Christmas stockings have always been one of my favorite holiday traditions. Growing up, my Mom hand knit stockings for all of the kids in my family. Mine has a Santa in a chimney on it. I've always treasured it.
Because the stocking my Mom made for me makes me so happy, I decided I would make one for my own son this Christmas. I found a free knitting pattern on-line and dug out some leftover yarn my Aunt had given to me, and went to town. I didn't have the correct needle size for the pattern, but figured bigger is always better, right? Well, the proportions came out kind of funny -- sort of ended up as a giant tube.
Well, there were still two weeks until Christmas, so why stop there, right? I decided to use smaller needles and pay better attention to proportions and make one for Brian. I developed a diamond pattern repeat and went to town. It came out much better.
Still a few days left before Christmas... I kept knitting! This time I made one for me. I had run out of red yarn, but had some nice blue. To keep it seasonal, I was thinking about a pattern that was sort of starry nightish. That reminded me of some mittens that our friends in Norway had knit for me many years ago. I dug them out of the mitten drawer and copied down the pattern with a few edits to adapt it to the stocking.
|Hand-knit Norwegian Mitten made by Marie-Brit|
|pattern adapted from mitten for stocking|
|No, it doesn't say "retch"|
Here are our stockings loaded up by Santa on Christmas eve. Henry's stocking may look funny, but it's very functional! I'll probably make a better one for him in the future.
And the look on his face Christmas morning made all that last minute knitting worthwhile!
|What's all this?|
|Is that for me?|
|This is fun!|