Felted Christmas Stocking – a Pattern

It’s been a while since I’ve played around with felting yarn – the last time was when I made a felted bag which is well-loved. That was my first time felting for a large project – I didn’t dare take any photos of the pre-felted fabric as I thought that I just got it really wrong. The whole thing was HUGE.

This time I didn’t make the same mistake and I took photos of the whole process – it was the work of one afternoon/evening – so this is most definitely a quick project. The stocking is knitted flat and then sewn together prior to felting.

Felted Christmas Stocking
You will need about 150 m of felting yarn (about 3  x 50g skeins) in the colours of your choice and knitting needles suggested by your yarn.

Cast on felting

Using the colour you want for the cuff, cast on 50 stitches. Purl 1 row. Work in stocking stitch for 16 cm. End with a knit row. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail.

On to the sockChange to colour for the stocking and work in stocking stitch for an additional 26 cm, ending with a knit row.
Purl 14 stitches; slip remaining 36 stitches onto stitch holder. Turn and work in stocking stitch for additional 15 rows, ending with a knit row.

Heel flap 1
Row 1: Purl 3, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn work (leave remaining 8 stitches on needle).
Row 2 and all right-side rows: Slip first stitch knitwise, knit to end of row.
Row 3: Purl 4, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn work.
Row 5: Purl 5, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn.
Row 7: Purl 6, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn.
Row 9: Purl 7, purl 2 together, purl 1, cut yarn. You will have 9 stitches on the needle. Slip them onto a second stitch holder.

Heel flap 2
Starting at other edge of stocking, slip 14 stitches purlwise from first stitch holder onto tapestry needle (leave center 22 stitches on holder). With wrong side facing, rejoin yarn at 14th stitch; purl to end of row. Work in stocking stitch for additional 14 rows.

Heel Turn
Row 1: Knit 3, slip slip knit decrease, knit 1, turn work (leave remaining 8 stitches on needle).
Row 2 and all wrong-side rows: Slip first stitch purlwise, purl to end.
Row 3: Knit 4, slip slip knit, knit 1, turn.
Row 5: Knit 5, slip slip knit, knit 1, turn.
Row 7: Knit 6, slip slip knit, knit 1, turn.
Row 9: Knit 7, slip slip knit, knit 1 (do not turn). With 9 stitches on needle, pick up 9 stitches along side of heel flap; knit across centre 22 stitches from stitch holder; pick up 9 stitches along side of first heel flap; knit remaining 9 stitches from holder. (58 stitches)

turning the heel

Gusset Shaping
Row 1 and all odd-number rows: Purl across all stitches.
Row 2: Knit 17, knit 2 together, knit 20, slip slip knit, knit 17.
Row 4: Knit 16, knit 2 together, knit 20, slip slip knit, knit 16.
Row 6: Knit 15, knit 2 together, knit 20, slip slip knit, knit 15.
Row 8: Knit 14, knit 2 together, knit 20, slip slip knit, knit 14.
Row 10: Knit 13, knit 2 together, knit 20, slip slip knit, knit 13. (48 stitches)
Work in stocking stitch for 12 cm. End with purl row.

Toe Shaping
Row 1: [Knit 6, knit 2 together] 6 times. (42 stitches)
Row 2 and all wrong-side rows: Purl.
Row 3: [Knit 5, knit 2 together] 6 times. (36 stitches)
Row 5: [Knit 4, knit 2 together] 6 times. (30 stitches)
Row 7: [Knit 3, knit 2 together] 6 times. (24 stitches)
Row 9: [Knit 2, knit 2 together] 6 times. (18 stitches)
Row 11: [Knit 1, knit 2 together] 6 times. (12 stitches)
Row 13: [Knit 2 together] 6 times. (6 stitches)

finished stocking

Cut yarn with long tail, thread through remaining stitches and pull tight. Work off all ends. Seam together loosely.

My finished item was 21.5″ from heel to top of stocking and 12″ from heel to toe. Don’t be put off, felting does magic things.
Felt according to your yarn’s instructions. Add ribbon to hang with.

Hang up on Christmas Eve.

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About monsteryarns

I am a yarn enthusiast and knitter.
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