Every crafter needs a handmade stocking to hang over the fireplace for Father Christmas to fill with gifts on the big night! We love this knitted Christmas stocking pattern by Ann Franklin, which was first published in Simply Knitting issue 191. It’s worked flat and generously sized to allow room for plenty of stocking fillers. Why not make one for every member of the family in different colours?
Our knitted Christmas stocking uses the Fair Isle technique (stranded colourwork) where two colours are used across the whole row. The unused colour is carried across any stitches worked in the other colour at the back of the work. Generally, where the yarn is stranded across more than 5 sts (or 2.5cm), the strands need to be caught up in the work to avoid over-long stranding at the back of the work. When working in two colours it is important that how you cross the colours is consistent throughout the pattern, eg cross Yarn A over Yarn B throughout. Check out our guide on how to catch Fair Isle floats to see how it’s done.
When you’ve finished this knitted Christmas stocking pattern you could add more me-made decorations to your home with our advent calendar wreath knitting pattern.
To make this knitted Christmas stocking pattern you will need:
King Cole Comfort Chunky (60% acrylic, 40% nylon, 100g/106m), 1 ball of each:
Yarn A Claret (1506)
Yarn B White (421)
Yarn C Aqua (427)
Can’t find these shades in stock? You could try substituting King Cole Big Value Chunky in Red (0553), White (822) and Petrol (552).
- A pair of 6mm (US 10) knitting needles
14 sts and 20 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over stocking stitch using 6mm needles
Christmas stocking measurements
Length 58cm (23in)
Width 16cm (6½in)
Knitted Christmas stocking pattern
This pattern uses our standard knitting abbreviations.
Christmas stocking charts
How to use our charts: Start at the bottom right-hand corner. Read right side rows from right to left and wrong side rows from left to right. A row of squares represents a row of knitting. See how to read charts in knitting patterns for more information, and learn how to knit perfect Fair Isle with our in-depth guide.
Knitted Christmas stocking
Christmas stocking foot
Cast on 8 sts using 6mm needles and Yarn A.
Row 1 (RS) K1, *kfb; repeat from * to last st, K1. [14 sts]
Row 2 and every alt row Purl.
Row 3 *Kfb, K1; repeat from * to the end of the row. [21 sts]
Row 5 *Kfb, K2; repeat from * to the end of the row. [28 sts]
Row 7 *Kfb, K3; repeat from * to the end of the row. [35 sts]
Row 9 *Kfb, K4; repeat from * to the end of the row. [42 sts]
Row 11 *Kfb, K5; repeat from * to the end of the row. [49 sts]
Row 12 Purl.
Joining in and breaking off yarns as required, work Chart A, Chart B, Chart C and Chart D. Continue in Yarn A.
Christmas stocking heel (first half)
Heel row 1 (RS) K12, W&T.
Heel row 2 and every alt row Sl1, purl to the end of the row.
Heel row 3 K10, W&T.
Heel row 5 K8, W&T.
Heel row 7 K6, W&T.
Heel row 9 K4, W&T.
Heel row 11 K5, W&T.
Heel row 13 K7, W&T.
Heel row 15 K9, W&T.
Heel row 17 K11, W&T.
Heel row 18 Sl1, purl to the end of the row.
Row 45 Knit.
Christmas stocking heel (second half)
Heel row 1 (WS) P12, W&T.
Heel row 2 and every alt row Sl1, knit to the end of the row.
Heel row 3 P10, W&T.
Heel row 5 P8, W&T.
Heel row 7 P6, W&T.
Heel row 9 P4, W&T.
Heel row 11 P5, W&T.
Heel row 13 P7, W&T.
Heel row 15 P9, W&T.
Heel row 17 P11, W&T.
Heel row 18 Sl1, knit to the end of the row.
Row 46 Purl.
Christmas stocking leg
Work Chart E, Chart F, Chart G, Chart H and Chart I.
Christmas stocking top
Row 101 K1, *P1, K1; repeat from * to the end of the row.
Row 102 P1, *K1, P1; repeat from * to the end of the row.
Repeat the last 2 rows twice more. [6 rib rows worked]
Cast off in pattern.
Christmas stocking hanging loop
Cast on 20 sts using 6mm needles and Yarn B.
Making up the Christmas stocking
- Join the cast-on edge into a closed circle by sewing a running stitch across the row and pulling the stitches tight.
- Join the main seam, taking care to match the rows.
- Fold the loop in half and sew both ends to top back of stocking.
- Neaten all ends and block gently to measurements, following any yarn care instructions on the ball band.
Download the knitted Christmas stocking pattern
Get your free PDF pattern for this Christmas stocking here: Knitted Christmas stocking pattern
More ideas for Christmas knitting
Top the tree with our knitted angel pattern, post a handmade greeting with our knitted Christmas card pattern, and cast on a Santa hat knitting pattern and Christmas pudding hat pattern to create cute festive knits for the kids.