It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas, and what better way to get into the holiday spirit than by learning how to knit a Christmas stocking! In this blog post, we’ll show you how to get started.
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Christmas stockings are such a fun and festive way to decorate for the holidays! They can be used year after year and are a great way to personalize your holiday decor. If you’re new to knitting, a Christmas stocking is actually a great project to start with. They’re small, relatively simple, and you can use any yarn and needles that you have on hand. So gather up your supplies and let’s get started!
What You’ll Need
-1 skein worsted weight yarn in main color
-1 skein worsted weight yarn in contrasting color
-Size US 8 straight knitting needles
Knitting the Stocking
To knit a Christmas stocking, you will need:
-1 skein of worsted weight yarn in the main color (MC)
-1 skein of worsted weight yarn in the contrasting color (CC)
-Size 7 US straight knitting needles
Cast on 42 stitches using MC. Knit every row until piece measures 18 inches from the cast on edge. Change to CC and knit 2 rows. Change back to MC and knit 2 rows. Repeat these 4 rows until the piece measures 24 inches from the cast on edge. Bind off.
Weave in all ends. Sew up any holes at the top of the stocking using tapestry needle and MC.
Finishing the Stocking
To finish the stocking, you will need to sew the two side seams together using a needle and thread. Start by aligning the two side seams and then sewing them together using a running stitch. Start at the top of the stocking and work your way down to the toe. When you reach the toe, make sure to reinforce the seam by sewing a few extra stitches. Once you reach the top of the heel, stop sewing and knot the thread to secure it in place. Trim any excess thread and your stocking is now complete!
Knitting Tips for Beginners
If you’re a beginner knitter, Christmas stockings are the perfect project to start with. They’re small, so you don’t need a lot of yarn or time, and they’re a great way to practice your knitting skills. Here are some tips to help you get started.
-Choose the right yarn. For your first stocking, look for a medium weight yarn in a solid color. Avoid novelty yarns, which can be difficult to work with, and stay away from dark colors, which can be hard to see stitches on.
-Pick the right needles. You’ll want to use straight needles for your stocking, and they should be made of wood or bamboo. Metal needles can be slippery and make it difficult to control your stitches.
-Cast on loosely. When you cast on your stitches, make sure you don’t do it too tightly. You should be able to slide the needle in and out of the loops easily.
-Don’t knit too tightly. Similarly, when you actually start knitting, don’t pull the yarn too tight or your stocking will be difficult to stretch over a Christmas present.
-Practice your purl stitch. The purl stitch is essential for knitting a nice, even fabric. Make sure you take some time to practice before starting your stocking so that your fabric will have an even texture throughout.
-Be patient. Knitting can be frustrating at first, but it’s important to stick with it and be patient. If you make a mistake, don’t worry – just unravel the stitches and try again. Soon enough, you’ll be an expert!
Advanced Knitting Techniques
If you’re looking to take your knitting skills to the next level, there are a few advanced techniques you can try. Here are a few of our favorite advanced knitting techniques for Christmas stockings:
Intarsia: This technique is perfect for creating intricate patterns with multiple colors. It involves creating separate blocks of color within your knitting, and can be used to create holiday-themed designs like snowflakes or Santas.
Fair Isle: This technique is similar to intarsia, but instead of using separate blocks of color, you carry two colors of yarn along as you knit. This creates a stranded colorwork pattern that’s perfect for stripes or geometric designs.
Brioche: Brioche knitting creates a thick, cozy fabric that’s perfect for winter accessories. It involves working two yarns together (usually one strand of main color and one strand of contrast color) to create a textured fabric with a lot of stretch.
Knitting Patterns for Christmas Stockings
Christmas stockings are typically knit from worsted-weight yarn using either straight or double-pointed needles. The basic shape of the stocking is knit in one piece from the cuff down to the toe, with increases at the top of the leg to help shape the stocking. Heel and toe are then added on later.
Most Christmas stocking patterns will offer several different stitch options to choose from, so you can mix and match to create a unique stocking for each member of your family. And don’t forget to add a personal touch with some hand-embroidered initials or other details.
Here are a few popular Christmas stocking knitting patterns to get you started:
-The Sock Monkey Christmas Stocking: This pattern features a festive sock monkey decked out in his holiday best.
-The Snowman Stocking: This cute stocking features a snowman surrounded by snowflakes.
-The Reindeer Stocking: This pattern features a reindeer in a winter landscape.
-The Nutcracker Stocking: This beautiful stocking features the Nutcracker himself, standing next to a glittering Christmas tree.
How to Make a Knitted Christmas Stocking
Make a charming addition to your holiday décor with this traditional Christmas stocking. This stocking is knitted entirely in the round, from the top down, so you can try it on as you go to ensure a perfect fit. It’s simple enough for beginner knitters, but interesting enough to keep more experienced crafters entertained, too. Be sure to make one for each member of your family!
-worsted weight yarn in holiday colors (we used one skein each of red, green, and white)
-circular knitting needles in size US 8 (5mm)
-18 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
K – knit stitch
P – purl stitch
CO – cast on
CO 48 stitches onto your circular needles. Join in the round, taking care not to twist your stitches. Place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round.
Round 1: *K1, P1* around. (48 stitches)
Round 2: *K2, P2* around. (48 stitches)
Round 3: *K3, P3* around. (48 stitches)
Round 4: *K4, P4* around. (48 stitches)
Round 5: *K5, P5* around. (48 stitches)
CONTINUE IN THIS PATTERN UNTIL YOUR STOCKING MEASURES 19 INCHES FROM THE TOP OF THE CUFF TO THE HEEL.
You will now work back and forth in rows on half of the stitches you have been working in the round until your heel measures 2 inches from the center back seam. This section will form the heel of your stocking. The other half of your stitches will remain unworked on your circular needle and will later form the instep or top of your foot.
Row 1(right side): K27, turn work so wrong side is facing you
Row 2(wrong side): Purl all 27 stitches
Row 3(right side): K17, turn work so wrong side is facing you Row 4(wrong side): Purl all 17 stitches
Row 5(right side): K7, turn work so wrong side is facing you Row 6(wrong side): Purl all 7 stitches
Turn heel instructions: singular knit stitch=sl1k; Slip One Knitwise (sl1k); slip one stitch knitwise onto right needle without knitting it; this creates an extra loop on right needle that will be used later knit 2 together through back loop (k2togtbl); insert right needle through back of next 2 loops on left needle and knit them together; this decreases number of loops on both needles by one slip one purlwise (sl1p); insert right needle into next loop on left needle as if to purl but do not purl it; slide loop from left needle over to right needle without knitting it pass slipped stitch over knit two together through back loop=psso; insert right needle through back loops of next 2 loops on left hand needle and knit them together; this decreases number by one You should now have 9 live loops remaining on your right hand needle for a total number of 18 loops worked so far in this section Repeat rows 1 through 6 until there are 9 live loops remaining on both needles for a total number 18 loops worked To close gap at center of heel created by turning heel, pick up 1 loop in space created at center Next row(right side): Knit all 18 loops
Knitted Christmas Stocking Ideas
Here are some ideas for Christmas stockings you can knit.
Knitted Christmas Stocking FAQs
-What is the best type of yarn to use for a Christmas stocking?
-What size needle should I use?
-How do I make the cuff of the stocking?
-Do I need to make a gauge swatch?
-How do I make the body of the stocking?
-How do I make the heel of the stocking?
– How do I make the toe of the stocking?
-Should I line my stocking?
-How do I finish my stocking?