Decorate your home or add a special touch to your holiday gift-giving by crocheting or knitting your own holiday decor. The following patterns are all reasonably fast to make as we head into the busy season.
Sieve stitch an easy crochet stitch pattern that you can use as an all-over fabric or mix-and-match it with other stitch patterns. It uses only chains and single and double crochet stitches.
I’ve sampled it here in the wonderful color-changing Schoppel Wolle Zauberball. You can see the green shading taking place in the swatch. This is a sock-weight yarn which creates a lovely drape in this openwork pattern.
What will you make with Sieve Stitch?
Chain a multiple of 3 + 2.
Set-Up Row (WS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 3, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch; rep from * across, turn.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in first sc, 4 sc in next ch-sp, 5 sc in each ch-sp to last ch-sp, 4 sc in last ch-sp, sc in last sc, turn.
Row 2: Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2 here and throughout), skip 1 sc, sc in next sc, ch 3, skip 4 sc, sc in next sc; rep from * to last 2 sc, ch 2, dc in last sc, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first dc, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, 5 sc in each ch-3 sp across, 2 sc in last ch-2 sp, sc in 3rd ch of ch-5 turning ch, turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 3, skip 4 sc, sc in next sc; rep from * across, turn.
Rep Rows 1-4 for pattern.
dc: double crochet
sc: single crochet
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Last winter, I had a problem: my cute red teapot was cold and naked.
Why didn’t I have a tea cozy? I have no idea, but this year I decided to do something about it before cold weather sets in.
In just an evening of watching a couple of episodes of “Shetland“, I completed this easy one-skein tea cozy. My tea pot is now properly clothed.
Bring on Fall!
Easy Quick-Knit One-Skein Tea Cozy Pattern
To fit a 6-cup teapot; the ribbing adapts to many teapot shapes.
Teapot shown is about 20″ [51 cm] circumference (not counting spout) by 6½” [16.5 cm] high
Cozy measures 13″ [33 cm] circumference at bottom edge and 7″ [18 cm] tall, but it stretches a lot!
1 skein Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Super Bulky Color by Vickie Howell, CYC #6, (100% Superwash Wool, 100 g/55 yds), Color 204 Tiki Turquoise
This project took ALL of the 55 yds of yarn in the ball, so if your gauge is not accurate or you want to make your cover a bit larger, buy more yarn.
US size 13 [9 mm] knitting needles
**Scroll all the way down for abbreviations.**
14 sts and 15 rows = 4″ in 2×2 rib, relaxed
Long-tail cast on 52 sts.
Rows 1, 3, 5 and 7 (WS): K3, *p2, k2; rep from * to last st, k1.
Rows 2, 4, 6 and 8 (RS): P3, *k2, p2; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 9 (divide for spout): K3, (p2, k2) 5 times, p2, k1, turn, leaving remaining 26 sts unworked.
Working on 26 sts only, continue in established pattern for 5 more rows, ending with a RS row. Cut yarn, leaving a 6″ tail.
With WS facing, join yarn at spout opening; working across 26 sts, k1, (p2, k2) 5 times, p2, k3.
Continue in established pattern for 4 more rows, ending with a WS row.
Joining Row (RS): Work in established pattern across all stitches—52 sts.
Decrease Row (WS): K1, K2tog, *p2tog, k2tog; rep from * to last st, p1—27 sts.
Next Row: K2, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Continue in established pattern for 4 more rows.
Next Row (RS): P1, (k2tog) around, p2—15 sts.
Bind off in pattern. Fasten off, leaving a tail for seaming.
With yarn tail, sew 2″ [5 cm] seam along selvedges. Sew lower 1½” [4 cm] selvedges together, leaving an opening for the pot handle.
Weave in ends.
If you prefer using worsted-weight yarn, check out the free pattern for my Holiday Tea Cozy from Red Heart.
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
p2tog: purl 2 stitches together
RS: right side
WS: wrong side
Intro to the Christmas Stocking Crochet Along is here.
Your stocking should be looking like a stocking by now! You just need to finish the toe, make the hanging loop, then decorate it to suit your style. Instructions are below, and the how-to video is at the bottom of the post
I’ve provided some ideas of how to embellish your stocking, but I’m REALLY looking forward to seeing what you do with yours!
Rnd 1 (RS): With CC if desired, ch 1, sc in next 20 sc, sc2tog; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc, turn—42 sts.
Rnd 2 and all WS rnds: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st to first sc, turn.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc, turn—36 sts.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog; rep from * around, join with slip st to first sc, turn—30 sts.
Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog; rep from * around, join with slip st to first sc, turn—24 sts.
Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next sc; rep from * around, join with slip st to first sc, turn—16 sc.
Rnd 11: Ch 1 (sc2tog) around—8 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a 6″ [15 cm] tail. Thread tail through remaining sts and pull tight to close hole.
Use yarn tails to close any holes at heel. Weave in ends.
Pm in first foundation chain at back leg. With RS facing and contrasting color if desired, standing sc 1 st to right (left) of marked st, ch 9, slip st in 2nd ch from hook and next 7 ch, insert hook into free end of piece just made and into marked st, yarnover, pull up a loop, yarnover and pull through all loops on hook (hanging loop complete), sc in both loops of each foundation ch around, join with slip st to first sc. Fasten off.
Embellishments: The Fun Part
OK, I’ll admit that unless you added stripes or used a fancy variegated yarn, at this point your stocking is pretty plain. Consider a plain stocking as a blank canvas. How many ways can you think of to decorate it?
When I first had the idea of doing a Crochet Along, I wasn’t sure what the stocking would look like in the end. But once I made one, and another, and another, I started having all kinds of ideas about what to do with my blank canvas.
Here are just a few ideas of things you can do to decorate your stocking.
Choose a favorite crocheted edging or three. With right side facing, starting at back of leg, crochet the edging onto the free loops around. You’ve got 44 stitches, so you can use an edging that uses a multiple of 4 or 2, or you can fudge the edging to make it fit.
In the stocking pictured here I used three different edgings, crocheted into every 3rd round of free loops (that is, every six rounds). Need some edging inspiration? Check out Around the Corner Crochet Borders. The stocking pictured uses edgings from my soon-to-be-released Every Which Way Crochet Borders (coming January 2017).
Embroider a design by weaving up and down under the free loops. Use the rounds and stitches to help you place the embroidery stitches evenly spaced. Or embroider directly onto the stocking with floss, in a more free-form manner.
Use sewing thread to sew beads onto the stocking in a pattern of your choice. In the swatch shown here I used 2×4 mm and 3×7 mm wooden beads that I picked up at HobbyLobby.
Make pompoms in different sizes and with as many different colors as you like, and sew them or tie them onto the stocking. What would it look like to put colorful little pompoms around the top of the stocking? I ran out of time to try it, but I hope some of you will!
Scour your craft supplies on hand for other types of embellishments. Hit the craft stores now for the best selection of holiday doo-dads or make a note to hit after-Christmas sales in preparation for next year.
I sewed cute little burlap poinsettias onto this stocking.
OK, show me what you can do!
Share photos of your finished stocking on Facebook. We all want to see what you come up with!
The crochet along is complete. You can find all parts of it here:
Welcome to the Christmas Stocking Crochet Along!
Are you ready to get started?
You can read more details about the Crochet Along here.
The written instructions and a chart are below, and there’s a video to help you out. (Edited to add: Scroll on down to view the video.)
Pattern Instructions, Part 1
Approximately 12″ [30.5 cm] diameter x 19″ [48 cm] long
- Worsted-weight yarn (CYC #4)
The sample in the video used Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted (85% wool/15% mohair, 4 oz [113 g]/190 yds [173 m]) 2 skeins color M-140 Aran (MC)
In another sample I used Brown Sheep Naturespun Worsted (100% wool, 3.5 oz [100g]/245 yds [224 m]), 1 skein color N91W Aran (MC) and 1 skein color N48 Scarlet (CC)
- Small amounts of contrasting color yarn
It’s OK to mix it up here! You’ll be embellishing the stocking to suit your style. You can even wait until the body of the stocking is finished before deciding how you want to decorate it.
- Size I-9 [5.5 mm] crochet hook or size to obtain gauge (see note about Gauge)
- Stitch marker
15 sts and 14 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in pattern
Gauge is not crucial in this pattern; stitch gauge is more important than row gauge. However, you want to make a fabric that is firm enough to stand up to the goodies that will be stuffed into the stocking, without being too tight.
CC: contrasting color
MC: main color
pm: place marker
RS: right side
sc: single crochet
WS: wrong side
Special Abbreviations and Techniques
FLsc (front loop single crochet): single crochet in front loop only
Sc2tog (single crochet 2 together): (Insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop) 2 times, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook
Standing sc: Beginning with slip knot on hook, insert hook into stitch indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops.
Stocking is worked in joined rounds, turning at the end of each round as directed.
Pattern Stitch (any multiple)
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc in back bump of first ch, pm in this st, sc in back bump of each ch around, join with sl st to first sc, turn. Move marker up as you work each rnd.
Rnd 2 (WS): Ch 1, FLsc in each st around, join with slip st in front loop of first st, turn.
Rnd 3 (RS): Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with slip st in first sc, turn.
Rep Rnds 2 and 3 for pattern.
Work in Pattern Stitch until stocking measures 11 1/2″ [29 cm] from beginning, or desired length, ending with a WS rnd. Turn. Fasten off.
Come back here to the blog on Tuesday, November 22 for Part Two: Heel & Foot. And share your comments below!
Find Part Two of the Crochet Along here.
The entire crochet along is complete. You can see all the parts here: