OK, so I know it seems a little early to be talking about Christmas Stockings, but I found this pattern last year right before Christmas, which, of course, was too late to get more than one done. I decided that since my family needs new Christmas Stockings, I would start making them in January and, hopefully, have them all done by Christmas. I need about 8 and so far I've got 2 done.
This pattern came from http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/. If you've never checked out that site, it is a great resource for lots & lots of free knitting patterns. I've used quite a few of them for various projects.
This pattern makes a stocking about 10" long. Of course, for my family that's not nearly big enough so I've adapted the pattern by using larger needles and casting on more stitches. It's really pretty easy to do and you can experiment a little to get the size you want. I made a few just as the pattern goes and they made nice gift holders for small gifts, like a bottle of lotion or perfume, or candy. They would be cute Christmas decorations, also, and can be made using any combination of colors and yarns. You can use your imagination and decorate and embellish them in any way you like.
The smaller one in the picture is made according to the pattern and I used a fuzzy white yarn for the top. The larger one is made using a bulky burgundy yarn and off white fuzzy yarn. Have fun and I hope you can come up with lots of uses for these little stockings.
One 50 gr. balll worsted weight yarn and size US 9 (5.5mm) needles. Gauge: 8 stitches and 10 rows to 2 inches - but of course that's not essential depending on the size you want.
Cast on 34 sts.
Knit 6 rows (you could use a 2x2 ribbing also).
Starting with a right side row, work 30 rows in SS.
Starting of short rows:
Next row: K24, turn,
Next row: P15, turn,
Continue in SS working one extra stitch on every row (before your turn) until all the stitches have been worked - [i.e. K16 turn, P17 turn, etc.] ending on a knit row.
Purl one row on the 34 sts. Then you can start the next stocking stitch part on the right side. The number of rows is not that essential and can be changed if so desired.
Knit 12 rows straight in Stockinette Stitch.
Next row: *K1, K2tog, repeat from*to last st. K1
Next row: P2, *P2tog, repeat from*to end of row.
Next row: K2tog to end. (6sts)******
Next row: P2tog to end (3 sts)
Note:******at this stage the yarn could be cut and drawn through the 6 sts to make a 'stubbier' toe.
Cut yarn and draw through remaining sts and fasten off.
Turn over garter st. cuff.
Make a cord for hanging and fasten to top of cuff.
Hang on doorknob, fill with favours for guests to enjoy.