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Reindeer Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern

Christmas stockings like these are sure to bring your holidays some extra cheer!

By: Dee Hardwicke for knitrowan.com
Updated September 19, 2019
Reindeer Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern
Reindeer Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern
This image courtesy of knitrowan.com

On Dasher, On Dancer, On Prancer, On Vixen! The Reindeer Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern pays homage to our favorite Christmasy creatures. This easy stranded colorwork design is simple, so any knitter with even just a little bit of experience with intarsia knitting is sure to find this manageable. If this isn't your first rodeo, this gorgeous stocking pattern will be a piece of cake. This sort of traditional knitted Christmas stocking is sure to become a family heirloom, so treasure it!

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size3 or 3.25 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(2) Fine (23-26 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge24 sts and 36 rows to 10cm measured over stocking stitch using 3¼mm needles.

Finished Size25cm diameter when flat or 50cm around.

Materials List

  • Rowan Valley Tweed Yarn

    • Wolds Poppy (A) - 2 balls

    • Malham (B) - 1 ball


  • 3.25mm circular needle (40cm) or DPNs
  • Crochet hook (optional)



     

Instructions

Suggested instruction: Work the stocking using magic loop, easier to manage colourwork and working instarsia in the round.

Stocking

  1. Using 3.25mm needles and yarn B, cast on 120 sts.

    Work first row of chart A repeating 20 times.

    Continue working grid cuff, using chart as a guide, until 24 rounds have been worked.

    Now using yarn B only, knit 1 round, then purl 1 round (fold line), then knit 1 round.

    Change to yarn A and knit one round.

    Wrap first stitch of next round. Turn your work inside out, and continue to knit each round using yarn A.

    Change to yarn A only, and knit every round until stocking leg measures 10cm from change to yarn A.

    Next round: K5, work sts from row 1 of chart B, K64, slip marker, wrap and turn
    Next round: P64, work Row 2 of chart B, P5, slip marker, wrap and turn

    Continue in this manner, working intarsia in the round, until the chart is worked in its entirety and you are working in knit rounds on the right side.

    Continue knitting every round in yarn A until stocking leg measures 40cm from cuff fold line.

  2. Heel turn

    Knit 30 using yarn A.

    Change to yarn B and knit the next 60 stitches.

    The heel turn will be worked backwards and forwards in rows, not rounds, on these 60 stitches.

    Next row (WS): sl1, P58, wrap next st and turn
    Next row (RS): sl1, K57, wrap next st and turn

    Continue as set, working 1 less stitch before wrapping until just 20 central stitches remain unwrapped, ending with a WS row.

  3. Reverse Heel Shaping

    Next row: Knit up to first wrapped stitch. Wrap it again, and turn.
    Next row: Purl up to next wrapped stitch. Wrap it again, and turn.
    Next row: Knit up to first wrapped stitch. Knit it TBL with both its wraps, wrap next st and turn.
    Next row: Purl up to next wrapped stitch. Purl it with both its wraps, wrap next st and turn.

    Continue to reverse the heel shaping, until all stitches have been unwrapped and both previously unwrapped end stitches have a single wrap each on them, ending with a WS row.

    Turn.

    Change to yarn A and continue straight until foot measures 25cm from back of heel. You may wish to realign the beginning of your round to 30sts after the yarn B heel turn for the remainder of the foot.

  4. Gored Toe

    Change to yarn B.

    Next round: *Knit 13, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round (112sts)
    Next round: Knit
    Next round: *Knit 12, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round (104 sts)
    Next round: Knit
    Next round: *Knit 11, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round (96 sts)
    Next round: Knit
    Next round: *Knit 10, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round (88 sts)
    Next round: Knit
    Next round: *Knit 9, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round (80 sts)
    Next round: Knit
    Next round: *Knit 8, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round (72 sts)
    Next round: Knit Next round: *Knit 7, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round (64 sts)
    Next round: Knit
    Next round: *Knit 6, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round (56 sts)
    Next round: Knit
    Next round: *Knit 5, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round (48 sts)
    Next round: Knit
    Next round: *Knit 4, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round (40 sts)
    Next round: Knit
    Next round: *Knit 3, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round (32 sts)
    Next round: Knit
    Next round: *Knit 2, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round (24 sts)
    Next round: Knit
    Next round: *Knit 1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round (16 sts)
    Next round: Knit
    Next round: * k2tog, repeat from * to end of round (8 sts)

    Break yarn leaving a long tail. Thread onto a knitters needle, and pass tail through remaining 8 stitches. Pull up tight and secure.

  5. Make Hanging Loop if required

    Using yarn A and crochet hook create length of chain (between 20 and 30 depending on required length of loop) and attach to top of stocking.

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