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How to Crochet a Mini Stocking Advent
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How to Crochet a Mini Stocking Advent

Difficulty Intermediate
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1+ Days

It's time to start getting ready for Christmas, with all the makes that take a little longer. The perfect alternative to a traditional advent calendar, these colourful crochet stockings are certain to brighten up your mantelpiece this Christmas! Enjoy choosing your favourite shades for stripey, fun stockings that you can stitch one at a time in the lead-up to December.

Choose from the gorgeous yarns available at Hobbycraft and bring your stocking advent garland to life in your own unique way!

Project by @melly.elly.crochet.

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Abbreviations

Ch = Chain

DC = Double Crochet (US Single Crochet)

HTC = Half Treble Crochet (US Half Double Crochet)

TC = Treble Crochet (US Double Crochet)

St = stitch

ss = slip stitch

sp = space

Solid Colour Stocking Pattern

Step-1

This pattern is worked in rounds joining each round with a slip stitch. Sometimes the slip stitch is worked as a normal slip stitch and sometimes it is worked into the back loop only, this will be indicated on the pattern for each round.

Use the stitch marker as guided below to mark the start of each round. Once you reach the stitch marker you will be instructed to slip stitch into the marked stitch. At this point you can remove the stitch marker ready to mark your first stitch of the next round. The solid colour pattern uses 2 colours called yarn A and B.

TOE – worked in yarn A: 

Step-2

Using yarn A make a magic loop

Round 1: Ch 1 (does not count as stitch), 6DC into loop, close loop and slip stitch into first DC (6 stitches)

Round 2: 2HTC in each stitch round marking first HTC with a stitch marker. At end of round slip stitch into the back loop only of the first HTC marked with stitch marker (12 stitches)

Round 3: 2HTC in next stitch marking first HTC with a stitch marker. 1 HTC in next stitch. Repeat *2HTC, 1HTC* 5 more times to complete round. At end of round slip stitch into the back loop only of the first HTC marked with stitch marker (18 stitches)

Round 4: 1 HTC in each stitch round marking first HTC with stitch marker. At end of round slip stitch into the back loop only of the first HTC marked with stitch marker (18 stitches)

Rounds 5 – 7: Repeat Round 4 three more times. Remove hook and insert stitch marker to keep stitch secure. You will pick this stitch up later to continue working in rounds so don’t cut the yarn.

HEEL – worked in yarn B

Step-3

Step 1: Skip next 3 stitches and fasten yarn B onto 4th stitch. Hook yarn through stitch to create a loop, pull yarn through to make a slip stitch.

Step 2: In next 11 stitches around complete the following stitches; DC, HTC, HTC, TC, TC, TC, TC, TC, HTC, HTC, DC, normal slip stitch into the next stitch and turn work.

Step 3: Work back along the stitches you have just created with the following stitches; DC, HTC, HTC, TC, TC, TC, TC, TC, HTC, HTC, DC, normal slip stitch into the stitch where you first joined yarn B and turn work.

Step 4: Work back along the stitches you have just created with the following stitches; DC, HTC, HTC, TC, TC, TC, TC, TC, HTC, HTC, DC, normal slip stitch into the next stitch where yarn A and B join then fasten off yarn B.

BODY OF STOCKING – worked in yarn A

Step-4

Continue rounds from toe in yarn A

Round 8: Insert hook back into yarn A and HTC in each stitch round (18 stitches in total) marking the first HTC with a stitch marker. Note: your 4th HTC should be in the stitch space where the heel joins the toe and the 16th HTC will be in the last stitch of the heel. HTC 17 and 18 will be back into the remaining stitches of yarn A.

At end of round slip stitch into the back loop only of the first HTC marked with stitch marker. (18 stitches)

Round 9: HTC in each stitch round marking first HTC with stitch marker. At end of round slip stitch into the back loop only of the first HTC marked with stitch marker. (18 stitches)

Round 10 – 12: Repeat Round 9 three more times. For the very last slip stitch use yarn B to complete the slip stitch into the back loop only which joins yarn B ready for the next round. You may cut yarn A at this point if you wish as you no longer need it. (18 stitches)

TRIM OF STOCKING – worked in yarn B

Step-5

Round 13: With yarn B HTC in each stitch round marking first HTC with stitch marker. At end of round do a normal slip stitch into first HTC marked with stitch marker (18 stitches)

Round 14: Normal slip stitch into next 7 stitches marking the first stitch with a stitch marker, Ch 6, slip stitch into remaining 11 stitches. Make one last slip stitch into the top loop only of the first slip stitch marked with the stitch marker. Cut the yarn and pull through off hook. Sew end in going from front to back of stocking to complete round neatly. Sew in all ends.

Striped Stocking Pattern

Step-1

This pattern is also worked in rounds using 2 colours (yarn A and B) to create the stripes and a third colour (yarn C) to create the heel and trim.

Each round is completed with a slip stitch and you carry the 2 yarns up the inside of the stocking swapping between stripes so there is no need to cut the yarn at the end of each round.

Sometimes the slip stitch is worked as a normal slip stitch and sometimes it is worked into the back loop only, this will be indicated on the pattern for each round.

Use the stitch marker as guided below to mark the start of each round.

Once you reach the stitch marker you will be instructed to slip stitch into the marked stitch. At this point you can remove the stitch marker ready to mark your first stitch of the next round.

TOE – worked in yarn A and B:

Step-2

Using yarn A make a magic loop

Round 1: Ch 1 (does not count as stitch), 6DC into loop, close loop and slip stitch into first DC (6 stitches)

Round 2: 2HTC in each stitch round marking first HTC with a stitch marker. At end of round slip stitch into the back loop only of the first HTC marked with stitch marker using yarn B which joins yarn B ready for the next round. (12 stitches)

Round 3: In yarn B 2HTC in next stitch marking first HTC with a stitch marker. 1 HTC in next stitch. Repeat *2HTC, 1HTC* 5 more times to complete round. At end of round slip stitch into the back loop only of the first HTC marked with stitch marker using yarn A which joins yarn A ready for the next round. (18 stitches)

Round 4: In yarn A 1 HTC in each stitch round marking first HTC with stitch marker. At end of round slip stitch into the back loop only of the first HTC marked with stitch marker using yarn B which joins yarn B ready for the next round. (18 stitches)

Rounds 5: In yarn B 1 HTC in each stitch round marking first HTC with stitch marker. At end of round slip stitch into the back loop only of the first HTC marked with stitch marker using yarn A which joins yarn A ready for the next round. (18 stitches)

Round 6: In yarn A 1 HTC in each stitch round marking first HTC with stitch marker. At end of round slip stitch into the back loop only of the first HTC marked with stitch marker using yarn B which joins yarn B ready for the next round. (18 stitches)

Round 7: In yarn B 1 HTC in each stitch round marking first HTC with stitch marker. At end of round slip stitch into the back loop only of the first HTC marked with stitch marker using yarn A which joins yarn A ready for the next round. (18 stitches) Remove hook and insert stitch marker to keep stitch secure. You will pick this stitch up later to continue working in rounds so don’t cut either of the yarns.

HEEL - worked in yarn C

Step-3

Step 1: Skip next 3 stitches and fasten yarn C onto 4th stitch. Hook yarn through stitch to create a loop, pull yarn through to make a slip stitch.

Step 2: In next 11 stitches around complete the following stitches; DC, HTC, HTC, TC, TC, TC, TC, TC, HTC, HTC, DC, normal slip stitch into the next stitch and turn work.

Step 3: Work back along the stitches you have just created with the following stitches; DC, HTC, HTC, TC, TC, TC, TC, TC, HTC, HTC, DC, normal slip stitch into the stitch where you first joined yarn C and turn work.

Step 4: Work back along the stitches you have just created with the following stitches; DC, HTC, HTC, TC, TC, TC, TC, TC, HTC, HTC, DC, normal slip stitch into the next stitch where yarn B and C join then fasten off yarn C.

BODY OF STOCKING worked in yarn A and B

Step-4

Continue rounds from toe in yarn A.

Round 8: Insert hook back into yarn A and HTC in each stitch round (18 stitches in total) marking the first HTC with a stitch marker.

Note: your 4th HTC should be in the stitch space where the heel joins the toe and the 16th HTC will be in the last stitch of the heel. HTC 17 and 18 will be back into the remaining stitches of yarn B. At end of round slip stitch into the back loop only of the first HTC marked with stitch marker using yarn B which joins yarn B ready for the next round. (18 stitches)

Round 9: In yarn B HTC in each stitch round marking first HTC with stitch marker. At end of round slip stitch into the back loop only of the first HTC marked with stitch marker using yarn A which joins yarn A ready for the next round. (18 stitches)

Round 10: In yarn A HTC in each stitch round marking first HTC with stitch marker. At end of round slip stitch into the back loop only of the first HTC marked with stitch marker using yarn B which joins yarn B ready for the next round. (18 stitches)

Round 11: In yarn B HTC in each stitch round marking first HTC with stitch marker. At end of round slip stitch into the back loop only of the first HTC marked with stitch marker using yarn A which joins yarn A ready for the next round. (18 stitches)

Round 12: In yarn A HTC in each stitch round marking first HTC with stitch marker. At end of round slip stitch into the back loop only of the first HTC marked with stitch marker using yarn C which joins yarn C ready for the next round. You may cut yarn A and B at this point if you wish as you no longer need it. (18 stitches)

TRIM OF STOCKING - worked in yarn C

Step-5

 

 

Round 13: With yarn C HTC in each stitch round marking first HTC with stitch marker. At end of round do a normal slip stitch into first HTC marked with stitch marker (18 stitches)

Round 14: Slip stitch into next 7 stitches marking first stitch with stitch marker, Ch 6, slip stitch into remaining 11 stitches. Make one last slip stitch into the top loop only of the first slip stitch marked with the stitch marker. Cut the yarn and pull through off hook. Sew end in going from front to back of stocking to complete round neatly. Sew in all ends.

Personalised Mini Stocking

Step 1

Start with a magic circle (or you can Ch4 and slip stitch into the first ch to join), then ch1

6 dc into the circle

Step 2

2htr in each dc stitch around (12 htr in total)

Step 3

(1htr in next st, 2htr in next st) repeat six times around (18 htr in total)

Step 4

1htr in each stitch around (18 htr in total)

Step 5, 6 ,7

Repeat round 4

Step 8

Slip st into first stitch - mark this with a stitch marker,  work next 11 stitches as follows; 1dc, 2htr, 5tr, 2htr, 1dc, mark the next stitch with a stitch marker then slip stitch into this same stitch you just marked.

Step 9

Turn work and move yarn to the back over the slip stitch. Work back along the 11  stitches you just worked with the following stitches: 1dc, 2htr, 5tr, 2htr, 1dc, slip st into next stitch which is marked with a stitch marker (leave the stitch marker in its place)

Step 10 & 11

Repeat round 9

Step 12

Turn work and move yarn to the back over the slip stitch. Working back along the 11  stitches you just worked with the following stitches: 1dc, 2htr, 5tr, 2htr, 1dc, skip stitch with stitch marker in and slip st into next stitch (this is the new end to your round and the previous stitch marker can now be removed).

Step 13

htr in the same stitch you just slipped into (mark this first stitch of this new round with a stitch marker), htr in the next 4 stitches, htr in next space that is marked with a stitch marker (this marker can then be removed), htr in the next 12 stitches to complete the round.

(You should have 18 stitches at the end of round 13)

Step 14

htr in each stitch around (mark the first stitch of each new round with your stitch marker)

Step 15, 16, 17, 18

Repeat round 14

Step 19

15 htr then change to trim colour (introduce new yarn colour on the last yarn over of the 15th htr) and then 3 htr in this new colour.

Step 20

15htr, slip stitch into next stitch, ch8, slip stitch back into same stitch.

Surface slip stitch the letters 

To write the letters on each stocking I have used surface slip stitch. To do this technique you put your hook through the front layer of your stocking at the start of your letter and pull back through a loop of yarn. You will keep the working yarn at the back of the stocking surface and work your slips (which will look like chains) on the front. Once you have pulled through a loop  you then insert your hook into the next space along for your letter, put your yarn over your hook and then pull the loop back through the surface of your stocking and straight through the loop on your hook. Repeat this slip stitch across the surface of your stocking following the shape of the letter you are doing. It can help to draw your letter out first on your stocking using white chalk which can be easily brushed off once you have finished.

Joining the stockings in a garland

Lay out your stockings so that they are in the correct order to spell the name. Then working from right to left if you are right-handed, or from left to right if you are left-handed, do the following:

Ch50, dc around the loop of your first stocking, *ch15, dc around the loop of the next stocking**, repeat from * to **  until all your stockings are attached then Ch50 and cut yarn and fasten off.

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