This is the first stocking I ever made, in fact the first counted cross stitch I ever did. I wanted to make something that the kids wouldn't just throw away someday. I liked this pattern and when my daughters saw their choices, they picked others, but my son shrugged and said this was fine! This is from a book "The Stockings Were Hung", a Leisure Arts Publication, Christmas Remembered, Book 16, copyright 1998. I love this book!!!