Now that the Christmas season is over and everybody has received their presents, I can show you what was my main crochet project of the month of December without spoiling the surprise anymore: I made Christmas stockings!
I should start by mentioning that the Christmas stockings is a tradition I grew up with. When my sister and I were young enough, we believed in Santa Claus – or better Saint Basil that brings the presents in Greece in the night between the 31st December and the 1st January. So on the morning of the 1st January, we used to wake up and then try to feel at the edge of our beds, because if Saint Basil had passed, then we would find a stocking there hanging full of sweets and stuff! It was the very first indication of his passing by and the reason to get up and run to the Christmas tree to find our presents! Well, we found out early enough that Saint Basil is really our parents, but they continued filling up our stockings and hanging them on our beds during that night for quite a few years more.
Now we are lucky to have six children around us: two nieces and a nephew, as well as my godchild and her two siblings. We are giving presents to all six, so this year I decided to make Christmas stocking for them, in an effort to transfer to them a bit of what Christmas meant to me when I was a child.
Already in September I saw some really nice patterns in the Swiss facebook group of Knitting and Crocheting that I follow and in the discussion with the owner of the patterns I found out that the original one was not in German (I am not so used to the German terms) but in Dutch. I was so happy, since I learnt crocheting in the Netherlands!
The patterns are for free and they belong to Carine Meessen and her facebook group De Haakkamer. They consist of the basic stocking and several variations of decorations: a reindeer, a snowman, a bear, a Santa, a dog and a cat. I personally liked most the first three, so I decided to make these two times each, as I needed six stockings in total.
The original pattern suggests to use a yarn appropriate for 2.50 mm hook, but most of my yarns are for 3.00 mm hook, which is my favourite size. I always use my Clover Amour 3.00 mm hook when I crochet and once again I used my favourite acrylic yarns: Stylecraft Special DK.
For the each stocking, two colours are needed: one lighter and one darker shade. Initially, I decided to make some stockings in blue and some in red. For the red ones I used Burgundy (1035) for the dark shade and Lipstick (1246) for the lighter shade, while for the blue ones Turquoise (1068) for the light and Royal (1117) for the dark shade. In the end and for variation, I did one in green shades as well, using Green Grass (1821) for the light and Green (1116) for the dark shade.
The pattern results in a bit of a bulky shaped stocking, so I decided to make the upper part after the heel a bit smaller. According to the pattern, at that point there should be 60 stitches, while I had 50. This way it looked cuter.
For the decorations I used appropriate colours and I tried to consume some of my leftovers. They were perfect for small things, such as the present the snowman is holding and its bow-knot.
In the second batch of christmas stockings I created, I made small variations compared to the first. For example, in the case of the bear, I did not sew the hat, although i made it, as I thought that it looks nicer without.
I hope all six children enjoyed our small presents that were handmade with love! At least they seemed to! And maybe the stockings will be useful for a few years to come!
UPDATE!!! In case you are interested in the pattern, Carine Meessen gave me permission to share it. It is available in dutch, german and english. I will need an email address to send it to you though. So please either leave a comment with it further down, or follow my blog, leave a comment that you want it and I will send it to the email address you have provided me with.