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Polaris Christmas Stocking

Polaris Christmas Stocking

This stocking is worked cuff-down in the round. The pattern is written for the magic loop method but can be adjusted for double-pointed needles as well.

The cable pattern does not require a cable needle.

  • Sizes: one size
  • Yarn: Bulky wool or wool and nylon blend

Gauge, notions, needles

Gauge

20 sts and 24 rows per 4″ inches (10cm) in stockinette after blocking.

Recommended needles

US8 30″ (5mm 80cm) or longer circular needle.

Adjust needle size to obtain the correct gauge.

If you need help with needle selection please read this guide.

Other

Tapestry needle, stitch marker

Yarn

Yarn used in the sample

The stocking on the images is knitted with Bulky wool and nylon blend yarn Isoveli (100g = 142 yds / 130 m) in colorway natural white (0010).  The yarn is available on Lovecrafts.com .

You can replace it with any Bulky wool or wool and nylon blend yarn.

Yardage

1 skein of Novita Isoveli or 107 yds / 98 m bulky yarn

Recommended yarns

Other similar yarns are for instance

Pattern

Ad-free pdf-version of this pattern is available on my Ravelry store.

Cuff

Knitting abbreviations used in this pattern you can find here.

CO 44 sts, pm (BOR) join for knitting in the round. Sample uses the long-tail cast-on method. Divide evenly into two needles (22 sts per needle). Knit two rounds.

Work the star stitch pattern on both needles.  The written version of the stitch pattern you can find below. The charted version is available on the pdf-pattern.

Bobble stitch

If you have trouble making neat-looking bobbles you can use smaller needles for making them.

  • Row 1: KFBF = knit front, back, front
  • Row 2 & 4: Turn around & purl across
  • Row 3: Knit
  • Row 4: Slip 1 st knitwise, slip 1 st knitwise, k1, pass slipped sts over.

Star stitch pattern (worked in the round over 22 sts)

  • Round 1: k10, LT, k10. (22 sts)
  • Round 2 and all even-numbered rounds: Knit. 
  • Round 3: k9, RT, LT, k9. 
  • Round 5: k8, RT, LT × 2, k8. 
  • Round 7: k2, p5, RT × 2, LT × 2, p5, k2. 
  • Round 9: (k2, LT × 2, RT × 2) × 2, k2. 
  • Round 11: k3, LT × 2, RT, k4, LT × 2, RT, k3. 
  • Round 13: k4, RT × 2, k6, RT × 2, k4. 
  • Round 15: k3, RT, LT × 2, k4, RT, LT × 2, k3. 
  • Round 17: (k2, RT × 2, LT × 2) × 2, k2. 
  • Round 19: k2, p5, LT × 2, RT × 2, p5, k2. 
  • Round 21: k8, LT × 2, RT, k8. 
  • Round 23: k2, make a bobble, k6, LT, RT, k6, make a bobble, k2. 
  • Round 25: k4, make a bobble, k5, LT, k5, make a bobble, k4. 
  • Round 27: k2, make a bobble, k6, RT, LT, k6, make a bobble, k2. 
  • Round 29: k8, RT, LT × 2, k8. 
  • Round 31: k2, p5, RT × 2, LT × 2, p5, k2. 
  • Round 33: (k2, LT × 2, RT × 2) × 2, k2. 
  • Round 35: k3, LT × 2, RT, k4, LT × 2, RT, k3. 
  • Round 37: k4, RT × 2, k6, RT × 2, k4. 
  • Round 39: k3, RT, LT × 2, k4, RT, LT × 2, k3. 
  • Round 41: (k2, RT × 2, LT × 2) × 2, k2. 
  • Round 43: k2, p5, LT × 2, RT × 2, p5, k2. 
  • Round 45: k8, LT × 2, RT, k8. 
  • Round 47: k2, make a bobble, k6, LT, RT, k6, make a bobble, k2. 
  • Round 49: k4, make a bobble, k5, LT, k5, make a bobble, k4.
  • Round 51: k2, make a bobble, k16, make a bobble, k2.

Heel

Setup: k11,  pm (BOR), k22, rearrange sts so that these 22 sts you just knitted are on Needle 1, k22. Arrange sts so that these last 22 sts are now on Needle 2.

This pattern comes with a short row heel also known as hourglass heel. The short row method used here is the german short row. 

You should now be at the end of Needle 2. The following rows 1-3 are worked on Needle 2 only. Turn your work.

  • Row 1 (WS): mds, p to end, turn.
  • Row 2 (RS): mds, k to ds, turn.
  • Row 3 (WS): mds, p to ds, turn.

Repeat rows 2 & 3 until the last row you worked was mds, k8. You should now have 7 double sts at each end of the Needle 2 and 8 regular sts in the middle. Continue working the row and k the 7 double sts (knit through both legs of the ds).

Round 1

  • Needle 1: k all
  • Needle 2: k7 double sts, k15

Round 2

  • Needle 1: k all
  • Needle 2: k all

Round 3

  • Needle 1: k all
  • Needle 2: k16

Heel continues. The following rows 1-3 are worked on Needle 2 only. Turn your work.

  • Row 1 (WS): mds, p9, turn.
  • Row 2 (RS): mds, k to ds. K the ds and 1 st after it, turn.
  • Row 3 (WS): mds, p to ds. P the ds and 1 st after it, turn.

Repeat rows 2 & 3 until you are on the right side and the last st on the needle is ds. Knit the st. 

The heel is now finished. Continue working in the round.

Foot and toe

Work in stockinette until your work measures 2.5″ (6 cm) and then begin shaping the toe.

  • Round 1: (k9, k2tog) repeat 4 times.
  • A total of 40 sts.
  • Knit 1 round.
  • Round 2: *(k3, k2tog), repeat from * to beginning of round.
  • A total of 32 sts.
  • Knit 3 rounds.
  • Round 3: *(k2, k2tog), repeat from * to beginning of round.
  • A total of 24 sts.
  • Knit 2 rounds.
  • Round 4: *(k1, k2tog), repeat from * to beginning of round.
  • A total of 16 sts.
  • Knit 1 rounds.
  • Round 5: *(k2tog), repeat from * to beginning of round.
  • A total of 8 sts.

Break the yarn. Thread through a tapestry needle and draw through the remaining 8 sts. Pull tight, through to the wrong side, and weave in ends.

Cuff

Make an i-cord edging as follows (a video tutorial can be found here):

Setup: CO 4 sts (sample uses knitted cast-on method), pick up and knit 1st, slip those 5 sts back to the left-hand needle.

​​​​*(k3, k2tog tbl, pick up and knit 1 st, slip the worked sts back to the left needle), repeat from * to BOR.

At the left side make 1″ (3 cm) extra icord withouth attaching it to the edge and then continue attaching the icord to the end.

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