Wool on Sundays – 174 (Freya’s Christmas Stocking and a Reindeer)

Hello and Welcome to Wool on Sundays!

I know it isn’t Sunday today but, really, this is two Wool on Sundays posts muddled together and the Sundays just keep on passing by. I suppose that is what happens when you live in a parallel universe where every day is groundhog day and, since next Sunday will be next year, I’m thinking that, although today is Monday, it is probably not the worst day to blog about the last of this year’s knitting…

I had been pondering about making a Christmas Stocking for my new little granddaughter and I had even day dreamed a little about how to create something like this turned out but I had decided to leave it until next year. Then my daughter asked me if I could make her one and the making and frogging began…

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It is (as you can see) basically a large sock using a variety of two colour charts and increasing to accommodate the patterns as and where necessary. The heart insert in the stripes on the foot is inspired by: Queen of Hearts Socks and the main foot pattern is from the sock front of Moonflower Socks – both from garnstudio. I found the reindeer and tree pattern on ravelry and managed to find and download the pattern free at Sandnes Garn 0411 – TO THE MOUNTAINS. The patterns are written in Norweigen but there are some nice charts. The top border, I found unattributed on pinterest. I decreased the heel stripes and continued them up to the hanging loop by increasing one stitch at the beginning and end of the flower pattern and working two stitches together in red at the beginning and end of the stripes (working in the round) on alternate rows until I had the width of stripes I wanted for the back strip.

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Having got settled into Winter evening knitting, I wanted to make a reindeer to go with the stocking. This was very much an eleventh hour make and I really didn’t have time to do it so when the Reindeer by Polushkabunny pdf pattern caught my eye, I bought it immediately, which was uncharacteristically impulsive, and I started making it straight away using some wool in my stash.

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These were the most reindeer-ish colours I could find and I didn’t want to order more as deliveries were getting slow with all the extra gift posting. The only change I made to the pattern was making the antlers bigger. I stuffed it with the inside of an old cushion and winged making the dress and I was quite surprised at how well it turned out with no frogging! With Christmas fast approaching, I didn’t take any progress photos and these ones, taken in poor light, are the only ones I have but, now it is finished, it looks quite sweet and is very pose-able.

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I wish you a very Happy New Year! And I hope 2021 will bring you health, safety, happiness and a swift return to all those ordinary, everyday things we used to call ‘normal’ :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

6 thoughts on “Wool on Sundays – 174 (Freya’s Christmas Stocking and a Reindeer)

  1. Andrée G Faubert

    Hi Janine, coming from a non-knitter, your projects look both difficult and amazing. Wow! That little reindeer is soooo darling. I hope that you had a good Christmas. All the best in this brand new year….hopefully it will eventually stop being more of the same :-) Take care.

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  2. Flashinscissors

    Wow, Janine! You are an expert designer!
    I absolutely love how you made the stocking. – and I love the jumper pattern you found!
    Your stocking is exceptional!
    I adore your little reindeer too and I prefer the larger antlers. (Is there wire in the arms and legs?)
    You made her a super outfit too, who wouldn’t love to receive their very own individual reindeer!
    She certainly is a very lucky little girl!
    Wow again! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
    Adorable!
    Barbara x

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  3. Kim Sharman

    Oh my goodness, you truly are magical, Janine. Are you sure there are no little elves nearby helping you. Amazing stocking and as for the reindeer, just adorable. I am amazed as to how quickly you design pretties and whip them up in next to no time.

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  4. benta hickley

    Flipping blog lovin closed down and I’m so behind on reading blog posts 🤦‍♀️ The stocking is amazing and I’m sure will be treasured! The reindeer is great too!!! Grandma Alice sends her regards! Xxx

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