Over a year ago, I picked up a book on Nordic knitting. The book used traditional Nordic sweater patterns on other objects. All of it is deeply charming and very hygge (which is Danish, not Nordic). I thought I’d use this book to do some Scandinavian knitting and connect to my GG Olson (who was Swedish, not Nordic nor Danish).
It had been winter of 2015 and I thought it would be nice to make my husband and I matching stockings so I set to work on the stocking pattern.
It was fun to knit the pattern and learn how to read a chart and I shockingly didn’t make any mistakes that I had to pull out rows and rows of knitting to correct! But my knit fix (which comes every year when the air turns cool) ran out around February 2015 and I never finished the stocking.
A few weeks ago, I picked the stocking back up and realized I had very, very little left to do. All the patterned parts were finished and I just had to finish off the toe!
I like to think that even though this book was Nordic not Swedish and the pattern was modern and even the sweater pattern it’s based on only goes back to 1950, I made a connection to living like my GG Olson, who immigrated to Minnesota from Sweden in the 1910’s.
A lot has happened since I started this project in 2015. So instead of giving the finished stocking to my husband, I decided the stocking will be TR’s. (Poor Kyle had to pass it on to his son before he ever got to enjoy using it himself!)
I narrated my decrease rows to TR as I knitted it. I literally knitted it with love:
“Knit 1 with love, knit 2 together with love…”
This was really quick to finish. It probably took me a matter of hours to extend the foot and close the toe. And the best part? I didn’t have to knit a second one to match it before he can use it! (Socks are fun but they take forever and aren’t really useful until you make two.)
I’m hoping to sew a lining for the inside so that my eager son doesn’t snag the stranded knitting on some new and exciting toy that he doesn’t need. (Children have so much stuff. TR is only 3 months old and he already has more things than he knows what to do with.)
Bring it on Christmas. TR is ready for you. (Meanwhile, I will totally do two more so all three of us have matching stockings. Just after I knit TR a teddy bear sweater that will be too small for him by the time I finish it.)