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Create some truly customisable Christmas decor for everyone this year! This easy crochet stocking pattern uses a simple granny stitch design meaning the detail is in the colour with this one. Keep it simple and neutral or go for it with a rainbow – the choice is yours!

Measuring 6.75” wide and 19.25” at longest point it’s the perfect size for all of those fabulous gifts and will hang perfectly on your mantel or door.

The best thing is not only that you can create a plain, zigzag or diamond stocking but that you can adorn them with simple pom poms, handmade labels and twine to make a stunning diy rustic stocking.

Two crochet Christmas stockings hanging on a fireplace.

More about this Easy Crochet Stocking Pattern

The granny stitch seemed the perfect choice for a quick and easy festive stocking when I first planned this project out but the more I made, the more I realised just how perfect it is!

With an easy and meditative stitch repeat you can get lost in just simply using one colour or be more adventurous and follow one of the more colourful options, or even create your own!

Starting with the toe and working up continuously until you reach the cuff, it’s a great pattern for ambitious beginners (plus I have a full video tutorial to walk you through it too).

The toe, heel and cuff might also appear knitted but they are definitely crochet! Using split stitches and yarn over slip stitches we can easily create a knit look crochet stocking with just our hook!

How do you crochet a stocking?

When looking at how to crochet a stocking you need to first understand the construction. There are quite a few ways to do it but in this version we begin with the Toe, work the Foot, and then leave a space for the Heel.

The Leg section comes next followed by the Cuff. With the Cuff complete, you break your yarn and reattach to make the Heel to finish.

Of course, no stocking would be complete without a name tag and personalised decoration that you can do in the form of pom poms, tassels, beads or anything else you like!

Multi colour crochet Christmas stockings on a mantle in front of a fireplace.

Sizing and Measurements

The stocking measures 6.75” wide x 19.25” at longest point but is easily adjustable for the length of toe and leg.

Yarn

To crochet the stocking I used Brava Tweed Worsted by WeCrochet which is 97% Premium Acrylic, 3% Viscose (218yds/200m/100g).

The range of coordinating colors all feature cream, coffee, and charcoal tweed flecks, and for even more color options, Brava Tweed can mix and match with Brava Worsted or Brava Speckle to create beautiful projects!

See below for approximate yarn amounts for different colourway options including a solid colour too.

I used the following shades for my stockings: A: Wren, B: Boysenberry, C: Pumpkin Bread, D: Goldenrod, E: Stratus, F: Wasabi, G: Wreath, H: Elderberry

How much yarn do I need to crochet a stocking?

To create each stocking you will need approximately 610yds of yarn in total including enough for 2 pom poms.

Approximate yarn quantities are shown for each of the stocking options:

  • solid single colour
  • 2 colour zigzag version
  • multi colour

All yarn amounts are approximate.

Single Colour Option

Yarn A: 610yds; 3 balls.

Two Colour Zigzag Option

Yarn A: 280yds; 2 balls.

Yarn B: 330yds; 2 balls.

Multi Colour Option

Yarns B, C, D, E, F, G, H: 50yds; 1 ball of each.

Yarn Substitutes

You can use any yarn that matches gauge and works well for your stocking! Some other great options are:

Two crochet christmas stockings using the granny stitch hanging on a fireplace.

Materials

Along with your yarn, you will need the following:

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Granny Stitch Stocking Video Tutorial

Join me to make a single colour version of the stocking in this step by step video tutorial. We will begin by working the toe in split extended single crochet stitches and increase to the size that we need before working the Foot. The Leg and Cuff are worked in one piece and then we add the Heel using the split stitches again to complete. I’ll also show you how to make pom poms and labels like mine too!

Pattern Gauge

9 Rounds and 14sts of dc = 4” x 4” (10cm x 10cm)

A gauge swatch will help you find out if your yarn and hook size will give you the tension for the stocking and make it the intended size.

Work a gauge swatch as given below and then block it lightly before measuring to make sure you meet the gauge.

If your swatch is smaller than the tension states, try changing to a bigger hook.

If your swatch is bigger than the tension states, try changing to a smaller hook.

This is also a great way to get used to the stitches used in the project and practise getting your stitches nice and neat.

I would recommend making your swatch in colour A.

Stocking Construction

The stocking is made from the Toe up, with an afterthought Heel and a Join As You Go Cuff to finish.

Glossary and Abbreviations

beg – beginning

ch(s) – chain(s)

st(s) – stitch(es)

sp – space

ss – slip stitch

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

rep – repeat

yoh – yarn over hook

blo – back loop only

flo – front loop only

Stitches

The pattern uses the following crochet stitches:

Yo slst – yarn over slip stitch

esc – extended single crochet (UK edc – extended double crochet)

dc – double crochet (UK tr – treble crochet)

Two crocheted Christmas stockings hanging on a fireplace with a close up of the granny stitch in lots of colours.

Special Stitches

Yarn Over Slip Stich (Yo slst)

Yoh, insert your hook, yoh and pull through stitch and all loops on the hook.

Split Stitches (Waistcoat stitch)

A split crochet stitch (waistcoat stitch) works between the ‘legs’ of a stitch rather than into the top of the stitch.

Stacked Double Crochet

A stacked double crochet is a great alternative to a turning chain that stacks 2 single crochet stitches on top of each other to reach the height of a double crochet.

Customising your crochet stocking

The stocking is easily customisable in length of both the Toe and Leg – just keep repeating rounds until you have the length you’d like.

The Cuff is adjustable – work more or less chains to set the length you’d like.

Colour Options – the pattern is written without colour changes but I have also included written changes in the blog post for 2 different colour options as shown (picture charts are also available in the premium PDF version of the pattern).

Close up of knit look crochet stocking with pom poms.

A ch1 at the beginning of a Round does not count as a stitch.

The Toe and Cuff are made using split extended single crochet stitches.

The Toe and Cuff are made in continuous Rounds.

The Foot and Leg are made in joined Rounds.

Work any colour changes on the last yarn over and pull through the stitch before you need the new colour.

You can work either a stacked dc or a ch3 at the beginning of the Foot and Leg Rounds.

The pattern is written in US terms.

Three crocheted Christmas stockings hanging on a fireplace in rustic colours.

Using your chosen colours

The colour placement for my multi colour version was very organic and so I would encourage you to work in the same way with yours!

However, if you would like to follow the same sequence and balance as I have here, then you’ll find the order I used them in the written pattern.

If choosing and planning colours is something you’d like to know more about then I’d love for you to join my Using Colour In Crochet Course – it’s designed to give you all the tools you need to choose and combine the perfect colours for every project you make!

Changing Yarn Colour During a Round

If you are working a coloured version of the stocking then you will find charts and written changes in the following pages.

There are a few key steps to follow to make sure your colour changes are as neat as possible. These are all covered in the supporting video tutorial so make sure to watch that too.

  1. Always change your yarn to the new colour on the last yarn over and pull through of the stitch before.
  2. Carry your yarn gently across the back of the groups of 3dc to create a ‘float’ at the back of your work.
  3. It is important not to have these floats too tight or too loose to make sure your work is as neat and even as possible.

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US Terminology

The pattern is written for a single colour version without colour changes. If you are using multiple colours scroll down for written colour changes. Charts can be found in the premium PDF pattern.

Toe

Using chosen colour, make a Magic Ring to begin.

Round 1: 8esc into the Magic Ring [8] working in continuous Rounds.

Round 2: 2 split esc in each st around. [16] Work all esc as split stitches now.

Round 3: split esc in each st around. [16]

Round 4: *2 split esc in next st, split esc in next st; rep from * around. [24]

Round 5: split esc in each st around. [24]

Round 6: *2 split esc in next st, split esc in next 2 sts; rep from * around. [32]

Round 7: split esc in each st around. [32]

Round 8: *2 split esc in next st, split esc in next 3 sts; rep from * around. [40]

Round 9: split esc in each st around. [40]

Round 10: *2 split esc in next st, split esc in next 4 sts; rep from * around. [48]

Round 11: split esc in each st around, ss in 1st to join. [48]

Continue for Foot, changing colour if desired.

Foot

Make sure to follow written colour changes for alternative colour sequences.

Round 1: stacked dc in same st, dc in each st around, ss into 1st st to join. [48]

Round 2: ss into space between first and second st of the round, (stacked dc, 2dc) in the space, skip next 3 sts, *3dc in space before next st, skip next 3 sts; rep from * around, ss in 1st to join. [16 groups of 3dc]

Round 3: ss in next 2 sts, ss into space between the first 2 groups of 3dc of the round, (stacked dc, 2dc) in the space, skip next 3 sts, *3dc in space before next st, skip next 3 sts; rep from * around, ss in 1st to join.

Rounds 4-13: Rep Round 3.

LEG

Round 14: ch24 (to create heel), skip next 8 groups of 3dc, ss in space before next set of 3dc, (stacked dc, 2dc) in the space, skip next 3 sts, *3dc in space before next st, skip next 3 sts; rep from * around to ch24, dc in next 24chs, ss in 1st st to join. [48dc]

Round 15: ss in next 2 sts, ss into space between the first 2 groups of 3dc of the round, (stacked dc, 2dc) in the space, skip next 3 sts, *3dc in space before next st, skip next 3 sts; rep from * around, ss in 1st to join. [48]

Rounds 16-35: Rep Round 15.

CUFF

Continuing from last Round of Leg, the Cuff is worked in Join As You Go turned rows. Rotate the work 90 degrees to work in Rows around the last Round of the Leg.

Ch25 (or desired length of cuff remembering that this will be folded over in half).

Row 1: yoslst in 2nd ch from hook and each along [24], ss in next st of last Round of Leg, turn.

Row 2: yoslst in blo of each st, turn. [24]

Row 3: ch1, yoslst in blo of each st, ss in next 2 sts of last Round of Leg, turn.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 around.

Join first and last Row together with a slip stitch seam to complete.

Weave in ends and fold over Cuff into place.

Heel

With RS facing, join yarn to any corner stitch of heel opening. Work in continuous Rounds for the heel with all esc as split stitches from Round 2 onwards.

Round 1: *esc2tog, esc in next 14 sts; rep from * twice more. [45]

Round 2: *split esc2tog, split esc in next 9 sts; rep from * twice more, split esc2tog, split esc in the last 10 sts. [41]

Round 3: *split esc2tog, split esc in next 8 sts; rep from * twice more, split esc2tog, split esc in the last 9 sts. [37]

Round 4: *split esc2tog, split esc in next 7 sts; rep from * twice more, split esc2tog, split esc in the last 8 sts. [33]

Round 5: *split esc2tog, split esc in next 6 sts; rep from * twice more, split esc2tog, split esc in the last 7 sts. [29]

Round 6: *split esc2tog, split esc in next 5 sts; rep from * twice more, split esc2tog, split esc in the last 6 sts. [25]

Round 7: *split esc2tog, split esc in next 4 sts; rep from * twice more, split esc2tog, split esc in the last 5 sts. [21]

Round 8: *split esc2tog, split esc in next 3 sts; rep from * twice more, split esc2tog, split esc in the last 4 sts. [17]

Round 9: *split esc2tog, split esc in next 2 sts; rep from * twice more, split esc2tog, split esc in the last 3 sts. [13]

Break yarn and seam last Round together by sewing through all 13 stitches and pulling together to join heel.

Weave in all ends and block lightly to measurements.

Written Colour Changes for Colourful Stockings

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Here are the written colour changes for each of the coloured stockings I made. Each group of 3dc is referred to by a single letter e.g. A = 3dc in A for the Foot and Leg.

Multi Colour Stocking

B: Boysenberry, C: Pumpkin Bread, D: Goldenrod, E: Stratus, F: Wasabi, G: Wreath, H: Elderberry

Toe: All in B

Round 1: *B, C; rep from * around

Round 2: All in B

Round 3: *B, C; rep from * around

Round 4: All in C

Round 5: *D, C; rep from * around

Round 6: All in D

Round 7: *D, E; rep from * around

Round 8: All in E

Round 9: *F, E; rep from * around

Round 10: All in E

Round 11: *F, G; rep from * around

Round 12: All in G

Round 13: *G, H; rep from * around

Round 14: All in H

Round 15: *H, G; rep from * around

Round 16: All in G

Round 17: *F, G; rep from * around

Round 18: All in F

Round 19: *F, E; rep from * around

Round 20: All in E

Round 21: *D, E; rep from * around

Round 22: All in D

Round 23: *D, C; rep from * around

Round 24: All in C

Round 25: *B, C; rep from * around

Round 26: All in B

Round 27: *B, C; rep from * around

Round 28: All in C

Round 29: *D, C; rep from * around

Round 30: All in D

Round 31: *D, E; rep from * around

Round 32: All in E

Round 33: *F, E; rep from * around

Round 34: All in F

Round 35: *F, G; rep from * around

Cuff: All in F

Heel: All in H

Zigzag Stocking

A: Wren, E: Wasabi

Toe: All in E

Foot:

Rounds 1-2: All in E

Round 3: *E, A; rep from * around

Rounds 4-6: All in A

Round 7: *A, E; rep from * around

Rounds 8-10: All in E

Round 11: *E, A; rep from * around

Rounds 12-34: Rep Rounds 4-10

Round 35: All in A

Cuff: All in E

Heel: All in E

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