New Ancestral Christmas Stocking by Ann Shayne
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New Ancestral Christmas Stocking

Knitting
September 2008
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
US 3 - 3.25 mm
660 yards (604 m)
20" from top of stocking to heel; 8" from toe to heel
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The inspiration for the New Ancestral Christmas Stocking came into Ann’s life many years ago as a tattered xerox of a mimeograph of a cuneiform stone-incised recipe for an oversized stocking, complete with intarsia image of a lumpy Santa.

Ann filled in all the over-xeroxed parts, deciphered many handwritten notes from unknown relatives, and redesigned her family’s treasured stocking for Christmas in the Modern Era.

What we love about this stocking:

Capacity. You can cram a lot of Toblerones and horehound candy in this baby. The leg is long and the toe is virtually bottomless. This hardworking sock is not just for decoration; it’s for cargo.

Tradition. Lumpy Santa is gone, but there’s no mistaking the Christsmassyness. Snowflakes! Elf stripes! Argyles (for your preppy elves)!

Modernity. The lines are clean and the font for the duplicate-stitched name is simple and unadorned. We like our Christmas kitsch real classy like that.

Thanks to the good folks at Berroco, we’ve got kits in the shop at masondixonknitting.com, so you won’t have to go hunting for the perfect shades of red, green and cream… in August. Your December self will thank you!