Part 5: Making the hang loop and blocking the stocking

Today we'll knit the hang loop as an i-cord, sew in the ends and block our Christmas stockings so they're perfect for filling!

knitting an i-cord

Hang Loop

To make an i-cord is kind of strange but follow along and let's go! You'll only be using 2 needles for this part. With Color A, cast on 8 stitches.

how to knit an i-cord

Then slide those stitches to the other end of the needle. Don't turn your work! Just slide the stitches to the other end.

how to knit an i-cord

Pull your knitting yarn across the back of your work and knit in to the first stitch. It seems odd but it's ok.

knitting an i-cord

Yes, there's a big thread across the back but that's ok. I promise! 

how to knit an i-cord

Knit across those stitches. Don't turn.

how to knit an i-cord

When you finish slide the stitches to the other end of the needle and keep going in this manner.

making an i-cord correctly

If you peek on the back of the work you'll see there's some long loops.

how to knit an i-cord

Gently tug down on the bottom of the work.

knitting an i-cord

 And those extra loops will tighten up.

making an i-cord

Work in i-cord until piece measures 5". 

binding off i-cord

Bind off the i-cord as you normally would.

attaching the i-cord

Attach the hang loop to the top of the stocking at the same edge as the heel.

hand knit christmas stocking

So there you go! Your very own hand-knitted Christmas stocking! Take a moment to congratulate yourself.

Now let's finish it by blocking.

blocking hand knits

Block the Stocking

Blocking helps relax and even out your knitting stitches. It just refines the finished piece to help it looks as refined as possible. To block your Wooly Worsted stocking you'll need a bowl, some wool wash (I like Soak) and two large towels.

blocking hand knit items

Add your stocking and a few drops of wool wash to the bowl and fill with cool water.

soaking a hand knit garment

Submerge your stocking to and gently swish it around to release any air bubbles. You won't need to worry about the colors of Wooly Worsted yarn running or bleeding because Wooly Worsted is specially treated to be washed. Your water should remain clear. Let the stocking soak for about 15-20 minutes.

blocking hand knits

Drain the water from your bowl. Do not squeeze or wring your stocking. It looks pretty pathetic at this point but that's ok. It will recover!

blocking hand knits

Carefully lay your stocking out on a towel. Be sure not to pull or tug on one part of your stocking. 

blocking hand knits

Fold your towel over your stocking. I folded in thirds.

blocking hand knits

Then roll it on up! Press and squeeze the towel as you roll to get as much water out of the stocking as you can.

blocking hand knits

Unroll your towel and check out your stocking. Lay it flat on the other, dry towel. Gently arrange the stocking in the way you would like it to dry. Line up your stitches, smooth out any bumps then let it rest. Leave your stocking to dry. Do not touch it until it's dry! This will set your stitches for the long run. It could take a whole day for your stocking to dry completely. Now it's time to hang your new stocking!

hand knit christmas stocking

It's ready for Santa to stuff! 

Thank you to everyone who participated and I hope you had fun making the Stuff It Stocking with us! Be sure to send photos of your finished stocking to me (heather at eweewe dot com). 

We were so happy to have lots of Ewe Ewe yarn stores participating in the KAL! Check out these stores to make your own Stuff It Stocking or other great Ewe Ewe project: 

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Part 4: Closing the toe and Kitchener Stitch

Welcome to Part 4 of the Stuff It Stocking knit along! We're on the home stretch and today we're going to decrease this stocking right off the needles. We'll be working the toe and finishing with the Kitchener Stitch.

Changing colors at the toe

Toe

Cut Colors B and C. Change to Color A and knit to the last 3 stitches on Needle 1, knit 2 together then knit 1.

Decreasing at the toe of a sock

Work Needle 2 as knit 1, SSK, knit to the end of the needle.

Needle 3 knits as for Needle 1 with: knit to the last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1.

And Needle 4 knits as for Needle 2: knit 1, SSK, knit to the end of the needle. You have completed Round 1 and decreased 4 stitches. Now knit the next round.

You'll be working these two rounds for the majority of the toe. Let's read it as it's written in the Stuff It Stocking knitting pattern:

Round 1: K to the last 3 sts on needle 1, K2tog, K1; needle 2, K1, SSK, K to end; needle 3, K to the last 3 sts, K2tog, K1; needle 4, K 1, SSK, K to end.

Round 2: K all sts.

Repeat these two rounds until 28 sts remain.

Decreasing at the toe of a sock

Once you are down to 28 stitches (you should have 7 stitches on each needle) repeat only Round 1 until 8 sts remain.

Preparing for Kitchener Stitch

You will now have 2 stitches on each needle. Knit across the two stitches on Needle 1.

Preparing for Kitchener Stitch

Redistribute the stitches from Needles 1 & 4 on to one needle and Needles 2 & 3 on another needle. Hold them parallel. Cut the yarn leaving an 18" tail. 

How to knit Kitchener Stitch

Flip the stocking over so the yarn is coming from the back needle. Thread a yarn needle with the tail. We are now ready to begin the Kitchener Stitch.

How to knit Kitchener Stitch

Kitchener Stitch 

Step 1: Insert the needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to PURL. Gently pull the yarn through the stitch leaving the stitch on the front needle.

How to knit Kitchener Stitch

Step 2: Insert the needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to KNIT. Gently pull the yarn through the stitch leaving the stitch on the back needle.

How to work Kitchener Stitch

Step 3: Insert the needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to PURL. Gently pull the yarn through the stitch and off the front needle.

How to sew Kitchener Stitch

Step 4: Insert the needle through the first stitch on the front needle as if to PURL. Gently pull the yarn through the stitch leaving it on the front needle.

How to work Kitchener Stitch

Step 5: Insert the needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to PURL. Gently pull the yarn through the stitch and off the front needle.

Sewing the Kitchener Stitch

Step 6: Insert the needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to KNIT. Gently pull the yarn through the stitch leaving it on the back needle.

Repeat Steps 3-6 until all the stitches have been worked. 

Finishing the Kitchener Stitch

Step 6: Insert the needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to KNIT. Gently pull the yarn through the stitch leaving it on the back needle.

Repeat Steps 3-6 until all the stitches have been worked. 

Finishing the toe of a sock, grafting

If you don't get it on the first try that's ok! Working the Kitchener Stitch takes practice and time. It's a strange technique to graft live stitches together with a yarn needle. Just remember not to pull the stitches to tight with every step. Remember you're adding a new row of knitting not making a seam.

Secure your last stitch and weave in your yarn end. You just knit a whole sock!

Check in again on Thursday, December 18 for Part 5.

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