You know what they say: It’s the most wonderful time of the year….
There’s nothing better than spreading a bit of holiday cheer, and to me, the spirit of the season is in giving to others. I wanted to help Kaelyn experience the joys of giving and also to give her fellow classmates a vehicle to enable their own sense of giving. Let me tell you, this class loves their teacher. She is one special lady who gives so much to them every day. So it just made sense to give them an opportunity to express their love during this special time of year.
I had the idea to crochet a teacher stocking. It needed to be big, so that it could hold lots of things at once. So I made one big stocking, bought a hanger, and we proceeded, not really knowing how it would go. Because we wanted to make sure the whole class would have ownership, Kae only told a couple of friends and asked them to “pass it on”. In no time, the whole class was in on the secret.
One kid hid the stocking under his jacket, another took the hanger, and a lot of the others intercepted the teacher at the door and distracted her while the stocking was hung. It was truly a team effort, and between the lot of them, they managed to get the stocking up as a complete surprise. Kae had started off the stocking gifts that day with a pretty polished rock, an origami ostrich, and a small bottle of lotion. I suppose I had envisioned that the stocking would continue to gather small gifts until Christmas break and then the teacher would get them all at once, but the natural course of things was that the students were eager for the teacher to dig in. So what has actually happened is that each day the kids bring small gifts, and the teacher has a time in the afternoon when she checks her stocking. This is actually so much better because it is a gift that gives every day, and the kids can show their appreciation in a million little ways. Many of them are drawing pictures, writing notes, or bringing in homemade presents. And there has been a wave of Christmas cheer in the classroom. A couple of days later another student brought hot cocoa for everyone. Kids started bringing in decorations. It’s really sweet and inspiring to see how they’ve all joined in. All they needed was a jumping-off point.
Here’s the stocking I made. Maybe your child has a special teacher, too. 🙂
2 skeins Lion Brand Hometown USA in Pale Aqua
1 skein Bernat Yarnspirations Blanket Yarn in Vintage White
1 skein Red Heart with Love Metallic in Red
a little scrap yarn in brown and green for the leaves and stem of the apple
ch – chain
sl – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
2tog- two together
beginner to adventurous beginner
The toe is worked in a spiral. The body of the stocking is worked in continuous rounds. The heel is stitched together in the middle. Decorative stitching is added around the toe and heel. The apple is created separately and stitched on.
Toe and arch:
Lion Brand Hometown USA in Pale Aqua
Ch 3. Working in a spiral (toe only)…
SC 2 in 1, SC, SC 2 in 1, SC
SC 2 in 1, 2 SC , SC 2 in 1, 2 SC, SC 2 in 1, SC 2 in 1
3 SC , SC 2 in 1, SC 2 in 1, 3 SC, SC 2 in 1, SC 2 in 1
4 SC, SC 2 in 1, 2 SC, SC 2 in 1, 4 SC, SC 2 in 1, 2 SC, SC 2 in 1
*2 SC, SC 2 in 1; repeat from *5 more times (24 stitches total)
*5 SC, SC 2 in 1; repeat from * 3 more times (28 stitches total)
Sl. Ch 2. 28 DC around.
Sl to join round. Ch 2. 28 DC around. Repeat 8 more times. DO NOT break yarn.
Leg (working in a circle):
Sl to join round. Ch 2. 14 DC. Ch 14. Slip to join chain to beginning of row.
(Following along chain) Ch 2, 12 DC, DC 2tog, 12 DC, DC 2tog
*Sl to join row. Ch 2. 26 DC; repeat from * 12 more times.
Slip to join. Break yarn and tie off.
Join yarn at corner between arch and leg. Sl. 32 SC around following the edge of hole between the arch and leg.
Sl to join. Ch 1. SC 2tog, 12 SC, SC 2tog, SC 2tog, 12 SC, SC 2tog
Sl to join. Ch 1. SC 2 tog, 10 SC, SC 2tog, SC 2tog, 10 SC, SC 2tog.
Sl to join. Ch 1. SC 2 tog, 8 SC, SC 2tog, SC 2tog, 8 SC, SC 2tog.
Sl to join. Ch 1. SC 2 tog, 6 SC, SC 2tog, SC 2tog, 6 SC, SC 2tog.
Sl to join. Ch 1. SC 2 tog, 4 SC, SC 2tog, SC 2tog, 4 SC, SC 2tog.
Break yarn, leaving a tail. Using a needle, whip stitch sides together.
Bernat Yarnspirations Blanket Yarn in Vintage White
Attach yarn to top of leg.
*Sl. Ch 2. 26 DC around; repeat from * 4 more times.
Sl. Tie off.
Red Heart with Love Metallic in Red
Ch 14. DC 2 in 1 into second space from chain.
2 DC 2 in 1. 6 DC. DC 4 in 1. Sl 2 to bottom of stitch.
Ch 14. Sl to join to beginning chain. Sl 11 along bottom of DC row and 1st chain. DC 4 in 1 into second chain. 6 DC. 4 DC 2 in 1. DC. SC. Sl to bottom chain.
Turn and work along inside. DC. DC 2tog. DC 3tog. DC 2tog. 3 DC. DC 4tog. (When working back up left side of apple, insert hook into previous row, not slip stitches.) DC 2tog. 2 DC. DC 4tog.
Sl to join. Ch 1. DC 2tog. 2 DC. 4 Sl to join to other side.
Stem: (brown yarn)
Sl to join to apple. Ch 6. Sl. Finish, leaving small tail.
Leaf: (green yarn)
Leaving a bit of a tail at beginning, Ch 6. SC, 2 DC, DC 2 in 1, SC 2 in 1 into same hole as last DC. DC 2 in 1 into same hole again. DC. SC. Sl to join. Finish off, leaving small tail.
Using a needle with the beginning tail, join leaf to apple at the base of the stem. Position apple on stocking and use red yarn to whip stitch in place. Use tails on the leaf and stem to secure into place.
Red Heart with Love Metallic in Red
(Working side to side and turning between rows.)
Fold over stocking cuff and slip stitch to join just off center of side where aqua and white yarn meet. 8 SC along folded cuff edge.
Ch 1. 8 SC.
Ch 1. 8 SC.
Ch 1, SC, 2 SC 2tog, 2 SC
Ch 1, SC, 2 SC 2tog, SC
Ch1, SC, SC 2tog, SC
*Ch 1, 3 SC; repeat from * for 13 more rows.
Break yarn. Tie off, leaving tail. Using a needle and tail, whip stitch to secure to base of loop.
Add decorative stitching around the heel and toe areas by weaving in and out with a piece of red yarn.