Mini stockings Christmas bunting!
Grab your cocoa and a hook and make some of Alice Neal’s adorable mini stockings bunting to hang over your mantelpiece!
You will need:
Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Paper White (401) and Pillar Red (415)
4mm crochet hook
Tapestry needle for sewing in ends.
Glossary in UK terms:
dc – double crochet
sl st – slip stitch
ch1 – chain 1
To make the red and white stocking
Make a magic circle:
Ch1 into it, and work 5 dc.
Pull the tail tight to complete the circle.
Sl st into ch1.
Ch1 and work 2 dc into each dc (10dc in all)
Sl st into ch1.
*Ch1 and work 10 dc around (1dc in each). Sl st into ch1**
Repeat from * to ** 4 more times (5 in all)
Ch1, make 1dc in the next 6dc, TURN
Ch1, make 1dc in the next 6dc
Sl st the last dc into the first so that you have a circle again.
Ch1 and work 10dc around. Sl st into ch1.
*Ch1 and work 10dc around (1dc in each). Sl st into ch1**
Repeat from * to ** 3 more times (4 in all)
Change to Paper White yarn.
Ch1 and work 10dc around, sl st into ch1 – work this round twice.
Make 8ch loop, sl st into base of loop, bind off and weave in ends.
To make the variations
For the white stocking with red heel and top: using white, follow the pattern until the heel. Use red for the two rows of 6dc, then switch back to white and follow to the end of the pattern in reverse, i.e. when it switches to two rows of white and an 8ch loop, switch to red for that section.
For the striped stocking, start with red. For the 2nd and 4th rounds of 10dc, use white. For the heel (the two rows of 6dc) use white and alternate for 5 rows, then finish with 2 rounds and an 8ch loop in white.
Tip: when changing colour, change for the slip stitch before you start with that colour, for a seamless change.
To hang the stockings: In white, ch14, then sl st into the first ch, continue to chain until you have the desired length, and sl st back into the 14th ch from the end. You now have a loop either end to hook around a pin, a hook, or wherever you decide to hang your bunting. For my bunting, I made a second chain in red, attaching it by attaching to the end loop, making dc around it, then making a chain as long as the white I then made dc around the loop at the other end but not before stringing my stockings onto the white chain. That way, they are safely attached inside the strings and you can choose where they go, twist the chains to keep them in place (and make a pretty red and white swirl).