Pam shared her delightful Christmas stockings and Mittens on her blog so I thought I would do the same.
The stocking on the left is the original made for me, the others are the ones I knitted for my family over the years, with a smaller one for dog, Molly.
Our family stockings are more than just a family tradition. Receiving a stocking — hand knit with your name on it — symbolizes that you are part of the family. It is a time-honored ritual, highly anticipated when a new baby or spouse joins the fold. The stockings are identical, with angora-bearded Santas and red candy canes, and we wouldn’t want them any other way.
My dad’s mother, Jeannette, hand-knit the stockings for all of us one Christmas in the early 60s from an old Bernat kit. For me, the stockings meant Christmas. Jeannette is the person who taught me to knit (or so I am told), so I was able to carry on the tradition.
As family members are added, I knit stockings for the brother- and sister- in -laws, nieces and nephews. The family was shocked, however, the Christmas I made a stocking for my long-time boyfriend, John. He wasn’t “official” — how did he warrant a stocking? Don’t we have criteria? Well, he had already planned to propose on Christmas Day, so I guess we were on the same wavelength! And, as you know, we just celebrated our anniversary.
I did not realize until many years had passed that Jeannette had not made a stocking for herself, so I knitted one for her. Darn that long name! Very tough to fit it on a stocking! I made it in time for her last Christmas.
I’m not sure who will carry on the tradition, but I hope someone picks up the needles. It is something that truly knits us together.
LINK TO THE PATTERN
Here is the pattern for those who wish to begin or continue this tradition! Bernat Santa Stocking Pattern