Handmade Christmas stockings are treasures that often last through the decades. Whether you plan to make a stocking for yourself, your children, or a friend or neighbor, I know you’ll find a design you absolutely love in this collection of 25 free Christmas stocking knitting patterns!
Christmas Stocking Knitting Patterns
If you’re looking for a way to add a personal touch to your Christmas celebrations, consider knitting a stocking. When you knit a Christmas stocking, you create something that will be treasured for years.
You’ll love pulling out your hand-knit stockings each holiday season, and remembering the cherished family traditions that bring comfort and joy year after year. Use handmade stockings as decorations in your cozy living room, or give them as special gifts. Or, if the mood strikes, you can sell personalized Christmas stockings online or at craft fairs.
In this collection of free stocking patterns, I’ve included patterns for both beginner knitters and intermediate knitters. Some use basic knitting stitches and can be completed in just a few hours, while other patterns showcase advanced colorwork for the more experienced knitter. Keep reading for the complete list of patterns.
Knitting Techniques for Christmas Stockings
Here are some techniques you may need to know to knit a Christmas stocking.
Knitting in the round
Fair isle knitting
Many of the stockings included in this post are similar to regular knit socks – just a bit bigger. If making a pair of socks is part of your future knitting goals, consider a Christmas stocking an excellent place to start!
Favorite Knitting Supplies
Here are some supplies you may need to knit your Christmas stockings:
This detailed, rustic stocking is definitely a classic! It’s made with bulky yarn and knitted just like a real sock. If you love it, you can make a matching pair with fingering weight yarn to wear for yourself!
For this colorful pattern, you’ll need circular needles to knit in the round as well as double-pointed needles for the toe and heel. There are so many fun options with this pattern. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to create a collection of colorful and festive stockings!
How does Christmas always have a way of sneaking up on us? The jumbo yarn used in this pattern knits up quickly, so if you’re feeling crunched for time, this simple but timeless stocking is a perfect option!
This colorwork knit Christmas stocking is best for those with some knitting experience. Make sure you grab a quality yarn, because you’ll want this beautiful, detailed stocking to last as long as possible! Charts are provided for the different colorwork patterns, as well as an alphabet chart so that you can personalize your stockings with names.
This Christmas stocking pattern was made for personalizing. Make these for your own family or knit them as thoughtful gifts for friends and relatives. For this pattern, it’s helpful to have some experience with colorwork.
Create your own tiny Christmas town right on your stocking! These detailed stockings are made with fair isle colorwork and are knitted just like a real sock. This stocking will make a family heirloom you won’t soon forget!
This pattern allows you to add some fun motifs of your choice after your stocking is already knit. Instructions are included for duplicated stitched motifs including a snowman, a Christmas tree, and a snowflake.
If Christmas seems to be sneaking up on you, grab some yarn and start making this quick and easy knit Christmas stocking pattern. It mainly features the stockinette stitch, making it a perfect mindless knitting project. Once you get started, you can just keep right on knitting while enjoying your favorite Christmas movie!
Bask in the simple beauty of Christmas with this scalloped stocking design. Here’s a beautiful family heirloom that will never go out of style!
Yarn weight: Worsted
Suggested yarn: Purl Soho Worsted Twist
Tips for Knitting Stockings
Here are some tips for making the perfect knit Christmas stockings.
Choose the Best Pattern for Your Skill Level
To avoid discouragement, check out the suggested skill level before starting a pattern. Most patterns specify the intended knitting level near the top or beginning of the pattern.
Knitted stocking patterns are available for every level, from beginners to the most advanced knitters. I’ve included something for nearly everyone on this list, so I hope you find one you love!
Select the Correct Yarn Weight
Be sure to check your pattern to see what yarn weight it suggests. Christmas stocking patterns can be made with a variety of different yarn weights. However, using a weight other than the intended yarn weight for your particular pattern may cause your stocking to turn out too large or too small.
Check Your Gauge and Measure as You Go
While matching your gauge is less critical for Christmas stockings than for clothing or other wearable items, checking your gauge is still an excellent way to ensure that your stockings work up correctly. Matching gauge is especially important if you’re making multiple stockings and you want them to all be the same size.
Practice Colorwork Techniques if Needed
If you’re not quite comfortable with colorwork yet, take the time to create a practice swatch before starting on your stocking. Colorwork can be a bit confusing the first time or two, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be creating beautiful designs in no time!
More Knitting Patterns
After you finish knitting your Christmas stockings, check out our other free knitting patterns.
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