Gavin’s Christmas Stocking
Last year I decided it was finally time we had Christmas stockings and cast on the New Ancestral Christmas Stocking from Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines. I chose to use Knit Picks Wool of the Andes from my stash in Grass, Red, and White.
I knew I wouldn’t finish two (or one!) of them by Christmas and wound up setting the first one aside for a few months after Christmas had passed. When I picked it up, I realized I had already done all of the stranded knitting and just needed to knit the foot and do the embroidery. The foot was easy, and I opted to do it the way I usually do regular socks since at 64 stitches, it was pretty much exactly the same as a usual sock, just bigger!
I had never done any duplicate stitching before, but this tutorial from Purl Bee was perfect and helped me get it figured out. When working on Gavin’s name, I had a lot of trouble envisioning it correctly since I found it easier to work the duplicate stitching correctly when the stocking was upside-down. I restarted about three times before getting some graph paper, charting his entire name, and then turning it upside-down. Next time, I’m starting that way!
Here’s what the inside looks like, for the curious:
I have plans to knit mine later this summer, leaving plenty of time to finish but also giving me a break between working on the two. Hopefully I’ll be done by Christmas!