Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern – Knit Look Waistcoat Stitch Stocking

Can you believe this Christmas stocking is crocheted!? This stocking is made using the waistcoat stitch (aka knit stitch), which is why it looks knitted.

The waistcoat stitch is one of my favourite stitches to crochet because it’s so satisfying to work once you get a hang of it. I love the ease and speed of crochet, but certain projects just look better with a knitted look- Christmas stockings are one of them. This crocheted Christmas stocking uses the waistcoat stitch to give it a knit-look. It’s a quick and easy project that you can whip up in a day, once you get a hang of the waistcoat stitch.

There is a little bit of a learning curve when it comes to the waistcoat stitch, but don’t worry! If you can crochet a single crochet, then you’ll be able to do this. And for the visual learners, I’ve made a video tutorial that goes over the waistcoat stitch in detail and you’ll find it on my YouTube channel.

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking

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Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Red

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Free Waistcoat Stitch Knit-Look Crocheted Christmas Stocking Pattern

Yarn I Used

I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick for this crochet Christmas stocking, but you can use any Super Bulky (6 weight) yarn. Keep in mind that different brands/lines of Super Bulky yarn can actually vary in thickness, even though they are marketed as Super Bulky yarn.

I used about 130g of main colour 125g of accent colour. Please keep in mind that the exact amount of yarn you use will depend on your personal tension. I provide the amount I use to give you a better idea of how much you might need.

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - 4 Stockings

Gauge

3 Round Circle = 4” with a 12mm hook in waistcoat stitch.

If you notice your stocking looking a little too floppy, you may need to go down a hook size. If you notice that you are having difficulty working the stitches, go up a hook size.

Checking for gauge isn’t too important for this project, but I included it just in case you want to check your gauge to make sure your stocking ends up being similar in size to mine. Being a little off should not affect the finished item too much.

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TERMINOLOGY

st(s): stitch(es)
ch: chain
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet (work through the top loops of each stitch)
wc: waistcoat stitch (work a sc through the post of each stitch)
wc inc: waistcoat stitch increase (work two waistcoat stitch into the post of the same st)
dec: single crochet two stitches together
inc: work two sc into the same st
BLO: crochet only in the back loops (loop away from you) of each stitch
(…) x #: repeat anything in the parenthesis however many times the number indicates
[#]: total number of stitches for that row
#sc/wc/sl st: one sc/wc/sl st in the following # stitches
(x, y) in the next st: work everything in the parenthesis into the same st

THINGS YOU NEED

Optional


Notes & Guides

This pattern only works when you do the waistcoat stitch – You cannot substitute with standard single crochet. The height/tension for the wc is very different from sc.

This pattern is worked in continuous rounds unless otherwise stated – Mark the first stitch of the round with a stitch marker to help keep track of where the beginning of the round is.

Seamless Join in the RoundCut your yarn tail, fasten off, and thread your yarn tail onto a darning needle. Locate the 2nd st of the round, insert your needle under the top loops of the stitch and pull through. Insert your needle into the centre of the final st of the round and out the back. Weave the tail into the back of the work. Doing so creates a false stitch on top of the first stitch of the round.

Waistcoat StitchTo work the waistcoat stitch, work the first round as you normally would, making sure to work the standard single crochet. (Standard sc: Insert hook, yarn over to draw a loop up, you should have two loops on your hook. Yarn over and draw it through the two loops on your hook.) Keep your stitches as loose as possible, this helps to make working the waistcoat stitch a little easier.

For the second round, insert your hook into the post of the stitch (the front of the stitch), between the two legs of the “v” (see photo below). Yarn over to draw a loop up, then yarn over again and draw it through the two loops on your hook.

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking

Tip: When drawing a loop up, pull the hook up slightly to allow for more slack in your stitch. Doing so will make the stitch a little looser and easier for you to work into the next round.

If you are struggling with the waistcoat stitch, I highly recommend you go watch the video here.

Here’s what I’m calling each part of the stocking to give you a better idea of which part you are working when you get to it in the pattern:

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Seamless join in the round

Foot

starting with accent colour

1          6sc in magic circle [6]
Tip: Keep your tension for the first round VERY loose. Do not close the magic circle fully, doing so will make the stitches too tight to work into in round 2. You can close the magic circle fully when you complete round 2.
2          6 wc inc [12]
3          (wc, wc inc) x 6 [18]
4          wc in all sts [18]
5          (5wc, wc inc) x 3 [21]
6          20wc, sl st into the post of the final st (highlighted in orange in left photo below) [21]
Fasten off and seamless join in the round.

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 1

With a slipknot of the main colour on your hook, pick up a wc in the first stitch (see green highlighted stitch in the right photo below).

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 2

7          wc in all sts [21]

Note: When you get to the final st where you slip stitched in round 6, just work into the post of the st below it (see photo below).

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 3

8-12     wc in all sts [21] *5 rounds*
13        20 wc, sl st into the post of the final st [21]

Fasten off and seamless join in the round.

Heel

pick up with accent colour

With a slipknot on your hook, pick up row 1 of the Heel, starting in the first st of the Foot. For the heel, make sure to work through the top loops (standard sc) instead of inserting into the post.

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 4

1          12sc, turn [12]
2          ch 1, dec, 8sc, dec, turn [10]
3          ch 1, dec, 6sc, dec, turn [8]
4          ch 1, dec, 4sc, dec, turn [6]
5          ch 1, dec, 2sc, dec, turn [4]
6          ch 1, 2dec, continue along the side of rows 1-5 and pick up 5sc along the sides as evenly as you can (see left photo below). Then, work one sc in the next st on the Foot (st highlighted in green), turn [8]

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 5
Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 6

7          dec (place a stitch marker on this stitch), 6sc, pick up 5sc along the other side of the heel as evenly as you can. Then, work one waistcoat stitch in the next st on the foot, turn [13]

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 7
Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 8

8          dec, 5sc

Fasten off.

Work a seamless join in the round in reverse, inserting the needle with the yarn tail from the back to front instead of front to back (see photo below).

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 9

Your heel should have a total of 12 sts.

Leg

pick up with main colour

With a slip knot on your hook, pick up the first round of the leg starting in the first st of the Heel. The first st of the Heel is the stitch marked with a stitch marker from row 7.

Work into the top loops of the st (standard sc) when working into the Heel, but work the waistcoat st when you get to the front of the Foot. Continue working the waistcoat st from round 2 and on.

1          12sc along the heel, 7wc along the front of the Foot [19]

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 10
Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 11


2          12wc, wc inc, 5wc, wc inc [21]
3-18     wc in all sts [21] *16 rounds*

switch to accent colour

19        wc in all sts [21]

Do not fasten off, proceed to the Cuff.

Cuff

continue with the accent colour

1          sl st into the post of the first st, Ch 8, starting in the 2nd ch from the hook, sl st in each ch. Sl st in the post the chain is coming out of, then sl st into the post of the next st on the leg, turn [9]

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 12
Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 13

2          Skip the first two sts and start in the 3rd st instead (see photo below), BLO, sl st in each st, turn [7]

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 14

3          Ch 1, sl st into the BLO of each st, sl st into the post the previous row is worked out of on the leg (see photo below), sl st into the post of the next st, turn [9]

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 15

4-40     Continue alternating between working rounds 2 and 3 until you get all the way around the opening of the leg. When working even number rows, you are working row 2. When working odd number rows, work row 3. A good way to remember which row to work is if you are working away from the Leg, you are working row 2. And if you are working towards the Leg, you are working row 3.
41        Ch 1, sl st into the BLO of each st, sl st into the post of the final st of the leg, turn [8]
42        Line up the starting ch to the sts from row 41. Work 7 sl st through both sides of the cuff, inserting your hook through the chain, then into the BLO of the sts from row 41, making sure to skip the first st from your hook [7]

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 16

Fasten off and weave the tails in. Flip the cuff over the top of the Leg to see the completed stocking.

Fishtail Chain Hanging Strap

Start with a slip knot on your hook of the accent colour, make sure to leave a long tail when making the slip knot. Ch 1, insert your hook into the back bump of the ch (highlighted in green below), YO, and draw a loop up through the two loops on your hook.

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 17
Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 18

Insert your hook into the ch closest to your hook (see photo below), YO, and draw a loop through the two loops on your hook. Repeat this step until your strap is to your desired length.

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 19

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

To attach the strap to the stocking, fold the stocking in half to find the back of the cuff. Thread one of the tails from the strap into a darning needle, then insert into the top of the back of the cuff and pull through so that the tail is between the inside of the cuff and the leg. Then, thread the other tail onto a darning needle and insert into a different spot next to where you inserted the first strap, then pull through. Flip the cuff up to expose the two yarn tails and tie a few knots to fully secure. Trim off excess yarn tails.

If you are struggling with the fishtail chain, it’s included in the full video tutorial.


Decorating Your Stocking

Embroidered Name Tag

  • Draw a gift tag onto a piece of cardboard and cut it out.
  • Fit a sheet of white felt into an embroidery hoop, trace the tag cutout onto the felt with a light-coloured washable marker. Make sure to test the marker to make sure that it washes off the felt. Do so by marking a corner of the felt then rinsing it under water to wash it off.
  • Embroider the name onto the tag. You can write the name onto the felt with a washable marker first, then trace it out with embroidery. The embroidery stitch I used for the name is the stem stitch.
  • To give it more character, you can embroider stars or sew on beads/fun buttons.
  • Remove the felt sheet from the hoop when you are done. Squeeze some glue onto the back of the tag (where the embroidery tails are), then place another sheet of felt onto the back. Avoid squeezing glue onto where the hole will be.
  • Sew dashed lines (running stitch) on the marker outline of the tag to sew both pieces of felt together.
  • Cut the tag out, about half a centimetre around the sewed line.
  • Starting with a thin darning needle, poke a hole through where you want the tag to be attached to the stocking. Gradually pass thicker needles through the hole, until the hole is big enough. I wanted my hole slightly larger than my thickest darning needle, so I passed a 3.5mm hook through after my thickest darning needle.
  • Allow the glue to fully dry, then rinse the tag under water to wash off the marker marks. To dry the tag, place between two towels and pat down firmly to wick the water out of the tag. Allow to air dry fully before attaching to the stocking with a piece of yarn.
Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Part 20

Pom poms

  • Make a few pompoms in varying sizes and attach them to the base of the hanging strap, using the same method used when attaching the hanging strap.
  • To make the pompoms extra fluffy, use a wire slicker cat brush to brush out the pompom to fluff up the fibres.

Spirals

with worsted weight yarn in the colour of your choice

Ch 30, starting in the 2nd ch from the hook, inc in each ch [58]
Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing. Attach near the base of the hanging strap.

And that’s it! I hope you love this Christmas stocking as much as I do. Merry Christmas!

Free Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern - Waistcoat Stitch / Knit Stitch Stocking - Complete

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