Tuesday 30 October 2018

New designs: Mr. Happy and Little Miss Sunshine Christmas stockings

Do you remember that heatwave we had in the summer? Well, when all the sensible people had put down their knitting and were heading to the beach, I was hiding indoors (it was unbearably hot for most of the third trimester of my pregnancy) and knitting these beauties: Mr. Happy and Little Miss Sunshine stockings.

Image copyright Practical Publishing

The Mr. Men and Little Miss characters have long been favourites of mine, so I was delighted when I was asked to design these stockings – their bright colours and bold lines translate perfectly to intarsia. To make them extra special, I included a couple of three-dimensional finishing touches: Little Miss Sunshine's pigtails are made from plaits, and Mr. Happy's hat is finished with a mini pom pom (top tip here: make a bigger pom pom and trim it down; this approach is much less fiddly than making a tiny pom pom!). If you love both characters, or can't decide which one to knit, why not knit Mr. Happy on one face of the stocking and Little Miss Sunshine on the other?

The stockings are knitted flat from the top down and combine stranded and intarsia colourwork: the snowflake panels are knitted using stranded colourwork and the characters knitted using the intarsia technique. The heel is knitted using short rows. Once the knitting is complete, the name is added using duplicate stitch and the stocking is seamed.

The patterns for the stockings are included with print copies of the current issue of Knit Now magazine (Issue 94),* and the patterns include full alphabets for you to personalise your stockings. I would love to see your finished stockings, so why not post them on Instagram and tag me (@vikkibirddesigns), or add a Ravelry project page and link it to the pattern page?**

The stockings are knitted in Hayfield Bonus DK,** a cheap and cheerful 100% acrylic yarn that comes in a myriad of colours.

*Note that for licensing reasons, the patterns are not included with international or digital copies of the magazine. This issue goes off sale tomorrow (Wednesday 31st October 2018), but you can order a copy via MoreMags.

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