Christmas Stocking

December 10th, 2008 BY jennl | No Comments

to hang Christmas Stockings above the fireplace but looking for a
more eco-friendly approach to it? How about knitting your own
Christmas Stockings? Knitting your own Christmas Stockings, provided
you can knit or know someone who can, is quite rewarding and much
more meaningful to the heart. In this post I have provided a
Christmas Stocking pattern for knitting by Nicky Epstein. To read the
full project online please take a look at it online. Simply replace the regular yarn with eco-friendly yarn. Take a
look at this pattern, and I wish you the best of luck! Enjoy all!

Size: Approx 24″

yarn Wintuk® (100% Acrilan Acrylic, 230 yards per 3-1/2 oz.
skein) by Caron: 1 skein each #3002 Off White (MC), #3251 Holiday
Green (Col A), #3248 Honey (Col B), #3048 Deep Crimson (Col C), #3197
Dark Persian (Col D), #3231 Sable (Col E). The following items are
not included: Knitting needle size 8 (5mm) or whatever size needed to
get correct gauge and size 5 (3.5mm) double-pointed needles for
motifs; Crochet hook size G/6 (4.25mm); yarn needle.

Gauge: 16 sts and 24
rows = 4″ in St st on larger needles. To save time, take time to
check your gauge.

*Yarn requirements suggested
in this leaflet are adequate. If you make any adjustments in length
or width, or if your stitch gauge differs from the recommendation,
then the yarn amount may not be sufficient.


  • Stocking is worked back
    and forth from the top down to the toe.


SSK: (Slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 stitches
knitwise one at a time, insert left needle from left to right into
the fronts of these 2 stitches and knit them together.

Stocking Leg:
MC, cast on 61 sts. Work in St st, beg with a purl row, for 10 rows,
ending with a RS row. K 1 row for turning ridge. Cont to work in St
st, beg with a knit row (RS), for 40 more rows, ending with a WS
Dec Row: K1, SSK, k to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1—59
sts. Cont to work in St st, rep dec row every 10th row 3 times—53
sts rem. Work even until piece measures 13-1/2″ from turning
ridge, ending with a WS row.

Divide for Heel
K13 and sl to holder for right half of heel; k17 and sl to 2nd holder
for instep; k13 for left half of heel. Work on these 13 sts only.
1: P13.
Row 2: Sl 1, k12.
Rows 3-18: Rep Rows 1 & 2.

Turn Heel
Row 1:
P2, p2 tog, p1, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1, k3, turn.
Row 3: P3, p2
tog, p1, turn.
Row 4: Sl 1, k4, turn.
Row 5: P4, p2 tog, p1,
Row 6: Sl 1, k5, turn.
Row 7: P5, p2 tog, p1, turn.

Row 8: Sl 1, k6, turn.
Row 9: P6, p2 tog, p1—8 sts rem. Sl
sts to holder.

(RS) Sl 13 sts for right
half of heel to needle, attach yarn.
Row 1: K13.
Row 2: Sl 1,
Rows 3-18: Rep Rows 1 & 2.

Turn Heel
Row 1:
K2, SSK, k1, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1, p3, turn.
Row 3: K3, SSK, k1,
Row 4: Sl 1, p4, turn.
Row 5: K4, SSK, k1, turn.
6: Sl 1, p5, turn.
Row 7: K5, SSK, k1, turn.
Row 8: Sl 1, p6,
Row 9: K6, SSK, k1—8 sts rem. Cut yarn. Sl these sts to
free needle.

Gusset & Instep
RS facing, k8 sts of Right half heel. With same needle, pick up 9 sl
sts from right edge of heel flap, k27 instep sts from holder, pick up
and k9 sl sts along left edge of heel flap, k 8 sts from holder—61
Row 1 & WS Rows: P across.
Row 2: K14, k2 tog, k 29,
SSK, k14.
Row 4: K13, k2 tog, k29, SSK, k13.
Row 6: K12, k2
tog, k29, SSK, k12.
Row 8: K11, k2 tog, k29, SSK, k11.
10: K10, k2 tog, k29, SSK, k10.
Row 12: K9, k2 tog, k29, SSK,
k9—49 sts rem.

Work in St st until foot
measures approx 6-1/2″ from edge of heel flap, ending with a WS
row. Dec 1 st in next row—48 sts. P 1 row.

Row 1: K9, k2
tog, k2, SSK, k18, k2 tog, k2, SSK, k9—44 sts.
Row 2 & All
WS Rows: P across.
Row 3: K8, k2 tog, k2, SSK, k16, k2 tog, k2,
SSK, k8—40 sts.
Rows 4-15: Cont to dec 4 sts every RS row as
est until 16 sts rem.

From WS, sl first 4 sts to
holder; sl next 8 sts (top of stocking) to empty needle, sl rem 4 sts
to 2nd holder. From RS, beg with 4th st, sl 4 sts from first holder
onto 2nd needle, k4 from 2nd holder (side edges at center of needle).
Turn so points of both needles are at right, cut yarn leaving a 14″

Weave Toe
yarn onto yarn needle. Weave toe as follows: *On front needle, go
through first st as if to k, sl st off needle, go through 2nd st as
if to p, leave on needle, on back needle, go through first st as if
to p, sl st off needle, go through 2nd st as if to k, leave on
needle; rep from * until all sts have been worked; fasten off
securely, leaving end to sew up back seam.

Sew back
seam. Turn top edge to inside at ridge and tack in place.

All appliqué is
worked with size 5 dpns. See photo for shapes and placement of motifs
and embroidery.

Bobble (make 7 MC, 4
Col C)
Cast on 1 st. In same st, k1, [p1, k1] twice—5 sts. K1
row; p1 row; k2 tog, k1, k2 tog, turn; p3 tog, fasten off.

Holly Leaves (make 2
Col A)
Cast on 5 sts.
Row 1: K2, yo, k1, yo, k2—7 sts.
2 & all Even Numbered Rows except 8: P across.
Row 3: K3, yo,
k1, yo, k3—9 sts.
Row 5: K4, yo, k1, yo, k4—11 sts.
7: Bind off 3 sts, [k1, yo] twice, k5.
Row 8: Bind off 3 sts, p6.

Row 9: Rep Row 3.
Row 11: Rep Row 5.
Row 13: Bind off 3
sts, k7.
Row 14: Bind off 3 sts, p4.
Row 15: K2 tog, k1, k2
Row 17: Sl 1, k2 tog, psso. Fasten off.

following motifs, except for Small Gift Box, are made with I-cord:
Cast on 3 sts, k3, do not turn, *sl sts to other end of needle, k3;
rep from * for indicated length.

Gingerbread Man
Col E, make I-cord for 16″. Sew to stocking in gingerbread
shape. Make 2 french knots with Col E for eyes; 3 french knots with
Col C for buttons. Mouth is a Col C straight st anchored at center.

Candy Cane
Make 2
I-Cords 11″ long: 1 MC and 1 Col C. Twist tog; st in place on
stocking in candy cane shape.

Christmas Tree With
Col A, make I-cord for 20″ for tree; With Col E, make I-cord 1″
long for trunk. sew in place. Make tree lights using 2 strands
various cols with french knots. Star is double-cross stitched using 2
strands Col B.

Candy Twist Make 2
I-cords 4″ long: 1 Col C, 1 Col A. Twist tog; then sl st cords
tog, leaving 1″ free at ends. Tie each end with Col C. Sew in

Star With Col B, make
I-cord 12″ long. Sew to stocking in star shape.

Candy Spiral With Col
C, make I-cord 12″ long. Wrap in spiral; st in place with long
sts from center, using 2 strands Col A.

Top Border & Bow
With Col A, make 2 I-cords: 16″ long and 46″ long. Sl st in
place after back seam and hem are completed.

Small Gift Box
single strand Col C, cast on 11sts; k5 Col C, with double strand Col
B, k1, k5 Col C. Cont as est in St st for 1″, ending with a WS
row. With single strand Col B, k 1 row, then cont as before for 1″;
Bind off. With crochet hook and Col B, ch 25, fasten off. Form into 3
loops; sew to top of box as shown in photo. Name With Col C,
personalize in duplicate st on hem area above I-cord edging.

Standard Abbreviations:

beg: begin(ning)

ch: chain

col: color

cont: continue

dec: decreas(e)(ing)

dpn(s): double-pointed

est: establish(ed)

k: knit

MC: main color

p: purl

psso: pass slipped stitch

rem: remain(ing)

rep” repeat(ing)

RS: right side

sl: slip

st(s): stitch(es)

St st: stockinette stitch

tog: together

WS: wrong side

yo: yarn over