With some of my favorite designers, projects and sites in mind, here is my crochet version of the classic poem. I hope it makes you smile! ~Maria~
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a Love Handle Crochet Hook was hooking, not even this mouse.
The Perfectly Plaid Stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Candy Cane Hats danced in their heads.
And mama in her Offshore Beanie, and I in my Paisley Cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from under the Granny Stripes Blanket to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the Sashay Bonnet Sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of mid-day to crocheted cotton snowflakes below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a Snowman Basket, and eight tiny Amigurumi Reindeer.
With a little old driver in a Soft and Stylish Cowl, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his crocheters they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
“Now Pattern Paradise! Now, Moogly! Now, ELK Crochet Designs & Oombawka! On Hooked Haberdasher! On Crochetville! On Crochet Creations by Cin and Mad Mad Makers!”
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
As chain stitches the base for all crochet do make,
the Chunkly Boot Cuffs and Crocodile Booties he did take.
So up to the house-top the crocheters they flew,
With the sleigh full of Heidi Bears Toys & Princess Loveys too.
And then, like Twinkling Stars, I heard on the roof
The clicking and swishing of each crochet hook.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed in Legwarmers, and Furryluscious boots,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Lallaloopsy Dolls & Cozy Wrist Warmers flung on his back,
He looked like a peddler, just opening his Houndstooth Pack.
His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like an Everlasting Wreath
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of Twinkie Chan jelly!
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”
If you’d like to visit the designers mentioned above, below is a link to their Facebook pages:
Love Handle Crochet Hook – Mad Mad me
Perfectly Plaid Stocking – A Crochet Simplicity
Candy Cane Hat – RAKJ Patterns
Offshore Beanie – Playin’ Hooky Designs
Paisley Cap – Baca Creations
Granny Stripes Blanket – Attic24
Sashay Bonnet – Too Yarn Cute Crochet
Snowman Basket – Repeat Crafter Me
Reindeer – FreshStitches
Soft & Stylish Cowl – Beatrice Ryan Designs
St. Nick Hat – Snappy Tots
Chunky Boot Cuffs – Sincerely Pam
Crocodile Booties – Bonita Patterns
Heidi Bear Toys – Heidi Bears
Princess Loveys – The Hooked Haberdasher
Twinkling Stars – One & Two Company
Legwarmers – Crazysocks Designs
Furryluscious Boots – Two Girls Patterns
Lallaloopsy Doll – Stitch11
Cozy Wrist Warmers – Frayed Knot
Houndstooth Bag – ELK Design Studios
Everlasting Wreath – Crochet Crowd
Jelly – Twinkie Chan
Crochet Creations by Cin
Mad Mad Makers