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  • Brilliant. How ’bout a Fern reboot with expanded sizes (for those of us not clever enough to figure that out for ourselves).

  • My only reservation about knitting the ancestral stocking for new babies… You’re basically committing to knitting for every new baby in the family, right? And the yarn has to match, so you need to keep it on hand… It’s a big knitting commitment!

    • The glory of it all! You win Christmas forever! And I’m struck by all the knitters who make each stocking unique, both in pattern and in yarn colors. I think it can be more or less of a commitment as you please.

    • Or, do like my mother-in-law, and just keep the pattern. Surely it’s nicer if they don’t match exactly. It would also be nice if the ones she made weren’t loosely knit with red heart and large enough to put an entire one year old baby in. But the sentimentality is real.

      • Kids like big stretchy ones – they can fit more stuff!

    • Indeed. I’m the designated knitter in our family, and I have made at least seven of them (different pattern, but all the same except for the duplicate stitched name at the top). My mother made probably thirteen of them before she died, and my knitting daughter will definitely inherit the pattern and the endless supply of crap acrylic yarn that they are made of.

  • I’ve always loved this pattern and wish I had seen it when I made our first stockings. I had just gotten the hang of basic knitting and thought handknit stockings that Christmas would be amazing. All I had was some So Soft and a cabled pattern. I slaved over short rows and added some simple color change for my oldest’s, husband’s, and my stockings. I sewed up the unsightly holes from my clumsily executed short rows and sewed up the seams the best way I knew how. By the time my second and third son came, I wanted to reknit all the stockings as I had grown into a much more competent knitter, but I got a resounding and outraged “No” from my oldest and husband. So I was stuck with the same cabled pattern that will undoubtedly have to follow me through future daughter or son-in-laws and grandchildren. Pick your Christmas stocking fate carefully.

  • love this!! Re: the stocking with the dimensions of a sleeping bag: someone in my family started knitting similar stockings for my mom’s generation many years ago. (I’m sure many would recognize the pattern–bright red white and green acrylic yarn) The tradition took hold and eventually my grandmother started making them for me and all of the cousins in my generation. Well, she seemed to relax with her knitting through the years because they just kept expanding. My mom and her brothers actually had foot-sized stockings, but by the time it got down to the youngest cousin, hers definitely reached sleeping bag dimensions!! I considered offering to help her knit the next generation of stockings but where’s the fun if the youngest kids couldn’t fit a whole candy factory in their stocking??

  • I made these for myself and my husband when we were engaged. Now we have a wee baby boy and his is on the needles! The dog, however, has to make do with a store-bought one… for now.

    • Please, please do one for the dog. Your mantel will be aesthetically confused otherwise!

  • Beautiful! My husband still has the Santa stocking his Mom made him – identical to the one in the photos above.

  • I’ve been knitting Christmas stockings of my own design, for years. Each one has been unique, with the name knitted in, not in duplicate stitch. Some have been wedding presents, and some have been baby presents. They do not have to match. Mine doesn’t. Mine is an antique – my mother knit mine when I was a baby.