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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Part 3: Turning the heel of the stocking

Welcome to Part 3 of the Stuff It Stocking KAL. We are knitting along and have completed the top in Part 1, the body of the stocking in Part 2 and today we're going to knit the heel and instep. 

For the heel part of the stocking we will only be knitting on half of the stitches. First we'll work the heel flap, then we'll turn the heel and lastly we'll pick up stitches and join it back in the round and work the foot of the stocking. It sounds like a lot but I assure you it's not!

knitting a sock heel

Heel Flap

Cut Colors B and C leaving enough yarn to weave in later. Join Color A. Knit across 13 stitches on your first needle.

knitting a sock heel

There's our 13 stitches on Needle 1. Now, TURN your work over.

knitting a sock heel

You should be looking at the inside of the stocking. Purl 26 stitches, 13 that you just did with Color A and 13 on the next needle to your left. Purl them all on to one needle.

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We now have 26 stitches on one needle and these are the only ones we'll be working on for this portion of the stocking. The other two needles will just remain in place as stitch holders until we're ready to use those stitches again later.

knitting the heel of a sock

Row 1 is worked as slip 1, knit 1 and you alternate these two stitches as you go across the row. To slip a stitch means you do NOT knit it, just move it to the other needle. I slip my stitches as if I am purling for this portion. You can slip them knit-wise or purl-wise as long as you're consistent for the entire heel flap.

knitting the heel of a sock

Row 1: *Slip 1, knit 1* repeat from *to* across row. TURN.

Row 2: Slip 1, purl across row. (Note you only slip the first stitch on the purl side rows.)

Repeat these two rows 12 times more.

knitting the heel of a sock

Your heel flap will look like this on the right side when you've worked all of your repeats.

knitting the heel of a sock

And here is the inside or wrong side of the heel flap. 

That wasn't so bad was it? Now we're going to turn the heel. This would be the part of the sock that wraps from the back of the foot and hugs the heel. It's a fun adventure that will amaze you if you haven't done it before! 

how to knit the heel of a sock

Turn Heel

Knit across 15 stitches. Just plain knit, no slipping here.

how to knit the heel of a sock

Next you're going to decrease with SSK or slip, slip, knit. To perform this decrease slip one stitch knit-wise, slip a second stitch in the same manner.

turning a heel

Then insert the left needle into the front of the two slipped stitches and knit them together. That's an SSK. Now knit 1 stitch and TURN.

how to knit the heel of a sock

On the inside, slip the first stitch purl-wise then purl 5 stitches.

how to turn the heel of a sock

Purl 2 stitches together, or P2tog, by picking up two stitches and purling them together. Purl 1 more stitch and TURN.

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You will now be able to see a gap forming where you have turned your work. Can you see the gap in the middle of my row? There should be 8 stitches on either side of the gap.

turning the heel of a sock

Next work these two rows:

Row 3: Slip 1, knit to 1 stitch before the gap, SSK (across gap), knit 1 and TURN.

Row 4: Slip 1, purl to 1 stitch before the gap, P2tog (across gap), purl 1 and TURN. 

turning the heel of a sock

Here's how the gap looks on the wrong side. Continue working the two rows until 16 stitches remain on your needle. 

sock heel

Wow! Isn't that awesome? Look that how the heel just suddenly appears. 

turning the heel of a sock in knitting

Next, knit 8 stitches and leave them on the needle. 

picking up stitches

Cut Color A and change to Color C. With a new needle (needle 1), knit across the remaining 8 stitches. Rotate your work slightly. We will now be picking up stitches down the edge of the heel flap. Insert your needle in to the large, slipped stitches on the edge of the heel flap, wrap your yarn around the needle and pick up a stitch. 

picking up stitches on a sock

Continue picking up stitches along the heel flap until you have 13 additional stitches on  your needle. 

picking up stitches on a sock heel

You will then have 21 stitches on needle 1.

picking up stitches on a sock heel

Next work the 13 reserved stitches on needles 2 and 3 which will begin to join your stocking back in the round.

picking up stitches on a sock heel

Now we just have 13 more stitches to gather. With a new needle (needle 4) pick up 13 stitches down the second edge of the heel flap.

turning the heel of a sock

Knit the 8 stitches being held on the remaining needle. There should now be 21 stitches on needle 4.

turning the heel of a sock

Now your stocking should look like this. We're back to four needles and working in the round. The beginning of the round is at the center of the heel. From the bottom and moving clockwise we have Needle 1 with 21 stitches, Needle 2 with 13 stitches, Needle 3 with 13 stitches and Needle 4 with 21 stitches. 

turning the heel of a sock

Foot

Add Color B and begin working the stripe pattern. Knit to the last 3 stitches on needle 1. Knit 2 together (K2tog) then knit 1. Knit across needles 2 and 3.

decreasing the heel of a sock

For needle 4, knit 1, SSK then knit to the end of the round. 

Next round: Knit across all 4 needles.

Decrease round: Knit to last 3 stitches on needle 1, K2tog, K1; K13 on needles 2 and 3; on needle 4, K1, SSK, knit to end.

Working in the established stripe pattern, repeat these two rounds until 52 stitches remain.

working the foot of a sock

Continue working in the stripe pattern until the foot measures 7" from the back of the heel ending with 3 rounds of Color B.

Phew! It was quite a section but isn't it amazing to watch it come together like that? You now know how to turn a heel. That's the hardest part of a sock and you just did it. You're a pro!

Check in again on Tuesday, December 16 for Part 4.

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Part 2: Stripes and carrying colors up in knitting

Welcome to Part 2 of the Stuff It Stocking KAL. I hope you made it through Part 1 without any problems. Today we'll be working on the body of the stocking and working stripes without cutting the yarn. Sounds fun! 

Body of Stocking 

For the body of the stocking we will be working a stripe pattern of three rows with Color B and two rows with Color C. With all these stripes we don't want to have to cut the yarn each time we change colors so we'll carry the yarn up the inside of the stocking with a simple twist. You'll have two balls of yarn attached to your project but that's much easier than weaving in all those ends if you had to cut the yarn each time!

adding stripes in knitting

To begin, cut Color A and set that skein aside. Add Color B and begin knitting. Work three rounds.

adding stripes to knitting

Leave Color B attached and add Color C. Knit two rounds with Color C.

carrying colors up while knitting stripes

Now you will perform a skilled, expert knitting magic trick. Keep Color C attached, reach down inside your stocking, find Color B and gently pull it behind Color C. Begin knitting with Color B and work your three rows.

It may not look like much now but by simply bringing one yarn behind the other in the same direction on each color change will link them together to prevent holes from forming. And no crazy ends to weave in!

carrying colors while knitting stripes

After a few rows you should have a nice tidy link system hidden inside your stocking. Knitting hocus pocus!

knitting stripes

Continue working the five rows of the stripe pattern until you have eight sets. Work three more rounds with Color B.

christmas stocking

Now work one only one round with Color C.

And that's it! Day 2 of the Stuff It Stocking KAL is complete. To continue following along check in again on Thursday, December 11.

Find a Ewe Ewe yarn store near you >

We're also excited to we have lots of Ewe Ewe yarn stores participating in the KAL! Check out these stores, call to see what time they're knitting their Stuff It Stockings and maybe you can knit along with them! 

Read more in our Ravelry group >

Join on InstagramTwitter and Facebook with #stuffitkal.

Or... leave a comment below! Happy knitting!