In this post, you will see how to knit a Christmas stocking which is a quick-knit project.
This holiday stocking is knit with super bulky yarn, so can fit many little gifts inside and create special memories for a family member on Christmas morning.
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To make this stocking you need to be able to knit in the round using circular needles or DPNs (double-pointed needles).
Christmas is the perfect time to make your own Holiday stockings and have lots and lots of festive fun filling them up with little gifts and surprises.
Making handmade Christmas stockings to decorate your home could be just the project you need to get into the holiday spirit.
Make Your Own Chunky Hand-Knit Christmas Stocking
The best thing about handmade decorations is that they can be personalized, knit in your favorite color, and used again year after year.
This is an easy-level stocking pattern, so if you are an advanced beginner and haven’t knit socks before, this pattern will be great for you!
It is really quick and easy to make, knit in the round with size 10mm needles (US 15), and uses super bulky yarn (06).
How do you knit a Christmas stocking?
In order to knit this Christmas stocking, you will need 1 ball of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Fisherman and a pair of 10mm (US 15) circular needles with a 20″ or 24″ cable.
You also need stitch markers, a tape measure, a darning needle, and a different colored yarn to make pom poms for decorating.
The stocking is knit in a simple way using a beginner sock pattern, you will need to know how to knit, purl, work in the round and decrease using K2tog and SSK.
How much yarn do I need to make a Christmas stocking?
I made this knit stocking using a super bulky weight (06)/super chunky/14 ply yarn – One skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Fisherman (170g/106yd/97m).
Any super bulky weight yarn 06 will be okay to use for this pattern.
There are many delicious colors in the Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarns for you to choose from but Fisherman is one of my favorite colors because it goes with everything!
How long does it take to knit a Christmas stocking?
This Christmas stocking knits up super fast as you are using super bulky yarn and large needles.
I knit this up in the afternoon (in around 3 hours) while watching a Christmas movie!
It’s a fantastic quick-knit project, great for last-minute decorations or gifting.
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:
This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.
- Knitting cast-on methods.
- Knitting Lessons
- How to cast on knitting.
- How to cast off knitting.
- How to knit the garter stitch.
- How to knit the purl stitch.
- How to knit stockinette stitch.
- How to read knitting patterns.
- Knitting abbreviations and terms.
- How to knit rib stitch.
- How to knit two stitches together – K2tog.
- How to knit in the round.
Christmas Stocking Knitting Pattern
The holiday season stocking knits up quickly in super bulky yarn and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable quick knit.
The top of the stocking is knit in K1, P1 ribbing and the main body of the stocking is knit in what looks like stockinette stitch, but because this is knit in the round, you will knit every round to create that effect.
The heel flap is created by working short rows to shape.
You can use scrap yarn for the pom pom decorations.
TIP – If you wanted to make little stockings, you could follow this pattern but change your yarn and needle size – for example using worsted weight yarn and hanging them on your Christmas trees.
See more free knitting patterns here – Free Christmas Knitting Patterns
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Skill Level – Easy (great for advanced beginners and the more experienced intermediate knitters)
Size – The finished size of the stocking is as follows;
- Height – From the top of cuff to heel = 12.5 inches / From the top of cuff to toe = 19 inches
- Width – From side of stocking to side = 6.5 inches / From toe to heel = 11 inches
Gauge = 10 sts / 14 rounds in 4 inches measured in pattern (stocking stitch).
The Supplies You Need
- 1 skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick (170g/106yd/97m) in the color Fisherman.
- This yarn is a wool/acrylic blend.
- Coordinating color for the pom poms – I used The Petite Wool from We Are Knitters in Red. You need around 40g or 50g for this.
- Any super bulky/super chunky/14 ply weight yarn.
- Yarn weight guide
- 10mm (US 15) 20″ or 24″ circular knitting needles.
- I used my set of interchangeable circular needles.
- If you use a larger size cable you may have to use the magic loop technique when knitting.
- Beg = Begin(ning)
- Cont = Continue(ing)
- K = Knit
- K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together
- P = Purl
- P2tog = Purl 2 stitches together
- PM = Place marker
- Rem = Remaining
- Rep = Repeat
- Rnd(s) = Round(s)
- St(s) = Stitch(es)
- St St = Stockinette stitch
- SSK = Slip, slip knit – slip 2 stitches to your right needle, then transfer back to the left needle to knit together.
Time needed: 3 hours and 30 minutes
Christmas Stocking Knitting Pattern
- Cast On
Cast on 30 sts.
Divide the stitches on the needles and prepare to work using the magic loop technique.
- Knit The Cuff
Next, you will knit the cuff.
PM and join in the round being careful not to twist the sts.
Round 1: K1, P1 to the end of the round.
Continue to K1, P1 in 1×1 rib until the piece measures 4 inches from the CO edge.
- Knit The Main Body Of The Stocking
Knit The Main Body Of The Stocking
Next round: Knit
Continue to knit every round until you have completed 40 rounds.
- Knit The Heel Flap
*Place a stitch marker at each side of the piece, so you have 15 sts on either side.
P row – 15 sts only, turn,
K row, turn,
Rep until you have worked 6 rows of st st.
- Turn The Heel
Next, you will work a short-row heel.
Sl 1, P5, P2tog, P1, turn,
Sl 1, K1, SSK, K1, turn,
Sl 1, P2, P2tog, P1, turn,
Sl 1, K2, SSK, K1, turn,
Sl 1, P3, P2tog, P1, turn,
Sl 1, K3, SSK, K1, turn,
Sl 1, P4, P2tog, P1, turn,
Sl 1, K4, SSK, K1, turn,
Sl 1, P across the rem sts.
- The Gusset
Cut yarn and rejoin to 1st st on the other needle.
Pick up and knit 8 sts along the gusset.
Knit 7 sts along the instep.
Pick up and knit 8 sts along the other side of the gusset.
Knit across the rem 15 sts to the end of the round (where the yarn joins).
PM at either side of the gusset (the sides of the piece if you have not done so already).
K1, SSK, K17, K2tog, K16.
K1, SSK, K16, K2tog, K15.
K1, SSK, K15, K2tog, K14.
K1, SSK, K14, K2tog, K13.
K1, SSK, K13, K2tog, K12.
- The Foot
Knit in the round until you have completed 8 rounds.
- The Toe
K1, SSK, K10, K2tog, K2tog, K9, K2tog.
K1, SSK, K8, K2tog, K2tog, K7, K2tog.
K1, SSK, K6, K2tog, K2tog, K5, K2tog.
K1, SSK, K4, K2tog, K2tog, K3, K2tog.
K1, SSK, K2, K2tog, K2tog, K1, K2tog.
- Graft The Toe
Graft the toe either using the Kitchener stitch or you can cast off the rem 8 sts and seam using the mattress stitch.
Weave in any loose ends.
- The Hanging Loop – Cast-on
CO 14 sts (knit flat – don’t join in the round).
Knit 1 row.
- The Hanging Loop – Cast off
Cut yarn with a tail of 8″.
- Attach the hanging loop to the stocking
Fold the loop in half and stitch, then attach it to the corner of the stocking and stitch it into place.
- Create and attach the pom poms
With your pom pom maker and colored yarn make 4 pom poms the same size, leaving a tail of around 8 inches.
Stitch the pom poms onto the front of the stocking cuff – along the edge using the tail of each pom pom to do this.
I spaced out each pom pom by 2 inches starting at one end and then moving down to the other.
Your stocking is now ready to be hung up and filled with Christmas gifts!
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