17 Knit Stockings to Brighten Your Holiday Mantel

Whether you're looking for something classic or a bit nontraditional, knitting your own stockings is a no-fail way to show off your holiday style. These patterns range from beginner-friendly to advanced, so no matter where you are on your knitting journey, you can deck the halls with handmade stockings.

1. Beginner-Friendly Fringe

Newbie knitters can totally make this stocking. Knit from the cuff down, the heel is knit separately and joined with a whip stitch. Top it off with a rim of fringe and you've got a fun, festive stocking to show off.

Good news, beginner knitters: all your handknit holiday fantasies are about to come true. Yep, you can totally knit this stocking! With a super simplified heel (it's really just a rectangle) and fun fringe, you'll be ready for Santa in no time.

2. Grids and Dots

Give your decor some geometric flair! This pattern features intricate colorwork for those who want a nontraditional holiday stocking.

3. Let It Snow

Colorwork a classic snowflake motif and make your fireplace mantel look oh-so-cozy. Just be sure to trap those floats as you work to avoid snagging with your stocking stuffers.

4. Advent Calendar Stockings

Count down to Christmas with 24 tiny stockings. Once they're stitched, each can be stuffed with candies, notes or small gifts, making this DIY advent calendar way more fun than one that's store-bought.

5. Make 'Em Mini

Rethink your stockings and consider hanging these small socks on your tree instead. You can also secure 'em on a garland or use as a gift bag for small presents. Whatever you decide, this kit makes it fun to play with festive patterns and colors.

6. Evergreen Inspo

Fun fact: this stocking is knit in the round, meaning there's absolutely no purling involved. The pattern — which was inspired by the evergreens of Wisconsin — also comes with an alphabet chart so you can customize your design.

7. Fiesta Stocking

Designer and Bluprint instructor Lucy Neatby, whose classes include My First Socks and Foundations of Double Knitting , designed this stocking for knitters with a "low boredom threshold." The pattern changes every few inches, so you're always on your toes.

8. For the Whole Fam

With a simple chart, you can knit any initials you want on this stocking, making it easy to stitch one for every member of your family. Knit it flat or work in the round with double point needles — either way, you'll end up with a gorgeous result.

9. Teeny Tiny Stocking

How cute is this little sock?! At only 42 stitches round, you can stuff the little guy with candies for coworkers or a gift card for a friend.

10. O Christmas Tree

If this is your first time knitting stockings, this is a great beginner project. The color chart is simple and easy to follow, and you can adapt the pattern for knitting in the round.

11. Old Fashioned Stockings

Use super bulky yarn to stitch a heavy, classic stocking. Because the yarn is so big, the pattern stitches up fast — like, done in one sitting fast.

Photo via Bluprint member  lisaellisdesigns

12. Classic Christmas Colorwork

Traditional Christmas motifs are stitched on this beautiful stocking using stranded colorwork . Use more than two bright colors in each row for a real wow factor.

Photo via Bluprint member Eskimimi

13. A Very Scandinavian Christmas

Try your hand at stunning colorwork and a triple braid cuff to create a Scandinavian-inspired stocking that'll look so pretty hanging by your fireplace. It's also sturdy enough to be packed with goodies, thanks to the durable knit fabric created by colorwork floats.

Photo via Bluprint member Lisa McFetridge

14. Stuff This Stocking

This might be your new go-to basic stocking pattern. Whether you use stripes or add a fun pattern of your own, this is the perfect project when you don't need anything too fancy. Top it off with embellishments, like this pom-pom , for a festive touch.

Photo via Bluprint member Heather Walpole

15. Owlish Stocking

Though the cuff is lined with gorgeous holly colorwork, the spotlight is on the owls. Choose four or eight for each stocking, then play with Fair Isle patterns and stitch either a long or short version for a truly beautiful project.

Photo via Bluprint member Louise Lamarche

16. Tannenbaum Stocking

From kitchener stitch to a provisional cast-on , this holiday stocking will test your knitting skills (in a good way!). The pattern also provides an alphabet chart, so you can personalize as you wish.

Photo via Bluprint member  Jenny Williams

17. Set of 6 Christmas Stockings

When you need to knit an entire set of stockings, this pattern is the answer. It features six cohesive designs, even if you use different yarn colors. Bonus: you can use any yarn weight you have on hand!

Photo via Bluprint member  Pumora

December 18, 2019
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