This Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern uses the broken-rib stitch for a little bit of a pattern and Sirdar Alpine for a soft and lovely faux fur cuff. Not only is the full printable PDF pattern available for free, but a full-length video shows all the steps for this Christmas Stocking Knitting Pattern, including the Magic Loop and Kitchener Stitch.

After the success of my original Chunky Knit Christmas Stocking, I figured some of you were looking for a ‘variation on a theme.’ This Christmas Stocking Knitting Pattern is similar but uses the broken-rib stitch for some added texture and a faux fur cuff…because well…FUR CUFF!

Even if you’ve never knit a sock or stocking before, if you have a basic understanding of knitting, you will be able to knit this Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern. The associated video really does walk you through the process and will help with any new techniques.

The fur cuff is knit with Sirdar’s Alpine, I used the color Polar for this knit Christmas stocking. This is my second project with Sirdar’s Alpine, the first being this Half-Linen Stitch Fur Trimmed Knitted Blanket. I fell in love with the softness of this faux fur yarn and looked for another way to use it and it seemed it was made to be used as a cuff for a stocking!

This Faux Fur Cuff knit with Sirdar Alpine  perfectly finsihes this Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern

The body of the stocking is knit in Cascade’s Magnum, which surely helps make this a quick knit. Without exaggeration, you could knit one of these stockings from start to finish in a day. I’ve knit stocking in both the ecru (on the right) and white (on the left). You can see the difference below; the cuffs on both are knit with the Sirdar Alpine in Polar.

Broken Rib Stitch Stocking knit with Cascade Magnum in Ecru and White

The broken-rib stitch is a very easy pattern, but creates a lovely texture that you just don’t get with stocking stitch. Not that there is anything wrong with stocking stitch! It’s just that sometimes you want to mix it up a bit…AMIRIGHT?

This Knit Christmas Stocking pattern uses the Magic Loop for the majority of the stocking and the Kitchener stitch to bind off the toe. If you’ve never used the Magic Loop before, don’t be intimidated! It is a very easy method to knit ‘columns’ like socks, stockings and caps.

I videoed the process of making one of these stockings so that you can see each step. It’s an hour-long video, so don’t feel like you need to watch the whole thing…just find what you need to see. But you can follow along in the process if you need visual guidance for any of the steps. You can see the whole video here.

Material for this Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern (20” long x 6” wide):

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· 1 Skein Cascade Magnum (1 stocking uses 66 yards)

· 1 Skein Sirdar Alpine—Color Polar(44)  (1 stocking uses 14 yards)

· Size US 19 (15mm) 40” circular needles

· Tape Measure

· Piece of wire to fashion a needle

· Yarn for stitch marker

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Other Yarns to Consider for Knit Stockings

I haven’t used these yarns for this project, so be sure to swatch and test your gauge. You may have to change the number of stitches or your needle size.

Stitches and Methods Used

· K – knit

· P – purl

· SL 1 Slip 1, you simply slip one stitch onto the right needle without working it. You will SL1 both purlwise and knitwise and noted in the pattern.

· K2T – knit 2 together

· P2T purl 2 together

· SSK and SSP– slip the next 2 stitches as if to knit and then either knit them together or purl them together.

· Kitchener Stitch 

· Magic Loop


Using US 19 and Berroco Macro, 7 stitches and 8 rows in stocking stitch will result in a 4” by 4” square

Cast on, Work Cuff and Body of Knit Christmas Stocking

With Sirdar Alpine  and US 19 (15mm) circular needles, Cast on 22 stitches.

Place stitch marker

Using Magic Loop, knit for approximately 4-5 inches. (9-10 rows)

Measuring faux fur cuff on Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern

Switch to Cascade Magnum. Continue using Magic Loop, but switch to Broken Rib Stitch for 24 rows.

Broken Rib Stitch is used in the Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern

· Every odd row, knit all stitches

· Every even row, *K,P rep from * all stitches.

As you will be working in the round for these 24 rows you will only be working on the right side of the stocking.

Your 24th row will be a *K,P row. (If you change the length of the body of your stocking, just make sure your last row is a K,P row.)

Christmas Stocking Heel Shaping

Separate the 22 stitches so that you have 13 on one needle and 9 on the other.

For the needle with 13 stitches, make sure that your first stitch to be worked is always going to be a knit stitch…that column will never have a purl stitch. This is important to help you stay in pattern.

Illustration on where to start heel shaping for Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern

You will work the 13 stitches for the heel, leaving the other 9 untouched for the time being. And while we worked only the right side of the fabric for the first 24 rows, now we will be working the front and back. You will be working rib stitch on the back, so check the front from time to time to make sure you are staying in pattern.

1st  row  Knit 13, Turn

2nd row  *P, K rep from* P (13 stitches), Turn

3rd row  SL1 knitwise, SSK, K7, K2T, K (11 stitches), Turn

4th row  SL1 purlwise, *P, K rep from* K (11 stitches), Turn

5th row  SL1 knitwise, SSK, K5, K2T, K (9 stitches), Turn

6th row  SL1 purlwise, *K, P rep from *, P (9 stitches), Turn

7th row  SL1 knitwise, SSK, K3, K2T, K (7 stitches), Turn

8th row  SL1 purlwise, *P, K rep from *, K  (7 stitches), Turn

9th row  SL1 knitwise, SSK, K, K2T, K (5 stitches) Turn

10th row SL1 purlwise, *K, P rep from*, P (5 stitches). Make sure your yarn marker is at the end of the row, Turn

11th row SSK, K, K2T resulting in 3 stitches

Using the needle with the 3 stitches, and with right side facing you, pick up 5 stitches along the side, knit the 9 stitches that were on the other needle and then pick up 5 more stitches along the other side, resulting in 22 stitches. This will be a knit row.

Illustration on how to pick up stitches after heel shaping on Christmas Stocking

Work 11 more rows , starting with rib stitch row (*P,K rep from *) immediately following the stitch marker. You will be working this Christmas stocking pattern in the round again, so the right side of the stocking should always be facing you.

When you reach the 11th row, stop when you have 4 stitches left before the row marker. Keep 11 stitches, starting with the 4 you haven’t worked on one needle and the remaining 11 on the second needle. Ensure that the center stitch of the heel, which should be a column of KNITS is in the center of the needle facing you.

Shaping toe

Shape the Stocking Toe

(for your decreases, either when you are K2T or SSK, bear in mind you might want to P2T or SSP in order to keep the pattern in tact)

With your 22 stitches divided evenly between between the two needles:

Work first 2 stitches in pattern, K2T, Work 3 in pattern , SSK, Work 2 pattern…on both needles. (9 stitches)

Work 9 stitches on each needle, staying in pattern as much as possible. You will have to ‘finagle’ the stitches on either end, but make sure that the stitches at the center of each needle are in pattern.

K1, K2T, Work 3 in pattern, SSK, K1 for both needles (7 stitches)

Knit 7 on each needle

K1, K2T, Work 1 in pattern, SSK, K1 for both needles (5 stitches)

Work 5 in pattern on each needle

With 5 stitches remaining on each needle, use the Kitchener Stitch to bind off the toe.

Kitchener Stitch:

We will use the kitchener stitch to graft the 2 sides and close the toe in this Christmas Stocking Pattern .

With equal number of stitches on each needle and purl sides together, hold your needles such that the points are facing right and the working yarn is on the back needle.

Set Up Stitches are performed only once at the beginning of your cast off row:

With your yarn on a tapestry needles (or in this case a piece of wire formed into needles, with the pointy ends bent down)…

On the needle in front, go through the first stitch as if to purl, or from back to front, but don’t pull the stitch off the needle. If you are working with a tail, you can pull the yarn all the way through, but if you are working with a separate piece, make sure to leave an end long enough to weave in later.

On the needle in back, go through the first stitch as if to knit, or from front to back, but don’t pull the stitch off the needle

Use kitchener stitch to bind off toe on Christmas Stocking Knitting Pattern

The following steps are performed for the rest of your cast off row:

On the front needle, go through the first stitch as if to knit. Pull the stitch off the needle.

Still on the front needle, go through the next stitch as if to purl, but do not pull the stitch off the needle.

On the back needle, go through the first stitch as if to purl. Pull the stitch off the needle.

Still on the back needle, go through the next stitch on the needle as if to knit, but don’t pull the stitch off the needle.

Repeat these steps for the rest of the kitchener stitch.

When you have one stitch on the front and back needle, knit off the front stitch and purl off the back stitch.

Only tighten lightly as you are going along. You will be able to adjust this row of stitches later to match the gauge of the rest of your project

Finishing Stocking:

Braided loop on Stocking

I made a braid of 8”, with about 3-4 inches unbraided on both ends. I found the center of the back of the stocking by following the column in the middle of the heel and attached the braid in two places, 1 inch apart, going through both the cuff and the body of the stocking. I secured the braid by sewing it to the stocking, both through the cuff and the body. Use your needle and thread to tack the cuff to the body in 3 more places.

Weave in all your loose ends.

You are DONE! Don’t you just love this stocking? And, be honest, this Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern is really quite quick and easy…isn’t it? After you have made it, I’d love to see your finished stocking!

Care of Your Knit Christmas Stocking:

Hand wash in cold water. Lay flat to dry.

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Broken Rib Stitch Christmas Stocking filled with Christmas treats!

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