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Fisherman Or Aran Christmas Stocking Knitting Pattern

Designed by J. Barrett

Aran Christmas Stocking

Knit by Barbara Breiter

Materials
3 ounces worsted weight colored yarn
Size 7 US (4.5 mm) needles

Gauge
4 sts and 7 rows=1"

Size
14" long

Instructions
Beginning at top, cast on 70 sts.
Row 1: k
Row 2: bind off 14 sts at beg of row for hanging loop, k rem sts.
Row 3: (wrong side) k1, (p1, k1) twice, place a marker on needle, *k1, p6, k1 (for cable panel), place a marker one needle, k1, (p1, k1) 5 times for popcorn panel, place a marker on needle, rep from * once, k1, p6, k1 for cable panel, place a marker on needle, (k1, p1) twice, k1
Row 4: k1, (p1, k1) twice, sl marker, *p1, sl next 2 sts to holder at front of work, k next 2sts, k2 sts from holder (front cable twist made), k2, p1, sl marker, k1 (p1, k1) twice, loosely k in front and back and front and back and front of next st (popcorn started), (k1, p1) twice, k1, sl marker, rep from * once, p1, front cable twist over next 4 sts, k2, p1, sl marker, k1 (p1, k1) twice. Slip markers each row.
Row 5: k1, (p1, k1) twice, *k1, p6, k1, (k1, p1) twice, k1, p next 5 sts tog (popcorn made) k1, (p1, k1) twice, rep from * once, k1, p6, k1 (k1, p1) twice, k1
Row 6: k1, (p1, k1) twice, *p1, k2, sl next 2 sts to holder at back of work, knit next 2 sts, k2 from holder (back cable twist made), p1, (k1, p1) 5 times, k1, rep from * once, p1, k2, back cable twist over next 4 sts, p1, (k1, p1) twice, k1
Row 7: work as for row 3
Row 8: k1, (p1, k1) twice, *p1, front cable twist over next 4 sts, k2, p1, k1, p1, start popcorn in next st (p1, k1) twice, p1, start popcorn in next st, p1, k1, rep from * once, p1, front cable twist over next 4 sts, k2, p1, (k1, p1) twice, k1
Row 9: k1, (p1, k1) twice, *k1, p6, k1, k1, p1, complete popcorn, (p1, k1) twice, p1, complete popcorn, p1, k1, rep from * once k1, p6, k1 (k1, p1) twice, k1
Row 10: rep row 6
Repeat rows 3-10 for pattern until piece measures 8" long, end with row 9 of pattern.

Sides and Instep
Row 1: continue in pat, work across first 24 sts, cast 8 sts onto right hand needle. Place next 8 sts from left hand needle on holder for instep and rem 24 sts on another st holder.
Row 2: working on 32 sts on needle, k1, p6, k1; work in est pat across.
Row 3: work in pat across, cast on 7 st st at end of row
Row 4: k1, (p1, k1) 3 times, work in pat across.
Row 5: work in pat across, cast on 4 sts at end of row - 43 sts.
Row 6: k1, (p1, k1) 5 times, work in pat across.
Row 7: work in pat across.

Place these sts on a holder. Cut yarn.
Slip 8 instep sts from holder onto needle. Attach yarn. Continue in cable pat for 4". Begin with row 10 of pattern stitch and end with row 8 of cable pat. Place these sts on holder. Cut yarn.
Slip 24 sts from holder on to needle. Attach yarn. Work these sts for 7 rows as for other side, reversing shaping.

Foot
Row 1: Work in pat across sts on needle, then work in pat across sts on 2 holders - 94 sts.
Work even in pat for 1" end wrong side row. Mark p st on each side of center cable.
Next row: k1, SSK, work in pat to 2 sts before marker, SSK, work across to st after next marker, k2tog, work across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Next row: work even.
Rep last 2 rows 8 more times - 58 sts. Bind off in pat.

Finishing
Sew instep edges to side sts. Sew center back and sole seams. Fold hanging loop in half; sew end to center back seam.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.