Posted by: vjicha | December 5, 2007

Monterey Christmas Stocking Pattern

Some time ago, I posted a photo of a Christmas stocking that I designed for my local yarn shop. I though you all might enjoy having the pattern.

Materials: 1 set of US5 double-pointed needles
Stitch Holder
Blunt needle for Kitchener stitch toe closing and weaving in ends.
Stitch markers

Cascade 220 in the following colors:
A Burgundy #9404, 129 yards
B Gold #7825, 137 yards
C Forest Green #8267, 35 yards
D Dark Purple Heather #7811, 41 yards
F Celery #9407 84 yards
G Natural #8010, 126 yards
H Lime Green #8914, 52 yards
I Blue Heathered Teal, #2448, 20 yards
J Grass Green Heathered #2429, 68 yards
Orther Yarns:
K Araucania Brown, 36 yards
L Vivaldi Baby Kid Mohair White #782, 102 yards

Abbreviations: k – knit rnd(s) – round
p – purl CO – cast on st(s)- stitch (s) RH – right hand
Dpns – double-pointed needles LH – left hand
WS – wrong side RS – right side
yo – yarn over ssk – slip, slip, knit
k2tog – knit 2 together Sl – slip

Gauge is not critical. If the fabric is too loose, try a smaller needle size. Similarly, if the fabric is too dense, try a larger needle size.

Cast on 90 sts and divide evenly between 3 or 4 needles. Being careful not to twist, join the ends and place a marker to indicate the beginning of the rnd.

Rnds 1-10: With A, knit 10 rnds.
Rnd 11: K1, *yo, k2tog*, around ending with k1. (90sts)
Rnds 12-21: Knit.
Next Rnd: *K13, k2tog, k1. Repeat from * 4 times. Knit 8, k2tog. (84 sts)

Begin Chart #1: (see page 5)
Purple (D) bow on gold (B) background. The pattern repeats 4 times for complete bows. At the completion of rnd 13, carry D up the inside to use again on rnd 17. After rnd 16, cut B.

Rnd 17: *K2A, k2D. Repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 18: *K2 D, k2A. Repeat from * to end of rnd. Cut A & D.

Begin Chart #2:
The Holly chart is worked with Celery (F) and Forest green (C). The pattern repeats 4 times for 4 complete holly images. When finished with Chart #2, work red French Knots for berries as indicated by the Xs on the chart. At the end of rnd 25 cut C. At the end of rnd 28 cut F.

Rnds 29 & 30: Repeat rnds 17 & 18.

Begin Chart #3:
The Rheindeer pattern repeats 4 times and is worked with Natural (G) & Vivaldi (L) held together, Brown (K) for the rheindeer, and Gold (B) for the stars. (To avoid knitting with 3 colors, you may work the gold stars in duplicate stitch desired).

After rnd 35, cut B. Continue with rnds 36-48. On rnd 49, reattach B and continue through rnd 51. Cut B & K. Complete rnds 52 & 53. Cut L and continue with Chart #4.

Begin Chart #4:
Worked with G (NaturaL) & A (Burgundy). After rnd 62, cut G & A. The pattern repeats 6 times.

Rnd 63 & 64: Knit 2 rnds with D (Dark Purple Heather).

Cut D after rnd 64.

Begin Chart #5:
Worked with I (Blue Heathered Teal) and J (Grass Green heathered). The pattern repeats 7 times. After rnd 85, cut I and J.

Rnds 86 & 87: *K2A, k2B, k2C. Repeat around. Cut C & B.

Begin Heel, which is worked on half (42) the sts and back and forth in rows. To set that up, knit 1 round in A as follows;

Dpn #1: K21
Dpn #2: K21
Dpn #3: K21
Dpn #4 : K remaining 21 sts and the 21 sts from Dpn #1.
Discard dpn #4 and continue working on 3 dpns.
(You should now have 42 heel sts on Dpn 1 and 42 instep sts on Dpns 2 & 3.)

Turn, and purl all 42 heel sts (dpns 1 & 4).

The heel is worked with A (Burgundy) and B (Gold).

Row 1: *K1A, k1 B. Repeat from * to end of 42 sts. Turn.
Row 2: *Purl to end, maintaining established alternate colors. Be sure to keep the stranded yarn on the WS. Turn.
Row 3: K1, sl 1 purlwise across. (Even though you don’t use B on this row, you must take it with you, so you can use it in row 4. Strand B, weaving it in every other k st. Be sure to also weave in B on the last knit st of the row.) Turn.
Row 4: P all sts, maintaining alternate colors. Turn

Repeat rows 3 & 4 a total of 18 times for a total of 36 rows. Cut B.

Turn Heel:
With A, knit across. Turn.
Row 1: Sl 1, p23 sts, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1, k6, ssk, k1, turn.
Row 3: Sl 1, p to one st before gap, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 4: Sl 1, knit to first st before gap, ssk, k1 turn.

Repeat rows 3 & 4 until all sts have been worked. (24 sts) Knit to the middle of the row. (12 sts) Place marker.

With unused dpn and starting at the middle of heel sts, knit 12 and pick up and knit 21 sts along left side of gusset.
With dpn2 knit 21 instep sts.
With dpn3, k 21 instep sts.
With dpn 4, pick up and knit 21 sts along right side of gusset, plus the remaining heel sts.

(You should have ½ the heel sts and the left-side gusset sts on dpn1, ½ the instep sts on dpn2, the other ½ of instep sts on dpn3, and the right-side gusset sts, and ½ the heel sts on dpn4.)

Shape the Gusset:
Rnd 1: Knit to 3 sts before dpn2, k2tog, k1. (53 sts)
Knit across dpn 2 and 3.
On dpn4, k1, ssk, work to end rnd.
Rnd 2: Knit all sts.

Repeat rnds 1 & 2 until 84 sts remain.

Begin Chart #6:
The charted pattern is only worked on the instep sts (those on dpn 2 & 3). Continuing with A, knit to dpn2. On dpn2 and 3, work Chart 6, rnd 1 pattern working with A (Burgundy) and G (Natural). Be sure to strand G loosely across the unpatterned portion, as you will need it when you return to the instep sts.

Switch to H (Lime Green) & continue G (Natural) at Rnd 8. At the conclusion of rnd 15, cut G. Do Not Cut H.

Knit 4 rnds with H. On the 4th rnd, decrease 4 sts evenly around. (80 sts)

Begin Chart #7: (Note: Beginning of rnd is now at the heel back.)
It is worked with H (Lime Green) and I (Blue Heathered Teal) starting at the center back heel. The pattern repeats 5 times. Because H will be used in rnd 17, just let it hang. There is no need to strand it on rnd 16. At the end of rnd 29, cut H, knit rnd 30 and continue with Toe Directions.

Knit 2 rnds with A and 2 rnds with B. Then continue this color striping and begin decreasing every other rnd for 8 rnds as follows:

Rnd 1: K to 3 sts before end of left gusset, k2tog, k1, slip marker, k1, ssk, k to 3 sts before end of instep sts; k2tog, k1, slip marker, k1, ssk, k to end of rnd.

Rnd 2: Knit even.

Repeat rnds 1 & 2 four times. (64 sts)

Begin alternating colors and decreasing every row, until 32 sts remain. Arrange them on 2 needles, 16sts to a needle, and close with Kitchener st.

Kitchner Stitch
Thread yarn through tapestry needle, and hold both needles parallel, with points facing to the right.

1. With the tapestry needle, enter the first stitch on the back needle as if to knit, but do not remove from the needle. Come to the front needle and enter the first stitch as if to purl, but do not remove from the needle.
2. On back needle, purl off the first stitch and enter the second stitch as if to knit, but do not remove.
3. On the front needle, knit off the first stitch and enter the second as if to purl, but do not remove.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all stitches have been used.

Finishing: Fold cuff to the inside and slip stitch down. Weave in all ends. Make three, 12”-long I-cord, one each in A, B, & C. Braid these together, fold the braid in half, stitch the ends together, and stitch the braided loop to the inside back center of the stocking.

How to make I-Cord
With dpn, cast on 3 sts. Knit, do not turn.
Slip the sts back to the beginning of the needle and k the row again.

Continue in this manner until you have a short length of knitting, pull down on the cord to close the gap at the back of the cord.

Continue until the cord is the desired length.



  1. Wow, that is a beautiful stocking! Very, very nice of you to share! I would like to add your blog to my blogroll on my website and hope to come back often for visits!

    Cherry Blossom Hill Studio

  2. absolutely beautiful!! I am thinking of knitting stockings for our family (for NEXT Christmas, though!!) and I have added yours to my list-I have to make 6 and finding 6 beautiful ones has not been easy-yours is fantastic!!

  3. where can i find the charts for the colorwork? (i may be dense-it says see page 5 but i didn’t know what that meant)

  4. I am also having problems with locating the charts. Where is pg.5?

  5. This is a beautiful stocking design! You chose such gorgeous colors. I hope that I can figure out how to print a slightly larger version of the chart (I am somewhat cyber-challenged! Thanx for sharing, ‘yoppie’

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