Easy Beginner Crochet Stocking Pattern

Get ready to add a touch of holiday magic to your home with this free Crochet Stocking Pattern! This beginner-friendly pattern is the perfect way to bring the spirit of Christmas into your space.

Picture your Christmas tree adorned with these handmade stockings, creating a festive atmosphere that will make Christmas morning even more special. With its classic design and well written instructions, this pattern is a joy to follow and allows you to create your very own Christmas stockings. 

Whether you’re making them as a great gift or for personal use, this free crochet Christmas stocking pattern is sure to impress. Gather your yarn and crochet hook, and let’s bring the warmth and joy of the festive season to your home with these beautiful handmade Christmas stockings.

It’s a wonderful project that the whole family can enjoy, and the perfect way to infuse your Christmas celebrations with a personal touch. Don’t miss out on this great Christmas stocking crochet pattern – get started today and create memories that will last a lifetime! The free crochet pattern is below.

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Melissa Hassler holding her Christmas stocking crochet design


Skill Level

Advanced Beginners. This free pattern uses basic crochet stitches. 

Crochet Project Materials

crochet stocking pattern

Finished Size

17 inches total length from the toe to the top of the stocking.

Crochet Gauge

Crochet gauge is the measurement of stitches and rows per inch or centimeter in a crochet project. It ensures the project matches the intended size.

By creating a swatch and adjusting hook size or tension, you can achieve the desired size and fit of your crochet project. Gauge is not very important for this pattern.

9 stitches = 2 inches

5 rows = 2 inches

The history of Christmas stockings dates back to ancient legends and customs. One popular tale revolves around St. Nicholas, who was said to have dropped bags of gold coins down the chimney of a poor man’s house, with the coins landing in stockings hung by the fireplace to dry. This led to the tradition of hanging stockings by the fireplace in hopes of receiving gifts.

In European folklore, there were stories of a mythical figure named Father Christmas or Santa Claus who would fill children’s stockings with treats and gifts. The stockings were often placed at the foot of the bed or hung by the fireplace on Christmas Eve.

The tradition of hanging stockings became more widespread during the 19th century, particularly in Western countries. The stockings were typically made of fabric or knitted, often in the shape of a sock, and were hung by the fireplace or on a bedpost. Children would eagerly await Christmas morning to discover what surprises awaited them in their stockings.

Over time, the tradition evolved, and stockings became larger and more decorative. Today, stockings come in various sizes, colors, and designs, often personalized with names or embroidered patterns. They are filled with small gifts, candies, and other goodies, bringing joy and excitement to the festive season.

The tradition of Christmas stockings continues to be a cherished part of holiday celebrations around the world, symbolizing the spirit of giving and the joy of receiving during the magical time of Christmas.

  • This free crochet pattern starts with a magic circle (also known as a magic ring or adjustable ring). If you are a beginner crocheter, check out my magic circle tutorial
  • Leave a long tail for weaving in when you make your magic circle.
  • The beginning of each round starts with a chain. This chain does not count as your first stitch. 
  • At the end of each round, you’ll join your yarn with a slip stitch (sl st) to the first stitch made in that round. 
  • This Christmas stocking pattern is worked from the toe to the cuff. 
  • Repeat instructions between asterisks (*) for the remainder of the round.
  • The toe, foot and ankle sections are worked in the round.
  • The heel flap section is worked back and forth in rows.
  • The ribbed cuff is worked back and forth in rows that are attached to the ankle section as you work your way around.
  • The stitch count is indicated at the end of each row/round.
  • You can use different colors like I did, or make your stocking in one solid color. 
  • dc = double crochet stitches
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • sc = single crochet stitches
  • dc2tog = double crochet decrease
  • st = stitch
  • sts = stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch = chain
  • chs = chains
  • rnd = round
  • rnds = rounds
  • rem = remaining
  • blo = back loop only

Work the stitch in the back loop only (blo) of the next stitch.

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Toe Instructions

Work the toe and foot sections in the round.

Begin with white yarn.

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st to the top of the first dc (11 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (22 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join (33 stitches)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join (44 stitches)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 10 sts*, join (48 stitches)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 11 sts*, join (52 stitches)

Foot Instructions

Use red yarn.

Rnds 7-22: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (52 stitches)

Heel Instructions

Work the heel section back and forth in rows.

Use white yarn.

Row 1: Ch 2, dc 24, turn (24 stitches)

Row 2: Ch 2, *dc2tog, dc in 4 sts*, turn (20 stitches)

Row 3: Ch 2, *dc2tog, dc in 3 sts*, turn (16 stitches)

Row 4: Ch 2, *dc2tog, dc in 2 sts*, turn (12 stitches)

Row 5: Ch 2, *dc2tog, dc in 2 sts*, turn (9 stitches)

Row 6: Ch 2, *dc2tog, dc in 2 sts*, turn (6 stitches)

Row 7: Ch 2, *dc2tog, dc in 2 sts*, turn (3 stitches)

crochet stocking pattern

Ankle Instructions

Work the ankle section in the round.

Use red yarn.

Rnd 1: Ch 2, dc in each st and in the side of each row of the heel, join (28 sts from the toe/foot, 3 sts from the heel, 14 sts from the heel sides: 28+3+14= 45 stitches)

Rnds 2- 15: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (45 stitches)

crochet stocking pattern
crochet stocking pattern

Cuff Instructions

The pictures below are from my Toddler Hat pattern but the ribbing method is the same.

The only difference is that the beginning chain and row length for this stocking pattern are longer.

Use white yarn.

Begin where you left off for the ankle section.

Step 1: Ch 21, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each rem ch, (20 stitches)

images showing how to make a ribbed brim for a crochet item

Step 2: Slip Stitch in the next two stitches.

images showing how to make a ribbed brim for a crochet item
images showing how to make a ribbed brim for a crochet item

Step 3: Turn your work clockwise

images showing how to make a ribbed brim for a crochet item

↑ Step 4: Do not chain, sc blo in each st, (20 stitches)

images showing how to make a ribbed brim for a crochet item

↓ Step 5: Ch 1, sc blo in each st, (20 stitches)

Repeat steps 2-5 all the way around. 

crochet stocking pattern

Finally, use a tapestry needle to sew the seam where the two ends of the brim meet.

Fasten off, weave in all of your ends, and then fold the cuff down.

Hanging Loop Instructions

Use red yarn.

Row 1: Ch 3, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in the next ch, turn (2 stitches)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (2 stitches)

Rows 3- 25: Repeat row 2 (2 stitches)

Fold in half and then use a tapestry needle to sew the two ends together. Attach on the backside of the stocking to the last round made with red yarn. 

crochet stocking pattern
crochet stocking pattern

Fun Ideas for Your Crochet Stockings

Christmas stockings have a variety of wonderful uses during the holiday season. Here are some ideas:

  1. Gift-Giving: Fill stockings with small presents, candies, or trinkets to surprise and delight loved ones on Christmas morning.
  2. Decorative Displays: Hang stockings by the fireplace, staircase, or on a decorative holder to add a festive touch to your home decor.
  3. Advent Calendar: Use stockings as an Advent calendar by hanging them in numerical order and placing a small gift or treat inside each one for each day leading up to Christmas.
  4. Stocking Stuffers: Stockings are perfect for holding small gifts, such as jewelry, accessories, socks, or small toys.
  5. Charity Donations: Donate filled stockings to charities or organizations that collect and distribute gifts to those in need during the holiday season.
  6. Pet Treats: Fill stockings with treats, toys, or goodies for your furry friends to enjoy on Christmas day.
  7. Party Decorations: Hang stockings as part of your party decor, filling them with party favors or small surprises for guests to take home.
  8. Creative Crafts: Use stockings as a base for crafting projects, such as making stuffed toys, ornaments, or decorative wreaths.

Remember, the uses for Christmas stockings are only limited by your imagination. Get creative and find unique ways to incorporate them into your holiday celebrations!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the best yarn for crochet Christmas stockings?

Worsted Weight Acrylic Yarn is a common choice for Christmas stockings due to its affordability, wide color range, and durability. It is also very easy to work with, holds its shape well and has great stitch definition.

How long does it take to crochet a Christmas stocking?

The time to crochet a Christmas stocking varies based on the pattern, your speed, and project size. It can take an afternoon, a few days or even a couple of weeks. Simple designs may be quicker, while complex or larger stockings require more time. Enjoy the process and create a cherished keepsake.

What is the average size of Christmas stockings?

The average size of Christmas stockings typically falls within the range of 16 to 24 inches (40 to 60 centimeters) in length and 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 centimeters) in width. However, sizes can vary based on personal preference and purpose. Choose a size that suits your needs.

What is the best way to take care of a crochet stocking?

To care for a crochet stocking pattern: hand wash gently in cool water, squeeze out excess water, dry flat, avoid direct heat, store in a dry place, spot clean as needed, handle with care. Proper care helps preserve the quality and appearance of your crochet stocking.

What are some fun color combinations for crochet stockings?

Fun color combinations for crochet stockings: traditional red & white, festive green & gold, winter wonderland blues & silver, candy cane stripes, rustic neutrals, bright & bold mix, vintage pastels, monochrome chic. Let your creativity soar and choose colors that match your style and holiday decor.

Melissa Hassler holding her Christmas stocking crochet design

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