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I started making these curly toed, elf-inspired, Christmas stockings a few years ago. They're so fun to make that we now have way more stockings that people in our family (time to have more kids...?). I had the brilliant idea to stock up on wool sweaters over the summer
Yeah, well that didn't really pan out; I already don't even have time to wash the dishes AND my hair in the same day. So, stocking mogul will have to be a title I aspire to in another life. Instead, I decided I would gift the pattern to YOU as a little Christmas present. They are so easy to make, look totally rad, homemade and unique. You could even tell people you knit them yourself if you wanted to be really impressive (or just tell the truth, that's impressive too). I adore these stockings so much that I hang them right at the beginning of December with the rest of the Christmas decorations; I want to look at them for as long as possible!
They're really sturdy because of the felted wool and can hold LOTS of goodies! The basic stocking is really simple to make and then you can add a few sparkly things or bells or snowflakes or whatever. It's going to be awesome! You can shrink or enlarge the pattern to make different sizes. I once made a small one for my dog- true story.
You can download the stocking pattern and instruction here (I couldn't figureout how to make it all one pdf file, be patient with my mad technical skillz) Download Stocking1, Download Stocking2, Download Stocking3 You should be able to just print it out on your regular computer paper and piece it together.
I did actually sell a few stockings. Clay's cousin's husband manages this great toy and candy store in Provo called Blickenstaff's, totally worth a visit if you're in the neighborhood. He commissioned half a dozen stockings for his store, and I got to get a little sewing out of my system (and make a small dent in my sweater stash).