Papa Bear Christmas

This pattern is for a huge Christmas Stocking that measures 36″ long and 10″ wide at the calf. It was knitted in plain white wool and can be decorated later by adding bells, pinecones, ribbons, idiot cords or duplicate stitch initials.

By:W7MYA@aol.com

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

Directions:

Cast on 42 st. Using dp needles, k1, p1 ribbing.

Mark beg of row for the back. Continue ribbing for 12 rows. (3.5″) Work stockinette st 42 rows. (16″ from beg.)

Instep dec next row starting at back marker.

Dec rnd: k10, k2tog, place marker, k18, k2tog, place marker, k10. (40 st) Continue stockinette st repeating dec rnd every 4th row, 6 times. Dec 1 st before each marker. 24″ from beg. (30 st)

Heel flap:

K8, k14, place these 14 st on a holder (instep), k8. Remove side markers. Work stockinette on heel flap by k right side and p wrong side, 20 rows. (16 st) (6″ flap)

Heel turning:

Row 1: k6, k2tog tbl, k2tog tbl, k6. (14 st)
Row 2: p4, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p4. (12 st)
Row 3: k3, k2tog tbl, k2, k2tog tbl, k3. (10 st)
Row 4: p2, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p2. (8 st)
Row 5: k3, k2tog tbl, k3. (7 st)
Row 6: p across 7 st.

Gusset and foot:

K7 from heel, PU & k12 st for gusset, place marker, k14, from instep, place marker, PU & k12 st for gusset, place marker for beg of rnd. 45 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 30 st remain, then knitt 29 rows 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 18 st remain. Place top 9 st on holder, place bottom 9 st on holder. Use Kitchner st to weave the toe closed.