Merry and Bright Classic Striped Crochet Christmas Stocking: Free Crochet Pattern

The holidays are almost here, which means it’s time to start crocheting Christmas decor! For years I never made any crochet Christmas stockings, but this year that is changing. I’m so excited to present my latest free crochet pattern: the Merry and Bright Crochet Christmas Stocking! This crochet stocking pattern is inspired by the classic and vintage colors of Christmas decor in the 50s. It’s a beginner friendly pattern, so if you’ve never crocheted a stocking before, you can crochet this easy stocking pattern! Plus it’s made in one piece, and has a video tutorial so you’ll be able to whip one up for the whole family.

Inspiration

When it comes to Christmas decor, I’m a huge fan of vintage Christmas decorations. I love the colors, the style, and how it adds a bright and colorful splash to any part of your home. When I saw the vintage inspired Christmas line at Joann Fabrics this year, I knew I wanted my Christmas line to have the same vintage flair. So I set out to find some fun yarn colors that would have you reminiscing about the classic colored Christmas lights. This crochet stocking pattern totally fit with the theme I wanted to go for!

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Construction

One of the biggest things that stopped me from crocheting stockings in the past was that I thought they were too complicated. The thought of crocheting a heel made me shudder, and I didn’t even want to attempt it. Well guess what? It’s a lot easier than I thought! If that has been preventing you from crocheting one, this one is the perfect intro one.

This crochet stocking is made in one piece, has beginner friendly construction, and I’ve created a video tutorial to show you how to do each step. That way you can have stress free Christmas decor so you can focus on everything else. View my video tutorial on my Youtube Channel at: How to Crochet the Merry and Bright stocking. It’s such a fun pattern to make, and you can customize the stripes and color work to be just how you want it! You can grab a discounted ad free PDF for just $2 in my Etsy and Ravelry stores!

Yarn

To make this pattern, I used Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti Pilling yarn. Not only does it come in awesome array of colors, but it also is anti pilling, which means that it doesn’t fuzz up as easily so the stocking will last longer. This is my favorite go to base yarn for all of my latest designs, because of its colorways and durability. If you don’t have access to the Basic Stitch yarn, some of my other affordable favorites are: Red Heart Super Saver, Caron Simply Soft, or Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice. I also used some Lion Brand Go For Faux yarn, but if you don’t like Faux Fur yarn you can always use another weight 6 yarn or just do more rows with your worsted weight.

Supplies:

  • Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti Pilling (or other weight 4 yarn) in 6 colors. I used are:
    • Cranberry: 75 yards
    • Cream: 75 yards
    • Mustard: 20 yards
    • Lavender: 20 yards
    • Blue: 20 yards
    • Green: 20 yards
  • Lion Brand Go For Faux in Baked Alaska
  • 6.5mm crochet hook
  • 9mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Stitch Marker

Abbreviations:

  • Ch = chain
  • magic circle = for a tutorial on how to do a magic circle, see my tutorial: How to do a Magic Circle
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • sl st = slip st
  • st = stitch
  • hdc2tog =  Yarn over the crochet hook. Insert the crochet hook into the next stitch on your row. Yarn over the crochet hook again. Pull the yarn through the stitch on your crochet hook. You should now have three stitches on your hook. Insert the crochet hook into the next stitch on your row. Yarn over the crochet hook again. Pull the yarn through the stitch on your crochet hook. You should now have four stitches on your hook. Yarn over the crochet hook one last time. Pull the yarn through all four stitches on your crochet hook.
  • dc = double crochet
  • sk = skip

Pattern Notes:

  • Pattern uses US stitch terminology.
  • This stocking is worked in one piece.
  • The pattern starts out worked in continuous rounds and switches to joined rounds. Switch is noted in pattern.
  • Want to avoid crochet mistakes while crocheting this pattern? Learn how to avoid them with my blog post: 10 Mistakes Common Mistakes Crocheters Make and How to Avoid Them.
  • Want a discounted Ad free PDF version of this pattern? You can get your copy in my Etsy and Ravelry shops!
  • For detailed step by step instructions, view my video tutorial available on my Youtube channel below:

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Striped Crochet Stocking Pattern:

Toe:

You’ll be working in continuous rounds, so mark the first stitch of the round with a stitch marker to keep track.

Rnd 1: In magic circle, sc 6 [6]

Rnd 2: sc 2 in each sc around [12]

Rnd 3: *sc 1, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 5 more times [18]

Rnd 4: sc 2, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 5 more times [24]

Rnd 5: sc 3, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 5 more times [30]

Rnd 6: sc 4, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 5 more times [36]

Rnd 7: sc 5, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 5 more times [42]

Rnd 8: sc 6, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 5 more times [48]

Rnd 9: sc 7, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 5 more times [54]

Rnd 10: sc 8, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 5 more times [60]

 

Foot:

Continuing off of the toe, we’ll now be working in rounds that are joined and using hdc. Ch 2 at beginning of round does count as a stitch.

Rnd 11: ch 2, starting in first st of previous rnd, hdc 60 around, in last st hdc 2, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [60]

Rnd 12: ch 2, starting in first st of previous rnd, *hdc 9, sc 2 in next st, repeat from * 5 more times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [66]

Rnd 13-15: ch 2, hdc 66 around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [66]

Switch to Color 2, and fasten off color 1.

Rnd 16-18: ch 2, hdc 66 around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [66]

Switch to Color 3, don’t fasten off Color 2 because we’ll be carrying it up to use again.

Rnd 19-21: ch 2, hdc 66 around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [66]

Switch back to Color 2, fasten off color 3.

Rnd 22-24: ch 2, hdc 66 around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [66]

Switch to Color 4, don’t fasten off Color 2 because we’ll be carrying it up to use again.

Rnd 25-27: ch 2, hdc 66 around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [66]

Switch back to Color 2, fasten off color 4.

Rnd 28-30: ch 2, hdc 66 around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [66]

 

Heel:

We’ll now be doing the heel. Switch back to Color 1, but don’t fasten off color 2, because we’ll be picking it back up after we make the heel. While working the heel off of the foot, you’ll be working in rows.

Row 1: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 29, hdc2tog

Row 2: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc 27, hdc2tog

Row 3: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc 25, hdc2tog

Row 4: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc 23, hdc2tog

Row 5: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc 21, hdc2tog

Row 6: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc 19, hdc2tog

Row 7: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc 17, hdc2tog

Row 8: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc 15, hdc2tog

Row 9: ch 2, turn, hdc inc, hdc 15, hdc inc

Row 10: ch 2, turn, hdc inc, hdc 17, hdc inc

Row 11: ch 2, turn, hdc inc, hdc 19, hdc inc

Row 12: ch 2, turn, hdc inc, hdc 21, hdc inc

Row 13: ch 2, turn, hdc inc, hdc 23, hdc inc

Row 14: ch 2, turn, hdc inc, hdc 25, hdc inc

Row 15: ch 2, turn, hdc inc, hdc 27, hdc inc

Row 16: ch 2, turn, hdc inc, hdc 29, hdc inc

Fasten off Color 1, leaving a tail for sewing. Sew up the heel using the video tutorial if you’ve never seamed a heel before.

Rest of stocking:

We’ll now be picking up Color 2, and continuing the rest of the stocking. Fasten off Color 1. Starting off of where rnd 30 ended.

Rnd 31: ch 2, hdc 33, hdc 3 in part where the heel is seamed to the foot, hdc 33, hdc 3 in part where heel is seamed to the foot, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of round [72]

Rnd 32-33: ch 2, hdc 72 around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [72]

Switch to Color 5, don’t fasten off Color 2 because we’ll be carrying it up to use again.

Rnd 34-36: ch 2, hdc 72 around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [72]

Switch back to Color 2, fasten off Color 5.

Rnd 37-39: ch 2, hdc 72 around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [72]

Switch to Color 6, don’t fasten off Color 2 because we’ll be carrying it up to use again.

Rnd 40-42: ch 2, hdc 72 around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [72]

Switch back to Color 2, and fasten off color 6.

Rnd 43-45: ch 2, hdc 72 around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [72]

Switch to Color 1, and fasten off Color 2.

Rnd 46-48: ch 2, hdc 72 around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [72]

Fasten off Color 1, and we’ll be switching to the Lion Brand Go For Faux and the 9mm hook. If you don’t want to have the Faux Fur in it, you can use a normal worsted weight yarn and repeat Rnd 46-48.

Rnd 49-50: ch 2, *dc 1, sk 2, repeat from * 23 times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd

When you’ve finished the last round, ch 7, and join with a sl st to the first ch to create a loop to hang your stocking with.

Fasten off and weave in all ends. Then you’re done!

I hope you love your brand new stocking pattern! It’s going to look amazing on your mantle! If you make a stocking of your own, be sure to tag me with your photos on social media @eclairemakery or use #eclairemakery. I’d love to share your project!

Happy stitching,

~Claire

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