How to Knit a Stocking Christmas Tree Ornament
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How to Knit a Stocking Christmas Tree Ornament

Here's how to knit a stocking Christmas tree ornament.

This stocking ornament doesn’t take long to finish and makes a nice present or a cute addition to your own tree. You’ll need size 7 knitting needles, a darning needle, and one or two colors of yarn, preferably Christmas colors.

Cast on 24 stitches. Work in the stockinette stitch for four rows. The stockinette stitch is knit one row, purl one row alternately. Decrease one stitch at each end of the next four rows. Continue in the stockinette stitch until the piece is three inches long.

Change to knit two, purl two ribbing. Add about another half an inch. Cast off and sew the sides and bottom, leaving the top open. Be sure that when you sew it, the wrong side is showing. Turn the piece inside out when you’re done. That way the stitches won’t show.

When you finish casting off, you’ll have a loop of yarn. You can tie it off and keep the loop to hang up the stocking ornament. Or you can tie it off and get rid of the loop. You can tie on some pretty ribbon on to hang it up.

When you change to the ribbing, you can tie on a different color of yarn, if you like. Let’s say your stocking is green and you want the ribbing to be white. Here is how to switch to white ribbing: At the start of a row, tie the white yarn onto the green yarn. Knit a row with the white yarn in the knit two purl two ribbing. When you get to the end of that row, cut the green yarn, leaving about three inches. Tie off the green yarn just as you do when you first cast on. Keep working with the white yarn in the knit two purl two ribbing until the piece is finished.

You can decorate your stocking ornament any way you like. You can put on stickers or small ornaments. You can tie on some ribbon or yarn bows. You can tie on jingle bells or sprinkle on some gold or silver sparkles.

Although this is a good project for using up leftover bits of yarn, you can buy some yarn especially for it. Some red or green yarn with gold thread twisted into it makes a nice stocking ornament. You can get some yarn with gold thread and some ribbon with gold thread to co-ordinate with it.

You can put a small candy cane into your stocking ornament. Too bad it won’t hold more candy! 

Picture by Kathleen Murphy

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