Buffalo Check Christmas Stocking in Red and Black

I’m planning on making several of these for Christmas 2017! It’s such a popular look! I’m sure someone in your life would love this too!

 

Now if you’re just seeing this type of crochet and wondering how in the world you are going to make this, I promise, it’s much easier than you think. Check out this video clip of a gingham blanket I’ve made. It’s the same technique.

 

 

 

The only difference in working this stocking is that I have you switching colors every 5 stitches and 5 rows, instead of every 10.

Please take the time to practice and make a swatch. It will be worth it! Also, please study how the colors are working together. Notice how the burgundy color is used in every row, sometimes alternating with the harvest red, the next time with the black. Red and Black NEVER alternate in the same row. If you do, your stocking will be a checkerboard stocking, not gingham. Which is totally okay if you want that look. But that’s not the look here. This is also called red buffalo check.

Are you ready? You can do this!! Just take your time and don’t over think it.

Materials

One skein each of Caron Simply Soft in Black, Burgundy, and Harvest Red.

One skein of yarn fur, for the top. Any brand, I used Hobby Lobby yarn bee in black.

Size “I” hook

tapestry needle to weave in the ends

finished size is approximately 8 inches across by 16 inches high

Pattern

Chain 17 in red.

ROW 1: In the second chain from the hook, SC in the next 4 chains in red, pulling through with burgundy on the 4th SC, SC in the next 5 chains in burgundy, working over the red strand, (carry this along through the work, not behind) pulling through with red on the last stitch, SC in the next 5 chains in red, pulling through with burgundy on the last stitch, SC once in the next chain in burgundy, SC 3 times into the last chain space with burgundy, CH 1, turn.

(going forward, I am no longer going to say, “in the next SC.” Just know that is what you do. When you need to work multiple SC into the same stitch, I say “times.” As in “SC 2 times.” You are making blocks that are 5 stitches wide by 5 rows high. Always keep that in mind so you know exactly when to pull up a new color. I also am no longer going to tell you to pull through on the last stitch with the new color or carry the yarn through the work. Please refer to the video to watch how I carry the yarn not in use around the side of the work when it is time to chain one and turn. Please pay close attention to this last stitch and make sure it is the first stitch you work back into when you turn.)

ROW 2: SC 4 in burgundy, SC 5 in red,  SC 5 in burgundy, SC 3 in red, SC 2 times into the last chain space in red, pulling through with burgundy on last stitch, chain one in burgundy and turn.

ROW 3: Work one SC in burgundy (into the red space) pulling through with red, SC  1 red into the same space as the burgundy, SC 4 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 3 in burgundy, SC 2 times into last space and pulling through last stitch with red, SC 3 times into the same space as the last burgundy. Chain 1 and turn.

ROW 4: SC 3 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 3 into the last space in burgundy, chain 1 and turn.

ROW 5: SC 2 times into the first space in burgundy, SC 2 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 2 in red, SC 3 times in the last space pulling through in the last stitch with black, chain one in black and turn.

(cut off red, leaving a long tail to weave in later.)

ROW 6: SC 2 into the first space in black, pulling through the last stitch with burgundy, SC 1 in burgundy into the same space as the previous two black stitches, SC 4 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 2 in black, SC 3 times  in the last space in black, chain 1 and turn.

ROW 7: SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 2 times in black into the next stitch, SC 3 times into the last stitch, chain 1 and turn.

ROW 8: SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, chain one and turn.

ROW 9: SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 2 more times in burgundy into the last black stitch, chain one and turn in burgundy.

ROW 10: SC 2 times into first stitch in burgundy, SC 2 times in next stitch in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, chain 1 and turn in burgundy.

(Cut off the black leaving a tail to weave in later.)

ROW 11: SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 3 in red, SC 2 times in last stitch, pull through last stitch with burgundy, chain one and turn.

ROW 12: SC 1 in burgundy, SC 1 in red in the same space of the burgundy, SC 4 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, chain 1 and turn.

ROW 13: SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 2 times in burgundy in last stitch, chain 1 and turn.

ROW 14: SC 2 times in the first stitch, SC 2 times in next stitch in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, chain 1 and turn.

ROW 15: Skip first stitch, SC next 4 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 4 in burgundy, joining black, chain 1 and turn.

(cut off the white, leaving a tail to weave in.)

ROW 16: SC 2 times in first stitch in black, SC 3 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 3 in black, chain one and turn.

ROW 17: SC 3 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 4 in black, chain 1 and turn.

ROW 18: SC 4 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 2 in black, chain 1 and turn.

ROW 19: Skip the next SC, SC 1 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 4 in black, Ch 1 and turn.

ROW 20:: SC 4 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in black, SC 5 in burgundy pulling through last stitch in red.

(Cut off black, leave a tail.)

ROW 21: Skip first stitch, SC 4 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 4 in burgundy, chain 1 and turn.

ROW 22: SC 4 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 4 in burgundy, SC 3 in red,  chain 1 and turn.

Row 23: Skip first SC, SC 2 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 4 in burgundy, SC 3 in red,  SC 4 in burgundy, chain 1 and turn.

ROW 24: SC 4 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, SC 5 in red, SC 5 in burgundy, chain 1 and turn.

ROW 25-60 Increasing and decreasing is complete, Continue alternating colors in the gingham pattern.

Tie off, sew in all ends, and pat yourself on the back! YOU DID IT! Now go make one more.

After you are done making a second one, weave in all the ends.  Now, match the two sides together and with a long double strand of any color you choose yarn, sew them together paying close attention to matching the colors together. Weave in the ends. If you like how this looks, start the fur cuff, if not, turn inside out and press the seams outward. (The example is done that way.)

Start on any stitch across the top and pull up the fur. SC around the best you can, keeping it as loose as possible. Do as many rounds as you wish, hunting as best you can for a SC to work into! You’ll see that it’s tricky! 

When you have a cuff that you like, cut off and weave in the fur. Pull up a loop on the side and work about 15 chains. Slip stitch into the first chain and secure by weaving the ends around it. 

Now you are done! 

I hope you’ll Pin this, or share with your friends! Let’s make this an awesome buffalo check modern Christmas 2017 with crochet! 

xxoo

Tiffany

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