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Nordic Night Christmas Stocking by Randi Hjelm Debes

With Halloween behind us (and perhaps a few pumpkins still rotting on the porch), it’s time to look ahead to the holiday season! If you are anything like me, you are faced with the realization that everything you wished you had done last year has yet to be accomplished and you only have eight weeks left to knit all those gifts. Well, don’t let that stop you from casting on - I know I’m not! With that in mind, I went looking for inspiration for a quick and easy-to-knit Christmas stocking to make for the newest member of our family, and I have found it! Designed by Randi Hjelm Debes of Faroe Knit (who you may remember from the Boheme Christmas Hats I was obsessed with last year), this stocking is knit in a quick worsted weight and utilizes simple stranded colorwork, avoiding all of that fussy intarsia many stockings call for. I really like the simple, striking colorwork style that is so emblematic of the Faroe Islands, and Randi uses a hodge-podge of Nordic styles in these stockings. There’s the Swedish Selbu-style black and white snowflake, the 3-color per round geometric diamond design that makes me think of Icelandic Lopapeysa, and little peerie triangles that have a hint of Estonian or Latvian influence. These stockings are going to be a treat to knit! Now I just have to settle on four colors of Navia Trio! You can purchase a kit of the three colorways featured in the FaroeKnit pattern, or choose your own adventure. Each kit comes with one ball of four colors of Navia Trio yarn, a worsted weight blend of Faroese, Shetland, and English Lambswool.