Sunday, 4 November 2012

Goofy Mini Stockings

Dutch version of pattern; Swedish version of pattern; Charted version of pattern


Christmas is coming. So much crocheting to do. Anybody else panicking? Deep breaths, people. We still have time.

I made these mini stockings as little gifts for family and friends last year, and even though there are quite a few patterns for this type of project floating around the internet, I thought it wouldn't hurt to share mine.

The great thing about mini stockings is you can use them for different things.
You can use them as gift tags.


Attach a loop of yarn to the cuffs to make them into Christmas tree ornaments,



Or make them into fridge magnets. (For more details on how to attach magnets to your stockings, scroll down past the pattern.)


Have I left anything out?

They're fun and quick to make so why not give them go.

Goofy Mini Stockings

Size
7cm/2 ¾in long

Skill Level
Easy to moderate.

Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. The 3.00mm is my favourite hook.

Materials
Yarn
White
Your Favourite Colours

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Tapestry needle
Black felt for pupils
Felt in different colours for decorating
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.

Instructions

Stocking (in Favourite Colour and White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 4-8: sc in each st around
To make the heel you'll work 4 short rows, 9 sc long. To begin, turn your work and work a sc in the last 9 stitches of Rnd 8. *Turn and work a sc in the next 9 st*  three times. You've now created a little flap.



Rnd 9: Insert your hook in the middle of the side of the flap, pull yarn through, insert hook in the next sc at the base of the flap (marked by the white yarn in the photo below), pull yarn through, then pull yarn through 3 loops on hook. Mark this as your first st of the round.


Sc in the front loops of the next 7 st. Insert hook in the next sc, pull yarn through, insert hook in the middle of the side of the flap, pull yarn through then pull yarn through all 3 loops on hook.


Sc in next 9 st (18)

Rnd 10-15: sc in each st around
Change to White
Rnd 16: sc in each st around
Rnd 17: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (21)
Rnd 18-22: sc in each st around
Your stocking is now finished. If you wanted to add a pretty edge to the stocking cuff, finish with a round of crab stitch. Fasten off and weave in ends. Fold down the white part of the stocking to make the cuff.

Big Eye (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Sl st in next st and pull through yarn. Leave a tail of yarn to use when joining to the stocking.

Small Eye (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Sl st in next st and pull through yarn. Leave a tail of yarn to use when joining to the stocking.

Attach a small circle of black felt to each eye to make the pupils, using needle and thread or glue.


Attach to the stocking. You can just add one eye or three. Whatever takes your fancy.

Felt Features
If you want to add some eyebrows, cut some strips from black felt and attach above the eyes use a needle and thread or glue. Create other features from felt - a moustache, a tongue, big lips, whatever wacky features you can think of. Attach using needle and thread or glue.

Eyelid (in colour matching stocking)
If you'd like to make a one-eyed stocking like the green one in my photos, you may wish to add an eyelid over the eye. The eyelid is very easy to make. Make a chain a little wider than the eye. Sc in 2nd chain from the hook, then sc in each chain to the end. Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn. Curve this strip over the eye and attach to the stocking using the tail of yarn, stitching around the sides and top edge of the strip.

Make Your Mini Stockings into Fridge Magnets
You'll need a hot glue gun, some of those thin promotional magnets you can get in the mail, scissors and, of course, your mini stocking.



Cut out a rectangle from the magnet that will fit along the back of the stocking cuff. Cut out another larger rectangle to cover the back of the body of the stocking. The larger the rectangles, the better your stockings will stick to the fridge.



Attach the magnets to the back of the stocking with hot melt glue.


 After the glue has cooled down and set, your magnets will be ready to go.




Hope you had fun with this one.



Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2012
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