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Monday, December 14, 2009

DIY: Granny Square Stocking

We will be back with another fun giveaway later today but in the meantime, here is a fun and easy granny square stocking. My dad had a few of these in his place when I was growing up, probably made  by his mom back in the 60's based on color selection. I marveled at how they were made even when I was little, I was even a craft loving tot.

Check it out...

What you need:

A crochet hook - I used a I/9 but any will do really.
A selection of 1-4 yarn colors
A tapestry needle & scissors

What you do:

1. Crochet 7 granny squares with 5 rows each.
Tip: you can vary the colors or order of colors but I've found that doing the same exact combo looks best. You definitely want your 5th row to be consistent.

2. Whipstitch three granny squares together in a row for the front "leg" of your stocking. Repeat with three more squares for the back of your stocking.

3. Fold last square diagonally to make toe. Whipstitch to front "leg" as shown. Repeat for back. Ignore pine needles in photo.

4. Whipstitch up front of leg and along bottom of "foot" and up back of leg.

5. Add 2 rows around top of stocking using an accent color. (A set of 3 double crochets in each space with a chain stitch in-between.) You could get creative and add a ruffle or a cuff here.

6. Chain stitch a string, long enough to: tie a loop, thread through the stocking and hang down the front (or tie in a bow, it's up to you.)

7. tie off a 1 inch loop in the exact center of your chain. Thread through top, back of stocking. Tie strands in a double knot on the inside. Thread through holes of trim until the two strands meet in the front. Let them hang down or tie them in a bow.

8. I added some wonky pom poms at the end. I made them by wrapping yarn around a piece of 2" carboard 50 times, carefully sliding the yarn off, tying a piece of yarn TIGHTLY around the center and cutting all the loops. Then I tied the tail of the chain string to the tail of the pom pom string.

9. Now, if you are my dad, fill the stocking with oranges and Altoids because you know exactly how to thrill the kiddies on Christmas morning. Just kidding, love ya dad!

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Blogger Jacinda said...

This would be pretty cute with a pom pom on the tip of the toe too, I'm just saying.

December 14, 2009 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

Jacinda! This is adorable! I love that it matches your rug too. Now are you going to make three more? Who gets this one? I have try a granny square now.

December 14, 2009 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger RachelDenbow said...

Love this!

December 14, 2009 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Snot Head said...

Very cute idea. I have made 2 pair of the granny square slippers and have at least 5 more to make as Christmas presents. ;o) Granny Squares really can be fun and not old lady-ish at all!

December 14, 2009 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger corrina jane said...

i just finished a granny square stocking last week! this is lovely, and looks like a little less work then what i had devised. love it!

December 14, 2009 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Josh and Vicki said...

I stumbled across your blog a few days ago after following links from several other blogs and am immediately loving so many of your projects but this one especially! I began making my granny squares tonight after a quick crochet refresher (seriously have not done it in like 15+ years and i'm 27 so it's been a LONG time) and other than the hand cramp from trying to make all 7 squares after starting and re-doing the centers a couple times as practice i am IN LOVE with this pattern... it's so much more up-dated than many of the granny-square stocking patterns i've seen while researching before starting these and so super simple. Thanks a lot!!!

December 28, 2009 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Umbaugh said...

This is adorable. I am going to try this tonight!

December 8, 2010 at 9:13 AM  

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