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Next Steps in Knitting: Simple Christmas Stocking

Thursday, October 19, 2017
6:00pm - 7:00pm
North Park - Meeting Room

Add to your knitting skills with this Next Steps in Knitting class for folks already comfortable with the knit and purl stitches. We will be knitting in the round on circular needles, and possibly on double points as well, and also learning the basics of sock construction. Both stockings use an Afterthought Heel.

We have two fairly simple patterns, but both allow a more experienced knitter to elaborate on the design. The Chevron Christmas Stocking is a free pattern from Ravelry. It takes approximately 170 yards of worsted weight yarn, and size 7 or 8 DPNs or a 16 inch circular, or you can work with two circulars or a magic loop. You will also need a couple of stitch markers, a tapestry needle, and some waste yarn.
The second pattern is the Classic Christmas Stocking, by Betty Lai, also a free pattern from Ravelry. It also uses worsted weight yarn, perhaps 230 yards in two colors, and size 8 needles (DPN or 16 inch circular, or longer if you prefer the magic loop method.) You will also need a couple of stitch markers, a tapestry needle, and some waste yarn.

The first class will cover creating the border at the top of the stocking, including how to add a name, how to change colors while knitting in the round, and how to use two colors of yarn to create a design in the same row (aka stranding), and anything else you need to knit the general length of the stocking.
For both stockings, it will be helpful if you can cast on, and knit the cuff before arriving for class. If you need help casting on and joining your stitches in order to knit in the round, please contact Nancy at the number below, to set up a time to go over this.

The second class, two weeks later, will cover decreasing and how to create the heel, bending your work to allow the foot to be knitted.

The final week will address any problems so far, and how to finish off the toe of the stocking.
Kelly will also address problems that come up, and if time allows, we may talk about how the pattern can be adapted to include other design features.

For this class, you must supply needles and yarn, and we will supply the pattern. Contact Nancy when you register, and she will provide you with a supply list. If you have problems providing supplies, Nancy may be able to help.

The crochet pattern is Christmas Stockings, by Sarah Wilham, also a free pattern from Ravelry. It takes worsted weight in four colors – one for the cuff, the toe, and the heel, and the others for stripes. You will also need an H hook, some stitch markers, and a tapestry needle.

We do not have a crochet instructor, but Stacy may be able to help you with issues that come up as you crochet.

If you are not interested in creating a stocking at this time, you are welcome to bring your own projects, and work on them while we have our class.

More Info

  • Registration Info: Those registering should be comfortable with knit and purl stitches, and had some practice with casting on and binding off.
    Registration is required, as is a commitment to attend both sessions. Must be 13 or older. Online registration ended Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 5:00pm.
  • Presenter: Kelly Vincent
  • Event Type: Crafts, Hobbies
  • Age Group: Adults, Teens
  • Contact: Nancy, (812) 428-8238