Chunky knit stocking
I’ve always wanted to try making a stocking, but felt a little intimidated by all the curves of sock-making. So I loved making this chunky knit stocking because it only takes a little bit of decreasing on the edges to get a rounded shape. And if you want the edges even more rounded, you can tuck them in when you sew the seams.
I used wool roving that I had split down the middle to make it half the thickness and then lightly felted in my washing machine. This makes a soft, but not too pill-y yarn that’s about 1/2-inch thick. (Instructions for how to do this can be found in my giant blanket Skillshare class.) But there are many other jumbo yarns that would work well for this project. And if you are making it in November or December, you will likely find a bigger selection of seasonal chunky yarns at craft stores like JoAnn and Michaels. Look for size 7/jumbo yarns that are at least 1/2-inch thick.
For the needles, I used a size 50 circular set. You could try to squeeze the stitches onto size 50 straight needles, but it will be tight.
Chunky knit stocking
1 pound wool roving split down the middle and lightly felted (approximately 37 yards) or equivalent amount of size 7 jumbo yarn, such as Red Heart Irresistible, Bernat Blanket Big, Love Fest Fibers’ Tough Love, or a wool bump
Size 50/25 mm circular knitting needle
*Note: You could also make this stocking using the table knitting method with your hands rather than knitting needles.
Start by leaving a short tail (6-8 inches) and making a slip knot. Place the slip knot on your needles.
Now you are going to cast on 16 stitches. With giant chunky yarns, I like to use the simplest cast on method. I twist the yarn from back to front to make a loop and then with the loop facing the right needle, slide it on.
Now you can begin knitting with stockinette stitch – knit a row then purl a row. Work 4 rows. (If you’re using the table knitting method, all rows will be knit back and forth).
Now you are going to begin decreasing to form the toe of the stocking. Eventually you will fold this piece in half and sew it together.
K2TOG, K12, K2TOG to end with 14 stitches.
Next row: P2TOG, P10, P2TOG to end with 12 stitches.
Next row: K2TOG, K8, K2TOG to end with 10 stitches.
At this point, you have completed the decreases and now you will just continue in stockinette stitch until you reach the top of the stocking. I got about 12 more rows with my yarn, but you want to go until you have enough yarn left for your last row + yarn to seam + about 6 inches for a loop to hang the stocking. Whether you end on a knit or purl row depends on how much yarn you have left and how tall you want the stocking to be.
Now you’re going to bind off the last row. For me I ended on a purl row. I find it easier to bind off thick yarns with my fingers more than the needles. When you get to the last stitch, pull the remaining yarn through it and tighten into a knot. Your piece should look like this.
The easiest way to seam the piece together is to fold it in half and weave the tail of yarn in and out of each side, all the way down. I used the tail from the beginning of the piece to seam the bottom – since it’s short, you can pull it tight to cinch it a little, which rounds the bottom even more. You could also fold it inside-out, do the seam and then turn it right side out if you want your stocking even more rounded.
I like to take a stitch from each side of the piece, make sure they match up, and pinch them together before running the yarn through both stitches. I just go back and forth all the way down.
That’s what the bottom of my stocking looked like. You could also do a whip stitch or whatever your favorite seaming stitch is. When you reach the end of the seam, just knot the yarn and tuck any remaining yarn inside the stocking.
I like to fold the top of the stocking over so it looks a little more like a traditional stocking.
The last thing to do is attach a loop to hang the stocking. I just used a six-inch piece of yarn and tied a knot in it, hiding the knot inside the stocking. But a piece of red ribbon or burlap or something would also be cute.
All done! Now you just have to make enough for the whole family.