Vintage Christmas stocking patterns July 19 2014
As a professional knitter I have a real affinity for vintage knitting patterns. I especially love vintage Christmas stocking knitting patterns. I spend (entirely too much) time trolling places like ebay, yard sales, thrift shops, and the internet searching for these vintage patterns. I have amassed quite a collection over the years!
There are a few Christmas stocking patterns that allude me. The Knit-O-Graph company published graph style knitting patterns in the 1950's. Their easy to follow patterns were very popular, especially their designs for children's sweaters, adult and children's socks, and super fun Christmas stockings. Oh how I want to get my hands on those Christmas stocking patterns!!! I know if I am persistent someone will post one for sale on ebay or etsy.
Why are these Knit-O-Graf Christmas stocking patterns so elusive? It is easy enough to find the Knit-O-Graf sweater, necktie, and sock knitting patterns but no Christmas stocking patterns. I believe that is because the Christmas stocking patterns were the most treasured - even today if a family member dies the relatives will often hold on to the Christmas stocking patterns in hopes that someone will carry on the tradition of knitting Christmas stockings for new members of the family. Alas, I will wait...
Or, maybe you have one? Care to share?