Christmas Stocking Knitting Pattern

A free knitting pattern for a Christmas stocking.

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Christmas stockings are fun to knit because you don’t have to be exact on
the size, you can use up leftover yarns and you only need to make one. For this stocking
I used handspun yarns.

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Starting with a Red coloured yarn, Cast on 55 stitches or adjust to the desired size.
Width at Top:
8 inches
Length to Heel:
12 inches
Total Length:
17 inches.
Knitting Motifs:
Alphabet Patterns

Continuing in the light green colour as background, knit the Name of the person the
stocking is for. Here are the motif patterns for a knitted
alphabet.

Remember that you are starting the stocking from the top so you will need
to knit the letters upside down.

Continue knitting the sock in various colours and designs using the motif patterns
below, or have fun and make up some of your own.

The Heel of the Sock
Knit in patterns until the leg of the sock measures 10-12 inches.

Divide the stitches and place half the stitches onto a stitch holder, or leave on 1 or
2 double point needles.

The back of the heel is knit using half of the sock width (27 stitches)

Changing to red coloured yarn, continue in plain knit until the back of the heel
measures 1-1/2 inches.

Turning the heel:

Start the turning on the heel on the right side of the work.

Knit 16 stitches

Knit 2 together, Knit 1, Turn

Purl 7, purl 2 together, purl 1, Turn

Knit 8, knit 2 together, knit 1, Turn

Purl 9, purl 2 together, purl 1, Turn

Knit 10, knit 2 together, knit 1, Turn

Purl 11, purl 2 together, purl 1, Turn

Knit 12, knit 2 together, knit 1, Turn

Purl 13, purl 2 together, purl 1, Turn

Knit across the following row

Pick up 7 stitches along the side of the heel

Change yarn to Dark Blue.

Knit across the stitches that were left on the double pointed needles or stitch
holder.

Pick up 7 stitches along the other side of the heel.

Knit in the round for the rest of the sock.

Decrease at the gusset of the sock:

Knit across the top part of the sock (27 stitches)

Knit across the 7 picked up stitches

Knit across the bottom heel of the sock

Knit 5 stitches across the picked up stitches, Knit 2 together.

Knit across the top part of the sock (27 stitches)

Knit 2 together, Knit across the remaining 5 picked up stitches.

Continue knitting in the round, decreasing as above at the gusset points, for 4 more
rows ( 56 stitches)

Continue knitting in pattern motifs until the foot of the sock measures 3-4
inches.
Toe Decrease:
Change to red coloured yarn for the toe of the sock.

Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 22, knit 2 together, knit 2, knit 2 together, knit 22,
knit 2 together, knit 1 (52 stitches)

Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 20, knit 2 together, knit 2, knit 2 together, knit 20,
knit 2 together, knit 1 (48 stitches)

Continue to knit as above, reducing 4 stitches per row, until 16 stitches remain.
Sewn Toe Cast-Off:
Break yarn, leaving a tail about 4 times as long as the
circumference of the sock.

Thread a tapestry needle.

Sew forward (right to left) through two stitches as if to purl, leave the stitches
on.

Sew backward (left to right) through one stitch as if to knit and remove the
stitch.

Repeat from * until you run out of stitches. Work in tail on the inside of the sock and
trim any excess.

Washing Machine Felting
To strengthen and thicken the sock so that gifts don’t stretch
the sock out, I machine felted it after sewing in the yarn ends.

I have a front loading washing machine. I put the sock into the machine – by itself and
ran a rinse cycle using warm water.
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Author: Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about tradtional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi