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"I am in desperate need of some help. I was very close to finishing the Madison Shawl Knitting Pattern when I knew that I made a mistake on Row 2 but could not figure how I made the mistake. Instead of ending up with only 3 stitches at the end of Row 2, I ended up with 4. I didnt know what to do so I got rid of the extra stitch by doing this yo, s, s k2 pass the 2 slipped stitches over. Of course, this did not work out.br /I followed the directions and cast on 135 stitches.br /Row 1 says to purl the entire row. 135 stitches remain.br /Row 2 says to Knit the first 2 stitches, then yo, skpo and repeat the sequence between the s until there are 3 stitches remaining.br /My Problembr /When I finished the last sequence of yo, skpo, there were 4 stitches remaining, not 3.br /On the last 3 stitches you are supposed to do yo, sk2po (thus using up the 3 remaining stitches). But there is still 1 stitch remaining on the left needle, when there should be none left. I unravelled 4 balls worth of knitting and started over. I followed the instructions, counting my 135 stitches after casting on and completing Row 1, purling the whole row.br /I continued on to Row 2, following the directions exactly. As I finished the last sequence of yo, sKpo, I still had 4 stitches remaining instead of 3 on my left needle.br /I have gone over this pattern again and again. I finally decided to write down the number of stitches as if I were knitting the pattern, and still, I end up with 4 stitches remaining at the end of Row 2! I cant continue on with this pattern until someone tells me what I am doing wrong. I bought the wool indicated in the pattern, which was very expensive, now Im stuck because I cant finish Row 2 properly. If anyone understands what I am trying to explain, can you please advise me as to what I am doing wrong? I would love to keep working on this shawl, but I cant continue and its driving me insane. The wool is beginning to look raggedy from all of the knitting, unravelling, knitting, recounting, etc.br /I am desperate, so any advice offered to correct my work will be greatly appreciated.br /Thank You."
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"BO means bind off."

Colorful Keepsake Stocking

Colorful Keepsake Stocking

You'll want to hang this free Christmas stocking pattern by the chimney with care. Knit this Colorful Keepsake Stocking for a Christmas knit that you'll treasure for years to come. Knit one for each member of your family for memorable keepsakes. Fill these colorful knits with stocking-stuffer gifts and holiday memories. When your loved ones recall their fondest holiday memories, they'll remember unwrapping gifts or sitting by the fireplace next to these special stockings. Make these stockings a part of your yearly Holiday traditions!

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials:

  • RED HEART® Super Saver® 1 skein 964 Primary A
  • RED HEART® Super Saver® 1 skein 319 Cherry Red B
  • Susan Bates® Straight Knitting Needles: 5mm [US 8]
  • Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 5.5mm [US I-9]
  • Yarn needle

 

 

 

Gauge: 16 sts and 20 rows = 4” (10cm).

 

 

 

Measurements: 6” wide x 26” long (15 x 66cm)

 

 

 

Abbreviations:

  • A, B, C, etc. = Color A, B, C, etc.
  • ch = chain
  • k = knit
  • k2tog = knit two stitches together
  • p = purl
  • ssk = slip, slip, knit
  • st(s) = stitch (es)
  • [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified
  • * = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated

 

 

 


Instructions:

 

 

With B, cast on 48 sts.

 

Row 1 (right side): Purl.
Row 2: Knit. Repeat last 2 rows once. Change to A.
Row 5: Purl.
Row 6: Knit. Repeat last 2 rows until piece measures 18” (46cm) from beginning, ending with a wrong side row.

 

Right Heel
Join B and work over first 12 sts only.
Row 1 (right side): Purl.
Row 2: Slip 1, knit to end. Repeat last 2 rows 6 times more.
Short rows: P2, p2tog, p1, turn; slip 1, k3, turn; p3, p2tog, p1, turn; slip 1, k4, turn; p4, p2tog, p1, turn; slip 1, k5, turn; p5, p2tog, p1, turn; slip 1, k6, turn; p6, p2tog. Cut B. Slip all remaining sts to right needle.

 

Left Heel
Join B and work over first 12 sts only.
Row 1 (wrong side): Knit.
Row 2: Slip 1, purl to end. Repeat last 2 rows 6 times more.
Short rows: K2, ssk, k1, turn; slip 1, p3, turn; k3, ssk, k1, turn; slip 1, p4, turn; k4, ssk, k1, turn; slip 1, p5, turn; k5, ssk, k1, turn; slip 1, p6, turn; k6, ssk. Cut B. Slip all remaining sts to left needle.

 

Foot
Next row (wrong side): With A, k7, pick up and knit 7 sts on inside edge of Left Heel, k24 across instep, pick up and knit 7 sts along inside edge of Right Heel, k7—52 sts.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K17, k2tog, k14, ssk, k17—50 sts.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K16, k2tog, k14, ssk, k16—48 sts.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K15, k2tog, k14, ssk, k15—46 sts.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K14, k2tog, k14, ssk, k14—44 sts.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K13, k2tog, k14, ssk, k13—42 sts.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: Knit. Repeat last 2 rows until Foot measures 6” (15cm), ending with a wrong side row.

 

Toe
Row 1 (right side): With B, purl to end.
Row 2: [K5, k2tog] 6 times—36 sts.
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: [K4, k2tog] 6 times—30 sts.
Row 5: Purl.
Row 6: [K3, k2tog] 6 times—24 sts.
Row 7: Purl.
Row 8: [K2, k2tog] 6 times—18 sts.
Row 9: Purl.
Row 10: [K1, k2tog] 6 times—12 sts.
Draw yarn through remaining sts, pull tight and secure.

 

Finishing
Sew sole and back seam. With crochet hook and B, ch 10, slip st to first ch to make a loop, fasten off. Attach loop to top of stocking.

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what size is this stocking in length and diameter of the opening?

Although this is meant for Christmas, this pattern shows you don't have to stick to red, green, and white for your decor. You can use up the worsted weight yarn you have on hand, or use any lovely colors like royal blue, dark purple or green. You could also embellish it with embroidered or appliqued snowflakes or ornaments.

This truly is a festive stocking with so many possibilities a decoration for the front door (with gifts sticking out of it or perhaps greenery) hanging for Santa to fill a decoration in a window instead of a wreath -- you can think of many more I know.

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