This pattern for mini knit stockings includes two of my favorite things. Oh wait, make that three.
I can knit them up quickly, I can use up scraps of leftover worsted weight yarn, AND it uses two straight needles so I don’t have to fiddle with double pointed needles.
Yes, the dreaded double pointed needles. You would think after 40+ years of knitting that somewhere along the line I would have mastered double pointed needles. But such is not the case. In fact I’ll do pretty much anything to avoid them. If you feel this way too, I think you’ll like this quick knitting pattern that let’s us just use our trusty two straight needles!
When you want to knit up something tiny like these little Christmas stockings, almost any pattern you find will have you using the DP’s because . . . well, because that’s how you usually knit little things. 🙂 And if you add to that a stocking pattern with a heel to turn, well you’ll almost be convinced that the only patterns that exist are for DP needles. However If you insist on just using 2 needles (like me), you have to get a little more creative – and – you’ll have to deal with the inevitable seam to finish things up. But that’s not a deal breaker! This pattern shows that it can be done with a couple little tricks.
Knit Mini Christmas Stockings – Heels and Seams
The first helpful trick is to make the heel of our mini stockings using short rows. This is a method of turning your work before you complete the row. (There’s a video on my knit dischloth pattern post that shows me doing a short row if you are unfamiliar with them).
The second very helpful trick is to use the Mattress Stitch to sew up the seam of this stocking. Once you get the hang of it, it’s really an invisible seam! You can even use a different color yarn and it’s not visible (which is very handy on this pattern if you’re making a stocking with a contrasting color toe). Here’s a helpful video I found showing how to do the mattress stitch. Using the mattress stitch let’s you finish these little stockings with a nice smooth seam that you really can’t even see.
Three Color Options For Your Knit Stockings
Once I figured out how I wanted to do my short rows and sew up the seam, I found that it was hard to stop making more little Christmas stockings! They knit up fast and the next thing I knew, I had a whole collection of little stockings.
And for the sake of variety, I came up with three color options that are included in this pattern: A basic stocking with a contrasting color cuff on the top – OR – a 2nd option that adds a contrasting heel and toe too – OR – a 3rd option that adds some stripes in too.
The finished stockings are approximately 4″ long and can be used for ornaments or gift decorations or wherever you want a little Christmas cheer!
Free printable pattern here – – > Mini Knit Stockings
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