This is a crochet pattern review of the Claire Christmas Stocking pattern by Ashley of A Crafty Concept. Reviewed by Carrie of Mountain Momma Crochet for Cre8tion Crochet.
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Carrie from Mountain Momma Crochet here! I appreciate you checking out the assessment of the Claire Christmas Stocking.
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It’s the countdown to all things Christmas. Well, okay, let’s be honest. The countdown has already started. If we are brutally honest, it started before we binged on our leftover Halloween candy. On the highest shelf of your local merchandise stores, if you were like me, you noticed the red and green ready to be brought down to eye level. If you are in the crochet and knitting circles, you were readily working on gifts for family and friends or prepping for upcoming markets. The most comforting message I can give you at a time like this (mid-November), is that you still have time my friends!
If you are active on social media, you probably recognize the design of this stocking. Insert Ashley from A Craft Concept. Say hello to the Claire Christmas Stocking. Does the name ‘Claire’ ring a bell from this designer? She has a messy bun beanie and beanie pattern in the same name. All three items center around the ‘puff stitch’. After seeing Ashley’s posts about her new stocking this pattern went straight to the top of my ‘make list’. If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you could probably predict the ‘t’ word…. TEXTURE! This stitch even feels good on your hands.
What Supplies Do I Need to Crochet a Puff Stitch Christmas Stocking?
- Two shades of worsted weight (size 4) yarn; Big Twist Tweed is pictured in ‘Gray’ and Big Twist Value in ‘Black’ – main color 3-4 oz., secondary color 1 oz.
- Size G6/4mm and H8/5mm Crochet Hooks
- Needle for weaving in ends
- Claire Christmas Stocking – Free Pattern via her blog, or Paid PDF via Etsy
You can get creative with this pattern. Ashley’s social media posts for this stocking are really playful with reds, pinks, and greens – and she throws in a splash of a pretty aqua. Her color combos remind me of holiday candylands and break out of the traditional red and green. There’s obviously nothing wrong with a red and green color combination but I’ll be honest, her color wheel for her post drew me in. I went with a basic two-color combination, with tweed for the main color of the stocking. In a moment of weakness, I committed to using BLACK as my secondary color. If I needed a reminder that I’m getting older, the black yarn did it for me. I even went to Home Depot and purchased ANOTHER lamp for my sitting area where I craft. While most will never meet me, I feel comfortable sharing this among (many) like-minded yarn enthusiasts.
How Long Does it Take to Crochet a Claire Christmas Stocking?
I completed this make over two evenings. I’ve crocheted a few different stockings, so most concepts about this type of design were not foreign. Even without experience, the YouTube video tutorial (from start to finish) should help you overcome any hurdles if this is your first stocking.
There is no gauge or measurement mentioned in the pattern. Don’t knock it. For this type of pattern, it’s truly not needed. For a visual, my finished stocking measures almost 10 inches from the top of the cuff to the top of the heel. The top of the cuff to the toe of the stocking is 17 inches.
I’m a huge fan of a pattern with a video tutorial. This pattern not only spells out the definition of stitches it also offers a step-by-step on YouTube. Each piece of the pattern, including technique, stitch definitions, and tips on the cuff are included. The cuff is created by repetitive rows of SC and finished by creating a ‘brim’ around the top of the stocking. This part was the most tedious for me. I tend to crochet on the tight side. I modified the finish of the cuff by slip stitching into ‘two’ stitches in the row versus ‘one’ as the pattern calls for. I may attempt a second and try using this approach: 4 mm for the body, 6 mm for the SC foundation of the cuff, and 5 mm for the cuff itself. If you try the pattern as written and have the same tendencies for tension, let me know how it works for you! There’s no way I’m closing the blog post without sharing the join in this make. I’m pretty proud of it.
While this isn’t generally part of the context for the post, I’m giving a shout-out to this designer. I purchased this pattern just after it was released. I couldn’t get the cuff to work out, so I reverted back to the video instructions and found a typo in the pattern. Personal tip – if you purchase a design and find an issue or have a question, reach out to the designer directly if possible. I’ve watched as some take to social media without giving the designer the opportunity to respond. Ashley was on top of it. I had a corrected PDF waiting on me in less than 24 hours, but I also had an immediate confirmation of how to proceed. This was even on the weekend when she was spending time with her family. While I didn’t expect an immediate answer because of the timing, she was prompt. I give this pattern five stars but I give the designer TEN stars. This rating would still be my assessment if she didn’t get back to me until Monday or Tuesday. I’ve followed her patterns and posts. She supports community over competition (truly) and creates a platform where other designers can promote their own brands and makes.
I’d also like to add that her designs are modestly priced. As an example, this current listing shows $3.00 on Etsy. An easy and affordable option to support someone so giving in the crochet community. <3
I’d like to thank Cre8tion Crochet for the opportunity to reach out to a larger audience and for the experience of getting to place some thoughts onto digital paper.
Carrie of Mountain Momma Crochet
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