‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land
Only knitters were stirring, with sore tired hands
Last minute stockings they were trying to create,
In hopes that St. Nicholas would be really late…
St. Nicholas is going to be here in just a few short weeks – time to get knocking out holiday stockings! I have a new wee one in the house so felt super obligated to create her a stocking for this year. I decided on Letti Lopi because it would hold its shape and be rather durable. I modified Ann Weaver’s Estonian Grellow Stocking (a modern take on traditional colorwork). It is free on our blog and originally worked in DK weight yarn. I added a turned cuff and used larger needles with the Lopi for a larger stocking.
For other faster stockings, check out Ysolda Teague’s Last Minute Stockings. You need just 164 yards of heavy worsted or aran-weight yarn (try Manos Maxima) in a main color – use scraps to personalize with initials, snowflakes, trees, and birds! For another worsted option, you could also check out the toe up free pattern on our blog, Phil’s Stocking.
Everyone else in the family is getting a stocking as well. I will be using the Basic Christmas Stockings from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas which is a great base pattern that can be customized as much or as little as you want. Use a colorful worsted weight yarn like Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool – you should be able to get a couple of stockings out of one skein.
Don’t want to deal with picking out colors? Grab a kit!
We’ve got Nordic Star, Cable, and Candy Cane stocking kits from MillaMia – each kit is $40 and contains enough of their superwash Naturally Soft Merino sportweight yarn to complete one stocking.
From Classic Elite Yarns we have Color by Kristin kits – each $75 kit contains seven colors of worsted weight wool/alpaca/mohair blend yarn and is enough to make two colorful stockings!