Vintage Christmas Stocking (1940’s)


11/12/12 Note to those wishing to access this pattern:

The link to the pattern and the charts is posted below, in red. This is the only one that I have access to myself, and it’s the only one I’ve knitted myself.  Someone commented that she had a similar pattern, which has prompted many to post here asking for it. Apparently she has not responded to requests posted in comments.

While browsing knitting patterns, this vintage 1940’s pattern caught my eye. More than 20 years ago, my mother-in-law, Louise, knitted this stocking for my husband, using the Christmas tree and Santa motifs, and how could I not post the pattern here?!  Ours is shown on the left, and the generic  on the right. Pattern is here .  Worsted weight yarn and size 5 (US) double pointed needles.

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54 Responses to Vintage Christmas Stocking (1940’s)

  1. Mr Puffy says:

    Love your Christmas Stocking! Very cheery and Christmas-y :)

  2. RecycleCindy says:

    What a lovely stocking. Those vintage knitted ones are so beautiful. I have crocheted a few but just love the look of the knitted ones with motifs. Best wishes to you in the new year and Merry Christmas!
    Cindy

  3. Maggie says:

    I am looking for a pattern about the same age and style and wonder if you’ve ever seen it. It has Christmas trees, candles and a wreathe in the large striped areas and is also personalized. My husband’s aunt knit one for him 58 years ago when he was born. Her daughters gave me the pattern. I knitted stockings for 5 of my six children before losing the pattern somehow during two moves. I’d like to make one for my youngest daughter and two grandchildren. Please let me know if you ever run across one.
    Thanks,
    Maggie

    • Renee Burch Baxley says:

      Maggie: I have this pattern if you have not found it. You are welcome to a copy not charge. I know how much it means to locate missing treasures. Renee’

      • Joan says:

        Do you have a copy of the pattern at the top with “Tony?” My mother made them for all family members, friends, their children, etc. She thought she was through so gave away the pattern. When our daughter married her husband requested “the official family Christmas sock.” Now we also have a 3 month old granddaughter. I’m trying to recreate the sock off of mine bought would be thrilled to actually have the pattern.

      • katknit says:

        Joan, I used the pattern posted here. Just moved the motifs around and knitted less of them.

      • Jeff says:

        I would love to get the pattern that Maggie mentioned above from you Renee. Can you send it to me
        Jeff

      • Sharon Cavell says:

        Renee: Would you be so kind as to send me a copy of your pattern, the one with the trees, candle and wreath. My mother knit mine in 1952. She also knit them for my 2 brothers and then for my husband and my 3 sons. She has since passed away and I cannot find her pattern and would like very much to make them for my 3 grandchildern.
        Much appreciated.
        Sharon

      • Renee Burch Baxley says:

        I will be happy to do so. Please send me your address or other means of contact.

      • Sharon says:

        Renee – Thanks so much, you have made my day! What is the best way to leave you my contact information?

      • Renee Baxley says:

        My email is rnbrch58@bellsouth.net….email me your mailing address and I will copy and mail it to you.

      • Sharon says:

        Renee – would you like an email address to send the pattern or a fax number. Should I post that type of information here? How can I get in touch with you? Please let me know how to proceed. I am anxious to start knitting the stockings.
        Thanks,
        Sharon

      • Sharon says:

        Renee, Would you be so kind as to send me a copy of your Christmas Stocking pattern with the trees, candle and wreath. My mother made mine in 1952 and then made them for my 2 brothers. She also made them for my husband and my 3 sons. She has since passed away and I cannot find her pattern. I would love to keep the tradition going by making stockings for my 3 grandchildren.

        Many thanks,
        Sharon

      • Liz says:

        Renee: I would love a copy of the 1940’s Christmas Stocking (the red,white,green one).
        I want to make a vintage Christmas stocking for our grandson’s first Christmas this year. The red, white green stocking is exactly the one I am looking for. Please let me know if you still have the pattern. Thank you, Liz

  4. connie crawford says:

    I’M LOOKING FOR A OLD LOOKING CLOSE KNITTED STOCKING TO HANG BY MY NORTHERN COUNTRY ROCK FIREPLACE. THE STOCKINGS ARE ABOUT 2 FEET LONG AND LOOK VERY WORN.

  5. Carol says:

    My sister and I have the same stockings, knitted by my mother’s friend in the early 50s! It’s a great sock and holds lots and lots of goodies!

  6. Pam Lygren says:

    My family also has these stockings knitted by my husbands grandmother. Ours have a variation of added reindeer in two different views; one is the reindeer’s face from the front and the other is a standing raindeer, a side view. Other alteration is the word “Noel” at an angle.

    I know there must have been more design alternatives in the original pattern. Has anyone ever come across the complete original?

  7. Renee says:

    Jeff, where can I mail this to you or fax

  8. Jamir says:

    Thank you! Thank you for posting this pattern. My grandmother has made these socks for 3 generations. She no longer can make them due to her eyesight. A little tear is in my eye because now the tradition can carry on. This is awesome.

  9. Pamela Fisk says:

    I knitted more or less the same stocking for my oldest son in 1976, purchased as a kit in Wellesley Mass. My sister has subsequently knitted many of them for friends

  10. Nicki McAninch says:

    I have been searching for the “Tony” stocking pattern above for ages. I used the pattern about 30 years ago and lost it. Now I need to knit one for my godchild’s son! I printed the pattern of the generic but how do you determine how many rows to knit of each color so that the ‘Tony” pattern is the right size for the santa and the trees. It must have been an option on the original pattern since the stockings I have are so close to your “tony” stocking. Also mine are worked with duplicate stitch rather than knitting the pattern into the stocking. Can you help?

  11. Nicki McAninch says:

    Hi! I have been searching for the “Tony” pattern for about 6 weeks. I knitted one about 30 years ago for my godchild and now she has a son and husband. I think there must have been a pattern published since the one I knitted is almost identical. My daughters each have one that was given to them when they were born in 1978 and 1980. Does anyone know where I can find the published pattern? I am not a skilled knitter and the duplicate stitch worked well for me instead of changing thread and knitting the pattern into the stocking. I think it was published by Bernat. I called them and they have lost all their patterns before 1991. I think the copyright has expired and it would be ok to copy it. Would love some help finding it! Many thanks!

  12. Roxanne R. brown says:

    Hello, I too, have been searching for patterns of Christmas stockings that were popular in the late 1940’s. My husband and all of his first cousins were presented with a personalized stocking of their own soon after the babies were born I believe it was knit on two needles, not double pointed nor circular. It has a Santa figure in a sleigh on one side and the reindeer that pulls it on the other. My brother and sister-in-law lost their stockings due to a house fire and I would love to knit them new ones. If any one can help I would be very grateful.
    Roxanne

  13. Cathy says:

    My husband’s family had these stockings with a candle motif in the green band…his sweet aunt knitted one for each of the new additions until she was unable to anymore. Now my daughter in law is starting the tradition again. So glad to hear others have enjoyed these as much as we have!

  14. suzie says:

    Renee: I, too, would love to get the pattern with the wreath, candles, and trees that Maggie, Jeff, and others were coveting. My grandmother knit one for me and for each of my 5 brothers and sisters. My mom subsequently knit one for each of her 15 grandchildren. I’m soon to be a grandmother myself and would love to carry on the tradition, but am unable to locate my mom’s pattern.
    I notice you have an email address listed above so I will send my address to you.
    Thank you so much for sharing your treasure.
    Suzie

    • Sharon says:

      Renee, I never received the pattern you were sending me in January. Would it be possible for you to send it to me also when you send it to Suzie. Much appreciated. Sharon

  15. Karen Salvi says:

    I like many others have been looking for this pattern. A friends of my mothers made them for my children. I would now like to make them for my new grandson. I would like the stocking with the Christmas tree and Santa on it.
    Thanks Karen

    • Margaret Samson says:

      Hello Ladies, Help please. I am the mother of 8,grandmother of 22, and gr. grandma of 8 so I have knitted more of these great stockings than I can count. In the 50’s Ipurchased every new kit that I found in any store that sold them. Little by little the store4s stopped carrying them so for years I used the same patterns I had. I thought no company was making them anymore. Due to health problems that effect4d my hands, I can no longer crochet and I thought i could’t knit, but recently found that I can; though it takes me a bit longer to do so. I am thrilled! I have taught one of my daughters to make them and I am now teaching my niece. It is an old Bernat pattern called Jolly Whiskers Stocking, it has a Santa face you add whiskers on to beard area and it has crossed candy canes at the instep. This inspired me to check on the Bernat website and I 3was overwhelmed with what is available. I am so excited
      Some are ones that I made back in the 50’s. My proplem is I’m pretty new at this computer stuff and I don’t know how to go about it I would love to get the kits or copies of the patterns you are talking about here, and exchange any I may have that aren’t under copyright. I would appreciate any guidance from anyone who can help me. Many thanks . Margie

      • katknit says:

        Margaret, I can email copies of the pattern(s) you want, if you send me the addresses.
        Thank you for visiting Dances With Wools.

      • Liz says:

        Dear Katknit: I received an e-mail today re the knitted Christmas Stocking Pattern from the 50’s or so. I have been looking for that pattern, and would love to have a copy of it. If there is a charge just let me know. I am so glad I received this message today, Liz Yatteau, Conifer, CO.

  16. Margaret Samson says:

    Dear Katknit, Thank you so much for your kindness and your help. I don’t know how to go about this. Can I send you my address and have them mailed to me ? Where do I send it? Can I send you my email address? I am very excited about this and really appreciate your help. Please inform me of any charges.

    • katknit says:

      Margie and Liz, just click on the pink link in the post, and the pattern will come up. Then print it. Let me know if you have trouble.

      • Robin Yoder says:

        Hello Katknit, I was searching for days for the vintage knit Christmas stocking – and it sounds exactly like the one described by Margaret Sampson! It has the Santa with whiskers and the crossed candy canes. May I ask for a copy of this pattern? Thank you

      • katknit says:

        Robin, look at the red print in this post, and you will find the link to this pattern. Thanks for reading and commenting.

      • Margaret Samson says:

        Robin, did you ever get the pattern for ?jolly whiskers. Santa? If not email me, your address and I will send it to you. My email address is margie61656@gmail.com.

    • Liz says:

      What a wonderful surprise on my computer today. I have downloaded the pattern for the Christmas stocking, and am so happy. It’s really a special gift. Thank you so much. I am more than happy to pay for this pattern – it is a unique pattern, and I have been unable to find it anywhere. Liz Yatteau

      • katknit says:

        Liz, no payment necessary, glad to help. Enjoy!

      • Robin Yoder says:

        Hello Liz, Is it possible that you could email me a copy of the Christmas stocking? I came across this site by chance after searching for days for the knit pattern of the Santa with whiskers and crossed candy canes that also can be personalized. I would greatly appreciate a copy of this to try to make one for my granddaughter.

      • Liz says:

        Robin: I will be happy to send you the pattern that I have for Vintage Christmas Stocking. Please let me know how you want me to send it to you – an address . Liz

  17. Margaret Samson says:

    KatKnit, I did run into some trouble which is on my end. My printer is giving me trouuble, however my son forwarded the pattern to his printer sso I am in happyland.

    again thank you somuchAgain thankl you so much. I’m klooking forward to starting this one and you made it possible. God Bless Margie

  18. Debbie Hammond says:

    Could you please email me a copy of the “Tony” stocking pattern. I made one for my great nephew for a baby shower gift this month and even though they loved it everyone said its different than the original Grandma made. I would greatly appreciate having the original since I’m the new family stocking maker.
    Debbie
    Dhammond618@yahoo.com

  19. Roxanne says:

    I have a similar pattern from 1949. It’s my husbands family’s Christmas tradition to gift a sock to the newest member of the family ether by marriage or for the birth of baby. It’s knit on two needles and I’m stuck! I’ve completed the upper potion with the pattern and now have to tackle the heel section. Does anyone know of a good tutorial?

  20. Roxanne says:

    Forgot to mention that these patterns are still available for purchase. One receives a very good copy of the original leaflet that was sold in the 40’s and 50’s. I enlarged the graph at a copying store with great results

    • Kit says:

      Roxanne –
      I would love to know where you found these patterns. We have a new son-in-law, and I have been looking for these patterns to knit one for him. Dear friends of my mother’s knitted such stockings for me and my brothers, and later for my children. It’s a wonderful tradition to continue!

  21. Linda Burton says:

    I have been looking for this pattern for years! I was gifted one along with my daughters 30 years ago, and now daughter number 1 is requesting matching ones for her littles. I found it last year, did not get it, and now have lost the link. I would be happy to pay for it. Does it come with different motifs? Bless you! Email is lcb58@yahoo.com.

  22. Linda Burton says:

    Linda again, sorry, I just read your comments IN RED! Thank you for sharing!

  23. Bobbi says:

    Hi,
    I just tried to follow this thread..I too have stockings that my great grandmother knitted that match the ‘Tony’ stocking, and that I would like to reproduce for my soon to arrive grandchildren. I am trying to get a copy of the pattern for the ‘TONY’ stocking. I did print out the link for the pattern for the other vintage stocking that had the ‘dolls’ on one of the bands, however I also agree that the ‘TONY’ stocking had an original pattern. Does anyone on the blog have that original pattern?
    I would also love to have the stocking pattern with the candle and wreaths Renee spoke of. Could someone please email them to me at bobbiadams@comcast.net? I would really appreciate it!
    Thank you!
    Bobbi

  24. Susan says:

    A friend has ask me to knit the Tony stocking for them. They have a “Tony” stocking from many years ago. The stitching looks like it was machine made? Is this possible? Every stitch is perfect and the exact same size all the way through. Is this considered an easy, medium or harder pattern?

    • katknit says:

      Hi Susan,
      My mother in law hand knitted the Tony stocking. I’ve made several like it. It’s easy, except for the stranding parts like the name and the little figure. You have to be careful not to strand too tightly or it pulls.
      Thanks for reading and commenting.
      Linda

  25. Brittany Cusick says:

    Hello. Do you have a copy if the pattern for the stocking with “Tony” on top? They are a tradition in my family as well, but the great aunt who does them was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and isn’t able to do one for the newest baby. Her kids can’t find the pattern for me either. Any help would be much appreciated!

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