I really thought the gingerbread portion of my Gingerbread House Stocking would be the easiest section. This section is simple knit and purl stitches, knit in the round with no color changes – easy-peasy, right? Wrong! I had to tink back the first time because I realized that I had knit one round on one side only, making the pattern off on that side on the next round. Then I put my stocking down, and when I picked it up to start working again I realized I wasn’t sure where I was in the pattern. After counting rounds and reviewing the pattern, I was sure that I knew what round to knit next. I started knitting again, only to determine after several rounds that the pattern was not correct and I was not on the right round. I had to essentially rip back to the beginning of the section and start again (for a second time)!
I finally put my thinking cap on and acknowledged that while this is an easy section, it is very repetitive and I need to pay attention and keep track of my rounds. I got a Post-it note and moved it along the written instructions, ensuring that I would complete both sides of the stocking before I moved to the next round. This simple use of a Post-it also guaranteed that I would know what round I was knitting if I put the stocking down again. Such an easy fix – I wish I would have thought of it before I ripped back (twice).
Once the gingerbread house is complete, the instructions state to outline the windows and doors. The embroidery is the part of the stocking that I have really been dreading. I have never been very good at needlework, and the original stocking is so darling, I really want mine to measure up. After having a bit of a panic about the embroidery, I realized that it is a simple chain stitch. While nearly impossible for me to create this stitch with a needle and yarn, it is easy enough for me to make with a slipped crocheted chain. Once I realized I could produce this embroidery with a crochet hook, I was off and running. I also realized that there is a very good reason the designer has you make it now. Once the foot is complete, it is going to be very difficult to add this embroidery to the leg section, and by adding it now I’ll have less finishing work later.
I still have to make the candy cane poles, but they are a simple I-cord and I expect they’ll take very little time, so I am hopeful that I will have the foot complete by the end of the weekend.
What about you? Have you been knitting along with me? Have you completed your gingerbread house section? Did you have any difficulties with the embroidery? What method did you use to create your chain stitches? Tell us how your stockings are coming along – we would love to hear about your projects and see your photos. If you haven’t been knitting along with us it’s not too late to join, and we still have a few kits left as well. Don’t miss out on this fun project – order your Gingerbread House Stocking Kit and knit along with us!