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


I have been making these ever since I can remember.  A very close friend of our family gave the pattern to my mother who in turn gave it to me.  It's a great way to use up remnants of yarn and also great for 'wrapping' small gifts instead of using gift wrap.

IMG_0259Last year I knitted 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 party of food and wine, but we knitted too) for some girlfriends.  We made similar little stockings and popped a cigar in each for our husbands.

Without further ado, here is the pattern:

What you will need:

  • Needles 3.25mm
  • 4 ply yarn


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 (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

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 back seam of stocking and attach the loop for hanging.


N.B.  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.


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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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