Crank up those Christmas tunes one more time and let’s get finished with this stocking!
We’re ready to start the toe now and once again, we’ll be following the pattern for Top Down Socks here. I liked how the toe looked a little better by decreasing every round (as you would for a child sock), but whatever looks good to you is fine. Once you’re done with the toe, close it up and you should have a basically finished stocking:
Now we’re ready to get the fun pieces done up and put on the sock. I’ll be adding a small pom pom “star” (though it will look HUGE for the tree) and some ornaments as well as a chained garland. I’ll also add some bauble yarn to the top to give the leg a little extra.
I don’t know about y’all, but when our tree goes up, we have all sorts of mish-mashed decorations on our tree, not the Home Living Magazine kind. Especially with two small boys in the house, I don’t see that magazine tree happening any time soon, so to help my stocking tree look like my home tree, I’m going to use a couple different kinds of yarn to make these look more like real tree decorations. If you like a more uniform look to yours, just use the same weight and style of yarn as you did for the stocking. If you’re just curious about a certain style of yarn and how it works, now would be a really good time to experiment with a few.
Getting back to our task, the chain is easy enough, so let’s start there. Make about an 8 inch chain (or long enough to cross your tree a few times) and fasten it off. You can sew the chain on with a yarn needle, or if you’d rather no sew, you can attach your yarn at either the top or the bottom of the tree and chain across the tops of the stitches, attaching the chain to the tree with a slip stitch when you need to turn.
Either way you go, you’ve got a garland on your tree.
Next I’m going to make a few decorations for the tree. Let’s start with a pompom for the top. The basics behind making pompoms for this project are the same as making pompoms for hats and other things we’ll work on another time. First thing to do is to take a single piece of yarn and lay it over itself a LOT. Remember, the length of the yarn you lay is going to be the size of your pompom so if you lay the yarn out two inches before doubling back, you’ll have a two inch pompom when you’re done.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to take a piece of cardboard like a toilet paper or paper towel roll and lay it flat. Because I am trying to make a very small version of the pom pom, I am not going to use cardboard here. For mine, I’m leaving a very long tail and wrapping the yarn around my finger for spacing. Don’t be shy here, the more yarn you wrap, the more poof your pom pom has.
When you’re happy with the wrap, take it off your finger very carefully and use the tail to make a tight knot around the loops. Don’t be shy here either, you’ll want that knot as tight as you can get it without messing up your work.
It’s kind of cute just like that isn’t it? To make it a real pom pom though, we need to snip the loops and trim them to make the strings about even all the way around (note: if you like the ragamuffin pom pom look, don’t trim the ends). Just be careful not to snip your tails!! You need those to tie the pom pom onto the tree.
Once all of those are snipped,you have a cute little pom pom you can tie to your stocking.
Finally, we’ll make some ornaments for our tree. Attach your any color yarn to the FRONT of the post where you want to “hang” your ornament.
Chain three and insert your hook in the OPPOSITE direction to slip stitch and fasten off the chain.
See, kinda cool huh? And SO easy! Do that with a few more colors and you’ll have a brightly colored tree for your stocking.
The final touch will be adding some edging with the bauble yarn. Bauble (or pom pom) yarn can be a little tricky to work with, but I’ll walk you through it. First though, find that goofy looking ridge that marks the beginning of your round.
Unlike other yarns, we will NOT be using a slip knot on this yarn. Working from the inside of your stocking, put your hook through the space where the round joins and lay the thin part of the bauble yarn over your hook.
Pull the yarn through and you have a loop on your hook.
Put the hook through the bottom of the next chain and pull the thin part of the bauble yarn through the chain and the loop on the hook to make a slip stitch. Repeat that all the way around, skipping past a bauble each time you make a slip stitch, to get your first round of fluff. You may need to adjust your tension to be looser to make sure that the baubles sit right.
When you get to the end of the round, join it with a slip stitch in your first slip stitch. you should have a neat ring of slip stitches around the inside of your stocking and a round of baubles on the outside.
Using the line after the next bauble, chain one.
For the next round, use that ring of slip stitches like you would a foundation chain. I’m going to single crochet around, but I’m going to work it very loosely so I have two baubles per stitch.
Continue that around and join the round. You should be able to see the stitches well from the back of the work.
Repeat that round as many times as you would like for your stocking (I did one more) and you’re done! Congratulations!
The Short Version
The “Ugly” Christmas Stocking
- 1 ball red worsted weight yarn
- 1 ball green worsted weight yarn
- 1ball white worsted weight yarn
- 1 ball green pompom (bauble) yarn
- various scraps of yarn
- US H (5.00mm) hook
- Stitch markers
- yarn needle (optional)
15 sc x 13 rows =4×4″
With red, Ch 52 join chain and turn.
Round 1 and 2: sc around, join and turn.
Work chart over next 26 sts (side 1) and repeat for next 26 sts (side 2) using red for the background and green for the tree:
Next two rounds: sc around, join and turn.
Row 1: Join white 13 stitches before beginning of round. Sc 26 turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, sc across, turn
Repeat row two until heel flap measures 2 inches (or desired length)
Row 1: With white, Ch 2, sc 14 sc2tog twice. LEAVE 8 STS UNWORKED.
Row 2: Turn ch2, sc 4, sc2tog twice. LEAVE 8 STS UNWORKED.
Row 3: turn, ch 2, sc across worked sts from previous row, sc2tog twice in unworked stitches.
Repeat row 3 until one unwork stitch remains on either side.
Last Row: turn, ch 2, sc across worked sts from previous row, sc2tog in unworked stitches.
Repeat Last Row.
Round 1: Join green, DO NOT TURN. Ch 1, working side of heel flap rows, evenly pick up stitches in the side of each row, stop at second to last row. Work sc3tog in last row of heel flap, worked cuff sc and unworked cuff sc. Place marker. Sc across cuff to last stitch. Sc3tog in last cuff sc, worked cuff sc, and first heel flap row. Place marker. working side of heel flap rows, evenly pick up stitches in the side of each row (same number as side 1). Sc across top of heel flap, join round.
Decrease Round: Ch 2, sc to two stitches before marker, sc 2 tog, sc to marker, after marker sc 2 tog, sc to end of round, join with sl st.
Repeat decrease round until the GUSSET stitch count is the same as the CUFF stitch count noted, adjusting markers to remain in the first and last stitch of the CUFF as you work.
Round 1: with green sc around, join round with sl st.
Repeat round 1 with green until green portion (including gusset) measures 1.5 inches.
Join white. Repeat round 1 for 1.5 inches.
Join red. Repeat round 1 for 1.5 inches
Lay sock flat and place markers in the sides of the foot (markers may not line up with row beginning).
Round 1: Join white, Working in a spiral, place marker at beginning of round. *Sc to two before marker, sc2tog, repeat from * sc to end of round.
Repeat round 1 until toe reaches desired length. Sew toe shut.
Using scrap yarn, make 8 inch chain. Attach to tree using yarn needle. Repeat for second side.
Pompom “star” (make 2)
Using scrap yarn, wrap several times around one finger leaving two long tails. The wrap should look poofy.
Slide the wraps off your finger carefully and use the tail to tie a knot around the center of the loops.
Cut the loops with your scissors and trim any long ends as needed, leaing two long tails to tie the pompom to the tree.
Using scrap yarn, attach to the front of the stitch you wish to “hang” your ornament from. To attach, insert hook from right to left and make a slip stitch. ch 3. Insert hook into same stitch as join from left to right, slip stitch to join round and fasten off.
Repeat with different colors on different stitches as desired. Repeat for side 2.
Attach pom pom yarn at join. Working in bottom of foundation chain, slip stitch around.
Round 1: Using slip stitches as foundation chain, sc around loosely join round
Round 2: ch 1 sc around loosely.
Repeat round 2 until desired length is reached.