Christmas is around the corner and it’s time to get festive with our roundup of 12 Christmas Stocking Knitting Patterns.
Get the Christmas tree out of storage, get the decorations ready and let’s wake up the Christmas spirit.
And there is nothing more festive than Christmas stockings, you can hang them in the fireplace under the tree, on the walls, and wherever you like!
The Christmas Stocking Tradition
The origin of the Christmas stocking tradition is founded on the story of when Saint Nicolas (known as Santa Claus or Father Christmas) was visiting a poor family and he wanted to help them but knew they were too proud.
So he threw bags of gold coins down the chimney (or through the window another variation says) and some gold coins fell into the stockings of three sisters (another variation says that he threw the bags of coins directly into the stockings).
Around the 1870s children started hanging stockings or bags at the end of the bed or on the fireplace mantle hoping Santa would visit and fill them up with gifts and sweet treats!
Later, stockings made just for Christmas started appearing.
Knit Your Own Stockings
If you love crafting the holiday season is a perfect excuse to pull out your favorite yarn and knitting needles.
There are many knitting patterns online for you to choose from, beginner knitters, and intermediate knitters.
It can be a simple knit using basic knitting stitches like the stocking stitch or more complicated designs like monograms, a fair isle stocking design, color changes, and many more.
You can choose a solid color like the classic red or green or you can go for bright colors, you can add pom poms, or add designs like candy canes, Santa, and bells, or if you would like to add a personal touch you can add a monogram on the body of the stocking.
Plus if you prefer crocheting to knit check out this – Crochet Christmas Stockings.
Gift A Holiday Stocking
You can make your own Christmas stocking or as a present for a family member or friend.
A handmade present can go long way this time of year as it shows how much you care for them and how much time you spend making them something unique.
A hand-knitted Christmas stocking can be a perfect gift on its own but it can also be a nice gift-wrapping alternative, you can fill them up with other gifts like a gift card and sweet treats!
You can also make mini Christmas stockings and use them for tree ornaments, you can knit a set of colorful stockings as a gift or you can hang them on your own tree and fill them up will little treats for the kids to find!
Knit Christmas Stockings Patterns
Christmas stockings truly complete your holiday home decor.
So if you are ready to make your own stocking for the festive season check out the free stocking patterns below and you might find your next project!
1. How To Knit A Christmas Stocking
Knit a chunky Christmas stocking with this free knitting pattern.
This a great pattern for new makers that want to make their own handmade Christmas stockings.
2. Christmas Stocking Knit Pattern by Nourish and Nestle
Knit your own squishy festive stocking with this free knitting pattern by Nourish and Nestle.
The stocking is finished with the Kitchener stitch using super bulky yarn and US 19 (15mm) circular needles.
3. Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern by Nourish and Nestle
Make a cozy stocking to hang on the fireplace mantle with this free knitting pattern by Nourish and Nestle.
The stocking is made with the broken rib stitch that creates a beautiful texture and uses super chunky yarn, faux fur yarn, and US 19 (15mm) 40” circular knitting needles.
4. Patons On Dasher Knit Stocking by Yarnspirations
Knit a stocking with a beautiful reindeer design with this free knitting pattern by Yarnspirations.
The Fair Isle knit technique makes this stocking truly festive, created in Patons Classic Wool Worsted.
This lovely stocking pattern is perfect for intermediate knitters and you can download the pdf pattern for free on the Yarnspirations website.
5. Red Heart Knit Cable Stocking by Yarnspirations
Make a chunky festive stocking with this free knitting pattern by Yarnspirations.
This Christmas stocking knitting pattern is made with cable stitch creating a beautiful texture.
You can finish it off by adding pom poms at the top of the stocking.
The stocking is made with Red Heart Super Saver and you can download the pdf pattern for free on the Yarnspirations website.
6. Flat Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern by Gina Michelle
Knit classic red stockings with this free knitting pattern by Gina Michelle.
This particular pattern is perfect for beginners as it is knit flat, using straight needles and basic knitting stitches.
7. Mossy Cable Christmas Stockings by Squigglidinks
Knit a set of handmade stockings for the whole family with this free knitting pattern by Squigglidinks.
The cable design creates a beautiful texture that will look lovely hanging from your tree or fireplace.
Plus there are video and step-by-step photo tutorials to help you along.
8. Tree-rrific Christmas Stocking by Knittle and Pearl
Knit a beautiful stocking with a festive twist with this free knitting pattern by Knittle and Pearl.
On the body of the stocking, there is a tree design that gives a unique look to the finished product.
All you need is super bulky weight yarn and US 11 8 mm needles, circular 40 cm/16” long.
9. Christmas Stocking Trio Free Knitting Pattern by Noble Knits
Knit a set of stockings with this free knitting pattern by Noble Knits.
There is a tree stocking, a reindeer stocking, and a snowflake stocking.
You can download the pdf pattern for free on the Noble Knits blog.
10. Sweet Treasures by DROPS Design
Knit a stocking with a beautiful Nordic design with this free knitting pattern by DROPS design.
The pattern is made with stockinette stitch and there is a color chart to help you along.
Hang this stocking on the fireplace mantle for a magical festive feel.
11. Mini Christmas Stocking Knitting Pattern by Studio Knits
Knit this adorable mini Christmas stocking with this free knitting pattern by Studio Knits.
These mini stockings are perfect for Christmas tree ornaments.
There is also a video tutorial and step-by-step photos to help you along.
12. How to Knit Easy Mini Christmas Stockings by Gina Michele
Make these easy mini stockings with this free knitting pattern by Gina Michele.
This knit stocking pattern is ideal for new knitters as it is knit flat with straight needles.
And it’s a great way to use up any yarn scraps left from other holiday projects.
Plus there is a step-by-step video tutorial to help you along the way.