Can you imagine stockings that grow, and Grow, and GROW? My Grandmother knitted Christmas stockings for all of her grandchildren. All 9 of them had Santa faces knitted into the front of the stocking and an ornament knitted into the back. Just hanging, they are about 16 inches long and about 10 inches around.
However!!!! Think of how a knit sweater can stretch. Now, put lots of things into a knit stocking: apples, an orange, nuts in shells, and a few small wrapped gifts.
After Santa arrived, the stockings were now about 30 inches long and about 18 inches around.