Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fair Isle Miniature Knit Christmas Stockings

I have always wanted to try Fair Isle knitting.  The other evening I was surfing the internet and found a pattern for a Miniature Knit Christmas Stocking.  I saved the pattern in my computer, and then showed it to my daughter who is still here for Christmas break.  We both kept thinking about the pattern, so the next day we decided to take some Koigu yarn and give it a try even though neither of us needed to start anything new. 

Really it wasn't quite that simple.  The pattern on the internet was knit as a flat piece and then seamed up the back with the heel knit in two pieces.  We decided that since we have both knit socks (regular people sized) that we could change the pattern and knit this miniature stocking in the round.  You've heard of a quilt-as-you-go project.  Well, this project was a knit-as-you-go.  We just started knitting and then stopped and brainstormed along the way. 

After this little project, I have quite a healthy respect for Fair Isle knitters.  Their end product is always so beautiful and professional looking.  I found it to be kind of fiddly because to do Fair Isle  the correct way you have to knit one color with your left hand and the other with your right.  So you have to be somewhat adept at continental as well as English knitting.  Now having said all that, I like the finished product and we have plans to do a second stocking.  DD just made notes as we knit last night.  She is rewriting the pattern and reworking the chart now. Then we will do a second stocking .My stocking is the green one; DD made the blue one. 

 
I can see some mistakes in my stocking, but I think they look cute on the tree anyway. 

Hope you are finding some time to stitch today!  

13 comments:

Renee said...

Oh LuAnn, those little tiny stockings are adoreable. So sweet. I wasn't quite sure how small they were until I saw the coin in the photo and all I can say is, oh my! I don't knit, crochet, any of that but I can only imagine how intricate that work must have been. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and warmest wishes for the upcoming New Year.

Renee said...

Oh, oh, I almost forgot. I saw your new phone. Nice. I'm a little jealous. I have the htc droid eris and it's cool and all but it's old now. lol. They are so much fun though aren't they? I might be a little bit addicted to mine. Depends on who you ask. lol. I totally agree though that it is like a little computer in your hand. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have mine this last year.

Yvette said...

Those tiny stockings are the cutest things!

Maria said...

Oh How cute are they. Would make the best wee Christmas gifts for next year. Or was one enough LOL

Muddling Through said...

You knitters amaze me. Those stockings are just precious!

ranette said...

I love your miniature stockings! Wouldn't an entire tree filled with them be the cutest?! :)

Manoli C. said...

Original!!!
I love you miniature...
Enjoy your day and your sewing!!!

scraphappy said...

I can't even imagine getting those little guys done. They are just adorable. I am so glad they will be safe on the tree to be enjoyed by all.

Filled with quilty goodness said...

Absolutely adorable! Wish I could knit better, but can barely cast on.

Staci said...

Those little stockings are so sweet! Do they take you a long time to make? They will be adorable ornaments!

Györgyi Varga said...

Your Xmas socks ornaments are so cute! You are so gold-handed. LuAnn very happy new year to you! Györgyi

Fedulab said...

I love this ornaments
I hope them bring a lot of happyness for this year

Cheers
Fede
http://fedulab.bigcartel.com

Rose Marie said...

They are adorable and so tiny to knit up .... that must have been a bit of struggle!

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