Snow Day Stocking
We knitters know that it’s never too early to prepare for the most wonderful time of the year! Jump right in with our Snow Day Stocking, a modern take on the most important of Christmas knits.
Inspired by our similarly marled Snow Day Hat, the Snow Day Stocking takes a classic rag sock and magnifies its scale and impact!
All you need is two skeins of our snuggly Super Soft Merino to make one simple stocking. Holding two strands together and using US 17 needles, you’ll start at the toe and knit in the round right up to the top. At a whopping 2 stitches per inch, your mantel will be full in no time!
And top off your tootsie with a perfectly round and bouncy pom pom courtesy of our Pom Pom Maker Set… What could be merrier?
Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.
- Main Color: 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino, 100% merino wool. Each skein is 87 yards; approximately 87 yards required. We used Heirloom White.
- Contrast Color: 1 skein of Super Soft Merino. Approximately 87 yards required. We used Red Poppy, Super Orange, and Peachy Pink, seen above from top to bottom.
- A set of US 17 (12 mm) double pointed needles
- A jumbo stitch marker or scrap yarn
- Purl Soho’s Pom Pom Maker Set
8 stitches and 11 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch with yarn doubled
- Finished Circumference: 13 inches
- Finished Length From Top Of Heel To Top Of Leg (unrolled): 10 inches
- Finished Length From Top Of Heel To Tip Of Toe: 9 inches
You will knit this piece in the round from the toe up to the cuff.
Double The Yarn
Throughout this pattern, you will hold two strands of yarn. For the Toe and Cuff you will hold two strands of the Main Color. The easiest way to do this is to wind a center-pull ball and to pull from the center and the outside of the ball.
Short Row Shaping: Wrap and Turn (wrp-t)
- On the right side: Keeping yarn in back, slip next stitch purlwise from left needle to right needle. Bring yarn to front. Return slipped stitch to left needle. Bring yarn to back. Turn work so wrong side is facing you.
- On the wrong side: Keeping yarn in front, slip next stitch purlwise from left needle to right needle. Bring yarn to back. Return slipped stitch to left needle. Bring yarn to front. Turn work so right side is facing you.
For a step-by-step video and photo tutorial of how to work this technique, please visit our Short Row tutorial.
NOTE: For assistance with the cast on, please visit our Provisional Cast-On: A Two-Step Method Tutorial.
Using a Provisional Cast-On and scrap yarn, cast 6 stitches onto double pointed needle.
NOTE: If you’re feeling intimidated by the Provisional Cast On, go ahead and use a Basic Long Tail Cast On! Instead of cinching live stitches at the end, just thread the cast-on tail through the cast-on stitches to pull the Toe hole closed.
Holding two strands of Main Color (MC) and leaving a 12-inch tail, knit across 6 cast-on stitches.
Divide stitches among 3 double pointed needles with 2 stitches on each needle.
Place marker (pm) and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.
Round 1: *K1, yarn over (yo), k1, yo, pm, k1, repeat from * to end of round. [4 stitches increased]
Round 2: *K1, yo, knit to next marker, yo, slip marker, k1, repeat from * to end of round, knitting all yarn overs from previous round through the back loop. [4 stitches increased]
Repeat Round 2 three more times. [26 stitches total]
Next Round: Knit to end of round.
Cut 1 strand of MC.
Join one strand of Contrast Color (CC) and knit every round in stockinette stitch until Foot measures 5 inches.
NOTE: In this section, you will work in short rows, turning the work partway through each row (see Notes). While working short rows, knit the wraps with their wrapped stitch when you come to them.
Short Row 1 (right side): K10, wrp-t.
Short Row 2 (wrong side): P5, wrp-t.
Short Row 3: K3, wrp-t.
Short Row 4: P4, wrp-t.
Short Row 5: K5, wrp-t.
Short Row 6: P6, wrp-t.
Short Row 7: K8, wrp-t.
Short Row 8: P9, wrp-t.
Partial Round: Remove end of round marker, k5, pm, this is now the end of round marker.
Round 1: Knit to end of round, knitting wraps with their paired stitch when you come to them.
Continue in stockinette stitch, knitting every round for 8 inches.
Cut one strand of CC.
Join 1 strand of MC.
Continue in stockinette stitch, knitting every round for 2 inches or until approximately 4 yards of MC remain.
Bind-Off Round: K3, place 3 stitches on spare double pointed needle, bind off knitwise to last 2 stitches, k2. [6 stitches remain: 3 stitches at beginning of round and 3 stitches at end of round]
Still using two strands of MC and starting with 3 stitches remaining at the end of round, make a 4-inch I-cord.
Thread tails onto tapestry needle and use Kitchener Stitch to graft I-cord stitches to 3 stitches on spare needle from beginning of bind-off round.
If you’re using Purl Soho’s Pom Pom Maker Set, use the Large Pom Pom Maker and the 2½ inch Trim Guide to make a pom pom. Follow the basic instructions for a Solid Pom Pom found in our Pom Pom Tutorial. Here’s exactly how we made our Super Soft Merino Pom Pom…
Make Pom Pom
Holding two strands of CC together, pulling from the inside and outside of the ball, wrap the two strands of yarn around the Large Pom Pom Maker 60 times (120 total revolutions) and tie with a piece of CC.
With the 2½ inch Trim Guide, trim the pom pom a bit outside the edge of the Trim Guide to create a 3-inch pom pom. Make sure to not trim the 2 ties so you can use them to attach the pom pom to the stocking.
Attach Pom Pom
Thread each pom pom tail separately through the base of the hanging loop to the inside of the stocking. Tie the tails into a knot, then thread the tails up through the pom pom itself and trim them flush with the pom pom.
Place the 6 cast-on stitches onto 2 double pointed needles, removing the scrap yarn from the Provisional Cast-On. Thread cast-on tail onto tapestry needle and thread tail through the 6 cast-on stitches, going through the stitches twice. Pull taught and bring tail to inside of stocking to weave in.
Weave + Block
Weave in remaining ends and block as desired. If working with Super Soft Merino, we suggest a lightly steam blocking.