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The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…. There’s something very special and magical about a Christmas stocking. I’ve had the same one for my entire adult life. And I get a little rush of joy every year when I hang it as we read The Night Before Christmas. An elderly friend of our family knitted my son’s stocking when he was a baby and he still hangs it every year, even now at 28. This ritual and tradition really does embody the spirit of the holiday, of hearth and home, of enchanted memories of Christmas past.

Here are five of the stocking projects that we’ve published over the years. If you want to have any of these made by next week, you better slap on some holiday tunes, spike up the egg nog, and get to work. You don’t have much time.

Festive Fair Isle Christmas Stockings

fairisle-stockings-1Use a mishmash of fair isle patterns to create the striking design on these awesome Christmas stockings.

How-To: Last-Minute Stitched Felt Stockings

tellloveandchocolate_stockings_01If you’re not a knitter, or a fast knitter, consider these quick-to-make stockings using felt.

How-To: DIY Woven Stocking

abeautifulmess_woven_stocking_01If weaving is more appealing to you, maybe try your hand at these woven stockings using a simple board and nail loom.

Snowman Stocking With Pattern

Snowman_Stocking_Step13Here’s another felt-based stocking project by Make:’s Haley Pierson-Cox

How-To: Retro-Style Space-Themed Stockings

retro_space_age_stockingsOne of our favorite stocking projects results in these delightfully nerdy retro space-themed stockings. I would even pack away my ancient holiday stocking and begin making new memories with one of these if Santa brought me one.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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