Crochet your Christmas Stockings

When each of my brothers and I were born, my awesome mom used her mad cross-stitching skills to make us each a custom Christmas stocking. So when I got married I decided I wanted to make my husband and I Christmas stocking too. Since I’m a miserable cross-stitcher, I decided to do the one thing I could do and crochet our stockings.

Now, this was before I started Sweet Kiwi Crochet, and I made a dumb mistake on my husbands sock. I thought to myself “this sock would be even MORE awesome if it was lined!” and then proceeded to try to sew a lining into it. I realized I had no idea what I was doing about 1/2″ of the way around and tried to unpick it, but I couldn’t get it all out. I ended up with a big ugly piece of material sewn to the inside of the sock.

While this may not bug most people, it drove me crazy for 3 years. Luckily I only made this mistake on 1 stocking and still had 1 good one. This year I FINALLY decided to make a new one, and I thought I’d share the pattern that I used with you!

I wanted the new Christmas stocking to match the one I would be keeping around. I had made the stocking out of a free pattern I found online, but after several internet searches I couldn’t find the exact hexagon pattern.

SO, I’m going to share the hexagon pattern I used, and then link to a pattern on Ravelry that gives instructions on assembling the hexagons. You can really use any Hexagon pattern that you like, and they can be any size! For reference, my hexagons were 5″ across at their widest width, and the finished stocking measured 24″ long at it’s longest measurement. Here’s a crappy picture of the finished product:

CH 3 counts as first DC in each round. Join with a slip stitch at the top of each CH 3 at end of each round.

Round 1: CH 4 (or start with Magic Circle and chain 3), DC 11 times in 4th st from hook. (12)

Round 2: CH 3, DC in same stitch, CH 1. [DC 2 times, CH] in each st around. (24 DC, 12 CH 1)

Round 3: This round is worked in the CH 1 spaces from previous round. CH 4 (counts as first DC, CH 1). DC 3 times in next space. *DC 3 times in next space, CH 1, DC 3 times in next space*. Repeat from * to * 4 times. Be sure to only CH 1 between every other set of CH 3. DC 2 times in last space. (36 DC, 6 CH 1)

Round 4: This round is worked between the CH 3 clusters of the previous round, whether there was a CH 1 there or not. CH 3, DC 2 times in same space, CH 1, DC 3 times in same space, DC 3 times in next space. *[DC 3 times, CH 1, DC 3 times] in next space, DC 3 times in next space*. Repeat from * to * around. (54 DC, 6 CH 1 spaces)

Finish off and tuck in your end!

 And here is the link to the pattern on Ravelry for constructing your sock:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stuffable-stockings

Obviously I just used one color, but you can do whatever you like!

Now, keep in mind, this pattern is FREE on the link I’ve provided on Ravelry. This is a vintage pattern that you don’t have to pay for, but some people are trying to sell it on Craftsy.

I know, NOT a great picture, but in my defense, we haven’t started decorating for Christmas yet!! Also, I need to be work on my photography skills!

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Granny Hexagon’s

I don’t remember a time when I didn’t  know how to crochet. I remember making a couple of mile-a-minute afghans as a kid, but since I started Sweet Kiwi Crochet I haven’t made many blankets. In fact, I have 3 half-finished ones in my spare closet.

Using the same color for a long period of time bores me, so I like to make small things, like hats! That way, I can change it up whenever I get bored!

Lately, though, I’ve been wanting to make another blanket. Recognizing my tendency to get bored, I decided to make a granny square style blanket, and to change up the inside colors and use up some of my extra yarn!

This is a very simple pattern that you only need basic crochet skills to work up!

To Work Hexagon:

Use any size hook you like, and as many colors as you like!

Round 1: Ch 6. Join with a sl st to form a ring.

Round 2: This round is worked in the loop just created. Ch 3, (counts as first DC)DC, ch 2. *DC 2 times, ch 2*. Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st at the top of ch 3. You should have 12 DC and 12 chains at the end of this round.

Round 3: Ch 3. DC in next st. *DC, ch 2, DC in next ch 2 space, DC in next 2 st*. Repeat from * to * 4 more times. DC, ch 2, DC in last ch 2 space. Join with a sl st at the top of ch 3. You should have 24 DC and 12 chains at the end of this round.

Round 4: Ch 3. DC in next 2 st. *DC, ch 2, DC in next ch 2 space, DC in next 4 st*. Repeat from * to * 4 more times. DC, ch 2, DC in last ch 2 space. DC in last st. Join with a sl st at the top of ch 3. You should have 36 DC and 12 chains at the end of this round.

Fasten off.

You can change colors as often as you like, or do solid hexagons. As you can see, I chose to change colors every round.

You can make as many, or as few, hexagons as you like!

 Some people get scared of joining granny squares and are afraid that they’re going to come undone. It’s really not as scary as it might seem! Lucy from Attic 24 has a GREAT photo tutorial on joining granny squares, so check out her site if you have any problems!

Once I started into making this afghan I realized that we REALLY didn’t need another one, but I had a great cousin with a birthday coming up that would LOVE it! So I cruised through, finished the whole thing in 4 days and got it done for Kylie!