Mama Bear Christmas

This pattern is for a huge Christmas Stocking that measures 30″ long and 9″ wide at the calf. It was knitted in plain white wool and can b

By: W7MYA@aol.com

Materials:

3 skeins white Lopi yarn.
Needles: Gauge: 9 st and 13 rows = 4 inches.

Note:
Work two strands wool together.

Directions:

Cast on 40 st. Using dp needles, k1, p1 ribbing. Mark beg of row for the back. Continue ribbing for 12 rows. (3.5″)

Work stockinette st 34 rows. (14″ from beg.)

Instep:

Dec next row starting at back marker. Dec rnd: k10, k2tog, place marker, place marker, k10. (38 st)

Continue stockinette st repeating dec rnd 4th row, 6 times. Dec 1 st before each marker.

21″ from beg. (28 st) Heel flap: (Starting at center of back)

K7, k14, place these 14 st on a holder (instep), k7. Remove side markers. Work stockinette on heel flap by k right side and p wrong side, 16 rows. (14 st) (5.75″ flap)

Heel turning:

Row 1: k5, k2tog tbl, k2tog tbl, k5. (12 st)
Row 2: p3, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p3. (10 st)
Row 3: k2, k2tog tbl, k2, k2tog tbl, k2. (8 st)
Row 4: p1, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p1. (6 st)
Row 5: k2, k2tog tbl, k2. (5 st)
Row 6: p across 5 st.

Gusset and foot:

K5 from heel, PU & k9 st for gusset, place marker, k14, from instep, place marker, PU & k9 st for gusset, place marker for beg of rnd. (37 st)

K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, sl marker, k14 sts of instep, sl marker, k2tog tbl, k rem sts.

Next rnd, k rnd even.

Repeat these 2 rnds until 23 st remain, then knit 20 rows & 6″ from beg of gusset.

Shape toe:

K to first marker, sl marker, k2tog tbl, k to within 2 st of marker, k2tog, sl marker, k rem sts.
Next rnd, k even, then repeat these 2 rnds until 16 st remain.

Place top 8 st on holder, place bottom 8 st on holder. Use Kitchner st to weave the toe closed.