Do you celebrate Saint Nicholas day? If you do, I have a free pattern for you!
I honestly had never heard of the holiday until I met my husband. We’ve celebrated it since we married and now that we have children of our own it is even more fun! We’ve always put snacks and other treats in our shoes, but I wanted something more festive and something we could pull out each year. Plus, shoes get kind of sweaty and dirty, so even though the treats are in wrappers, it’s nice to know that these boots haven’t had feet in them on a regular basis!
If you’ve never heard of St. Nicholas day, here’s a little history for you courtesy of German Culture. St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 6 and is not Christmas like many know it-reindeer, a sleigh, presents, and coal. The St. Nicholas day cast includes St. Nicholas, Knecht Ruprecht, and Christkindl. St. Nicholas comes to the children, and gives a little gift to children who do well and recite a verse, Knecht Ruprecht has a tattered sack that, rumor has it, is where the naughty children go (although his character has morphed into the modern-day Santa Claus). Christkindl (the Christ child) comes on December 25, Christmas day. St. Nicholas day is celebrated in German-speaking countries and throughout Europe but is also celebrated by families in America as the tradition has been brought over by families throughout the years. To read more about the holiday, click here.
Now that you know more about St. Nicholas day, let’s get to the pattern!
St. Nicholas Day Boots
- Worsted weight yarn in two colors (boot and cuff)
- Size G (4.0mm) crochet hook
- Yarn needle
*Please note these are US crochet terms/stitches, UK terms and stitches are slightly different.
- Ch – chain
- Sc – single crochet
- Inc – increase
- Dec – decrease
- Hdc – half double crochet
- Hdc2tog – half double crochet two together
- slst – slip stitch
- Ch 18
- Hdc into the 2nd ch from hook (The beginning chain counts as a stitch), hdc in one side of the next 15 ch, hdc 6 in the last ch (turning as you go). Hdc in the other side of the next 15 ch. Hdc 3 in the last st, slst to beginning. (40)
- Ch 2, 2 hdc in the next 3 st, hdc in the next 12, 2 hdc in the next 4 st, 3 hdc in the next st, 2 hdc in the next 3 st, slst to beginning. (52)
- Ch 2 in front loops only, hdc in same stitch, then hdc in all stitches, slst to beginning (52)
- Ch 2, hdc in next 27, hdc2tog twice, hdc in the remaining st, slst to beginning (50)
- Ch 2, hdc 21, hdc2tog seven times, hdc in next 20 st, slst to beginning (48)
- Ch 2, hdc 21, hdc2tog four times, hdc next 20, slst to beginning (46)
- Ch 2, hdc 14, skip next 18 st, fold the boot in half and slst directly across. Ch 2, hdc around to beginning. (26) Leave the skipped stitches unworked for now.
- Ch 2, ch 2, hdc around for five rows
- Switch to white, hdc around for 7 rows
- Fasten off and leave a long tail.
- Using a length of the main color yarn, sew the unworked stitches together. Weave in loose ends.
- Fold the white portion down so that the last row lines up with the color change. Using the tail, sew the cuff in place. Weave in ends.
And there you have it, your very own St. Nicholas boot! Repeat the pattern to make a matching boot, or mix it up and use different colors to make a rainbow of St. Nicholas day boots! Come back next week for another free pattern! I have a post planned for each Friday in December to keep your crochet hooks busy!