Since Saturday I’ve completed and even blocked 3 stockings, written up the pattern and layed it out. Then today I roped my mum into decorating her fireplace (my little flat does have 3, but they’re all black) and took some photos. All of this means that the Last Minute Stockings pattern is now available. I haven’t had a chance to add the pattern page to my store yet, but for now you can
I hope you like them. They’re worked from the toe up with a Japanese short row heel and stranded colourwork at the cuffs which are finished with an I-cord bind off that neatly continues to form the hanging loop. Charts are included for all 26 letters, a tree, snowflake and a bird. These stockings are a great way to stashbust and they’d also make a wonderful introduction to the world of sock knitting – no teeny needles or second sock syndrome!
Now I just have to make the things to go in these!
An alternating cable cast on is a useful, stretchy cast on for ribbing that’s less fussy to work than a tubular cast on. It’s worked like a regular cable cast on, but instead of casting on each stitch knitwise stitches are alternately cast on knitwise and purlwise.
This tutorial includes both step by step photos and videos so you can use whichever suits you better.
This post was originally in our newsletter last week and since then several subscribers have reached out with incredible kindness to say that they'll miss the club but want to keep supporting us. We appreciate that so much, and, although we obviously need purchases to keep the business going there are lots of other ways that you can support us. I've added a few notes at the end on ways that you can support our business and my design work without spending money. All of them apply to other small yarn businesses, and many of them to small businesses of all kinds.