The Sweet Stocking is Here!

For the past several years, I’ve been plugging away at sewing quilted stockings for my family, only to find myself getting more and more frustrated with the lack of reasonably sized (ie, not big enough to fit a PS5) Christmas stockings that wouldn’t take forever to sew. I decided it was high time to design my own, and landed on what I believe is a perfectly pint-sized Christmas stocking!

My Christmas fabric stash is small but full of beloved, no longer produced prints, so I made sure to make the patchwork squares small for maximum fussy cutting with minimal fabric usage. You could also use the pattern to make solid stockings in just one print, or improv-piece the top to make something fun and unique!

The Sweet Stocking is made using simple patchwork squares, one template, and an easy sewing technique to make the lining and outer in just one seam! The hanging tag can be made from quilting cotton fabric or your favorite ribbon or twill tape.

This project is a great intro to quilting on your machine, with a small shape and lots of options- quilt in straight lines, a grid pattern, or free motion if you have the right foot. Alternatively, how lovely would hand quilting look on these stockings?!

These stockings are just the right size to stuff with little goodies like candy, nail polish, or pens, and would also be perfect for baby’s first Christmas or your favorite fur babies. I love how you can comfortably hang a couple of them on a small mantel or shelf.

Click here to go to the download shop to get the free pattern! Let me know in the comments how yours turned out, and use #sweetstocking on Instagram (tag me @katiegouwens) so I see your lovely Sweet Stocking photos!

Chevron Coffee Cup Cozy (free pattern)

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As promised, here’s the pattern for a chevron-printed coffee cup cozy, or sleeve. Small and quick to knit, it’s the perfect first fair isle project, with only two colors and no floats longer than 3 stitches. Stash one in your purse to use at the coffee shop instead of those wasteful paper sleeves, or slip onto your morning travel mug for a soft, pretty grip.

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The yarn is used is Knit Picks Palette in Cream (MC) and Sagebrush (CC) but I wish I’d used more contrasting colors for the purpose of photography for this site. If you have a large stash of fingering-weight wool, using many different colors would make a lovely Missoni-style pattern.

Yes, you probably don’t need one. But you know you want one. It will only take approximately 1 movie and 20 minutes of the news to finish. If you watch Lord of the Rings, you could probably make two.

Download the pattern here: Chevron Coffee Cup Cozy patt

Free Pattern: Rock Candy Fingerless Gloves

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Rock Candy Fingerless Gloves

This is a really simple but versatile pattern, with each glove knitting up quickly. They’re the perfect quick gift, so easy to customize and stretchy enough to fit a wide range of sizes. I knit a pair up in three days for a friend’s birthday, and to complement her trendy style  these are embellished with some really cool sew-on gems. I love how the slightly fuzzy, marled wool contrasts against the edgy stones for a homespun-meets-glam look.

US 6 DPNs (set of 4)

Guage: 5 sts per inch (across), 7 sts per inch per row (up)

1 Skein Lana Grossa Cinque 153 yards, aran weight, color 035

I’ve had this yarn sitting in my stash for about two years now. I always make sure to save the yarn label so I know for sure what it is, how much is there, etc., but in the process of re-organizing the label got lost. For your convenience and my sanity, I searched the internet, and a search for Lana Grossa marled gray wool turned into a half hour internet hunt, with me scanning pictures trying to find something twisted and multicolored with a name that looked vaguely familiar. I ended on the first place I should’ve looked- Ravelry- and the name finally clicked: Cinque, in color 035. From what I gleaned it’s discontinued, but any aran-weight yarn should do for this simple and stretchy design.

One size fits all (6″ wrist circumference, 9″ at widest part of palm at base of thumb, 8.25″ tall wrist to fingers)

Wrist

CO 36 sts, distributing as evenly as possible on 3 DPNs. join in round. Work in K2, P2 rib for 5.5″.

 Thumb Hole

Turn and knit back to separate round, working back-and-forth, work in patt until piece measures 7″ from edge.

This might seem a little disorienting at first if you’re not used to “mirror knitting”, but just hang in there–instead of flipping the work over at the end of the row, just keep going. You had a tube in the round, and now you’re making a flat piece. Don’t freak out! soon it will all be circular again, with a tidy little thumbhole in the side.

Finger Portion

Rejoin in round and continue working in patt until piece measures 8.25″ from start. BO. Weave in ends. Repeat for second glove.

Finishing

Sew on gems with regular sewing needle and matching thread.

My favorite things about these gloves are 1: no shaping! while it’s fun and challenging to shape something to fit the rather awkwardly shaped human hand, Rock Candy knits up fast as and fresh with nary a decrease or increase. 2: both right and left are made exactly the same! which one goes on the left and which one goes on the right is completely determined through the accessorizing phase.