Cozy Cottage Christmas Stocking
A new Christmas Stocking, a new food recipe, a delightful gift or a new place to add twinkling lights, I can’t stop thinking about Christmas! It seems each day I wake up with a new idea! One such idea was to create a “recipe” for a basic Christmas stocking that could be changed up by simply swapping out the stitch pattern of the body of the stocking. That’s how this Cozy Cottage Christmas Stocking came about.
I have a video tutorial to help you understand the anatomy and construction of a basic stocking and I walk you through step by step instructions for the Cozy Cottage Stocking.
Click HERE for the Cozy Cottage Video Tutorial
This pattern is worked in a #5 bulky weight, but really you could use any weight yarn in combination with the appropriate hook. The finished sizing would be different of course, but the process is the same, and if you decided to change the sizing, that’s pretty easy too. Simply modify the cuff size by adjusting the number of pattern repeats and then be sure to have an even number of stitches to start the main body of the stocking.
I love the ribbed cuff on this stocking, it has a simple understated elegance that I think is enhanced by the neutral color palette. Don’t get me wrong, I love the traditional colors of Christmas, but sometimes a simpler, more rustic look is just the right change to freshen things up! The main body of the stocking is a simple two stitch repeat that creates lots of texture with minimal effort (and who doesn’t like that?). Many people seem to get hung up on the heel section, but I think my method is simple and produces a nice result, plus with the video tutorial, you will see exactly how it’s done 🙂
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***This pattern has an accompanying video, you can find it here: https://youtu.be/9yVrb1CfIuE
Size: 5.5” wide x 15” long, flat
- Made with bulky #5 weight yarn, in two colors, approximately 150 yards total.
- Hook US J/6.00 mm
- Tapestry Needle
Gauge: Not critical for this project but I got approximately 14 hdc x 10 rows = 4”
Abbreviations (US Terms):
BLO = back loop only
ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 sts together
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
The stocking is worked from the top down. The cuff is worked in rows, then joined to form a ring. The body of the stocking is attached to the cuff and worked toward the toe in rounds. The heel is worked in rows and integrated within the rounds.
- Pattern written in US Standard terms
- Weave ends as you work.
- Stitch count is in ( ) at the end of the round.
- Ch1 at the beginning of the round/row does not count as a stitch.
- Join each round with slip stitch to first stitch.
Cuff – Worked in Color 1
Row 1: Ch13, working in back bump of chain, hdc in 3rd ch from hook (skipped chs count as hdc) and each remaining ch to end. (12)
Rows 2 to 4: Ch1, turn, working in BLO, sl st in each st to end. (12)
Row 5 (Right Side Row): Ch2 (counts as hdc here and throughout), turn, working in BLO, hdc in each st to end. (12)
Rows 6 to 8: Ch1, turn, working in BLO, sl st in each st to end. (12)
Rows 9 to 36: Repeat Rows 5 to 8, seven times.
Join: Bring the right sides together and match the stitches on the short end, working in back loop of the side closest to you and the back loop of the side furthest away from you, sl st through each st to join the cuff into a circle.
Edge: From right side of the cuff, turn to work along the bottom edge, ch1, work 28 sc evenly around (this works out to about 3 sc for every 4 rows + 1 extra), join with sl st to first st. Fasten off.
Stocking – Worked in Color 2
- Join each round with sl st to beginning st.
- The body of the stocking is worked in rounds, however, I ask you to turn after each join in order to maintain the texture of the pattern.
- All rounds have a count of 28 sts.
Round 1: Join Color 2, working in BLO, sc in each st to end, join.
Round 2: Ch1, *[sc, hdc] in next st, skip 1*; repeat between * to end, join.
Round 3: Ch1, turn, skip next st, *[sc, hdc] in next st, skip next st*; repeat between * to end, join.
Rounds 4 to 13: Repeat Round 3. Do not fasten off.
Heel Row 1: Join Color 1, ch1, working over Color 2, sc 14 sts. Note: I have you work over the Color 2 end in order to move it to the proper place to continue with the rest of the stocking, once the heel is complete (See Figure 1). (14)
Heel Row 2: Ch1, turn, sc in first st, sc2tog, hdc in each st until there are 3 left, sc2tog, sc in last st. (12)
Heel Row 3: Repeat Heel Row 2. (10)
Heel Row 4: Repeat Heel Row 2. (8)
Heel Row 5: Repeat Heel Row 2. (6)
Heel Row 6: Ch1, turn sc in first st, sc2tog two times, sc in last st. (4)
Heel Row 7: Ch1, turn, sc2tog two times (See Figure 2). (2)
Heel Row Side 1: Working along the side of each Heel Row, sc in side of Heel Row 6 to Heel Row 1, sl st in base of Heel Row 1 (See Figure 3).
Heel Row Side 2: Ch1, turn, sc in the 6 sts along the sides of the Heel Rows, sc in the 2 sts at the top of the heel, working along the other side of each Heel Row, sc in side of Heel Row 6 to Heel Row 1, sl st in base of Heel Row 1 (See Figure 4). Fasten off. (14)
Round 14: Pick up Color 1 and starting in the first available sc (See Figure 5) and working over the sts of the stocking first, then over the sts of the Heel, repeat Round 3.
Rounds 15 to 24: Repeat Round 3.
Last Round: Ch1, sc in each st to end, join. Fasten off.
Toe – Worked in Color 1
Round 1: Join Color 1 at heel side of stocking, ch1, sc in each st to end, join. (28)
Round 2: Ch1, *sc2tog, sc next 12 sts*; repeat between * to end, join. (26)
Round 3: Ch1, *sc2tog, sc next 11 sts*; repeat between * to end, join. (24)
Round 4: Ch1, *sc2tog, sc next 10 sts*; repeat between * to end, join. (22)
Round 5: Ch1, *sc2tog, sc next 9 sts*; repeat between * to end, join. (20)
Round 6: Ch1, *sc2tog, sc next 2 sts*; repeat between * to end, join. (15)
Fasten off leaving a long tail to close the toe. Thread a tapestry needle with the long tail, pull it to the inside of the stocking and turn the stocking wrong side out. Fold the stocking in half, match up the stitches at the toe and whip stitch the opening closed. Fasten off.
Stocking Hanging Loop
With Color 2, ch60 (or longer if you want a longer loop), turn to work along back bump of chain, sl st in each back bump. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Tie a knot on the open end of the loop and thread the closed end through the edge of the cuff to form the loop for hanging.
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