Skill Level: Beginner
Materials: Lion Brand Wool-Ease yarn, 3-oz. skeins: 1 skein each of Forest Green Heather (G), White Frost (W) and Cranberry (R). Lion Brand Angora Merino yarn, 1.75-oz. skein: 1 skein Vanilla (V). Size G crochet hook, or any size to obtain stitch gauge below. Tapestry needle. Adhesive red felt letters (N, O, E, L). Sheets of adhesive felt: red, pink, white, black.
Gauge: Working in single crochet, 4 sc = 1"; 9 rows = 2"
1. Make front: Starting at lower edge with G, ch 34. Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, sc in each ch to last ch, 2 sc in last ch – inc made. Ch 1, turn. Row 2: Sc in each sc to last ch, 2 sc in last sc – 35 st. Ch 1, turn. Rows 3-7: Rep Row 2 – 40 st. Row 8: Sc across. Row 9: Rep Row 2. Ch 1, turn – 41 st. Rows 10-13: Rep Row 8. Ch 1, turn. Row 14: Sk first sc – dec made at toe edge; sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. Row 15: Sc in each sc across. Rows 16-19: Rep Rows 14 and 15 two times – 38 sc. Ch 1, turn. Row 20: Rep Row 14. Row 21: Sc in each sc up to last 4 sc; sk next sc, sc in next sc; do not work over last 2 sc. Row 22: Sk first sc, sc in each rem sc – 33 sc. Rows 23 and 24: Rep Rows 21 and 22. Rows 25-29: Rep Row 15 once, then Rows 14 and 15 alternately 2 times – 27 sc. Ch 1, turn. Rows 30-79: Rep Row 15 50 times, ending at toe side. Fasten off.
2. Make back: Same as front.
3. Place front and back with edges even. Using R, loop yarn over hook; starting at upper edge, insert hook through front and back of stocking and pull yarn through to make sc; make sc in each st around sides and lower edge of stocking to join front to back.
4. Make cuff: At upper edge, with one strand each of W and V, make a loop on hook, insert hook in any st and draw up a loop, complete a sc; make an sc in every st. Join with sl st at end. * Ch 1, sc in each sc around; rep from * until cuff measures 4". Fasten off. Fold cuff down.
5. To make hanging loop, with G, ch 25. Row 1: Make a dc in 3rd ch from hook; make a dc in each ch across. Fasten off.
6. Fold loop in half crosswise; stitch ends inside upper back edge of stocking.
7. Peel backing off letters and apply to cuff.
8. Enlarge stocking photo so Santa is actual size. Trace each section of Santa; cut from felt. Peel off paper backing and adhere Santa to front of stocking.
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Originally published in the November 29, 2011, issue of Family Circle magazine.