How to make your own Knitted Christmas Stocking and Patterns?

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Make your COVID Christmas extra special with these Christmas knitting patterns! With the arrival of Fall comes the realization that Christmas is right around the corner. Corona, however, has consistently tested us this year and keeps giving us countless reasons not to celebrate. However, we mustn’t succumb to despair!

This is perhaps the exact moment we must persevere. What makes Christmas such an anticipated festivity is the sense of tradition and familiarity it brings with it each year.  In all honesty, nothing is more reminiscent than knitted Christmas Stockings on our fireplaces. And in the hopes of spreading some much needed cheer, we are here to tell you exactly how to knit Christmas stockings of your own!

A touch of Macro 

A classic knitted Christmas stocking pattern that will surely impress Grandma! When you think Christmas knitting, we can assure you that this pattern is what instantly comes to mind. This superb braided technique should be anyone’s starting point when beginning their first small Christmas stocking addition. To begin, consider the following parameters.

  • Difficulty level: Beginner / Intermediate 
  • Gauge: 9 stitches,12 rows 

What you’ll need

  1. Bulky weighted yarn. (250 yards)
  2. Two 24” circular needles, size 17 preferably. (12.75 mm)
  3. Crochet hooks, size N-15. (10 mm)
  4. Stitch markers
  5. Tapestry needles
  6. Pompom maker, 2.5”

What it’ll look like!

16” around leg, 24” long

Let the snow fall

Snowflake inspired Christmas stocking knit patterns for Santa! This two-toned rendition is perhaps the epitome of knitted Christmas stocking patterns. Whether you opt for green and white or red and white, each option will remain chock full of Christmas cheer! And if you are running out of gift ideas for mom or grandma, make two and give it to them instead. Here’s how:

  • Difficulty level: Beginner / intermediate 
  • Gauge: 4 stitches 4 rows 

What you’ll need

  1. Bulky weighted yarn. (7 wpi, 275 - 325 yards)
  2. Needles, size US 10 preferably. (6 mm)
  3. Stitch markers

What it’ll look like!

One size, Short row heel & Abbreviated round toe.

Tenebaum in the house

A Christmas stocking knitting pattern to commemorate are green friends. Tenebaum in German is what we call a fir tree, something we are all very much familiar with already. Trees that live in our homes, during Winter, have to leave theirs. Out of respect and in perfect Christmas spirit, a fancy Christmas stocking, such as this, will look great on your mantle. Otherwise, it’ll be the ideal eco-conscience knitted Christmas stocking gift for your beloveds. 
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate 
  • Gauge: 17 stitches, 18 rows 

What you’ll need: 

  1. Worsted weight yarn. (9 wpi, 200 - 250 yards)
  2. Needles, size US 7 preferably. (4.5 mm)
  3. Stitch markers

What it’ll look like!

One size, Short row heel & Stranded knitting

A Bountiful Winter

A spacious, cable knitted Christmas stocking to store all your goodies! When it comes to stuffing our fancy Christmas stockings, two problems arise. Too tight a knit but there’s not enough space; too loose a knit but candies fall out! These problems are all very valid. The last thing anyone wants come Christmas morning is a droopy knitted Christmas stocking on the floor! However, fret not! This classic cable knit pattern is here to save the day. Take it from us, once you get a hang of this knit you’ll also know exactly how to knit a Christmas sweater in less than no time. 

  • Difficulty level: Intermediate
Gauge: 
  • For cuff: 4 rounds, 96 stitches, 20 rows (Knit 1, Purl 1)
  • For heel: Repeat for both sides, 30 stitches (Knit 1, Purl 1), 22 rows (seed stitch)
What you’ll need: 
  1. Heavy worsted weight yarn. (9 wpi, 200 - 250 yards)
  2. Double pointed needles, size US 8 preferably. (5 mm)
  3. Stitch markers

What it’ll look like!

One size, Short row heel, Cable knitting

A Sincere Ode to Scandinavia

Because all iconic Christmas knitting patterns are theirs to begin with! Let’s face it. We all owe a big chunk of our typical knitted Christmas stocking patterns to our Scandinavian brothers and sisters. Their decorative, fun renditions serve as the perfect idea for jumbo Christmas stocking knit patterns. Against wooden fireplaces or on your feet, this pair will surely turn heads. Plus, who doesn’t love a good challenge  to impress the rest of the family this time of year?

  • Difficulty level: Intermediate / Advanced
  • Gauge: 23 stitches in stranded pattern

What you’ll need: 

  1. 3 and up to 5 balls of different colored Norwegian wool yarn. (11 wpi, 150 - 200 yards)
  2. Double pointed needles, size US 6 preferably. (4 mm)
  3. Hook, size 4 mm 
  4. Stitch markers

What it’ll look like!

One size, Heel and toe should have similar coloring

A Marled Affair

Kick it a little old school with this nostalgic knitted Christmas stockingMarled knits, it seems, have never really gone out of fashion. They’re reminiscent of childhoods and bring a little warmth especially in the winter months. The simple trick of doubling your worsted yarn indeed does wonders. Our only tip remains for those who aren’t invested in the marled look this winter. Don’t be afraid to replace the worsted yarn with a bulkier yarn to achieve a more solid finish.

  • Difficulty level: Beginner
  • Gauge: 3.5 stitches 

What you’ll need: 

  1. Worsted / Bulky yarn. (9 wpi, 120 - 150 yards)
  2. Needle size US 9 preferably. (5.5 mm)
  3. Hook, size 4 mm 
  4. Stitch markers

What it’ll look like!

One size, Incredibly stretchy and wearable too!

When it’s getting late

A quick and easy knitted Christmas stocking pattern for those last minute planners! With busy schedules and routines, it is no surprise that we often forget about Christmas until it’s knocking on our door. However, our forgetfulness shouldn’t come in the way of celebrating this year. This Christmas knitting pattern is a saving grace for impatient and late knitters alike. Trust us when we say that the top-down approach within this knitted Christmas stocking will help you achieve a magnificent finish quick and easy. Plus, your loved ones won’t even know the difference!

  • Difficulty level: Beginner
  • Gauge: 3.5 stitches 

What you’ll need: 

  1. Worsted / Bulky yarn. (9 wpi, 120 - 150 yards)
  2. Needle size US 9 preferably. (5.5 mm)
  3. Hook, size 4 mm 
  4. Stitch markers

What it’ll look like!

One size, Incredibly stretchy and wearable too!

A holiday in simpler times

Who said basic knitted Christmas stocking patterns can’t be festive too? Sometimes love can be conveyed through simpler gestures too. And honestly, even basic knitted Christmas stockings can be just what your family needs this winter. It really is the thought that counts. And if that thought can be conveyed within the effort and love you put into any small or large knitted Christmas stocking, then that should be enough.  

  • Difficulty level: Beginner
  • Gauge: 20 stitches, 24 rows

What you’ll need: 

  1. Aran weight yarn (180 - 230 yards)
  2. Cable needle size US 8 preferably. (5 mm)
  3. Tapestry needle
  4. Stitch markers

What it’ll look like!

Foot circumference: 12 in, Foot length: 8 in, Leg length: 12 in.

A Sugar Twist

A little detail can go a long way! The key with Christmas knitting is sometimes just experimenting with patterns you are already familiar with. In doing so, one can actually achieve a more detailed, brand-new outcome. For those looking to expand their existing knowledge on cable designs, this twist is definitely worth considering. Also, it will do wonders for your fireplace!

  • Difficulty level: Intermediate / Advanced
  • Gauge: 17 stitches, 22 rows

What you’ll need: 

  1. Worsted wool yarn (180 - 230 yards)
  2. Cable needle size US 7 preferably. (4.5 mm)
  3. Drop circular needle size US 5 (3.75 mm)
  4. Stitch markers

What it’ll look like!

One size, Multiple color options can be used to mix and match.

Customizing at its finest

A Christmas knitting pattern for times when you’re feeling extra brave! For more advanced knitting experts, Christmas stocking knitting kits won’t make the cut. When you learn different stitches and patterns overtime, it makes sense to consistently challenge yourself to see where your design skills can end up taking you. Which is why our very last feature is an ode to our more advanced audiences. At the end of the day, it is imperative to learn something and that is the feeling we wish to inculcate in you all!

  • Difficulty level: Advanced
  • Gauge: 48 stitches

What you’ll need: 

  1. Aran wool yarn (8 wpi, 100+, as preferred yards)
  2. Needle size US 6 (4.0 mm)
  3. Needle size US 5 (3.75 mm)
  4. Hook size 4 mm 
  5. Stitch markers

What it’ll look like!

One size, 20 “ in Aran weight

We hope  that by the end of this article, you have explored and tested a bunch of new knitting techniques. We sincerely believe that any such activity that comes from the heart will ultimately always be fruitful.

Of course, as you already know, every good thing must come to an end. And by the end of Christmas, be sure to keep your knitted stockings safe for the next year. Otherwise, don’t shy away from donating and putting a smile on someone’s face who probably deserves it the most. That is, after all, a part of the true Christmas spirit: the gift that keeps giving!

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