Making A Christmas Stocking for Sophie | Crochet Project

I made a crochet Christmas stocking as a gift for Sophie over at Make It Soph. I figured this would be a good opportunity to introduce you all to some crochet stitches. You can do a lot with just a few basic stitches, so it’s a pretty easy craft to get started with. Okay, let’s get into the Christas spirit. There we go. I’m going to show you how to do a chain stitch, a single crochet and single crochet two together. And then I’ll cover changing colors and
finishing off your work. The stocking pattern isn’t mine so I won’t
go into the details of it. But it’s available online for free. You can find the links to it in the description
below. To get started, you’ll need yarn and a crochet
hook in a size that matches your yarn. The recommended size is shown on the yarn
label. Most crochet projects start with a chain stitch. To start, make a circle with the yarn as if
tying a knot, but pull a loop through instead of the whole tail. This gives you an adjustable loop. Put the loop around the hook and pull it closed. To make a chain stitch, pick up the yarn with
the hook and pull it through the loop that’s on your needle. And that’s it. Just continue to pick the yarn up and pull
it through as many times as is needed for your pattern. This chain forms the base of your work. For the stocking, I made a chain of 41 stitches. Using our chain as a base, we’ll make a single
crochet stitch in each of the chain stitches. To do so, put your hook through the top loop
of a chain stitch. You can’t do this on the one next to your
needle, since you’ll undo that stitch, so you’ll always start on the second chain
stitch from the end. Pick up the yarn and pull it through the first
loop on your needle. Pick up the yarn again and now pull it through
both loops on your needle. And that’s a single crochet stitch. Continue by making a single crochet in each
of your chain stitches. Through the loop, pull through one, pull through
two, repeat. Since I started my stocking with a base of
41 chain stitches, I’ll end up with 40 single crochet stitches. That’s because we’ve skipped the first chain
stitch from the end. When you reach the end of a row, make one
chain stitch by pulling the yarn through the loop on your hook. This allows you to start your next row in
the last stitch without undoing it. Turn the work around and make a new row by
stitching a single crochet in each of the stitches on the previous row. Since we’re now stitching in single crochets instead of chain stitches, you pick up both of the top loops. These form a little V on the top. This will be the approach we’ll use for the
rest of our project. Continue making rows of single crochets until
your piece is long enough. To switch to a different color, you simply
pick up a new piece of yarn and continue with that one. You don’t need to worry about unraveling. Just come back at the end to finish the loose
tails. I needed to change colors several times for
the stocking, usually at the beginning of a new row. For the cleanest transition, I finished the
last single crochet of the previous row with the new color. This is also indicated in the pattern. To decrease the number of stitches and add
some shape to your project, you can single crochet two stitches together. To do this, go through the loops of the first
stitch and pull the yarn through. Then go through the loops of the second stitch
and pull the yarn through again. To finish the single crochet, pick up the
yarn one more time and pull it through all 3 loops on your hook. I had to use several decreases for the stocking
to make the shape of the heel and the toe. To finish off, cut the yarn about 10 cm from
your work and pull it all the way through your last loop. This makes a knot. Now you can use a yarn needle to pull the
end through some stitches to secure it. And that’s all the stitches you’ll need to
make this Christmas stocking or lots of other crochet projects. Before finishing the stocking, I decided to
personalize this particular project by stitching Sophie’s name on the cuff and adding some
cross stitching. After that was done I sewed the edges of the stocking closed and finished off all the yarn tails. I hope you’ve gained a bit of insight into
the craft of crochet and that I’ve maybe even tempted you to try it yourself. I find it much easier than knitting, so if
you want to get into yarn projects, crochet is a great way to go. So, Sophie, I hope you like it. And to all of you, thank you for watching
and have a great Christmas!

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