This is a crochet pattern review of the Holly Jolly Christmas Stocking designed by Megan of Left in Knots. Review done by Kami Jones for Cre8tion Crochet.
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The team here at Cre8tion Crochet decided to focus some of our content for the next couple months on Megan of Left in Knots. Her husband’s cancer journey has taken away from her ability to work this holiday season. You can read more about her story on Instagram. My contribution is a three part pattern review series that I am calling Mondays for Megan. I am also hoping to continue the promotion on my Instagram sharing one of her patterns I have made every Monday through Christmas.
Megan of Left in Knots is well known in the crochet community for her water balloon pattern and her vintage red truck blankets. She also has brought us Seven Days of Scarfie for several years. All Megan’s patterns are free to view on the Left in Knots Website. I chose to purchase the ones that I’m featuring to help support her family.
The second design of this series I have chosen the Holly Jolly Christmas Stocking. She also features a matching tree skirt. Then if you still have some yarn left you can scrap bust on these Ornament Gift Card Holders. For a different stocking option you could go with the Santa Stocking. You can see my other review for the Snowdrop Mod Scarf , see the Designer Showcase by Emily from Crochet Aweigh or check out the review for the Coffee Bean Ear Warmer by Carrie from Mountain Momma Crochet.
This pattern was chosen because I wanted to feature a holiday pattern. I am forever fascinated by all the different ways to create stockings. I really loved the way Megan’s stockings are striped. I couldn’t find self striping yarn in holiday colors so although I didn’t get the exact same look I still enjoyed making this stocking. This stocking is also very sturdy compared to many of the other stockings I have made. (I think you could even put a bowling ball in it and not have it stretch.)
What Do You Need To Crochet a Stocking?
- 350 Yards of Worsted Weight #4 Yarn – I used 152 yards each Loops and Threads Impeccable Laurel and Deep Forest, and 48 yards each Lion Brand Pound of Love White and Antique White
- I9/5.5 mm hook
- Tapestry Needle
- Holly Jolly Christmas Stocking Free Crochet Pattern from Left in Knots
I was unable to find the Caron Cakes in holiday colors as the designer used. I substituted Loops and Threads Impeccable for my greens and Lion Brand Pound of Love for my whites. Because I didn’t find a self striping yarn to use my stocking didn’t turn out quite as colorful as Megan’s did.
This stocking is worked holding two strands of yarn together at the same time so you could substitute a chunky/super chunky weight yarn, but you wouldn’t get the same marled effect.
How Long Does it Take to Crochet a Stocking:
This took me around 3 hours to make. I also had to spread it out over a couple days. Working with bulky yarn (or double strands in this case) hurts my wrists a lot so I have to rest more frequently. If you don’t have issues working with bulky yarn it will probably work up quicker for you.
I made the small size stocking, it measures 7.5 ” wide at the heel and 16″ tall from top to toe.
I don’t typically bother with gauge for projects where size isn’t critical. Mine came out a little smaller than designed with 13 stitches x 10 rows hdc in the round equal to 4″ with double strands. It was designed at 12 stitches and 8 rows. Although mine was smaller I think that it will still work just fine as intended.
The Holly Jolly Christmas Stocking is a toe up, beginner friendly design. The toe is worked in rounds, the heel is added in rows. Then work in rounds again incorporating the rows to finish the rest of the stocking body. Finally, you add a few rows at the top for trim.
Because you are working with double strands it comes together pretty quickly. Also it makes a very sturdy stocking that isn’t going to stretch out as soon as you start adding your stuffers.
With there only being a few rounds, I opted to carry the white up through on the side of the body for less ends to weave.
I think that this stocking would be cute with some beads and charms or tassels for embellishment since the stitching is plain. I may add some of these to my stocking later to give it that something extra.
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