Friday, November 6, 2009
Gigantic Frosty Christmas Stocking!
Wow, is this a big Christmas stocking! Santa will have plenty of room to pack in the goodies! I finished knitting it earlier in the week and here it's pictured being blocked on the ironing board. I used blocking wires to even out the difference between the fair isle sections and the regular stockinette sections.
Fun,fun, it's a great pattern, I added my own personal touches by using my angora hand spun for the cuff, adding bobbles and breaking up the color bands with more of a stripy pattern because I like to see how the colors play off one another. I still need to embroider the words naughty and nice on each side of the cuff. This is an ample stocking, it measures 27" long, by 5 1/2" wide. I think when I knit more, I may make the pattern a bit smaller by using only one of the fair isle designs, that would still make it over 20" long, a good length for a stocking, I think. I'm pleased with how it came out, I got to practice my fair isle technique and I loved knitting these colors. I got a tip after I had finished with the fair isle sections, that if you knit inside out, that gives a little extra length to the yarn being carried along the back of the work, so that when it's turned right side out there isn't so much pull on the knitted fabric from the tension of the carried yarn. I will definitely use that technique next time, because I did have areas that wanted to snug in a bit from the yarn tension. The New Ancestral Christmas Stocking was an easy, quick pattern, knit some up for your family, or for yourself, it's got plenty of room for sugar plums of all shapes and sizes!
Have a great week! Blessings Friends!
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