Christmas Stocking Free Knitting Pattern

A knitted sock

The Spruce / Leah Jubara

Overview
  • Total Time: 8 hrs
  • Yield: 1 Stocking
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Estimated Cost: $50

Hand-knit Christmas Stockings are sure to bring warmth to the heart and hearth of your loved ones this season.

This stocking pattern is a modern design that uses bulky yarn for a quick and sturdy knit. It can be completed in about a day for an average speed knitter, which means you’ll have time to knit one for the whole family.

Gauge

14 stitches and 7 rows to 4 inches in stockinette stitch on size 10 needles—this gives a firm fabric, less likely to stretch out of shape.

Size

  • Total length: 19 inches
  • Length from top to heel: 12 inches
  • Length from heel to toe: 10 inches
  • Width around: 12 inches
Knitting supplies
The Spruce / Leah Jubara

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • 1 Pair of size 10 US (6 mm) double-pointed needles
  • 1 Pair of size 10.5 US (6.5 mm) double-pointed needles
  • 1 Yarn needle
  • 1 Tape measure
  • 1 Pair of scissors

Materials

  • 1 Skein of Cascade Yarns 128 Superwash in shade 900 charcoal, or about 80 yards of bulky weight yarn of your choice (color A)
  • 1 Skein of Cascade Yarns 128 Superwash in shade 893 ruby, or about 80 yards of bulky weight yarn of your choice (color B)
  • 1 Skein of Cascade Yarns 128 Superwash in shade 860 smoke heather, or about 80 yards of bulky weight yarn of your choice (color C)

Instructions

  1. Knit the Cuff

    • Cast on 40 stitches of Color B, spread out evenly across 4 size 10 double-pointed needles
    • Join in the round
    • Knit 12 rows in Stockinette
    • Change to size 10.5 double-pointed needles
    • Purl 1 row
    • Knit 12 rows
    Knitting a stocking
    Leah Jubara / The Spruce
  2. Make the Body of Stocking

    The leg and foot of this stocking alternates between a solid stripe in color C and a patterned stripe with colors C and A.

    • Change to C and work 5 rounds in stockinette stitch
    • Change to A but do not cut the yarn for C
    • Carrying both colors along the wrong side
    • Work the following pattern in stockinette stitch
    • Knit 1 round in A
    • K3 in A, K1 in C, *K4 in A, K1 in C
    • Repeat from * until 1 stitch remains
    • K1 in A
    • *K2 in A, K3 in C. Repeat from * to end
    • K3 in A, K1 in C, *K4 in A, K1 in C
    • Repeat from * until 1 stitch remains
    • K1 in A
    • Knit 1 round

    Repeat these steps two additional times each. On the last row of the leg, only knit halfway.

    Knitting a stocking
    Leah Jubara / The Spruce
  3. Shape The Heel

    The heel is worked on 20 stitches at the back of the stocking.

    • Shape the heel using short row shaping along half of the round (20 stitches)
    • Change to B and Knit to 1 stitch before the end of the round, wrap and turn
    • Purl to 1 stitch before the end of the heel, wrap and turn
    • Knit to 2 stitches before the end of the heel, wrap and turn
    • Purl to 2 stitches before the end of the heel, wrap and turn

    Continue in this manner until 7 stitches remain in the center between the wraps.

    Knitting a stocking
    Leah Jubara / The Spruce
  4. Increase Heel

    • Knit to your first wrapped stitch
    • Knit the wrap and the stitch together by picking up the wrapped stitch from front to back, wrap and turn
    • Purl to your first wrapped stitch
    • Purl the wrap and stitch together by picking up the wrapped stitch from back to front and placing it over and behind the stitch, wrap and turn

    Repeat in this manner until you knit across the entire heel. Be sure to knit both wraps when you get to them.

  5. Finish the Foot

    Change to color C and return to the stripe pattern.

    • Work 5 rounds in stockinette stitch
    • Change to A but do not cut the yarn for C

    Carrying both colors along the wrong side, work the following pattern in stockinette stitch.

    • Knit 1 round in A
    • K3 in A, K1 in C, *K4 in A, K1 in C
    • Repeat from * until 1 stitch remains
    • K1 in A
    • *K2 in A, K3 in C
    • Repeat from * to end
    • K3 in A, K1 in C, *K4 in A, K1 in C
    • Repeat from * until 1 stitch remains
    • K1 in A
    • Knit 1 row
    • Repeat these steps once more.
    Knitting a stocking
    Leah Jubara
  6. Work the Toe

    • Change to B and knit 1 round
    • *SSK, K16, K2tog
    • Repeat from * until end, knit 1 round
    • *SSK, K14, K2tog
    • Repeat from * until end, knit 1 round
    • *SSK, K12, K2tog
    • Repeat from * until end, knit 1 round
    • *SSK, K10, K2tog
    • Repeat from * until end, knit 1 round
    • *SSK, K8, K2tog
    • Repeat from * until end
    2:02

    Watch Now: How to Use The Kitchener Stitch for Grafting

    Use the Kitchener stitch to connect the stitches on needles #1 and #2 to the stitches on needles #3 and #4.

    Knitting a stocking
    Leah Jubara / The Spruce
  7. Complete the Finishing Touches

    • Fold the cuff along the purled row toward the inside of the stocking
    • Sew from the wrong side
    • Knit a three stitch i-cord (approximately 5-inches long)
    • Bind off
    • Shape into a loop and sew into the cuff
    • Weave in all loose ends







    Top fo a red and gray stocking
    Leah Jubara / The Spruce