I've been asked by a dear friend to knit christmas stockings for 4 members of her family. Back when she was a baby, her auntie hired someone to knit stockings for everyone in the family, all alike, with their names at the top. This was 30 years ago, and there are now 4 assorted husbands, new children, etc. in the family who don't have matching stockings. Auntie saw a hat I knitted for my friend's baby and asked my friend to ask me to knit the 4 stockings.
Well I truly want to! It will force me to learn the basics of sock knitting, which I've been avoiding for fear of failure for YEARS. Adding the names at the top will also be a welcome challenge...I fear color work also.
The problems I need help with: (pictures of the example stocking my friend gave me are behind the cut)
1. I don't have a pattern. Easily resolved with some looking around I'm sure, but I thought I'd ask here in case someone already knows. I know they want it to look as similar as possible to the one they let me have as an example.
2. Where to find the yarn? It is 100% pure "oh my god not another crocheted afghan from Granny" acrylic. I thought it would be easy to find a few skeins of christmas Red Heart super saver, but so far my searching has been fruitless. I found some at Herrsherrs (or however you spell it) but it didn't quite match the other stockings, and they were sold out.
3. Where on earth am I going to start with the letters? Do I need stencils? I don't even understand the basics of something like that. Is it intarsia? Fair isle? ack.
4. I thought stockings and socks are knit in the round on dpns (a whole separate worry, as I've never used dpns before for anything). But this one is definitely knitted flat, because there's a seam up the back. I'm not sure why that's a problem I need help with, but I am stuck on that fact for some reason.
ok, so here are the photos of the example stocking: ( Collapse )
If anyone can give me an idea of how you'd start, or recommend a pattern, that would be fabulous.
I know it is optimistic to say I'll do this, but this woman has been a good friend to me and I would love to do this for her auntie. I've said well, let me give it a try with the one they want for your husband, since his name is only 5 letters...then show it to your auntie and see if she wants me to go ahead with the other 3.
Any help from any of you is greatly appreciated!