A knitting pattern begins with a vision, an idea – which our talented designers bring to life for Woman’s Weekly. But how exactly?
We are thrilled to introduce you to Lynne Rowe, who can’t imagine a day without picking up her knitting needles or crochet hook. We’ve got two quick and easy knitted Christmas stocking patterns that Lynne has designed especially for you.
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‘A few weeks ago I was contacted by Knitting Design Editor Kandy Regis who commissioned me to create a Christmas stocking in two different designs,’ explains Lynne.
‘I was delighted, as I hadn’t designed any stockings this year and for me, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a knitted stocking hanging somewhere in my home.
‘Kandy selected Rico Design Essentials Big as being perfect for what she had in mind – a soft and sumptuous wool/acrylic mix was lovely to work with. This gorgeous, chunky yarn uses 7mm needles and knits up very quickly. So it’s perfect for a last-minute Christmas knit.
‘As soon as the yarn arrived, I couldn’t wait to get started and immediately whipped out my pen and notepad to work out the shape, length and number of stitches I wanted.
‘My brief was for two simple stockings, one Christmas stocking to be striped and the other to be solid coloured. I worked on the plain stocking first and based it around a simple sock pattern knitted flat, rather than in the round.
‘To make each stocking slightly different, I added a moss-stitch border to one stocking and a folded stocking stitch hem to the other. Both have a very simple sock heel, knitted in two halves. I think the only tricky part is picking up the stitches along the side of the heel. I recommend knitting into the back of the picked-up stitch, which twists the stitch and closes up any unsightly gaps.
‘Finally, I added a personal touch with some silky ribbon and a pretty button to each stocking. I love choosing buttons for projects and in my ever-growing button stash I can usually find something that matches perfectly.
‘….I hope you all have a very happy Handmade Christmas, Lynne x.’