A Christmas stocking may be the most cheerful thing of all.
When we first published the New Ancestral Christmas Stocking in our second book, almost a decade ago, we hoped that knitters would take it upon themselves to make this stocking for their families. We wondered how it would go, as we do with every pattern we create.
What a beautiful thing to see what has happened since then. I just took a ramble through the hundreds of New Ancestral Christmas Stockings on Ravelry, and I can hardly believe it. In the gallery above, you can see a small taste of knitters crushing it.
There are big stockings, small stockings, stockings with a superlong CHRISTOPHER wedged in there, neutral stockings, blue stockings, football team logo stockings, stripes, all-argyles, stockings that frankly look like somebody else’s pattern but who cares?
One stocking appears to have the dimensions of a sleeping bag.
What a blast to discover so many stockings that began with this pattern and ended up somewhere unique.
Now, for the first time, the New Ancestral Christmas Stocking is available as a PDF digital download. And we have yarn/pattern kits available in the Shop—red, white, and green Berroco Ultra Wool, that sturdy yarn that makes for a stocking that will last decades.
If you have a baby around who does not currently have a stocking with his or her name on it, we submit that the New Ancestral Christmas Stocking is a solution to this problem.
A decade ago, son David’s arms were half as long as they are now. His Christmas stocking, however, remains exactly the same. Traditions like this are how you measure the passing of time. We hope you’ll make the babies in your life a stocking. Because, on exactly one Christmas, they’ll be able to slide their stocking onto their leg, and it will fit. And they’ll remember that Christmas forever.