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Scandinavian Christmas Stockings
Mette Handberg

publisher Search Press
7 November 2013 / ISBN-13: 9781844489442
How-To Books/Knitting / Holiday: Christmas
Amazon US - UK

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

If you need to stock (pardon the pun) up on your Christmas decorations, then this book might be a good investment. Because, as the author states, stockings don't have to just be for filling to give to children, they can form part of the decorations as well.

Here are twenty-two stockings that would look great adorning walls, doors and even that fireplace. Drawing on Norwegian traditional motifs and jolly seasonal colors you can make stockings adorned with reindeer, dancing figures, snowmen, teddies and endless roses. Personalize them with names if they are to fill, or just make, hang and enjoy. There are also patterns for a hat, mittens and leg warmers so you can step out in Scandi style. This book doesn't teach knitting, but intermediate knitters, who know their way around a pattern and can read charts, ought to enjoy these short, fun projects. Turn to the front for basic instructions on making the stockings, and then to the individual projects for particular notes. Each pattern features a whole page photograph, instructions and charts. The yarn used is a Norwegian woolen to give the stockings a traditional look (which it does), but at the beginning of the book there is a short mention of what you can use instead if you reside elsewhere. I haven't seen a whole book of stockings before and there are certainly some beauties that are sure to become treasured heirloom decorations.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2013