Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ready for Christmas now...

I finished the family Christmas stockings this week, yay!

The pattern is Easy Christmas Stocking by Minnie McKain from the 2007 Crochet Pattern a Day Calendar.

I did modify it a little bit because the stockings were coming out a little small to actually use as Christmas stockings, in my opinion. Also, I futzed around with how to make the hanging loop a little, but mostly I just upgraded to a bigger hook (from size G to size I) and increased the number of stitches in each round from 41 to 50. I am extremely pleased with how they turned out.

Here is my husband's:


And our daughter's:

And here are all three together:

For once I am actually hoping that Wal-Mart puts out their Christmas stuff as soon as Halloween is over so I can go get hangers for the stockings to put on our awesome bookshelves! Though I won't actually hang them until December...

Anyhoo, so that project's done. I've been searching out other projects I can do to use up all of the cool and special yarn I have accumulated over the years (mostly thanks to my mother) but haven't been able to figure out what to do with. Mostly this is resulting in socks. I have completed the first sock of my second run at Easy Does It--I am super pleased with how it came out! I also found a pattern for a really nifty vest that I am going to start tomorrow. So, lots going on. Also I am going to make a TCU themed blanket for a friend's Christmas present, hopefully I will be going to get the yarn for that in the next few days.

I will keep you updated as projects progress. Hope you are all having a fantabulous week!


McReynolds Family said...

Hi! I also am trying to make these stockings but I am having a little trouble with the instructions and was wondering if you could help me! I am on Rd #40 of the stocking and it says to work the pattern for 2 repeats working across Ch. 20; however, it says that this will be Rds. 40-45. If I so the pattern repeat from twice from the first page I count that to be more than 5 rounds. I am so confused. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!!

Cori Hull said...

Oh goodness, I had to pull the pattern out and look at it again, and I just. O.O No wonder you're confused. It is BADLY written. It took me a few minutes to notice it again (and then remember doing the same thing back when I made these) that it skips from round 29 to 40. That's actually a typo. It should say rounds 30 to 45, not 40 to 45. So it is actually 16 rows. It should be like this: rd 30 hdc, rds 31-33 sc, rd 34 dc, rds 35-37 sc, rd 38 hdc, rds 39-41 sc, rd 42 dc, rds 43-45 sc. I hope that helps!!!

McReynolds Family said...

Awesome!!! Thank you! I have been going CRAZY over this!! :))) I found your blog by doing a google search but I blindly asked for help knowing that this was several years ago!!!! I thought it had to be a typo, but then I thought I just wasn't understanding since I am not an advanced crocheter (if that is a word!) !! I really hoped I could teach you, and I am so glad you took the time to respond!! I am trying to make my daughters these for Christmas ( they are 3 and 2)!! You did help and I sure hope thy turn out as lovely as yours!!! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!!! I may need more assistance along the way, so if u can, check back freaquently lol!!!

Cori Hull said...

You're very welcome! I'm glad I could be of help! I am sure your stocking will turn out wonderfully. :D

Feel free to ask me any questions you have about crochet. If I don't know the answer, I can probably at least help you find someone who does.

Although you will probably have more luck reaching me through my current blog:

Or if you're on Ravelry I'm AtlantisDragonGrl.

Good luck! Happy crocheting!