Last year I posted a photo of the Scandinavian Christmas socks that I knit for all of our family members. Since then, I've noticed many web searches for knit Christmas stocking patterns on my blog. This particular pattern is from a 1979 issue of McCall's Needlework & Crafts, so I'm pretty sure it's safe to share it with you.
Here it is, slightly worn from years of use:
The changes I've made:
Rather than embroidering the names, reindeer, paper dolls, and snowflakes with a duplicate stitch when you are done knitting the stocking, I knit them right into the pattern.
I leave a long tail of yarn when I cast on to be used for a crocheted loop for hanging.
As you can see, it's been written on and repaired, but I think you can still read it. If you can't, just leave a comment and I can mail you a copy. The accompanying photo went missing years ago, so you'll have to use my photo as a guide. Beware, these socks hold a lot of loot! The socks pictured above belong to these two who are celebrating their 2nd anniversary tomorrow!
Happy Anniversary Julie and Jeremy! (Photo courtesy Craig Dirkes Photography)
No, I didn't keep the display shelf for myself. But, I did have some fun playing with it before we brought it to Megan and Dave two weeks ago. IF I had a studio for my craft art( my girls know how much I hate that word ) supplies, I would have a storage shelf like this just for my yarn. No more tangled yarn to pull apart. Sigh.
Now that you've got your knitting needles out, you might as well whip up a few hats from my favorite book. Here are two of the hats I made for our grandbabies.
Megan used this little red hat to transform Finley into a garden gnome for Halloween. Isn't she sweet!
Here's Mack sporting the striped stocking hat. Don't you just want to pinch those cheeks?
All of the items pictured above are really quite simple to knit. The stocking pattern looks daunting, but if you just jump in and start ( that's what I did ) it will all make sense!