Christmas Stocking Knitting

by Rita
(Riverton, WY)

My elderly grandmother was telling me stories about how every year they would knit Christmas stockings and hand them out to the neighbors for gifts.


I thought it was a lovely idea and could see how much the memory meant to her – it got me to thinking about how today’s generation doesn’t see many of these simple, heartfelt gifts anymore.

My grandmother still knits today and it’s a craft that has been passed down to me, so it seemed like the perfect activity we could do together that would be meaningful for both of us.

I went to the craft store and picked up the yarn and brought it back to my grandmother’s house and her face lit up with joy at the thought of recreating the Christmas stocking knitting tradition.

While it was a great way for her to stay busy for a few hours while I was assisting her, I also thought it was an ideal activity to keep her mind and hands busy – sometimes she mentions that she doesn’t feel like she’s as useful as she once was, so this simple craft day was the perfect way to show her she is still as independent as ever!

Together, we knitted about 10 small stockings using red and white yarn – very cute and simple, which I can then fill with candy and take to the local children’s or veteran’s hospital and hand out as gifts. After doing the small project, my grandmother has been knitting caps and socks for the homeless shelter in our community and feeling so helpful for those in need.

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Free Knitting Patterns Online
by: Carol

Knitting is a great way to keep the mind engaged in counting and also sharpens concentration.

Even if a grandparent doesn’t know how to knit, there are plenty of free basic guides online that anyone can print out and do together with an elderly parent or grandparent.

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Free Stocking Knitting Guide Online
by: Nancy

That sounds like an amazing idea!

My mom used to knit a lot while I was growing up but she got too busy and eventually stopped knitting.

This is a great activity to engage in and I was able to find a free Christmas stocking knitting guide online (http://www.allfreeknitting.com/ChristmasKnits/BasicSock-Christmas-Stocking-Satin-Bow) that we can do together and build memories over the holidays.

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