I found this idea on Pinterest and immediately knew Tom and I had to make it. The original source is from B-inspired Mamma Tom enjoys cars and he loves numbers so the combination of the two kept him busy for ages.
First we found a large cardboard lid and drew on car parks with a black text. We numbered each car park. We found 10x cars and labelled each car with a white sticky label.
Three year old Tom and I had fun making this star bunting to use as a Christmas decoration. First, we stamped Christmas images onto muted patterned paper by Studio Calico.
Then we cut the paper into star shapes and punched a hole in each one. Then using a tapestry needle we strung them onto yarn.
We love the effect and it was all achieved in 20 minutes! There is nothing like a quick craft with a little one as they don't lose interest. Tom loved threading the yarn through the stars and was very good at it.
My grandmother, affectionately
known as ‘Mim’s Grandma’, belonged to an organisation in Australia called the
CWA (or Country Women’s Association) and was the ‘Queen’ of their craft committee.
Needless to say that in this role she produced hundreds, if not thousands of
craft items that were sold for charity fundraising or as gifts for those less
fortunate. The Christmas Stockings were one item she made for these causes.
Mim’s Grandma began knitting these
Christmas stockings in the 70s and she made some for her own use.She filled her Christmas tree with them.She even popped a Santa chocolate inside to
delight the grandchildren. I still own several and sentimentally hang them on
my tree each year.
Like Christmas baking recipes, Mim’s
Grandma handed down her stocking pattern to my mother, who has passed it onto
me. I am passing it onto you.
WHAT YOU NEED
knitting needles (US size 6). This is not stitched
in the round so straight needles are fine.
Yarns Used: Small quantities of 8ply/DK
yarn are required for each stocking. I useD the white yarn to knit the cuff of each stocking.
is where you can have fun! You can mix it up. The stockings look great in an
array of colours. You do not even need to change the yarn for the cuff. I have
seen them knitted up in all pink and they look just as cute.
Gauge: Not necessary
3.5-5mm (US size E-G) crochet hook is
used to make the hanging loop
9cm (3 ½ inches)
4cm (1 ½ inches)
knit two together
on 23 stitches
Row 1-8 : knit
Row 9 (RS): K12, K2tog , then turn
work (Yes do exactly was this says and turn your work around to the wrong side, so that you are now about to purl on the stitches you just knitted; there will be 11stitches remaining stitches on the needle that have not been worked
on in this row. Don't worry about these 11 remaining stitches as you will work on them later)
Row 10: P4, P2tog, then turn work (total number of stitches on your needles are 21
stitches but in this row you only worked on 5 of them)
Row 11: K4, K2tog, then turn your work again (20
Row 12- 13: Repeat the above rows
(rows 10 and 11) once
Row 14: P4 P2tog, and continue purling to the end of
the row of all your stitches (17 stitches)
You have now created a toe!
You are now knitting again across
Row 15 - knit
Row 16 – purl
Rows 17- 26: repeat the above two
rows (stocking stitch)
Change colour for the contrast cuff:
Rows: 27 – 34 – knit
Cast off all your
stitches leaving a tail of at least 25cm long (10 inches). Pick up your crochet
hook and chain stitch the tail 20 times to form the hanging loop. Thread your
yarn through the last chain stitch to stop it unravelling.
stocking in half right sides together. Using the tapestry needle, mattress
stitch the foot and back of stocking until you reach the cuff. Change to
the cuff yarn and mattress stitch the raw edges of the cuff together. Stitch the end of chain length to the top of
the stocking to form a hanging loop. Hang it on
your Christmas tree or decorate part of your home with it.
You can even fill the
stockings with a small chocolate in each!
I hope you enjoy this pattern... Jan x
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are stuck
Tom and I saw a cardboard ball run featured on a happy wanderer and delighted in the simpleness of it. We made one for his small toy cars using a pizza box cut open and cardboard rolls cut in half then taped on. We had to have a trial run as we stuck the rolls down to ensure the cars went from one level to the next.
There is nothing like cardboard and sticky tape to while away the time with a child. Jan x