Last year, I was determined to make my little guy a needlepoint stocking for his own. I went online, ordered the perfect pattern, and started working on it a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving. I worked on it almost every evening after putting my baby to bed.
Apparently, I either chose the most difficult pattern known to man kind or I'm just really bad at needlepoint because weeks went by and this was all I had completed...
I hate to be a quitter, but I had to come to terms with the fact that the stocking would never be finished in time for Christmas. I decided it would be ok if I finished it the following year but the other day I pulled it out of the closet and realized that it was even less complete then what I had remembered.
I still really wanted to do a handmade Christmas stocking for my little one so I started looking for alternative ideas online that would still look great but were less work (much less work).
I really loved the knitted stocking look (but after a failed knitting attempt a couple of years ago I decided that would also be too difficult for me). Then I found a tutorial on YouTube that shows you how to make a stocking using a simple round knitting loom (the same kind my 8 year old cousin knows how to use:)
I chose a few rustic looking yarn colors and got to work! It only took me about 4 or 5 hours to finish it and I love how it turned out (ok, I admit it looks a little homely and there are a few holes in the heel, but it just adds more character to it right?)
Click below to get more instructions...
Handmade Knit Stocking - on a round knitting loom
Yarn - color is you choice
Round knitting loom - can purchase at most craft stores, or even Wal-mart. *The size of loom you will need just depends on how wide you want your finished stocking to look. The loom I used was about 8" in diameter and made a stocking about 7" in width.
Knitting pick tool
Large plastic knitting needle
The You-Tube tutorials I followed are actually intended for a smaller stocking size, so I had to adjust the number of pegs I used for the heel...The man who posted the tutorials listed them in a sequence of around 10 videos. You can find the first video tutorial HERE (then look on the sidebar for his additional videos).
I also used THIS tutorial to learn how to switch colors.
When I finished my stocking I threaded a large needle and kitted the name on the top to give it a more personalized look.
If you have questions feel free to e-mail me at Strawberrychicblog@gmail.com