How To Knit A Christmas Stocking


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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How to knit a Christmas stocking

Holiday Stockings

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.

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Quick knit Christmas stocking

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).

Stocking fillers

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.

Christmas stocking knitted

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!

Chunky knit holiday stocking

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.

Christmas stocking super bulky yarn
simple knit Christmas stocking

Christmas Stocking Knitting Pattern

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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).

Quick knit Christmas stocking

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



Other Materials

  • Clover pom maker – 1 3/8 inch / 35mm
  • Add small pom poms for a personal touch.
Christmas stocking hanging loop


  • 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.

Pattern Instructions

Time needed: 3 hours and 30 minutes

Christmas Stocking Knitting Pattern

  1. Cast On

    Cast on 30 sts.
    Divide the stitches on the needles and prepare to work using the magic loop technique.
    Christmas stocking step 1

  2. 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.Christmas stocking step 2

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.
    Knit round.
    K1, SSK, K16, K2tog, K15.
    Knit round.
    K1, SSK, K15, K2tog, K14.
    Knit round.
    K1, SSK, K14, K2tog, K13.
    Knit round.
    K1, SSK, K13, K2tog, K12.

  7. The Foot

    Knit in the round until you have completed 8 rounds.

  8. The Toe

    K1, SSK, K10, K2tog, K2tog, K9, K2tog.
    Knit round.
    K1, SSK, K8, K2tog, K2tog, K7, K2tog.
    Knit round.
    K1, SSK, K6, K2tog, K2tog, K5, K2tog.
    Knit round.
    K1, SSK, K4, K2tog, K2tog, K3, K2tog.
    Knit round.
    K1, SSK, K2, K2tog, K2tog, K1, K2tog.

  9. 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.

  10. The Hanging Loop – Cast-on

    CO 14 sts (knit flat – don’t join in the round).
    Knit 1 row.Christmas stocking step 10

  11. The Hanging Loop – Cast off

    Cast off.
    Cut yarn with a tail of 8″.Christmas stocking step 11

  12. 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.Christmas stocking step 13

  13. 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!
    Christmas stocking step 14

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Christmas stocking pattern

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  1. Hi! Thanks for brilliant patterns. Your hats have started me being able to knit and everyone I’ve given them to so far has loved them.
    I’ve just started on your lovely Christmas Stocking but am a little confused. I have knitted the cuff and 40 knit stitches but mine has come out with the smooth herringbone side on the outside where in your photos, at this stage, yours has the bobbly side outside. Do I just turn it inside out or is it OK to carry on as I am?
    Thank you xx

    1. Hello Corrie,
      I think that is because of the way you have been knitting it – you must have been working with the right side on the outside.
      I would try to continue with it turned from the other side (as you see in the photos) because when you come to do the heel, it might not go how it should if that makes sense.
      I hope that helps!

  2. This is a great project and I will definitely try it out – already ordered the yarn. I’m confused, though… why do you show the stocking from the reverse side for knitting illustration? That is not how it looks when you knit in the round – it would look like stockinette, not garter stitch.

    1. Hello Gertrud,
      That is correct – the stocking is inside out in the photos where it is on the needles, because the right side is on the inside – as it was on the needles and being worked on.
      The wrong side – the outside looks like garter stitch.
      When it is finished and off the needles you will turn it the right side out.
      I suppose it depends on how you knit in the round, I knit and the right side was on the inside.
      I hope that clears things up!

      1. Hi Louise,
        Thanks for the reply (I tried to reply by using the reply button, but it didn’t work). I think it would be helpful for novice knitters to know that you knit in the round differently, so an annotation would make sense. I don’t know anyone else that knits in the round with the wrong side out, thus the question. Also, the instructions, as written, do not indicate this. Just a thought.



        1. Hello Gertrud,
          Ok, I added a note in the instructions.
          Some people do knit in the round like this also.
          Everyone is different I guess, and lots of knitters and crafters do things in a different way.
          Enjoy the pattern!