You may need a stocking for all those stuffers!

What better way to continue on with the holiday spirit than to start working on a stocking for Christmas for yourself or as a wonderful gift!

Donna Kay combines soft shades of alpaca yarn with three traditional snowflake patterns and silver-lined glass beads to give this Christmas stocking an elegant Victorian look. The beads are strung on the yarn before the knitting commences, then the piece is worked in the round from cuff to toe, except for the heel flap, which is worked back and forth and joined with Kitchener stitch.
Finished Size: About 7 3/4″ (19.5 cm) wide at top, 16″ (40.5 cm) long from top to heel, and 12″” (30.5 cm) long from heel to toe.
Yarn: Jaeger Alpaca (100% alpaca; 201 yd [184 m]/50 g): Stocking shown in #142 Arequipa (off white; MC), 3 balls; #385 ice (pale mint green; CC), 1 ball. Swatch shown in #142 Arequipa with #386 glow (yellow
Yarn weight: #1 – Super Fine
Gauge: 36 sts and 36 rows
Needles: Size 2 (2.5 mm): 16″ (40-cm) circular (cir). Size 0 (2.0 mm): 16″ (40-cm) cir and set of 4 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Markers (m); waste yarn; 250 (5-mm) clear beads with silver lining; sewing needle and thread; tapestry needle.
(Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Summer 2002)

Knitted Caps for Newborns

Knitters in Des Moines, Iowa have dedicated their time and skills towards a great cause this November. In order to raise awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome, every baby born in the metro area will be sent home from the hospital with a hand-made purple knitted cap. Thanks to the partnership of Knitting Next Door and Blank Children’s Hospital, over 180 caps were donated for this great cause! Click here to read the rest of the article.