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Knit Christmas Stocking

Add color and texture to your holiday mantel with this festive knit stocking.


  • Coats and Clarks Red Heart Classic: 1 skein each of off-white #3, cherry red #912, and emerald green #676
  • Size 9 straight knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Pair of size 9 double-pointed knitting needles
  • Yarn needle
  • Two stitch holders


Note: Beginning at the stocking cuff using the straight needles and off-white, CO 53 sts. K 6 rows.

Eyelets: K 1, (yo, k2tog) across. K 1 row. Rep eyelets. K 6 rows.

For the stocking body: Beginning with a p row, work 7 rows St st. Rows 1-2 (RS): K across with emerald green. Row 3: With off-white, k across. Row 4: With off-white, p across Rows 5-10: Rep Rows 3-4. Row 11: With cherry, k across. Row 12: Rep Row 11. Rows 13-20: Rep Rows 3-10.

Rep Rows 1-20 for Body Pat until the stocking measures 11 1/2 inches from beg, ending with Row 4. Break yarn.

For the heel: With the RS facing, slip first 13 sts onto a holder; slip next 27 sts onto a holder; join off-white and k from the last 13 sts, then k 13 sts from first holder. Beginning with a p row, work 9 rows of St st on the 26 heel sts. To turn the heel: K 16, ssk, k 1; turn. Row 2: Sl1p, p 7, p2tog, p 1; turn. Row 3 Sl1k, k 7, ssk, k 1; turn.

Rep rows 2-3 until 10 sts rem, ending with Row 2. K 10. Break yarn.

For the gusset: (Note: Change to double-pointed needles and work in rounds. When changing colors, twist the strands around each other on the WS of the fabric to prevent holes.)

With the RS facing and off-white, pick up and k 5 sts evenly spaced along the left edge of the heel, k 27 sts from the holder, pick up and k 5 sts evenly spaced along the right edge of the heel, k 5 heel sts, place a marker to indicate beg of rnd, k 5 heel sts = 47 sts. K 5 rounds.

Sole pattern, Rnd 1: With cherry, knit. Rnd 2: With cherry, purl. Rnds 3-10: With off-white, knit. Rnd 11: With emerald green, knit. Rnd 12: With emerald green, purl. Rnds 13-20: Rep Rnds 3-10, dec 3 sts evenly spaced on Rnd 10-44 sts. Rnds 21-22: Rep Rnds 1-2.

Toe: Change to off-white for rem of stocking, and work as follows: Rnd 1: K9, k2tog, k 2, ssk, k 14, k2tog, k2, ssk, k9. Rnd 2: K 40. Rnd 3: K8, k2tog, k 2, ssk, k 12, k2tog, k 2, ssk, k 8. Rnd 4: K 36 Rnd 5: K 7, k2tog, k 2, ssk, k 10, k2tog, k 2, ssk, k 6. Rnd 6: K 32. Rnd 7: K 6, k2tog, k 2, ssk, k 8, k2tog, k2, ssk, k5. Rnd 8: K 28. Rnd 9: K 5, k2tog, k2, ssk, k 6, k2tog, k2, ssk, k5. Rnd 10: K 24. Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread the tail into the yarn needle and back through rem 24 sts. Pull up to close the opening and secure in place.

Finishing: Join back seam. I-cord: Using double-pointed needles and red, CO 3 sts.* Push sts to opposite end of needle, k 3; rep from * until cord measures 40 inches long. BO. Make a green cord of the same length.

For the hanging loop: Holding cord tog, tie and overhand knot 1 inch from the ends. Tie a second overhand knot 2 inches from the first knot.

For the mock cables: Insert green cord from the back to the front into the first lower eyelet to the left of the back seam at the cuff; skip the first top eyelet, and take the cord through the next top eyelet from the front to the back; skip the next lower eyelet, and take the cord through the next lower eyelet from the back to the front. Cont weaving the green cord as est until you reach the seam; take the cord through the top eyelet closest to the seam and then through the first skipped top eyelet so that the cord is at the outside of the cuff. With red, beg with the first skipped lower eyelet, weave the cord as est ending so that the cord is to the right of the seam and on the outside of the cuff.

For the bow and ties: Make a 10-inch I-cord with red; change to green and work even for 10 inches; BO. With red make a 6-inch I-cord; change to green and work even for 6 inches; BO. Weave in the loose ends. Form the long cord into a bow; place the short cord across the center; use the ends from the mock-cable cords to ties into place at the cuff back.

Knitting Abbreviations

beg: beginning
BO: bind off
CO: cast on
cont: continue
dec: decrease
est: established
k: knit
k2tog: knit two stitches together
p: purl
pat: pattern
p2tog: purl two stitches together
rem: remaining
rep: repeat
rnd: round
RS: right side
sl1k: slip one stitch knitwise
sl1p: slip one stitch purlwise
ssk: slip, slip, knit
st(s): stitch(es)
tog: together
St st: stockinette stitch
WS: wrong side
yo: yarn over

Gauge: In Body Pat, 16 sts and 22 rows = 4 inches.


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