As promised, here is the pattern for the mini stockings. They are worked from the toe up with a short-row heel. Some experience with short rows and toe-up cast-ons would be useful but I’ve included links to good tutorials on both if you need some extra help.
This pattern hasn’t been edited or tested by anyone but me yet so let me know if you have any problems.
- 2.75mm needles
- small amounts of 4 ply yarn in two colours
- stitch marker to mark beginning of round (optional)
- tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)
Toe and foot:
Using main colour, cast on 6 stitches using figure of 8 cast-on and knit 1 round. (See this article in Knitty for details of the figure of 8 cast-on.)
Round 2: * K1, m1, k2. Repeat from *. (8 stitches)
Round 3: Knit all.
Round 4: * K1, m1, k2, m1, k1. Repeat from *. (12 stitches).
Rounds 5-10: Knit all.
Row 11: Knit 11 stitches. Wrap last stitch and turn work. (See this Purl Bee tutorial on short rows for details of how to wrap stitches.)
Row 12: Purl 4 stitches. Wrap next stitch and turn.
Row 13: Knit 3 stitches. Wrap next stitch and turn.
Row 14: Purl 2 stitches. Wrap next stitch and turn.
Row 15: Knit 2 stitches. Pick up wrap and knit next stitch. Wrap next stitch and turn.
Row 16: Purl 3. Pick up wraps and knit next stitch.
Row 17: Knit 4. Pick up wrap and knit next stitch. Wrap next stitch (leg stitch).
Row 18: Purl 5. Pick up wrap and knit next stitch. Wrap next stitch (leg stitch).
Row 19: Knit 6 stitches (back to end of row).
Round 20: Knit all stitches, picking up wraps on 1st and 6th stitches.
Rounds 21-30: Knit all stitches.
Change to contrasting colour and turn work so that you are knitting in the opposite direction.
Rows 31-35: Knit all stitches.
Cast off: Knit 2 stitches, place two new stitches back onto left-hand needle and knit these two together. * Knit one stitch, place two new stitches back onto left-hand needle and knit these two stitches together. Repeat from *.
Weave in any ends.