christmas stocking pattern roundup

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

i got a comment on the blog a few weeks ago asking about a christmas dilemma - which kind of stocking to make? knit or sewn? i found it funny that i had been having an internal dilemma about the exact same thing when pop, along came the email. so thank you, loyal reader, for asking and while i don't have an answer for you (i haven't decided myself yet) here's a fun stocking roundup of some fun stockings to help you choose which you would prefer. i think i'm leaning towards sewn only because i seriously have no time to knit one at the moment and poor baby harper has no stocking.

for me, one of the most fun parts of xmas morning is my stocking. santa spoiled us in our house when we growing up filling our stocking with the most wonderful goodies. i seriously dreamed about that stocking every year. it truly was super exciting for me and even after growing up my stocking is still one of my favorite things about christmas. i love seeing others stockings (and of course filling them) and opening my own. so i hope you find one here that you love and get inspired to handmake a stocking this year!

*forgot to mention most of these are on, the best and most fun place online for knitters (in my opinion of course). you can friend me on there under "imstitched".

i do have a question for all of you ladies. this is a picture of what my stocking looks like. i've had the same one since i was little. they were handmade by a lady in the town i grew up in and she made both my sisters and my stockings. she has since passed away and i would love to find this mary maxim pattern to have on hand. my stocking is seriously huge and comes up past my knee - love it! i also love that it was made with love. anybody have any idea where to get this pattern now?

i'd also like to know what your favorite go to stocking pattern is? please add the link to the comments, i would love to put them in this post as a resource for us all. ohhhh, i can already feel the xmas fun starting...i heart the holidays!

readers faves:

mix-and-match socks
diamonds in the rough argyle
polka dot christmas stocking (i forgot to add this one)
knitted xmas stocking


  1. One day I will totally knit Husband, the kids and me a & all. However I'll have to think about it more than a few weeks before Christmas ;)

    I do have one question...what was in your stocking that made it so awesome? I always have trouble coming up with great 'stocking stuffers' & since you used to dream of yours perhaps you've got some great ideas.

  2. I love this roundup, and I have the same dilemna! I am planning to SEW stockings for us this year, but if time wasn't an issue (isn't it always?) I would love love love to knit them! The knitted ones here are really pretty ... maybe someday!

  3. thank you thank you for including my stocking. :) I love the roundup!!! That first one for the knitting/crocheting is just spectacular!! I would totally make that if I knew how.

  4. I enjoyed this post! Thank you!

    I knit my daughter and husband's stockings using this pattern:

    And this year I'm finally getting around to knitting one for myself! I'm using this pattern:

  5. @Passionate DesignOh, that is a hard question. It's more like what didn't my mom (aka santa) put in them..haha. She worked really hard to put all our favorite things in them. I remember more vividly my later childhood years to adult years though. Think of all the things, as a girl, that are your faves that you need to get by for a long time. Fave lip gloss, makeup, perfume, bath stuff, lotion, gossip mags, socks, undies, tights, book, chocolate, orange, razors, ohhhh, I get all excited just thinking about it. Sadly (no offense honey) my hubby does not do a very good job. I have to buy it all myself and then pretend to be surprised..haha. For a while we paid my mom to still do it, but that was when we were able to be with them at xmas. I miss my mom and I miss her wonderful stockings.

  6. Sara - Thanks! I love knowing that we are all under the same time crunch. I hope you found a sewn one that inspired you!

    Anna - Ummm, how could I not add it? Love the one you made the other day - gorgeous!!!!

    Casey - Great choices, thanks for linking them. I added them to the post :)

  7. I loved getting my stocking on Christmas morning right down to the apple the always filled the toe. Thank you for this roundup. I was just about to do some searching in order to make one for my daughter. I am probably going to sew mine.

  8. this is great! thanks Shannon :)

    I think the perfect comprimise might be a sewn stocking, with material provided by a favourite sweater. Quick to sew for Santas arrival, with the traditional knit look... i guess i just need to see all the options together.

    i love round ups!!!

    how about a softies round up? :)


  9. Here's an early Christmas Gift for you!!

    My carpel tunnel is preventing me from doing my holiday crafts at the moment so I went on a search for you... Besides, you do so much for your readers :)

    I found these links for the rudolph stocking you are looking for. As I understand it was a 50's stocking kit from Mary Maxim.

    The 2 etsy stores will lmake them for you - or you might convince them to share the pattern with you.

    Ho Ho HO

  10. just found this...

    it may be in one of these pattern books!?


  11. me again... I should have checked out trusty old Ravelry first... apparently you can order this pattern through the mary maxim site...#9042


  12. What a great roundup! I finally knit a stocking this year, though it was for a custom order. After knitting this though, next year me, L and little O will ALL have knitted stockings.
    A very easy knit, and quick too!!!
    Here's the link :

    and for those of you who'd like to see the one I did:

  13. I found just the right stockings for us! do you also knit them ? I hope so.....

  14. The Rudolf pattern is available at the Mary Maxim site:


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