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Help please with Christmas stocking (OLD Bernat Santa Claus Stocking)
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Nov 30, 2012 10:02:56   #
knitwitconnie
 
I have to make my granddaughter a Christmas stocking. I would like to use the pattern my MIL gave me that she used for making my husband and my stockings in 1970. I have the old Santa Claus face patterns but think I made a big mistake trying to use circular needles instead of the DPN they said in the pattern.

When using circular in the round, I can't seem to do the Santa face as the yarn is carried from my right to my left and when I get to the other side again, the yarn is on the wrong side and has to be carried over back to the right, making it bulky and long strings. Is there a way to do this in pattern in the round or do I need to start it over flat and work back and forth? I'm guessing I have to do it back and forth to do the face of santa, but I've never knitted a pattern like that before. I checked UTube and it looks back and forth, so I'm just wondering if that's the only option.
Thanks for any help.
 
Nov 30, 2012 10:56:05   #
IndigoSpinner (a regular here)
 
I'm doing a Christmas stocking with a Santa face on one side and a Christmas tree on the other. I don't know if it's the same pattern you're using, but mine has the leg knit flat, and you use the chart to work the knit rows, and the purl row is the same as the knit row. In other words, where there's a red section, you purl the stitch above it in red, and where it's a green or white stitch, you purl the stitch above it in the same color as the one you're purling into.

The heel and foot is knit in the round.

I'd recommend rereading the instructions carefully. This is such a sensible, easy way to work it that your stocking might be done the same way. Just read again carefully.
Nov 30, 2012 14:56:41   #
knitwitconnie
 
lostarts wrote:
I'm doing a Christmas stocking with a Santa face on one side and a Christmas tree on the other. I don't know if it's the same pattern you're using, but mine has the leg knit flat, and you use the chart to work the knit rows, and the purl row is the same as the knit row. In other words, where there's a red section, you purl the stitch above it in red, and where it's a green or white stitch, you purl the stitch above it in the same color as the one you're purling into.

The heel and foot is knit in the round.

I'd recommend rereading the instructions carefully. This is such a sensible, easy way to work it that your stocking might be done the same way. Just read again carefully.
I'm doing a Christmas stocking with a Santa face o... (show quote)



Thank you! The directions say to knit it flat, and I cheated and thought I could just do it in the round. BIG mistake. Never did chart knitting before (except counted cross stitch) but after another look, I think I could knit both Santa sections like a heel flap though, maybe seam it together afterward? Then do the rest in the round? It was a thought so I don't have to rip-it all back! I will try that before I rip it! Again thanks for your response so quickly .
Nov 30, 2012 15:56:30   #
IndigoSpinner (a regular here)
 
I cast on the right number of stitches for mine and did a facing. When the facing was done I either purled a row on the right side, or did a row of K2tog, YO, across to make a turning row that either looked like a cast on or a picot edge, depending if I wanted to do it for a boy or girl.

Then, I added an extra stitch on each end, which I kept in garter stitch along the edge for a selvedge stitch. When I got down to the heel, I decreased those two selvedge stitches out and continued.

The selvedge stitches make it easy to see right where you have to do the mattress stitch, and add enough width that the stocking has a smooth line where the seam ends. Not having a selvedge stitch on the facing lets you butt the facing right up against the back seam so that there isn't more bulk there.

You don't have to do it that way, but it works well for me and I thought you'd like to consider it.
Dec 1, 2012 08:36:53   #
Carol J.
 
Knitting a Christmas stocking with a large design on one side on a circular needle or dpn's can be done with a little improvising. To carry the yarn around the work, do a simple lattice pattern on the back side or add more designs, that way you are carrying the contrasting color around the work and ready for Santa. Norwegian mittens, socks and other clothing are made on this principle. Only one side shows when it is hanging up to be displayed and filled. Use a piece of graph paper and mark off with x's for a simple design you can do across the back that would carry the yarn. Pick something where the contrasting stitches are not on top of each other. you can find a simple allover pattern from any site that shows Norwegian designs. Half your stitches will be Santa and the other half the overall pattern.
If you want more help PM me

Carol J.
Dec 1, 2012 14:01:34   #
LinJurm (a regular here)
 
Great advice!
 
Dec 1, 2012 15:32:52   #
Sassyknitter
 
would yu please tell me what is this pattern? My mother made Santa face stockings in the 70's for my children & some grandchildren. Unfortunately she died before she could knit the same stockings for younger brothers & sisters. They have pleaded with me to make same stockings so there woud be a complete set for each family. I have been unable to find the pattern; HELP please!!!!!!
Dec 1, 2012 15:33:14   #
Sassyknitter
 
would yu please tell me what is this pattern? My mother made Santa face stockings in the 70's for my children & some grandchildren. Unfortunately she died before she could knit the same stockings for younger brothers & sisters. They have pleaded with me to make same stockings so there woud be a complete set for each family. I have been unable to find the pattern; HELP please!!!!!!
Dec 1, 2012 15:34:11   #
knitwitconnie
 
Thanks very much! Very helpful.
Dec 1, 2012 15:47:31   #
knitwitconnie
 
Sassyknitter wrote:
would yu please tell me what is this pattern? My mother made Santa face stockings in the 70's for my children & some grandchildren. Unfortunately she died before she could knit the same stockings for younger brothers & sisters. They have pleaded with me to make same stockings so there woud be a complete set for each family. I have been unable to find the pattern; HELP please!!!!!!




Here are pictures of the "Santa Claus Stocking Pak" by Bernat that was first knitted in the 70's. The stocking that is laying horizontal is one of the two Christmas stockings with the Santa face that my mother in law made for my husband and I. When we had two daughters, she made two others from that old first kit. The other mostly green stockings were given to us, and I do not have that pattern. I do have the one from the Bernat kit. if you went on their website, they may be able to help you. Otherwise, PM me. I can't promise I can scan it in, but I could try. It's old! Hard to read, and fragile. But I'm guessing you could send an email to Bernat and see if they can recognize the picture and have a better pattern for you to use.

See how that works and then let me know. Good luck!
Connie
The ones with the Santa face and candy canes are from the original Bernat stocking pattern.

Dec 1, 2012 16:00:00   #
Carol J.
 
I typed Bernat Vintage Santa Claus stocking in Google and the pattern is available, exactly like the picture shown above.

Carol J.
 
Dec 1, 2012 16:18:10   #
knitwitconnie
 
Carol J. wrote:
I typed Bernat Vintage Santa Claus stocking in Google and the pattern is available, exactly like the picture shown above.

Carol J.



YEA!! That is great. I might check it out myself to see if there are any updates in the pattern !! The old one is driving me bonkers!
My first chart knitting attempt and it's Dec. 1 already, stocking not finished for my little granddaughter. Hopefully this will also help me!

A quick look on line and I found it it a free pattern on Ravelry. So go for it you guys, it's old and vintage and free. Can't beat that! Merry Christmas and thank you Carol J!
Dec 1, 2012 16:18:56   #
Carol J.
 
The pattern is on Ravelry and made on dpn's, using bobbins for the color changes and duplicate stitch for the eyes and mouth. It is there for anyone to copy.

Carol J.
Dec 2, 2012 11:31:36   #
poodlepad
 
knitwitconnie wrote:
lostarts wrote:
I'm doing a Christmas stocking with a Santa face on one side and a Christmas tree on the other. I don't know if it's the same pattern you're using, but mine has the leg knit flat, and you use the chart to work the knit rows, and the purl row is the same as the knit row. In other words, where there's a red section, you purl the stitch above it in red, and where it's a green or white stitch, you purl the stitch above it in the same color as the one you're purling into.

The heel and foot is knit in the round.

I'd recommend rereading the instructions carefully. This is such a sensible, easy way to work it that your stocking might be done the same way. Just read again carefully.
I'm doing a Christmas stocking with a Santa face o... (show quote)



Thank you! The directions say to knit it flat, and I cheated and thought I could just do it in the round. BIG mistake. Never did chart knitting before (except counted cross stitch) but after another look, I think I could knit both Santa sections like a heel flap though, maybe seam it together afterward? Then do the rest in the round? It was a thought so I don't have to rip-it all back! I will try that before I rip it! Again thanks for your response so quickly .
quote=lostarts I'm doing a Christmas stocking wit... (show quote)


I know exactly what you are talking about, I tried to do it too. I had to take it out and do it over. Seemed like a great idea at the time.
Dec 2, 2012 13:35:57   #
Carol J.
 
The lady who put it on Ravelry said she made the stocking on straight no. 7 and the pattern says use dpn's. I wonder how many tried it on dpn's and switched to straight. In this case it is easier to make on straights with the color changes.

Carol J.
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