Stocking Stitch Overload

Earlier in the year I stumbled upon the Drops Reindeer Sweater and just had to knit it for myself ready for Christmas.

Reindeer Jumper Drops Designs

This led to a little guilt about my selfishness me deciding I’d knit a Christmas jumper for both the girls. I finished the first just before we went away in September – more about that when I have a model for photos.

Both the girls’ jumpers are stocking stitch up to the yolk – perfect for knitting in the car, but still being able to see the scenery. Knowing there’d be a lot of miles between destinations on holiday, I packed a rather large ball of red yarn for the second jumper. To his credit, lovely husband didn’t even flinch at the space it took up in the suitcase.

Suitcase and yarn

We flew into LAX and stayed the night, before heading to Monterey – yes I know it would have been simpler to fly to San Francisco, but pricewise it was nonsense.

I’d already started the ribbing at home, as I’d hoped to knit stocking stitch in the dark as we drove to Heathrow. Unfortunately I didn’t get the rib finished.

Ribbing in the round

First leg of knitting was therefore from A Thousand Oaks to Hearst castle…

Stocking Stitch Road Trip

Second leg, Monterey to Yosemite…


I forgot to take a picture in Santa Barbara – by which time I’d finished the body up to the yolk, started the sleeve and gained a knitting injury…


… so this is Yosemite to LA via Santa Barbara…

Road Trip Santabarbara to LAX

Unfortunately now I’m home, I’m not so keen on knitting another sleeve of stocking stitch – it felt like time well spent on holiday, but I’d rather be knitting something more interesting in front of the telly or on the motorways where I’m used to the scenery. This has lead  me to reflect that this year I’ve chosen to make five projects with a huge amount of stocking stitch, but have put off working on them unless I’m in the car on our windy Devon roads, where anything interesting makes me feel sick.

I’m therefore making a note that however enticing a yolk looks – or anything else – I’m not going to knit anything with a large amount of stocking stitch unless I have absolutely no other easy knitting on the go or planned.

This got me wondering, are there other things I should ban myself from? And have any of you guys ever banned yourselves from certain projects or craft activities?

I’d love to know if you have.

Bekki Hill

44 thoughts on “Stocking Stitch Overload

  1. Love that Reindeer jumper!! I know what you mean about “boring Knitting” though. Earlier this year I knit a whole adult dress in Stocking Stitch all the way up to the Yoke which had a lace pattern. I have to admit – It was great TV knitting not having to pay attention at all (apart from waist shaping). After that, similar to you, I promised myself I’d never do it again but now, 4 months later, I’m actually planning on doing another as I think it will make perfect Strictly/X-Factor TV knitting!! 😉 So Never say Never!

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    1. LOL! I just read that as you knitted a dress on the way up to YORK and thought, crickey she must be a fast knitter! Thanks for commenting and for following. Glad I’m not alone and I confess, I’m not on a never – I still need something for interesting TV, knitting in the dark, on windy roads and when I’m really tired. .

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  2. Your jumper looks gorgeous – where did you get the pattern?

    I don’t knit that often or for too long, I find it quite ‘hard’ on the hands – the trouble is that I see old people who have very painful arthritis who have been avid knitters. (sorry to be a damp squib!) that it worries me and I stop when my hands ache. Crochet doesn’t seem to do that, or perhaps my tension is too tight!

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    1. Thank you. It’s on Ravelry – there’s a link above on my post. There is actually a school of thought that says knitting keeps arthritis away. Not sure either way myself, but I don’t usually get achy hands because I never sit and knit for very long without getting up and making a cuppa or dinner or letting Mr Hicks out for the 20th time!. America was definitely and exception and I did pause and rest and exercise my hands when they ached. But thanks for the warning. Interestingly prolonged crochet makes my thumb sore!

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    1. Thanks for the tip. I am gradually changing my vintage metal and plastic needle collection for wooden ones, because even if knitting doesn’t usually make my fingers hurt it seems sensible if they are better for my hands. I also keep meaning to try some Knitpro Karbonz too.


  3. Stocking stitch is for baby clothes – that way it’s over with quickly 😉

    I spent a whole summer, a few years’ ago, teaching myself crochet and made quite a few things – and quite complicated things at that. Then I realised I would never actually wear them. Now I’ve forgotten how to crochet completely. Sometimes I am tempted by amigurumi (or whatever it’s called) or certain home furnishings but I know it will set me off on a road to frustration so, for the moment, crochet is banned.

    I have also banned anything to do with teeny, tiny beads and pounding a sponge square or brush covered in puffy wool with a very pointy (and hurty) needle for hours on end.

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  4. What a fantastic jumper! I love to do the boring stocking stitch at night in front of the TV as no concentration is needed and it seems to get done in no time. The fun bit would have to be done when I have the luxury of time alone.

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    1. Thank you.I do agree, when you’re tired and can do nothing else, stocking stitch in front of the telly feels as if it’s growing by magic. Unfortunately so much TV’s rubbish, lately I’ve been wanting more complex evening projects!

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  5. I haven’t knitted stocking stitch for years Bekki. Have no idea why either. I do get bored if I have to make the same thing over and over, which applies to hand crafts, painting or beading – which is a problem when I’ve put something in the shop and get a number of orders for it 🙂 I don’t ban myself, but I do choose to do something else for a while …… The Christmas jumper is eye catching!!

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  6. Love the sweaters, not at all selfish to make something for yourself once in a while – I bet when Christmas comes, everyone will want you to make them one too ready for next year 😉 Sometimes, I do have to ban myself from mentally creating lists for new projects…not enough hours in the days any more for everything I want to do!! 🙂

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    1. Thank you that’s very kind. If it’s the size that’s putting you off, I’d say there’s a lot of knitting in the gorgeous socks you make, so a sweater – or whatever – might not feel too much more work. Hand’s fine now thank you 🙂

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      1. lol. Its probably the size. I have done sweaters before, and I should just do it again. Plus the yarn is not sock yarn, you are right, I think it may even go much faster.
        And if I knit it summer, I can have a sweater in winter! 🙂

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  7. It’s great that you can make such good use of travelling time – and still manage to see the views. Stocking stitch is definitely good for that.I agree that, otherwise, it can become very boring. I’d much prefer to knit a pattern, lacy or otherwise. I do like the look of the reindeer jumper – very festive – and I’d love to see it modelled, when you get around to it. 🙂

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      1. Now that is naughty. But so is wine, and cakes and biscuits, and apple pie … Oh, and fish and chips. Lettuce leaves are good – but not if you wish to retain a degree of sanity. Best forget slinky. 🙂

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