I need a pattern for a Christmas stocking - for little X. I know, I'm not the fastest knitter out there, but I am *determined* to knit him one before the 24th is upon us. Any pattern or book recommendations for a must-knit festive Christmas stocking?
My grandmother knit me a Christmas stocking back in 1974 and, 31 years later, it is by far my favorite part of Christmas. The years that I have not returned to CA for Christmas and in which Dave has asked me what I would like for a present, all I ever ask for is a stocking. It doesn't have to be stuffed with anything great - I freak out and gush over little packets of Kleenex wrapped in tissue paper - but there is something magical about taking down the stocking, and pulling out little present after little present. I can always count on a pair of socks - and there were years when the socks had little pom poms on the heels, or music boxes that played Christmas carols on the cuffs. There is inevitably a box of breath mints, a bar of nice soap, and a stick of deodorant - to which, of course, everyone laughs about how Santa's giving us a hint that better hygiene is a must for the new year. I also always find 5 lottery tickets or so stuffed in the toe, along with chap stick. Because even gazillionaire lottery winners get chapped lips. Don't forget the esoteric, too - one year it's a tiny nutmeg grater, another year it could be a paperweight. And then there's usually something a little special - an heirloom of some sort, like the time my sister and I each received one of the twin platinum and pearl rings that had belonged to my grandmother.
The stocking is a literal treasure trove of practicalities, novelties, and specialties. It really is the best part of Christmas.
So it's understandable why I need to knit one for my son. Even in his mostly-oblivious state, he should not be deprived of the Christmas stocking experience. The stocking that my grandmother knit is gorgeous - it has my name fair-isle'd across the top, a super soft fuzzy white yarn for Santa's beard, jingle bells all around, and (most importantly?) the sucker stretches to at least twice its unstuffed-size! I swear, every December 24th I see my stocking hanging and looking so little next to the others along the mantle. But come the morning of December 25th my little knit stocking has been stretched beyond belief, easily overpowering the other (non-knit, albeit bigger) stockings that surround it.
That brings me to the need for a pattern. If I can't find one by the weekend, I may just do what comes naturally and wing it - enlarge a sock pattern, gather up my holiday-colored yarn, dig out the 16" circs, look up some letter-charts online, and just go for it. But any advice you have is kindly appreciated.