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« on: July 09, 2012 08:33:56 AM »

We've already started getting Christmas items in at work.  I know, I know.  It's July, for crying out loud!  I've been working so much that seeing the stuff we have in so far has already gotten me into the mood. 

I thought I was losing it, too.  After all, I did recently do an 11.5 hour shift... I'm not sure I've found all of my sanity that I lost that day yet.  But then I checked the calendar, and you know what?  It's only 168 days until Christmas.  That may seem like a lot of time to some of you, and I certainly crochet fast enough not to have to worry really, but I do work in retail, and my personal time gets cut less and less as we march towards the Big Day.

Since I was feeling the bug anyway, I thought I'd roll with it and finally try to make a Christmas stocking on a knitting loom.

I look the smallest round loom (24 pegs) and some Patons Melody yarn in two colours (not Christmassy ones, I know... this is just a prototype).

I started with the black yarn, and worked with it until it was twice as long as I thought the cuff should be, and then used the "hat brim" technique to fold it up.  I cut the black and switched to purple and continued to work normally for about 8".

I didn't cut the purple, but added the black to make a short-row heel over 14 pegs.  The decreases were fast, one on each row, but the increases were slower, increasing only every other row.  Once I got back up to 14 pegs, I cut the black then continued on with the purple for about 4".

I cut the purple then switched to black to form the toe, going for a couple of inches (just eyeballing it, really).  Then used the "drawstring gather" technique (from making hats) to finish off the toe.

And ta-da!

Here it is next to a measuring tape:

You can maybe see that it measures about 16-17" in length.  I ended up using almost exactly half a ball of each colour (about 43 yards -ish each)

This thing is on the small side for a Christmas stocking, but rather huge when compared to actual footwear.  At least, it would be if you had normal-sized feet. I, on the other hand, have Amazon Feet, and so on a lark, I decided to try it on. 

Just for a bit of a laugh, you know...


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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2012 08:37:00 AM »

What a great stocking!  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2012 09:13:29 AM »

Awesome!  I love that the stocking is sooo versatile Wink

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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2012 04:14:15 PM »

Hey, that makes sense. Thanks for the rough directions!

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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2012 08:14:27 AM »

LOL! You should totally make another one! That way, you'll get a year's worth of use out of it Tongue

When my brother and I were little, our stockings were a pair of Dad's wool work socks. Ah, memories of a simpler time...

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