Looking for a gift for someone special in your life? Why not try your hand at one of these crochet stocking patterns? You’re sure to find a perfect fit!
I love making crocheted stockings! Seriously, they’re one of my favorite things to make. Do you want to know why?
They are on display for everyone to admire them, but they’re only out for a month out of the year so they won’t get much wear and tear. A well-loved crochet stocking can last for decades and is a priceless family heirloom that can be passed down from generation to generation.
A quick crochet stocking is also the perfect crochet gift idea for someone that’s hard to gift for. We all know someone that doesn’t wear scarves or hats and doesn’t really like receiving anything crochet.
A crochet stocking is a practical gift idea that’s actually useful. Plus, you can fill it with lots of goodies for them to enjoy!
Have you ever wondered how to crochet a stocking? There are so many amazing free crochet stocking patterns to choose from.
I’ve curated this list of my top 25 all time favorite crochet stocking patterns free for you to check out. You’re sure to find something that inspires you!
Featured Video Tutorial for Crochet Christmas Stocking Patterns
Tips for Perfect Crochet Christmas Stockings
Stockings are great because they don’t have to fit anyone. This helps immensely because it won’t matter if yours turns out a bit larger or smaller than the original pattern!
However, there are a few things to keep in mind when picking out the perfect crochet Christmas stocking pattern.
First, look for one that will actually hang well with items inside. A lot of stockings (even ones that are not crochet) tend to sag and not look so great on Christmas morning.
So, if you are wanting these to be both beautiful and functional, keep in mind how close together the stitches are and try to see if there is a picture of the stocking hanging. Sometimes there’s not.
Next, once you’ve found a pattern you like, read over the directions completely before beginning to ensure you understand things like how to turn the heel.
Sometimes you just have to get in there and do it to see how some things in a pattern work, but be sure you at lest have the gist of it before beginning to avoid a lot of frustration.
Best Yarns for Crochet Christmas Stockings
You can pretty much make a stocking out of any yarn you like, but keep in mind that the yarn you choose will make a huge impact on how well it hangs.
Some of the favorites from the designers in our round up below include:
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice
Red Heart Soft
Lily Sugar n Cream
Caron Simply Soft
And now… on to the patterns!
If you love free crochet stocking patterns then you’re sure to love my Mini Christmas Stocking. This quick little make is perfect for small treats and gift cards, lightweight, and easy to mail! My website has TONS of free crochet patterns for you to explore. Why don’t you stay awhile?
Final Thoughts on Our Crochet Stocking Pattern Collection
I see you eyeing that mantle! You’re totally right, a crochet stocking or two would look amazing there! I know it’s hard to pick favorites when all these designs are so great but you’re going to have to narrow it down!
Whether you choose to make your stocking in a solid color with a classic design or go with heel and toe sections of a different color, there’s an easy crochet Christmas stocking pattern on this list for every skill level. A handmade stocking makes a great gift, too!
Materials you need to make a free crochet Christmas stocking pattern are yarn (see best yarn recomendations above) in colors of your choice (a lot of people choose red yarn, white yarn and green yarn for the holidays, but you can use any colors you like!), appropriate mm crochet hook for your yarn, scissors and a yarn needle (also called a tapestry needle). You can also choose to line the inside of the stocking with fabric so that it can hold more.
Techniques you might use in your stocking pattern are the magic circle (also called the magic ring) and basic stitches such as single crochet (sc stitches), slip stitch (sl st), and double crochet (dc stitches). This will, of course, depend upon the pattern you choose, some have dc shells, others african flower hexagons, and others use special stitches. But even if you only know simple stitches you can still crochet a stocking!
I can’t wait to see the Christmas decor you crochet this holiday season! Handmade Christmas stockings for the whole family are just the tip of the iceberg – check out our other crochet projects for Christmas below!
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- Yarn of your choice. If using a pattern, check for the recommended yarn weight.
- Crochet hook that is appropriate for chosen yarn. If unsure of this, check the recommendation on the ball band.
- Yarn needle, for weaving in ends and stitching any seams (which will depend upon pattern used and what type of stocking construction is used)
- Stitch Marker, if working in the round
Stockings are crocheted either from the toe up or the top down, just like socks. They can be made flat, row by row, or in the round (rnd).
- When working from the toe up, a stocking is usually begun with a magic circle, then worked up to the heel. There are many different ways of shaping the heel area, it will depend upon the pattern chosen. After the heel (unless an afterthought heel), the rest of the stocking is made up to the cuff. Finally, a hanging loop is made and attached.
- When working from the cuff down, a stocking is usually begun in the round and worked down evenly to the heel shaping. After the heel is shaped (which will again be determined by the pattern), the foot is made and decreased to the toe.
- Some stockings are made flat in rows in a front and back and seamed. These are the simplest types of stockings to make.
Common Stitches Used
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Single Crochet (sc)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Double Crochet (dc)
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