With Christmases past, when they came filled with guests and family, I experienced one of the most horrifying things to a crafter: an unexpected visitor.

I’ve looked across my sea of handcrafted gifts, wrapped and securely stored under the tree, wondering what I will add to make the boyfriend/cousin/aunt/uncle/girlfriend feel included. I’ve dashed to my stash to find the few skeins of superbulky yarn I keep on hand (except for right now with my temporary stash). I’ve frantically knit up slipper socks, a hat, a cowl while watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 10pm on Christmas eve.

A few years ago, I decided to really do something about this issue. Instead of panicking, I created a little pattern: The Easy Bulky Christmas Stocking.

Easy Bulky Christmas Stocking

While this picture is a bit tired and sad, the pattern is not! This bulky stocking knits up in an afternoon. Using duplicate stitch and all sorts of fun baubles, decorate the stocking to your desired level of merriness. If wished, a name could even be added!

Once completed, of course, the stocking can be stuffed with whatever small yet appropriate gift you discovered around the house (or send your honey down to the convenience store). And since you didn’t spend too much time on it, you can feel okay about watching that stocking disappear out the door with the boyfriend who, six months from now, shall not be named again.

As my holiday gift to you, I am giving away this pattern from today through midnight on Christmas day (Eastern Time). Just use the code HOLIDAY16 on Ravelry or click here to get it now!

If you make the stocking, let me know! I’d love to see your version of this quick project. Share by tagging me on Facebook or Instagram with #housewyfestocking, or creating the project on Ravelry and sharing with the Housewyfe Chats group.

Happy Holidays, all you Crafty Santas!


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