Christmas Stocking ~ Harlequin
I designed Christmas Stocking Harlequin for those of us that want a little bit more whimsy in our lives this Christmas. It’s not that I don’t love tradition, which I do, I just wanted a bit of my imagination hanging from the mantel this year.
The Christmas Stocking Harlequin is born
Sometimes I think I was born a bit late. I love reading and studying about world history. Lately, my favorites are 16th century France and Italy, hence the Harlequin Christmas Stocking! I am so into it that lately, I have been watching foreign French and Italian films on Netflix. I don’t mind the subtitles either. My hats off to the French and Italian directors. Their movies are really second to none. They can be a bit graphic but it just draws me into the world of the story all that more. Has anyone seen the French TV series “The Forest” or the French edition of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”? A couple of my favorite Italian movies are “Life is Beautiful” and “Suburra”? With that having been said, this is a knitting website, not a movie review site? Hehehe
In conclusion, the pattern provides two ways to create the toe. A standard sock toe and an Elf toe that curls and are decorated with a jingle bell.
A couple of helpful videos are provided with the pattern:
1. Placing the waste yarn for the afterthought heel.
2. How to pick up the stitches, remove the waste yarn and work up the afterthought heel.
Materials I used:
Perfection by Kraemer Yarns; 30% Domestic Merino/70% Acrylic. 200yrds/183m/100g.
1 Skein in each color:
Color A #Y1556/Orange, Color B #Y1560/Rouge, Color C #Y1559/Turquoise,
Color D #Y1557/Royal Purple, Color E #Y1531/Spring Rhyme.
2 Size US7 (4.5mm) 16″ (40cm) circular needles or size to get gauge.
Stitch holder (I use a piece of scrap yarn).
Waste yarn in a contrasting color for the afterthought heel.
A yard of fabric for lining (Optional for small stocking).
If you would like to work up the elf toe in addition to above you will need:
A small bag of fiberfill stuffing.
Approximately 13” (33cm) of 14 gauge wire (I cut a wire clothes hanger to size).
20sts and 23rows = 4″ (10cm) in Harlequin pattern worked in rounds.