Adaptations to a Stocking Pattern

This post is part of the Christmas in July~Hanukkah in the Heat Blog Hop Special Event.

I shared some of my favorite Christmas patterns last Christmas season and this was one of the ones I shared. A customer wanted stockings and when I was sending her pictures for options, she fell in love with this one but wanted it longer and wanted names at the top. So I made some pattern adaptations and decided to share what I did and my results! I still need to make 2 more for my customer and will be starting on them soon. If you would like to order some, I am offering a discount for orders placed by July 24th.

You can buy the pattern here from Schere Wade, who is the designer. I absolutely enjoyed this pattern. It is well written with a diagram for the layout and works up fairly quickly. It was really easy for me to take this on the go and work on it a little bit at a time. Here is her original design.

Copyright of Schere's Crafty Corner, used with permission

Copyright of Schere’s Crafty Corner used with permission

Here is what I did for the result that I got. For the extra length that my customer wanted, I added 2 more rows of the hexagons to the top. I also straightened out the top and created a fold over cuff to be able to add the names.

To straighten the top, you will need to know these stitches:

  • To work half treble crochet (htr): yo twice, insert hook from front to back in st or sp indicated, yo and draw yarn through st, (4 lps on hook), yo and draw yarn through 2 lps on hook, (3 lps on hook), yo and draw yarn through all 3 lps on hook.
  • To work half double treble (hdtr): yo three times, insert hook from front to back st or sp indicated, yo and pull up a lp (five lps on hook), yo and draw through two lps, (four lps on hook), yo and draw through two lps (three loops on hook.), yo and draw through three lps on hook.

For the top portion to put the name (which I cross-stitched onto the single crochet), here is what I did:

Using the same hook size as you used for the rest of the pattern.

Round 1: Attach yarn to point at top of stocking that lines up with the heel. Sc in same st as join and each st around and in the seam between each hexagon. Join with sl st to first st.

Round 2: Ch 1, *sc in 2 sts, hdc in 2 sts, dc in 2 sts, htr in 2 sts, tr in 2 sts, hdtr, dtr, hdtr, tr in 2 sts, htr in 2 sts, dc in 2 sts, hdc in 2 sts, sc, repeat from * around. Join with sl st to first st.

Round 3: Ch 1, sc around, join.

Round 4: Ch 1, turn, BL sc around. Join with sl st to first st.

Round 5-14: Ch 1, turn. Sc around. Join.

Finish off.

For the hanging loop, looking on the inside of the stocking, count 4 stitches from join (you will want to join to work toward the join) on Round 4 and attach yarn in unworked loop from that round.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc 8.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc across.

Repeat row 2 to desired length of loop, fold over and whipstitch to beginning row of strip.

If desired, you can cross stitch the names onto the cuff or leave them blank. I free handed the cross stitch.

StockingAdaptations

So there are my pattern adapatations and notes. Let me know what you think and don’t forget to check out the other Christmas in July~Hanukkah in the Heat participants!

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