Plain knitted Christmas stocking

Plain knitted Christmas stocking

Gather your yarn stash and needles and make this plain knitted Christmas stocking.


What you need

  • 100g ball red chunky yarn * 50g ball cream chunky yarn
  • 1 pair 5mm knitting needles
  • 1 x 3mm crochet hook
  • stitch holder


c/on(off) – cast on/off; ch – chain stitch; cont – continue; k – knit; k2tog – knit two stitches together; ms – moss stitch; N(s) – needle(s); p – purl; p2tog – purl two stitches together; rem – remain(ing); rep – repeat; SKPO – slip one stitch, knit one, pass slipped stitch over; sl st – slip stitch; st(s) – stitch(es); – stocking stitch; tbl – into the back of the loop; W(R)S – wrong(right)side

Stitches used Moss stitch *k1, p1, rep from * to end. Stocking stitch: 1st(RS) row: knit. 2nd row: purl.

To make

Using 3mm crochet hook and cream yarn, work 50 ch and join to starting chain, using a sl st to make a ring. Using this st as your starting stitch and using 5mm Ns, c/on 37 more sts – 38 sts. Work 10 rows in ms. Join red.
11th row: k. 12th row: p2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog – 36 sts. Cont in for 38 rows ending with a WS row. Next row: k5, k2tog, k to last 7 sts, SKPO, k5 – 34 sts. Work three rows of Next row: k4, k2tog, k to last 6 sts, SKPO, k4 – 32 sts. Work three rows of Next row: k3, (k2tog, k6)3 times, k2tog, k3 – 28sts. Work two rows of

Shape heel Join cream. Next row: p8, turn. On these 8 sts, work 9 rows Next row: p2, p2tog, p1, turn. Next row: sl1, k3. Next row: p3, p2tog, p1. Next row: sl1, k4. Next row: p4, p2tog. Break yarn and leave rem 5 sts on a holder. With WS facing, join red yarn to rem sts and p12. Leave these 12 sts on a stitch holder. Join cream and p8. On these 8 sts, work 8 rows Next row: k2, k2tog tbl, k1, turn. Next row: sl1, p3. Next row: k3, k2tog tbl, k1, turn. Next row: sl1, p4.

Shape in-step Next row: using red, k5, pick up and knit 8 sts evenly along inside edge of heel, pick up and knit 12 sts from holder, 8 sts from inside edge of heel and 5 sts from holder – 38 sts. Next row: p. Next row: k11, k2tog, k12, k2tog tbl, k11. Next row: k10, k2tog, k12, k2tog tbl, k10. Next row: p. Next row: k9, k2tog, k12, k2tog tbl, k9. Next row: p. Next row: k8, k2tog, k12, k2tog tbl, k8 – 30 sts. Work 13 rows in

Shape toes Join cream. Next row: k1, (k2tog tbl, k5)4 times, k1. Next row: p. Next row: k1, (k2tog tbl, k4)4 times, k1. Next row: p. Next row: k1, (k2tog tbl, k3)4 times, k1. Next row: p. Next row: k1, (k2tog tbl, k2)4 times, k1. Next row: (p2tog tbl)7 times. Break yarn, thread through rem sts, pull up tightly and fasten off. Decorate as desired, then sew up seam.

Magazine issue date: December, 2012