to celebrate the publication of my new book


Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Christmas In August? Kristin's Brand-New Creative Christmas Stocking Pattern Available by PDF Download

I know it is hard to even think about because we are in the dog days of August but before you know it, the holidays will be rolling around. I've been a busy little bee here and have I got a really fabulous new pattern for you all (if I do say so myself).

I've had the urge to do this Christmas Stocking Pattern for my website for years but just could never quite get to it. This handknitting pattern has been in development for a very long time beginning last December with the knitting of a Kitty Cat Christmas Stocking for Julia. Here's the border of that stocking.

Then I kept knitting and knitting through the month of January. It was cold. I fired up the woodstove, cozied up under an afghan, and watched movie after movie. Knitting, knitting, knitting, while hoping for a really big snowstorm. I had an image in my mind of hanging the stockings in the woods where their colors would look bright and colorful against new fallen snow. Finally, the weatherman ordered up a giant snowstorm and it actually happened! I was ready, thank goodness. Snow fell and I captured the images I wanted.

This image on our woodpile shows the 6 stockings before I embroidered them.

Here are a couple close-ups of the two of the other stockings. One with a Floral Border and Diamond Leg.....

One with a tree border and Circles on the legs.

Not all of the stockings are Fair Isle. There are easier versions for those of you who don't enjoy working with two colors. The Yikes Stripes, Diamonds + Crosses, and Polka Dot Stockings all are made knitting with one color in a round. Embroidery is added later on the two stockings on the right. Note the cute elf toe on the middle stocking.

There are a total of 6 stockings featured in Kristin's Creative Christmas Stocking Pattern and each design can be made in one of four different sizes. The stockings are knit in my Julia Yarn which is a worsted weight smooth yarn composed of wool, mohair and alpaca. Each separate stocking design page in the pattern shows the stocking before and after the embroidery is added. I've packed the pattern with a How-to Knit Fair Isle page and included hints on how you can design your very own Christmas Stocking. I've also included 24 extra charts to help you begin designiing.

If you have been fearful of adding embroidery to your knits, Kristin's Creative Christmas Stocking may be the perfect place to begin. (You can watch my videos too - see my sidebar. They are all available on YouTube also.) For you non-embroiderers, the Yikes Stripes stocking has no embroidery.

Kristin's Creative Christmas Stocking Handknitting Pattern comes only as a PDF Download payabe by Paypal. You will be able to print out as many pages as you want or need. The pattern also looks great on any digital device. Hop on over to my website to find out more about the pattern. (Make sure you hit the refresh button because it has been recently updated.) The pattern is available via my Shop Page here.

If you do not do Paypal, you can still order the pattern via the post office. Use the Printable Order Form on the Shop Page, send me a check, and then I will e-mail you the pattern. Note: You must have a current e-mail address to receive the pattern.

Through Labor Day (September 5th), the pattern is available for $8.00. (School clothes to buy, you know!) After Labor Day, it will be priced at $10.00. Whenever you purchase it, my tech-editor Lori thinks that it is bound to become a classic. Boy, was that nice to hear! I hope you like! And thank you always for your support.

Yarn Shop Owners: Would you like to base a class on this pattern? Contact me and I will be glad to set this up for you.


Lucy said...

so colorful and pretty!

mn_bird said...

Wow! These are great. I bought the pattern and it is wonderful. I can't wait to make a bunch of X-mas stockings.

tina said...

Darling! I'm off to push buy!!! Will you be participating in the market at TCC? I'm anxious to meet you (finally)!

Auntie Shan said...

WOW!! Love your colour selections. Those are just gorgeous! ...And are giving me "ideas"... :-D

I just bought about 3 kilos of Yarn last week... Mostly Merino and Alpaca. -- There was this great Sale... And, Brainwashing-Angora-Bunnies in the Store!

BTW, nothing wrong with "Winter" stuff in August - I just "gifted" a bunch of People with my Cotton-yarn SCARVES a couple of weeks ago! The "timing" will make them memorable.

Evelyn said...

Great pattern at a very reasonable price! And just think, no second sock syndrome to worry about! :-)

tjf said...

Yay! Christmas stocking patterns from you. I am purchasing it and am looking forward to knitting several! Thanks for your inspiration.


thecraftyquilter said...

These are Awesome! I have been searching for the perfect stocking pattern for years. These definitely fit the bill! Thank YOU!

Jane said...

Okay, now we know who to blame for that colossal storm in MA!! Don't tell my husband and son, who had to shovel it, but I thought it was beautiful too!

Sarah said...

Love it and I will definitely be getting it!

Cheryl said...

Perfect timing! I was just getting ready to start ours. Time to pull out all my Julia colors...

Laura said...

I've been knitting stockings for my family since April!

PAK said...

These look great. Can't wait to start one. Are you coming ti SAFF in October? I'd love to meet you and talk.

Gärdet said...

No second sock syndrome!!!
I hope its ok, I´m making a link from my blog. This is so perfekt!