It’s time for our first installment from our sweet guest blogger, Rosemary. I hope you all are ready to knit!
Ready to make a stocking? Let’s begin!
As promised last week, I’m including the picture of Amy’s stocking knitted by her grandmother…about 40 years ago!
Here is the link for the pattern. Go ahead and print it out. If it looks overwhelming, don’t despair! We are going to make this together. And, as we go along, I’m going to give you some hints to make things a little easier.
Let’s go. Buy 3 skeins of worsted weight yarn ; one each in red, white and green. You’ll also need a small amount of blue. You’ll have plenty left over….I’m knitting my 3rd stocking together with you and still using the same original skeins of yarn! You’ll also need a set of #5 regular knitting needles , another set of #5 double—pointed needles and a stitch holder (looks like a large safety pin). Don’t be alarmed when you purchase the yarn and see it calls for #8 or #9 needles…#5 is the correct needle size. I’m pretty confident about this, but in knitting I do always recommend checking the gauge. Because the stocking will be filled with tangerines and sugar plums, we want the stitches to be especially tight to hold the weight.
The second thing to do for next week (when we actually start knitting!) is to make your own name and date chart. Get a piece of graph paper. If you don’t have a pad around the house , just get on-line, put “graph paper” into the search engine and you’ll see how you can print out a piece. Following the pattern, make your own chart with the child’s name and birth year. The name and date has to be contained in 60 stitches or less (including spaces). We will be casting on 64 and will need at least two additional stitches before the beginning of the name and after the date. If your name is longer than can be accommodated in 60 stitches, you may choose to use a shorter nickname or eliminate the birth year. Here is a picture of the one I did for baby Alanna.
Get your yarn…and I’ll be back to guide you through the beginning, including the child’s name and birth year.
See you soon! Rosemary