 3.
  • Close with a sl st in the top of the ch 2 made at the beginning of the row (or use the invisible method).
  • Weave in the ends.

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Round two

  • Take the second colour.
  • In any ch 2 space: ch 2, 2 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc.
  • In the next ch 2 space: 3 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc (repeat in the remaining ch 2 spaces).
  • Close with a sl st in the top of the ch 2 made at the beginning of the row (or use the invisible method).
  • Weave in the ends.

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Round three

  • Take the third colour.
  • In any ch 2 space: ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc (repeat this in all ch 2 spaces).
  • In the following space between 2 ch 2 spaces: 3 dc (repeat this in all spaces between 2 ch 2 spaces).
  • Close with a sl st in the top of the ch 3 made at the beginning of the row (or use the invisible method).
  • Weave in the ends.

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Assembling the stocking

I join my hexagons and squares with sc. There are a lot of videos you can download from the internet. I put the hexagons with the WS facing each other and make 2 sc in the right hand ch 2 space (making sure to go through both hexagons). Then I make 1 sc in every stitch of the last row (in this case 7). I end with 1 sc in the left hand ch 2 space and weave in the ends.
So to make the stocking, join the hexagons with sc in the first colour.
You need 4 groups of 3 and two groups of 2 hexagons.
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Next you join 3 groups of 3 hexagon like this.
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The other groups are joined like this.
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When joining the groups and the rest of the stocking, you have to make sure that you put your needle in one of the stitches you used when joining to make groups and make a sc.
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Now you join the two groups like this.
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Then fold the fabric.
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And close the stocking to the right (do not cut of the yarn).
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After that you fold the fabric like this, to create the heel.
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Which you can close too.
Finish with a sl st at the heel and pull the thread through the inside of the stocking and let it come out again.
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Continue for the toe.
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Here’s where the small square comes in. With the same thread join it to two panels of the front.
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Then finish closing up towards the top.
Finish with a sl st at the heel and pull the thread through the inside of the stocking and let it come out again.
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You’re nearly there. Join the remaining panels of the small square to the back of the stocking.
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Finish with a sl st at the heel and pull the thread through the inside of the stocking and let it come out again.
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Pull the thread you used to start joining the toe and the back of the stocking to the small square inside of the stocking and let it come out again.
Turn the stocking inside out.
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Pull all the threads through again and weave them in.
Weave in the end at the top of the stocking as well.
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Turn the stocking again.

Finishing off

Now for the top of the stocking. Start in the ch 2 space in the middle of the back of the stocking and make 1 sc in that space and 1 sc in every st of the previous row.
When you come to the nex ch 2 sp make 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc in that space.
Continue with 1 sc in every st of the previous row, making sure you pick up a stitch when you come to the spot where you have already joined the hexagons and to make 1 sc / ch 1 / 1 sc at the top of a ch 2 space.
In the last top ch 2 space work 1 sc / ch 10 / 1 sc.
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Then work your way to where you started and and with a sl st or use the invisible method.
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Variations

I have also made Christmas stockings using this hexagon pattern.
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and this one with the so called African flower hexagon.
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But you can make them with whatever hexagon you like. As long as you remember to make the small square accordingly.

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