How to Crochet a Loop Stitch Stocking

A gorgeously fluffy crochet stocking that works up quickly with maximum texture! Worked flat in rows of loop stitch and double crochet, the stocking is made in two panels which are then crocheted together.

Designed by @lottieandalbert – an amazing crochet designer and a Knitcraft ambassador

 

You Will Need Abbreviations

ch           chain

dc           double crochet (US single crochet)

dcdec    double crochet decrease

dcinc      double crochet increase

lp            loop stitch

RS           right side

ss            slip stitch

st(s)       stitch(es)

WS         wrong side

 

  • To give the stocking more structure and to allow ease of changing yarns, two yarns are always worked at the same time: one for active stitches and one carried inside the work.
  • The stocking is made in two panels, then either crocheted or sewn together.
  • Loop stitches are formed on the ‘back’ of the work and so the front panel of the stocking will have a wrong and a right side, with loop stitch rows referred to as wrong side (WS).
  • Ch1 turning chain does not count as a stitch throughout.
  • I used my finger as a guide to loosely determine the height of a loop stitch. You can use two fingers for a longer loop, or a pencil or second crochet hook for a shorter loop – bear in mind that longer loops will use more yarn than stated here.

 

How to loop stitch (numbers refer to images below)

  • To form a loop stitch, wrap your yarn from front to back over the index finger of your yarn hand
  • Insert hook into stitch, and bring the yarn under the hook, keeping your finger in place
  • now grab the strand of yarn from behind your index finger
  • draw the loop through the stitch still keeping your finger in place. You should now have two loops on your hook, and a loop of yarn wrapped around your index finger
  • Gently pull the yarn until you have your desired loop length. Yarn over hook as normal, and pull through both loops on hook

Your loop stitch is now formed and you can remove your finger.


How to carry a second yarn

  • Two colours are used at a time in this pattern, meaning that one colour is always carried within the other stitches, changing between the colours as the pattern dictates, at the end of each row.

After your initial chain using Yarn A, hold Yarn B alongside the chain, and work the first row of stitches over the top of this yarn, encasing it in the work (not left as floats behind the work as in Fair Isle, or dropped and picked up again in sections, as in Intarsia – see pictures below).

 

How to colour changing at the end of a row

When changing row colours, make sure you do so at the end of the previous row, on the last stitch: you have two loops remaining on your hook in Yarn A, yarn over with Yarn B to complete the stitch, then continue in the new colour for the next line.

How to Make

Finished size

43cm(H) x 26cm(W) at foot, 14cm(W) in leg

 

Gauge

15 stitches over 16 rows to measure 10cmx10cm worked in double crochet with another strand being carried inside the stitches

(if your swatch is larger, go down a hook size; if your swatch is smaller, go up a hook size)

Front Panel

In blue, carrying cream inside from row 1:

Ch22 (1 ch counts as turning ch)

Row 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook, dc in each stitch along, turn (21)

Row 2: ch1, dcinc, dc until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (23)

Row 3: ch1, dcinc, dc until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (25)

Row 4: ch1, dcinc, dc until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (27)

Row 5: ch1, dcinc, dc until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (29)

In cream, carrying blue:

Row 6: ch1, dcinc, lp until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (31)

In blue, carrying cream:

Row 7: ch1, dcinc, dc until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (33)

In cream, carrying blue:

Row 8: ch1, 1dc, lp until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (34)

In blue, carrying cream:

Row 9: ch1, dcinc, dc until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (36)

In cream, carrying blue:

Row 10: ch1, 1dc, 1dc, lp until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (37)

Fasten off blue yarn and bring in red

 

In red, carrying cream:

Row 11: ch1, dcinc, dc until to end, turn (38)

Row 12: ch1, dc until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (39)

Row 13: ch1, dc until 2 sts from end, dcdec, turn (38)

Row 14: ch1, dcdec, dc until end, turn (37)

Row 15: ch1, dcinc, dc until 2 sts from end, dcdec, turn (37)

In cream, carrying red:

Row 16: ch1, dcdec, lp until 1 st from end, dc, turn (36)

In red, carrying cream:

Row 17: ch1, dcinc, dc until 2 sts from end, dcdec, turn (36)

In cream, carrying red:

Row 18: ch1, dcdec, lp until 1 st from end, dc, turn (35)

In red, carrying cream:

Row 19: ch1, dc until 2 sts from end, dcdec, turn (34)

In cream, carrying red:

Row 20: ch1, dcdec, lp st until 1 st from end, dc, turn (33)

Fasten off red yarn and bring in green

In green, carrying cream:

Row 21: ch1, dc until 4 sts from end, 2dcdec, turn (31)

Row 22: ch1, 2dcdec, dc until end, turn (29)

Row 23: ch1, dc until 4 sts from end, 2dcdec, turn (27)

Row 24: ch1, 2dcdec, dc until end, turn (25)

Row 25: ch1, dc until 4 sts from end, 2dcdec, turn (23)

In cream, carrying green:

Row 26: ch1, dcdec, lp until 1 st from end, dc, turn (22)

In green, carrying cream:

Row 27: ch1, dc until end, turn (22)

In cream, carrying green:

Row 28: ch1, dc, lp until 1 st from end, dc, turn (22)

In green, carrying cream:

Row 29: ch1, dc until end, turn (22)

In cream, carrying green:

Row 30: ch1, dc, lp until 1 st from end, dc, turn (22)

Fasten off green yarn and bring in blue

 

In blue, carrying cream:

Rows 31-35: ch1, dc to end, turn (22)

In cream, carrying blue:

Row 36: ch1, dc, lp until 1 st from end, dc, turn (22)

In blue, carrying cream:

Row 37: rep row 31

In cream, carrying blue:

Row 38: rep row 36

In blue, carrying cream:

Row 39: rep row 31

In cream, carrying blue:

Row 40: rep row 36

Fasten off blue yarn and bring in red

 

Rows 41-50: rep rows 31-40, with red in place of blue

Fasten off red yarn and bring in green

 

Rows 51-60: rep rows 31-40, with green in place of blue

Fasten off green yarn and bring in gold

 

In gold, carrying cream:

Rows 61-68: ch1, dc to end, turn (22)

Working gold and cream held double (no yarn carried):

Row 69: ch1, dc, lp until 1 st from end, dc, turn (22) Note: these loops will form on the opposite side from the earlier loops.

In gold, carrying cream:

Row 70: ch1, dc to end, turn (22)

Rows 71-76: Rep rows 69-70 three times (including colour changes)

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Back Panel

In cream, carrying another strand of cream inside from row 1 onwards:

Ch22 (1 ch counts as turning ch)

Row 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook, dc in each stitch along, turn (21)

Row 2: ch1, dcinc, dc until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (23)

Row 3: ch1, dcinc, dc until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (25)

Row 4: ch1, dcinc, dc until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (27)

Row 5: ch1, dcinc, dc until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (29)

Row 6: ch1, dcinc, dc until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (31)

Row 7: ch1, dcinc, dc until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (33)

Row 8: ch1, 1dc, dc until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (34)

Row 9: ch1, dcinc, dc until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (36)

Row 10: ch1, 1dc until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (37)

Row 11: ch1, dcinc, dc until to end, turn (38)

Row 12: ch1, dc until 1 st from end, dcinc, turn (39)

Row 13: ch1, dc until 2 sts from end, dcdec, turn (38)

Row 14: ch1, dcdec, dc until end, turn (37)

Row 15: ch1, dcinc, dc until 2 sts from end, dcdec, turn (37)

Row 16: ch1, dcdec, dc until end, turn (36)

Row 17: ch1, dcinc, dc until 2 sts from end, dcdec, turn (36)

Row 18: ch1, dcdec, dc until end, turn (35)

Row 19: ch1, dc until 2 sts from end, dcdec, turn (34)

Row 20: ch1, dcdec, dc until end, turn (33)

Row 21: ch1, dc until 4 sts from end, 2dcdec, turn (31)

Row 22: ch1, 2dcdec, dc until end, turn (29)

Row 23: ch1, dc until 4 sts from end, 2dcdec, turn (27)

Row 24: ch1, 2dcdec, dc until end, turn (25)

Row 25: ch1, dc until 4 sts from end, 2dcdec, turn (23)

Row 26: ch1, dcdec, dc until end, turn (22)

Row 27: ch1, dc until end, turn (22)

Row 28-76 (or until back panel reaches same height as front panel): ch1, dc to end, turn (22)

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

 

Making up

You should now have one front panel and one back panel. Lay the two panels right side together, and tuck in any loop stitches on the front panel so that they are fully covered by the back panel.

Using a strand of cream and your crochet hook, start in the top left and evenly double crochet through both layers of fabric around the outside of the stocking – leaving the top, shortest edge open. Be careful to tuck any loop stitches inside as you go, and don’t catch them in your row of double crochet.

Fasten off and weave in any ends, then turn the stocking the right way out. Fold down the cream and gold loop section on the top, so that these loops are now on the same side as the other loops.

 

Reattach cream yarn in the top right corner and chain 12, ss into the base of the chain, fasten off and weave in any ends. This creates the loop to hang your stocking.

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