How to knit a Christmas stocking – a little guide to making the perfect wool Christmas stocking.
I’ve found THE PERFECT knitting patterns for making Christmas stockings you’ll want to keep forever. They are by wonderful Olga Prinku and are available to buy from her Etsy store. Olga has kindly shared her tips for creating the perfect Christmas stocking too – so why not get the knitting needles out and start making a stocking or two, or three..?
How to knit a Christmas stocking – Olga Prink’s expert tips
I love the festive season and the opportunity it creates to roll up your sleeves, start making and decorate the house. One of the first things I ever made was a Christmas stocking, when my son was two. I’ve been making them ever since, and not just for friends and family. Here’s what I think makes the perfect Christmas stocking:
Choose beautiful and natural materials. I love knitting and always choose 100% wool for my stockings, rather than manmade fibres.
Make it chunky. I love using chunky wool as it makes the stocking super tactile and also knits much faster. Chunky wool is expensive, though. Using multiple strands of less thick wool also works.
Make it BIG. I love oversized stockings, the roomier the better to fit in all those extra treats. Plus it will definitely make a statement over the fireplace! No-one will miss it.
If your stitches are not perfect, don’t worry – knitted wool is such a forgiving medium. Just use a crochet hook to redistribute the tension of the stitches to make them more even.
Knit it in the round to avoid any bulky seams. It might sound a bit scary knitting on 4 double-pointed needles, but it’s easier than it seems and there are lots of tutorials online.
Make an effort with the hoop for hanging. I love to use cotton ribbon, and to make it look neat I attach a wooden button over the seam where I’ve stitched the ribbon onto the stocking.
Personalise it! There are lots of ways to personalise your stocking. I particularly like the custom leather tags you can get on etsy.com. Or you could go down the embroidery route and stitch an initial on the front in a contrasting yarn.
If you’re not a knitter, don’t worry. You can also buy Olga’s ready-made stockings, like this Chunky Striped Nordic Stocking – all you have to do is hang them and enjoy!
You may already be familiar with Olga Prinku’s beautiful dried flower embroidery hoop art (read our blog post How to make embroidery hoop art with dried flowers)
Discover another great festive make idea by Olga here: how to make wool baubles with stripes. Hope you enjoy… X
You might like to discover another great festive MAKE idea from Olga: How to make wool baubles with stripes
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