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Product Details

  • Series: Christmas
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931499004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931499002
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Socks are fun to knit, but many knitters finish the first of a pair and lose interest. Enter the Christmas stocking an ideal gift, and you only have to knit one! This collection includes a great variety of patterns by leading knitwear designers. There are cabled socks, Argyle socks, Fair Isle and Intarsia socks, Victorian lace socks, and even a whimsical sock monkey Christmas stocking. Patterns are grouped by level of difficulty, and each includes complete instructions and full-page color illustrations. Also included is a chapter on designing your own. This is a real treasure for public libraries, as such patterns are normally found only in seasonal magazines not in the book form preferred by libraries.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Delightful little book."  —Fiber Femmes online magazine  


"Christmas Stockings is an enduring holiday classic: the designs are timeless."  —
Knit Together, the quarterly publication of the Canadian Guild of Knitters

Customer Reviews

I can't wait to knit all of the stockings in the book.
Kitten
The book has a nice variety of patterns for adults; there's only one pattern for a children's stocking, but it's adorable.
A. O'Neil
I checked this book out at my local library about twelve times, because it is out of print.
Dug

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Smith on December 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
Along with handspinnning and knitted lace, Christmas stockings are right at the top of my list of ~The most wonderful things to knit~. In my opinion, this book is one of the nicest compiliations of Christmas stockings to date.
The first thing that grabbed my attention on all of the patterns was that they weren't "brand yarn
specific". Each pattern lists the type of yarn by weight, ie. 2-ply worsted, bulky, sport, etc. This makes yarn choices very easy for handspinners or knitter's who already have a stash of yarns to chose from. (Note: specific yarns used in each stocking are listed at the end of the book for you to use if desired).
This book is a definite must have and a keeper for any knitter's library!
Sheri
Spin2Knit.com
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A. Reader on February 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
For years I have knitted Christmas stockings for friends and finally resorted to designing my own patterns because most of the patterns I found were ultimately ugly and clumsy. This book, however, contains unique patterns that will please any taste. I always like to put names on my stockings, so a little pattern editing is necessary, but otherwise the designs are excellent. The yarns range from bulky to fingering weight, and the designs range from nordic-inspired to Victorian to a dog's stocking. Certainly the best Christmas stocking patterns I have found.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Carol Peterson Hennekens on November 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
Christmas stocking have never been a tradition in my family. Still, when my friend Lynn Gate's stocking was chosen to be the cover sock for this book, I had to check it out. My conclusion - if you're a knitter with a need or a yen for Christmas stockings, this is a very inspirational tome. There's tremendous variety in the stockings presented from a felted, hot colors stocking knit up in Noro to some delicate lace affairs. All of the instructions are for stockings knit from the top down and most of the stockings have traditional gusseted heels. Of course, the best part of knitting these gems is that you only have to knit one - no second sock syndrome.
Bottom line - a good book for intermediate or better knitters who want to knit Christmas stocking with more complexity and pizazz than the free patterns on the internet.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 2003
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I am working on my forth stocking from this book and it has been a pleasure! Instructions good and clear, great pictures, lots of great ideas.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Nordyke on December 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book on clearance at a local craft store. So far I have only done the miniatures in the book (a mini-mitten and mini-stocking done on size 2 and 3 double-pointed needles and super thin yarn) which have been rewarding my patience for learning a new skill (double-pointed needles) by knitting up rather quickly (and attractively).

So a word of warning to anyone that's not a super-experienced knitter: most of the stockings in this book utilize advanced techniques, including Fair Isle and Intarsia color methods, cables (both simple and advanced patterns), and almost all of them are knit in the round (which means double-pointed needles are an absolute must). Luckily I can tell you that I have never knitted on double-pointed needles before and the little projects in here are a cute, easy foray into the world of knitting in the round.

All of the designs are adorable, and if they are too difficult (I don't knit in color yet) can be easily adapted to your skill level. The patterns include a variety of national styles, from Celtic to Victorian to Austrian, and are very beautiful. The editor has included some information on "design-your-own" though the instructions are pretty simplistic - but they do cover the gauges. Speaking of which, most of these are knit in worsted-weight (and they do suggest brands but don't fuss at you about substitutions), with at least one bulky-weight stocking and a couple of very lightweight stockings. My favorite is the Gansey stocking, the first in the book, which is knit from a solid color, smooth-ply yarn, and features snowflakes in a purl design - I plan to make these for my mantle someday.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2002
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I just checked this book out of the public library today and as soon as I looked through it, I got on the computer to buy it!!! I am just starting to learn how to knit and these projects are fun and simple enough for me to make. Plus, they will make great gifts for the holidays.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "ellieanor" on December 28, 2001
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The pictures are beautiful, the patterns clearly written and illustrated. Great ideas many fairly easy. A wide variety of styles in a sweet little book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kitten on March 16, 2006
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I love to knit. My gift to new babies is a Christmas stocking. I think of it as a special blessing of this childs new life. While knitting on it I am thinking about all the love this child is going to have and the hopes for the child's future. This book has so many ideas. Everyone a winner. I can't wait to knit all of the stockings in the book.
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