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Knitted Candy Cane Stockings
These Christmas striped boots can replace or complement the stockings already hanging on the mantle. They are quick and easy to knit and since they are stretchy, they can hold more presents and goodies from Santa than a mere sock! Make a few in different sizes and colors for all of the "kids" in the family.
beg – beginning; dec – decrease; inc – increase; K – knit; K2tog – knit two stitches together; pm – place marker; rem – remaining; rep – repeat; st(s) – stitch(es); tog – together; YO – yarn over
Small: Approximately 3 ½ in (9 cm) wide (across top) x 7 in (18 cm) long (from top edge to base of heel)
Large: Approximately 5 in (12.5 cm) wide (across top) x 10 in (25 cm) long (from top edge to base of heel)
- #4 Worsted Weight Yarn (we used Patons Canadiana Yarn, 100% Acrylic):
Main Color (MC) - Small: 1 oz/28 gr, Large: 2 oz/56 gr
Contrast Color (CC) – Small: 1 oz/28 gr, Large: 2 oz/56 gr
- Boye® Knitting Needles, size 10 (5.75 mm)
- Boye® Yarn Needle
- 3 – Boye® Stitch Holders
- 4 – Boye® Stitch Markers
In Garter St (knit each row), 11 sts = 3 in / 7.5 cm; 8 rows = 1 in / 2.5 cm
Directions are given for a size Small. Changes for size Large are in parentheses ( ).
Note: Top section is worked on the bias
With MC, cast on one st.
Row 1: (right side): Knit in front and back of st (inc made) (2 sts).
Row 2: Inc in first st, K1 (3 sts).
Row 3: Inc in first st, knit rem sts (4 sts). Drop MC (do not cut – color is carried up side of work); join CC.
Rows 4 & 5: With CC, rep Row 3 twice (6 sts). Twist colors at edge of work by bringing dropped color to front of work and then up and over color being used, and drop color at back of work (color twisted). NOTE: Twist colors in this manner on each stripe between 2nd and 3rd rows.
Rows 6 & 7: Continuing with CC, rep Row 3 twice (8 sts); 2 stripes now completed. Change to MC (drop CC and pick up MC behind color just used). Alternating colors every four rows, rep Row 3 until there are 28 (52) stitches and a total of 4 (7) MC and 3 (6) CC stripes. Change to CC.
Next Row: With CC, K2tog (dec made), knit rem sts – 27 (51) sts.
Next Row: Inc in first st, knit rem sts – 28 (52) sts.
Rep previous two rows one time. Change to MC.
Changing color every four rows, rep these four rows until a total of 10 (16) stripes. Change to MC.
Next Row: K2tog (dec made), knit rem sts – 27 (51) sts.
Alternating colors every four rows rep this row until on st remains. You should have a total of 17 (29) stripes. Last stripe will have 3 rows instead of 4 rows. Top section is now complete. Cut CC; continue with MC.
BEGIN FOOT PORTION AND HOLES FOR CORD
With wrong side facing, use needle with one st on it and pick up 21 (37) sts along long edge (approximately every other row) for a total of 22 (38) sts.
Cord Row: K2tog, * YO, K2tog; rep from * across – 21 (37) sts (each YO counts as one st).
Next Row: Inc in first st, * K3, inc in next st; rep from * across – 27 (47) sts. Cut MC; join CC and work instep as follows.
Row 1: With CC, K18 (31). Place remaining 9 (16) sts on stitch holder.
Row 2: K9 (15). Place remaining 9 (16) sts on a stitch holder.
Rows 3 & 4: Knit across 9 (15) center sts. At the end of Row 4, drop CC; join MC. Alternating colors every 4 rows, knit even on center 9 (15) sts for 20 (28) more rows. At the end of Row 24 (32), you should have 6 (8) stripes. Cut both colors and place center stitches on stitch holder.
Row 1: With right side of work facing, move 9 (16) sts in CC from stitch holder to right needle. Join CC and pick up 11 (15) sts along right edge of instep, place 9 (15) center stitches onto left needle and knit, pick up 11 (15) sts along left edge of instep, place last 9 (16) sts on left needle and then knit. – 49 (77) sts.
NOTE: Stitches may be tight on needle, but will loosen up as subsequent rows are worked.
Rows 2 through 4: Knit. Drop CC at end of Row 4; join MC.
Rows 5 through 12: Knit 4 rows with MC; change to CC and knit 4 more rows. At end of Row 12, you will have 3 stripes – 2 CC and 1 MC. Cut CC; continue with MC for heel and toe shaping.
HEEL AND TOE SHAPING
Row 1: K4 (7), K 2tog, pm; K12 (20), pm, K2tog, K9 (15), pm; K12 (20), pm, K2tog, K4 (7) – 45 (73) sts. On the following rows, slip markers from right to left needle as they present themselves.
Next Row: K to 2 sts before marker, K2tog; K to next marker, K2tog; K to 2 sts before next marker, K2tog; K to next marker, K2tog; K to end of row – 41 (69) sts. Rep this row until 33 (49) sts remain.
Next Row: K2tog, K12 (20); K2tog; K1, K2tog; K12 (20), K2tog) – 29 (45) sts.
Bind off all sts in knit. Finish off, leaving approximately 24" sewing length. Sew sole and back seam. Weave in all ends.
CO 16 sts. BO all sts leaving approximately 8" tail. Sew ends together to form loop. Sew loop to back of stocking. Weave in ends.
Cord (Approximately 20 in / 50cm (32 in / 80cm when stretched gently)
CO 90 (130) sts. BO all sts. Weave in ends. Beg at center front and weave cord through holes and then tie in bow.