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Solstice Glow stocking

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Either with the glow of summer or of winter, enjoy this Solstice as our earth pauses at the extreme of its orbit.

This is a pattern for a knitted stocking for decorations or to hold small gifts. It is worked in the round from the cuff down and using the Fair-Isle knitting technique. In addition, Duplicate st and basic embroidery are used to add tails, manes, etc..
There are 4 animal stocking motifs and 6 small motifs to choose from. The animals are pigs, horse, chickens, and geese.

Stitches are cast on and the cuff is worked, then your chosen animal chart and chosen small motif chart before the heel is turned with short rows. Then the foot is worked (continuing small motif) and finally the star-shaped toe. An i-cord loop for hanging is worked attached and your stocking is ready to hang!

Please note, there are floats over 6 sts. If you are expecting heavy use or small sharp gifts, these may catch. You may wish to catch floats every 3 sts, knit a sock lining, or use fabric to make a lining.

Shetland 4ply by, Gathered Sheep Yarns; Fingering; 100% Pure Shetland Wool; 234yds (213.97m) / 55g or 96yds (87.8m)/20g mini skein
approximate yarn amounts (to knit a single stocking):
MC (Vampires Blood) - 234yds/213m; 1 full skein
CC1 (Dove) - 75yds/69m; 1 mini skein
CC2 (Ghoulish Cocktail) - 40yds/37m; 1 mini skein
CC3 (Spicy Treat) - 80yds/73m; 1 mini skein
2.75mm (us no 2) circulars 20in/50cm; DPNs 6in/15cm
3.0mm (us no 2.5) circulars 20in/50cm; DPNs 6in/15cm
28 sts x 28 rows = 4in/10cmmeasured over stranded stockinette on larger needles
28 sts x 40 rows = 4in/10cmmeasured over single-colour stockinette on smaller needles
Some knitters work stranded and single-coloured at different gauges. Change needles, as needed, to keep gauge the same throughout.
approximate finished size:
7in/ 18cm (cuff width) x 20.5in/52cm (cuff to toe)
additional tools:
needle to weave in ends, st markers (4), st holders/waste yarn
You will get a PDF (4MB) file

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