I knit this Christmas stocking for my 6th grandchild. It carries on a tradition started by my husband's aunt when she made one for my husband when he was a child and then made one for me when I married him and one for each of our three children when they were born. My husband located the vintage pattern on the internet and requested I continue the tradition. The most fun part is charting in the name and birth year since that is unique for each stocking. Irene was born in January so there is absolutely no excuse for me to not have her stocking knitted before Christmas.
Irene's is the eighth vintage stocking I have knitted when you also count those for my daughter's husband and my son's wife. I have repeated links for my posts of the earlier seven stockings in the following list. Some links tell of history and tradition, some are tips, and some contain both.
December 31, 2011 Jeremy and Carrie
December 10, 2014 Autumn (October birthday, 2012) - I was late completing hers
December 17, 2014 Vivian (April birthday) has hints
December 28, 2015 Isaiah (July birthday)
November 29, 2016 Lillian (May birthday)
November 07, 2018 William (April birthday) has detailed heel and foot photos
October 06, 2021 Irene (January birthday) this post
This classic stocking pattern was originally published in "A Woman's Home Companion" in 1945. I changed the tree background from white to red; I also made changes in the stripe order in the foot so that both the toe and heel were white. Previously I had posted a link for the free pattern. At the time of this post, I found that the link had issues, which may or may not have resolved. http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/christmas/1945-stocking.htm. Options for the pattern, at a minimal charge in several Etsy shops, can be located by googling "1945 vintage Christmas stocking".