How To Crochet A Jolly Christmas Stocking Free Pattern

Learn how to make an easy crochet Christmas stocking that’s perfect for the holidays and great for selling at holiday markets! Free crochet pattern with video.

One of the things I love about crochet is the finished piece can be cherished for years, even passed down through generations!

When my daughter was born, I made each of us a crochet Christmas stocking. I love pulling them out of the attic, shaking off the stiffness from being in storage all year and proudly hanging them up for all to see.

I love the feeling of knowing I made these stockings with my hands and my daughter will have wonderful memories of pulling goodies out of her handmade stocking each year.

I thought it would be fun to create a new crochet Christmas stocking pattern to share with you guys, then you could have some cherished handmade memories of your own!

Learn how to make an easy crochet Christmas stocking that's perfect for the holidays and great for selling at holiday markets! Free crochet pattern with video.

Also, if you sell your finished pieces, your customers may enjoy having a custom heirloom style piece for their family as well!

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Introducing the Crafty Boho Stocking!

This crochet Christmas stocking was inspired by a lot of my other “crafty boho designs” and is made using one of my favorite stitches, the bobble stitch!

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I wrote this pattern, step by step, with beginners in mind, so even if this is your first time crocheting, ideally you will still be able to follow along.

You can find the ad-free printable PDF version in my shop here. Download includes the fully photographed version and the printer-friendly version with no photos.

You can watch the full video tutorial here if you are more of a visual learner and prefer to be talked through the pattern as you go.

Now, let’s see what you need to make the Crafty Boho Stocking.

This one is made in a solid color, but you can easily switch up the look of the design by changing the toe/heel colors or making the bobble rows a different color and giving your stocking a striped look!

Finished Dimensions: about 18″ tall and 6.5″ wide

Materials- (with clickable affiliate links)

Size H (5.0mm) crochet hook
4-5oz of worsted weight yarn (I use Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn)
1 skein of faux fur yarn
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Stitch Key (US Terms)
SC = Single Crochet
HDC= Half Double Crochet
CH = Chain
INC= Increase – Put two stitches in the same space. (In this case, it will be two HDC stitches.)
DEC= Decrease- Turn two stitches from the previous row into one stitch. (In this case, it will be two HDC stitches.) Explained under Special Stitches.
BLO- Back Loop Only
SL ST= Slip Stitch
*= To Be Repeated

Special Stitches

Bobble: *yarn over, insert hook into stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on your hook* Repeat 3 more times. Now you should have 5 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops on your hook. (do not chain after this, just go straight into your next stitch)

Magic Circle: This is my preferred method for starting projects that are made with circular rows (or in the round). I show how to do this in the video that goes with this pattern, but if you prefer to CH 3, join into the first CH and making your stitches into that loop, you’re more than welcome. I think the magic circle (or magic loop) gives the finished piece a cleaner look.

Half Double Crochet Decrease: Yarn over, insert your hook into the first stitch, grab your yarn and pull up a loop. Yarn over, insert your hook into the next stitch, grab your yarn and pull up a loop. You now have 5 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.

Half Double Crochet 3 Together (HDC3TOG): Yarn over, insert your hook into the first stitch, grab your yarn and pull up a loop. Yarn over, insert your hook into the next stitch, grab your yarn and pull up a loop. Yarn over, insert your hook into a third stitch, grab your yarn and pull up a loop. You now have 7 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 7 loops.

Gauge

15 single crochet stitches for 15 rows – 4×4 inch square

Before you start

You will have to turn your work after SOME of the rows, so keep an eye out for that when working this pattern.

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We will be starting at the toe of our crochet Christmas stocking.

Row 1: HDC 10 into a magic circle. Join into the top of the first HDC. CH 1. (10)

Row 2: HDC INC in each stitch around. Join into the top of the first HDC. CH 1. (20)

Row 3: *HDC INC in the first stitch, HDC in the next stitch*. Repeat that around for a total of 10 times. Join into the top of the first HDC. CH 1. (30)

Row 4: *HDC INC in the first stitch, HDC in the next 2 stitches*. Repeat around for a total of 10 times. Join into the top of the first HDC. CH 1. (40)

Row 5: HDC in each stitch around. Join into the top of the first HDC. CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK (40)

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Row 6: *BOBBLE, SC * all the way around. Join into the top of the first BOBBLE stitch, CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK (40)

Rows 7-10: HDC in each stitch around. Join into the top of the first HDC. CH 1. (40)

Turn your work after row 10.

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Row 11: *BOBBLE, SC * all the way around. Join into the top of the first BOBBLE stitch, CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK (40)

Rows 12-15: HDC in each stitch around. Join into the top of the first HDC. CH 1. (40)

Turn your work after row 15.

Row 16: *BOBBLE, SC * all the way around. Join into the top of the first BOBBLE stitch, CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK (40)

Row 17-18: HDC in each stitch around. Join into the top of the first HDC. CH 1. (40)

Learn how to make an easy crochet Christmas stocking that's perfect for the holidays and great for selling at holiday markets! Free crochet pattern with video.

Heel

This is the part of the pattern that will determine if your finished stocking is facing to the left side (like the letter J) or to the right side (like a backward J)

If you want your stocking to be a backward J, just turn your work before you start the heel rows. Mine will face the left, like the letter J, so I will not be turning my work.

Row 1: HDC 19. CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK. (19)

Row 2: DEC over the first two stitches. HDC 15. DEC over the last two stitches. CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK. (17)

Row 3: DEC over the first two stitches. HDC 13. DEC over the last two stitches. CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK. (15)

Row 4: DEC over the first two stitches. HDC 11. DEC over the last two stitches. CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK. (13)

Row 5: DEC over the first two stitches. HDC 9. DEC over the last two stitches. CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK. (11)

Row 6: INC in the first stitch. HDC 9. INC in the last stitch. CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK (13)

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Row 7: INC in the first stitch. HDC 11. INC in the last stitch. CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK (15)

Row 8: INC in the first stitch. HDC 13. INC in the last stitch. CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK (17)

Row 9: INC in the first stitch. HDC 15. INC in the last stitch. CH 1. (19)

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With the right side facing out, fold the top half of your heel back and down over the bottom half.

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These next few steps can sound a little tricky, if you have trouble please refer to the video for guidance. If you still have trouble, don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email.

Now we are going to SC the corners of the heel together so it’s closed.

With your hook still in your working yarn, insert your hook into the side of the first half of your heel and the side of the second half of your heel.

You will have to make up your own spaces for your hook to go since you will be working along the raw side of your work.

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Place a SC here, making sure to go through both the first and second halves of the heel rows.

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Continue to SC the heel halves together until they are completely attached. This was 7 SC for me.

Tie off.

Attach your yarn into the top corner of the second side of your heel, right by the fold.

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Join the second side of the heel closed with SC stitches, just like the first side, but this time you will start from the fold and work your way back down to the body of the stocking.

CH 1.

Push and adjust the heel so the SC stitch seems you just created are in the inside of the stocking. Now we are going to start back on the body of the stocking with row 19.

Row 19: HDC 18. HDC3TOG (making up your own spots for your hook to go)

This part is a little tricky. We have to keep the row clean even though there’s a weird join from the heel. If you HDC3TOG here you can avoid having a giant hole in your stocking.

HDC 22. HDC3TOG for the last stitch. Join into the top of the first HDC. CH 1. (42)

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If you need to see this crazy method in action check out the video linked at the beginning of this post!

Row 20: HDC around. Join into the top of the first HDC. CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK. (42)

Row 21: *BOBBLE, SC * all the way around. Join into the top of the first BOBBLE stitch, CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK (42)

Rows 22-25: HDC in each stitch around. Join into the top of the first HDC. CH 1. (42)

TURN YOUR WORK after joining row 25

Row 26: *BOBBLE, SC * all the way around. Join into the top of the first BOBBLE stitch, CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK (42)

Rows 27-30: HDC in each stitch around. Join into the top of the first HDC. CH 1. (42)

TURN YOUR WORK after joining row 30.

Row 31: *BOBBLE, SC * all the way around. Join into the top of the first BOBBLE stitch, CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK (42)

Rows 32-35: HDC in each stitch around. Join into the top of the first HDC. CH 1. (42)

TURN YOUR WORK after joining row 35

Row 36: *BOBBLE, SC * all the way around. Join into the top of the first BOBBLE stitch, CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK (42)

Rows 37-42: HDC in each stitch around. Join into the top of the first HDC. CH 1. (42)

Before joining the last stitch in row 42, switch to faux fur yarn, CH 1.

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Brim

Row 43-44: HDC in each stitch around. Join into the top of the first HDC. CH 1. (42)

TURN YOUR WORK after row 44.

Row 45: HDC BLO in each stitch around. Join into the top of the first HDC. CH 1. (42)

Putting your stitch in the back loop of this row will create the fold-over of the brim of our stocking.

Row 46-47: HDC in each stitch around. Join into the top of the first HDC. CH 1. (42)

Tie off and sew in all your tails.

Hook

CH 27

Row 1: SC 26 in each stitch. CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK. (26)

Row 2: SL ST in each stitch. CH 1. TURN YOUR WORK (26)

Row 3: SC in each stitch. CH 1. (26)

Tie off and sew your hook onto the inside of your stocking on the right side (in line with the heel). Refer to the video at the beginning of this post if you need more help.

Final Details

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I decided to add this part to the pattern while I was filming the video tutorial lol.

Using your furry yarn

Round 1: SC 5 into a magic circle. (5)

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (10)

Round 3: SC DEC in every 2 stitches and tie off. (5)

Sew in your first tail, put your tail into the inside of the ball and use it as “stuffing”

Close up the top of your ball.

Make 2

With your acrylic yarn CH 55 and tie off.

Thread your chain under 3 HDC stitches near the center of the front side of your stocking.

Tie your chain into a bow (like you tie your shoes)

Using your tapestry needle, attach your fur balls on each end of the chain and cut off your tails.

Congratulations! You just finished your first Crafty Boho Stocking!! I hope you guys loved this pattern! It’s definitely one of my favorite crochet Christmas stocking patterns!

Learn how to make an easy crochet Christmas stocking that's perfect for the holidays and great for selling at holiday markets! Free crochet pattern with video.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out, I’m more than happy to help! If you sell your finished pieces, I hope Crafty Boho Stockings are a great hit for you!

I always allow (and encourage) makers to sell their finished pieces from my patterns! All I ask is that you credit me for the design so other makers can find the pattern as well.

If you like holiday-themed patterns you should check out this adorable crochet Christmas cactus

Have a wonderful holiday season! I know this time of year gets pretty crazy town. One last thing for my fellow entrepreneurs, if you do sell your finished pieces, you might want to squirrel away some of your beanie season money!! I have something big for maker-preneurs launching this spring and I can’t wait to share it with you guys!!!

Happy Crocheting
❤️Ashley

41 thoughts on “How To Crochet A Jolly Christmas Stocking Free Pattern

  1. Paula Howard says:

    This is adorable, but I can’t find the link to buy the pattern. I like to have a written pattern while I’m working and the free one has too many pictures

  2. Miranda Glass says:

    LOVE this pattern, I had some extra I love this yarn from a finished product and whipped up everything besides the fur parts. I couldn’t wait to start, so I have to go to hoppy lobby tomorrow! No problem there!

  3. Tracy says:

    How much faux fur does it take per stocking? I made one but didn’t have the faux fur so I used Bernat white blanket yarn but really want to try the faux fur.

    • Karen says:

      Hey Tracy! I just finished mine and love, love, love it! The answer to your question depends on what brand/size you pick up. I am not sure what type was used for this pattern but I bought Lion Brand Go For Faux, which is a size 7 and had to tweak things a bit. I am using 1 and a quarter ball per stocking and because it is so bulky I modified the pattern a bit to keep the super cute proportions. Row 43 and 44 I hdc, ch 1, skip 1, hdc repeat around. Row 45 I hdc blo on all 42 stitches. Row 46, hdc all 42 stitches and finally on row 47 I repeated row 43, hdc, ch 1, skip 1, hdc. With this bulky of a yarn not making the modifications made the brim stick out really far and look really silly. It is also so bulky that you can’t see the skip stitches at all. But if you picked a different faux fur, you may only need one ball per stocking. Good luck!

      • Barb says:

        Karen, I bought that brand too. Who knew there were different thicknesses of faux fur? I did notice that it is actually 3 strands of fur similar weight to what Ashley used, but what a mess I made trying to separate them. The best solution I finally came up with was to double crochet around the top in every other stitch. 🤷🏼‍♀️

        • Emily says:

          Hey Karen, I found the Lion Brand Go For Faux yarn in store at Walmart to be only ONE strand thick, which works perfectly according to the pattern. I accidentally bought the Lion Brand Go For Faux Thick And Quick yarn and I found that it was THREE strand thick and returned the yarn. So I found that the yarn with the TEAL label is one strand and the yarn with the YELLOW label is THREE strands thick. So funny!

  4. Courtney says:

    I love this pattern. I searched forever trying to find a pattern for a stocking with a bobble stitch. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  5. Nakoma says:

    Maybe because i’m New to crocheting and don’t ave the skill set yet, but my fur brim seems to be a bit wonky and stick out a bit more than yours. Any tips or advice?

    • Kim says:

      Just saw someone else had this issue!
      “ Hey Tracy! I just finished mine and love, love, love it! The answer to your question depends on what brand/size you pick up. I am not sure what type was used for this pattern but I bought Lion Brand Go For Faux, which is a size 7 and had to tweak things a bit. I am using 1 and a quarter ball per stocking and because it is so bulky I modified the pattern a bit to keep the super cute proportions. Row 43 and 44 I hdc, ch 1, skip 1, hdc repeat around. Row 45 I hdc blo on all 42 stitches. Row 46, hdc all 42 stitches and finally on row 47 I repeated row 43, hdc, ch 1, skip 1, hdc. With this bulky of a yarn not making the modifications made the brim stick out really far and look really silly. It is also so bulky that you can’t see the skip stitches at all. But if you picked a different faux fur, you may only need one ball per stocking. Good luck!”- Karen 11/24/2019

    • Sierra says:

      Seems like you could easily continue going around before you start the heel portion to make the toe longer. If you leave off the fur, I think it would be cute to continue the pattern up a bit further so the stocking still cuffs down, but I suppose you could just as easily not have the cuff. My concern would be that he hook would have a harder time since it wouldn’t be as far down in the stocking.

    • Savana L Atkisson says:

      To make the toe longer complete rows 1-4 then repeat row 5 1-3 times. I repeated row 5 once on mine to give the toe a bit more length. You could easily leave off the fur and do your cuff however you want by repeating the same stitches. Make sure you do row 45 though to create the fold in the cuff

  6. Tequila M says:

    I’ve made 5 of these beauties! And I have 3 more to go. Is it just me or does the stocking seem smaller in person? I expected them to be a tad bigger. Will someone measure theirs, and tell me the length. Maybe I am stitching too tight? Although, I feel like that is not the case..

  7. Melinda says:

    Hey Ashley!!
    Can I still purchase the pdf of this stocking!? I didn’t see it listed in your store and the links don’t work anymore 🙂

  8. Whitney says:

    Mine looks SO much smaller than yours, using the same yarn and even the same hook (same brand and size) and I’ve undone it several times making sure to have a looser tension and still it looks so small! What am I doing wrong?? Or is there a formula I can use to make the stocking larger?

    • Gigi says:

      Hi Whitney,
      The first one I made came out too small as well. So I made a second one and just followed the pattern but just added more rows to make it longer. Then I blocked it. A lot better.
      Hope this helps!! 😃

  9. Geniveve Hanson says:

    Thank you for this wonderful pattern. I ended up starting by making 4 for family that and that ended with my mom asking me to do another for a friend and then another 1 and then finally 2 more for a total of 8 this holiday season. While I love the pattern I told my mom “no more this year” my fingers need a break. Thank you so much for the pattern.

    • Shellz says:

      Is there i can make the stocking hang the other way? So all my other stockings hang the opposite way to the letter J, the joins in this one are all on the side showing if I turn it that way.

  10. Barbara says:

    Hi. Love pattern. I see sticking in picture has 3 rows of
    Bobble stitches and pattern says 2 rows of bobble before starting heel.

  11. Suzanna says:

    I have a few questions. For the HDC3TOG in the video you do the HDC3TOG differently than how you described it in the text. Is the video method preferred? Additionally, if you’re doing the backwards J, at row 20, when you turn the work, the bobble will end up on the inside. Will it work the same if I just don’t turn the work or should I turn it prior to row 20? Thanks!

  12. Micky says:

    Thank you! I’m a knitter but loved this pattern so much that I quickly learned to crochet so I could make it! Only thing is that I somehow ended up with 52 stitches instead of 42…Not sure where I went wrong!

  13. Genu says:

    This was such a fun pattern to make after doing it a few times. I have used it to make 5 stocking so far, 3 as Christmas gifts for my sister-in-law, her husband, and their future puppy; and 2 for my fiancée and I with more planned for us and other family members.

    The yarn that I loved using for this pattern is the Craft Smart Value Tweed from Michaels in various colors (planning an entire set, one for each Hogwarts House).

    I followed the pattern exactly till the brim. For the brim, I used Cream Tweed from the same yarn brand and made a wide enough brim to allow for a name plaque to be made and added later. For the hook I used the same color as the brim. My fiancée added some amigurumi balls in the same color as the brim that he just sewed in just under the top most booble stitch row on the front side of the stocking.

    All in all, this was a great pattern and the recipients loved them as soon as they saw them!!! Can’t wait to start working on the mini stocking as well!

  14. Lori says:

    Thank you so much for all the great patterns!! If I wanted to make this stocking larger how would I increase everything to make it come out right??

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