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1980s? Santa Stocking Pattern

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Have you ever seen a pattern for a crocheted santa stocking like this? (click for larger image)

 

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I'm actually hoping that you will say "No!" because if not, I'd like to write down my own version of this and add it to the free patterns on my blog. I did a brief google search, and I looked at CPC, and didn't find anything...but I know this is an older design, so I thought I'd ask the broader crocheting community and see if anyone has seen this kind of santa stocking pattern in print.

 

A bit of history, if you like: the stocking pictured was given to me on my first Christmas, by a great-aunt who has now passed on. She made very similar ones for my dad and mom, then for my brother when he was born. When my husband and I married, my mother had another family member crochet him a stocking to match ours. And now my brother has married, so I'm making his new wife a stocking, too! In the process, I've been writing down the schematics and would like to publish the finished pattern on my blog's pattern page, once I've tweeked it a bit. If a pattern already exists, though, I wouldn't want to infringe on anybody's creative rights. I just want to have this little piece of my family's Christmas traditions in writing, if possible, so it won't be lost for future generations! :santa

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I haven't, and if you write it, I would love it. It's time to crochet a stocking for my new grandson. I made my granddaughter a stocking a couple years ago. This would be something different and fun.

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I've never seen anything like that and would love to have a pattern for it. This is where I get confused with copyright laws. If you write up your own pattern without ever having seen the original pattern, it's obviously 100% from your head and all yours, no? So if I see a scarf in Macy's for $55 and I say to myself "I can make that" and I do, I'll break copyright laws? Eh, ya know what? Forget it. The less I know about this the better. :lol Seems like everyone makes up their very own copyright laws anyway so there's really no standard to follow.

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I'm not sure it's actually breaking copyright laws, but I just didn't want to be copying someone else's work. I probably will write up a pattern anyway because I'm making some pretty major modifications, but if the original was based on a pattern, I wanted to be able to note that when I post my own.

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Cocoa Cream - I have 2 stockings that are almost identical to yours. Only difference is instead of a name, mine have Noel across the top . The pattern is from Family Circle, 12/13/77. Title of article is "Christmas Stockings to Knit and Crochet", 3 stockings, 2 to crochet, 1 to knit. We are still using ours (they look like new) as we always have extra people at Christmas. Actually I just remembered...oldest DD has been using one the last couple of years as she's misplaced hers. Guess i should change the "Noel" to her "name".:lol Jan.

 

Edited to add: Can't see why you can't write your own pattern, it's pretty straight forward. You could just say it was based on an old patt. from Family Circle.

Edited by Jan2

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Wow! I'm impressed! You knew the exact date, title and everything! I asked this same question over at Ravelry, and a lady there thought it was from a magazine, but she wasn't sure which one or when. Thanks for the info...now I can decided whether to write up my own version or just keep my notes for future reference.

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Cocoa, you made me laugh, like i'm so organized!:lol Actually, you made me think - my pattern is torn right out of that magazine, and it's falling apart. Going to copy it right now, so I will have a readable file for the future.:yes Jan.

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Aaaaahhhhh! I think this is the pattern I've been looking for, too! My Mom crocheted them for me and my brother in 1978, but they were lost in a move. Thank you so much, Jan2. Off to E-bay I go!

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As promised, here's the pattern I created on my own by looking at the old stocking I had. My version looks similar, but it obviously is quite different stitch-wise. It was quite challenging to come up with my own pattern for an existing object...very good for the brain!

 

http://cocoacream.wordpress.com/pattern-place/santa-stocking/

 

P.S.--This pattern is my own work. It was not copied in any way from the original, which I have never seen. I simply used various stockings in my family's collection as a basis for the appearance of the final product.

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Hi Cocoa Cream! You did a great job with your version of the stocking!! It was very nice of you to share it with us. I did finally manage to locate the original (ah, inter-library-loan abuse . . . ) and Jan2 was correct about where it came from. You guys are great! THANKS!!

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limbrarian, can you tell me how you found the pattern? I've been looking everywhere for this pattern as I made one for my daughter 30 years ago and now would like to make one for my granddaughter. Sadly my daughter lost her stocking a couple of years ago so I can't use it to go by (grrrr!).

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limbrarian, can you tell me how you found the pattern? I've been looking everywhere for this pattern as I made one for my daughter 30 years ago and now would like to make one for my granddaughter. Sadly my daughter lost her stocking a couple of years ago so I can't use it to go by (grrrr!).

 

The original pattern appeared in an issue of Family Circle dated 12/13/77. I did find one copy of it on ebay but was outbid with a ridiculously high bid. I'm thinking it was limbrarian that outbid me! :devil:lol

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Not I, Craw. ;) I got my issue in a lot of several craft mags. I think I was the only bidder. As you can imagine, I was quite excited when the package arrived. But I was horrified to discover that the pattern had been partially ripped out! Fortunately, I work in an academic library, so I was able to request a copy through inter-library-loan for my, ahem, "research," ahem. . .

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OK, you're off the hook limebrarian. :lol It was probably somebody else here as we were the ones talking about it at the time and knew how "valuable" it would be. ;) Would anybody be able to request a copy of that through library inter-loan? I mean, that's if they had one available. I wonder. I'm always in the library anyway, though not an academic one. It's a good question to ask.

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I have this pattern if anyone is interested. I have the magazine and the pattern is intact.

 

Michele

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