Monday, 21 December 2015

Christmas Stockings Knit in Hayfield Chunky

For the past few weeks I have been busily knitting all sorts of things for the holiday season. Socks, hats, cowls, you name it! One of my favourite things about being a knitter is that I get to give people special hand-knit gifts when Christmas rolls around. But in addition to all of my knitting for friends and family, I also took a little time to knit some festive Christmas stockings for my own home. 

To make these stockings I used Hayfield Chunky with Wool in Winterberry (red) and Cream for a traditional Christmas colour scheme. Hayfield Chunky was the perfect wool for this project, the stockings knit up so quickly and I only needed two balls of wool to make one stocking. I especially love how sturdy Hayfield Chunky is; I haven't stuffed the stockings quite yet, but I can tell the wool is going to be durable for many winters to come. Hayfield Chunky with Wool is also machine washable, so I'll be able to keep the stockings looking like new.

I didn't have a pattern for these stockings, so this project also marks the first time I've ever designed my own pattern. I got a lot of the inspiration for my design from the book 55 Christmas Balls to Knit by Arne and Carlos. I loved their Nordic design and traditional Christmas images. 

To any knitter interested in designing their own Fair Isle pattern, I say just go for it! Open up some knitting books or sift through your old patterns and let yourself be inspired.

Post by Leah in our Edinburgh branch

For more knitted stocking ideas, take a look at Scandinavian Christmas Stockings by Mette Handberg

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