11.21.2013

Easy Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern!


Last Christmas I decided that I would take on the project of knitting Christmas stockings for our family. I started looking around the internet for patterns. Some were way too complicated (I am a pretty basic knitter) and the rest were not what I was looking for. I quickly realized that I was going to have to buy a pattern or come up with my own. Well, if you have been reading my blog long enough, then you probably know that I am a bit cheap frugal and if there is something I can figure out on my own, well I am going to do it! I came across a few various patterns that I combined and changed. The basic pattern I used came from here.

The large stockings were knitted with doubled yarn and big needles. With the smaller stockings I used single yarn and a 9 or 10 needle. The good thing about the stocking pattern, is that they turn out great no matter what size yarn or needles you use.  The pattern is very simple and they also knit very quickly. If you can knit and purl, then you can knit this. I was able to complete each one in about 2 hours. 

EDIT: I HAVE RECEIVED A LOT OF QUESTIONS REGARDING THE INCREASES. I HAVE REWRITTEN THE INSTRUCTIONS, BUT ALSO CHECK OUT THIS TUTORIAL ON INCREASING AS IT WORKS WELL HERE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ01r1hWGks

Cast on 26 stitches (This is the cuff, so whatever color you would like for it to be) 
White - For 10 rows alternate rows -  knit 2 purl 2 / purl 2 knit 2 (for the ribbed pattern) 
Red - Row 11 Knit
Red - Row 12 Purl
Red - Row 13 Knit
Red - Row 14 Purl
White - Row 15 Knit
White - Row 16 Purl
White - Row 17 knit
White - Row 18 Purl
Red - Row 19 Knit
Red - Row 20 Purl
Red - Row 21 Knit
Red - Row 22 Purl
White - Row 23 Knit
White - Row 24 Purl
White - Row 25 Knit
White - Row 26 Purl
Red - Row 27 Knit
Red - Row 28 Purl
Red - Row 29 Knit
Red - Row 30 Purl
White - Row 31 Knit 12, Increase 1 in next stitch, Increase 1 in next stitch, Knit 12
White - Row 32 Purl
White - Row 33 Knit 13, Increase 1 in next stitch, Increase 1 in next stitch, Knit 13
White - Row 34 Purl
Red - Row 35 Knit 2 together, Knit 12, Increase 1 in next stitch, Increase 1 in next stitch, Knit 12, Knit 2 together
Red - Row 36 Purl 14, Increase 1 in next stitch, Increase 1 in next stitch purl 14
Red - Row 37 Knit 2 together, knit 13, Increase 1 in next stitch,  Increase 1 in next stitch, Knit 13, Knit 2 together
Red - Row 38 Purl 15, Increase 1 in next stitch, Increase 1 in next stitch, Purl 15
White - Row 39 Knit 2 together, knit to last 2 stitches, Knit 2 together
White - Row 40 Purl 32
White - Row 41 Knit 2 together, Knit 13, Increase 1 in next stitch, Increase 1 in next stitch, Knit 13, Knit 2 together 
White - Row 42 Purl 2 together, purl 28, purl 2 together
Red - Row 43 Knit 2 together, knit to last 2 stitches, knit 2 together
Red - Row 44 Purl 2 together, purl 24 stitches, purl 2 together
Red - Row 45 Knit 2 together, knit 9, knit 2 together, Knit 2 together, knit 9, knit 2 together
Red - Row 46 Purl 2 together, purl 7, purl 2 together, purl 2 together, purl 7, purl 2 together
Red - Row 47 Bind off while knitting 2 stitches together, knit to last 2 stitches, knit 2 together

Fold stocking with right sides facing and sew from the toe stopping at the cuff. Turn right side out and sew cuff together. Fold cuff over and voila! 

To hang the stockings I made a loop of yarn and secured it by sewing it to the underside of the cuff and pulling the loop through the knitting.

*If you would like to sew the smaller version of the stocking and want wider bands of stripes, change your color increments to 6 rows instead of 4. 

ENJOY!!!! 

35 comments:

  1. they look adorable.i am on my way to get yarn and knbit stocks for the family and friends.....thanks so much for sharing your pattern.......you are the greatest..................lynn doyle lynnfdoyle@yahoo.com

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  2. i was just wondering how many needles you need to knit theses cause for socks I use 3 number 4 needles for theses it not specified do I use cable needles or just strait regular nine or ten needles???

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    1. I used regular needles.it is knitted flat and then stitched.

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  3. I am new at knitting and have been looking for a pattern that I would actually be able to do. THANK YOU!! I wanted to make mine a little bigger and increased the cast on from 26 to 36. Do I have to change the subsequent rows too?

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    1. Hi Emma. I am really not sure how it would affect the pattern... I would think that you would just have ten additional stitches but I'm not 100% sure. I think the easiest way to make it bigger would be using really large needles and thick yarn. I'd love to see how they turn out!

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  4. How much yarn do I need to buy to make 1 complete large stocking? Thank you so much!

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  5. Amie, Since I doubled up my red yarn I used 3 I believe. One white and 2 red. I'm pretty sure I always had extra after finishing one as well.

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  6. Thank you! do you remember what size needle you used ?

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  7. I'm sorry for another comment. I'm only doing beginning work too, but did you just carry the yarn when you went on to the other color?

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  8. I did carry the yarn. You move between rows so quickly I think it is the easiest way. As for needle size I believe it was a 15 or 17? One of the biggest that hobby lobby sells. I'm sorry I'm not more help, all of my knitting stuff is currently buried in storage.

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  9. Thank you so much for your help :-) one last question, I promise. What brand of yarn did you use? Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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  10. Amie, it was all from Joann's I want to say the white was the Vanna White brand... the red I don't remember because I went around looking for the best red in the store.

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  11. Hi, I was wondering if you have your pattern listed on Ravelry. If so, can you point me to the link? I did a search but so far cannot seem to find it if it's on there. Thanks!

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  12. What size needles did you use, and was it worsted weight yarn? thanks.

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  13. This is perfect! I am also knitting stocking so for my family for Christmas and I had the same problem. Either too difficult or not what I wanted. But this is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so much for this pattern. Merry Christmas! Happy Knitting!

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  14. What Does that mean increase one increase 1

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  15. What do you mean by increased one in crease one?

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    1. Im thinking the same thing. did you ever figure it out?

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  16. Anyway you could take a picture to show us what you did so they could be hung? Or tell us? Thanks!

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  17. Since this is not knit in the round, is this just one flat side? Does the pattern need to be knit again, but mirrored? I Love this pattern! It's the ONLY stocking pattern that I've found that I like :) I plan on knitting these for my family by Christmas

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    1. It is knit flat but you are knitting both sides at the same time. Once complete you will stitch up one side. They are a really quick knit, I did them at night while watching TV!

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  18. Can you advise how to switch from color to color? New at knitting.....

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  19. Thanks so much for this pattern. I was looking for quick and easy!!! I'm not a novice knitter but haven't made anything resembling a sock :)

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  20. How do I increase. !!!!! The way I leanred does not work for this pattern

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  21. Hi, on the last row (binding off) do you knit 2 together all the way across or just at the beginning and end? Thanks Julie

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  22. Just made these and really am happy with the way they turned out. Thanks for the pattern:)

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  23. hello, I stumbled upon your pattern and, as a novice, found it easy to understand and manageable to knit 5 stockings for my family. thank you so much for developing and posting, to help strangers like me! i will try to pay it forward.

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  24. These look adorable, but am curious....why did you double up on the red rows? Does it make a very big difference? Thanks.

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    1. My red yarn was not as heavy/ thick as the white yarn

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  25. How large is the completed stocking? Thank you

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    1. I would say mine are about 18-20 inches

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  26. These are absolutely adorable and I want to make them, but I'm confused about one thing. The pattern says to cast on 26 stitches but on row 31 it says to knit 12, increase one, increase one, knit 12. This makes 26 stitches, but you already have 26? Should it say to knit 13 instead here, or am I missing something? As a beginning knitter, I am not sure what to do here. Thanks for your help!

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    1. you will be knitting 12, and then in the next 2 stitches you will increase in each. I have found a tutorial for increasing that should work for you. I believe I do my increases a bit differently but it provides the same result. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ01r1hWGks

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  27. Your pattern is a lifesaver! I have been looking for a pattern exactly like this for an hour. I've never knitted regular socks so anything with more than two needles freaks me out. :) Thank you!

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