Free Mini Christmas Stocking Knitting Pattern

by Tonya Staab
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Use our mini Christmas stocking knitting pattern to make stocking ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree. Don’t forget to add a treat.

While at home with sick babies today I whipped up these cute little stockings to put on each of the kids’ mini Christmas trees.  Santa will be leaving a special little candy treat in these each year (along with his gift under their tree too).

mini christmas stocking knitting pattern
Make these mini Christmas stockings for your tree using our free knitting pattern.

I have been making these for as long as I can remember. It’s a great way to use up remnants of yarn and also great for ‘wrapping’ small gifts instead of using gift wrap.

Last year I knit about 60 of these and popped a small wooden drum in each before sending them off to children we love. 

A couple of years earlier I held a knitting party (okay it was a food and wine party, but we did knit too) for girlfriends. We made similar little stockings and popped a cigar in each for our husbands who were deployed at the time.

Mini Christmas stocking knitting pattern


  • Needles 3.25mm
  • 4 ply yarn

As you can see from the photo above you can use a wide variety of yarns to make your stockings.


  • Cast on 23 stitches
  • Work garter stitch for 2 rows (knit only)
  • 3rd row increase 1 stitch, knit 12, increase 1 stitch, knit 11, increase 1 stitch, knit 3
  • Knit garter stitch for next 5 rows

9th row – begin shaping the foot.

  • Knit 15 stitches, knit 2 together, turn
  • Purl 6, purl 2 together, turn
  • Knit 6, knit 2 together, turn
  • Continue until 17 stitches remain
  • Knit to end of row

Begin forming the leg of the stocking.

  • Knit garter stitch for a further 24 rows
  • Change color if you want for the top of the stocking.
  • Knit garter stitch for 6 rows
  • Cast off loosely to last stitch
  • Knit last stitch 20 times to make loop for hanging
  • Cast off.

From inside out stitch the back seam of the stocking and attach the loop for hanging.

Note: This pattern can be adjusted. For example, I occasionally use a thicker yarn and size 4 needles if I want to make a slightly larger stocking. If I have a fluffy yarn to use on the top such as the green above I double the yarn over when knitting.

More DIY Christmas ornaments

Are you looking for more homemade Christmas stockings to decorate your tree this year? You need to take a look at these:

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Misty December 6, 2008 - 4:00 pm

SO cute! i love ALL of your blogs! those are precious!

Tismee2 December 6, 2008 - 4:00 pm

They look really cute and easy to make – BUT, I have never been able to knit anything other than long thin scarves. My Mum was a wonderful knitter – made soem beautiful things but I didn’t inherit that gene from her I’m afraid!

Sharlene December 6, 2008 - 4:00 pm

Adorable and quick. So perfect for their trees

[email protected] December 7, 2008 - 4:00 pm

Aww, these are so sweet! I’ll be linking.

Katy December 8, 2008 - 4:00 pm

I love these, wish i could knit. I am linking to these today!


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