It’s ‘The Balm’ Sock

Small Knitted Christmas StockingGreat last minute gifts you can hang on the tree! So quick and easy, you can stitch up several in an evening using leftover scraps of colorful sock yarn. Perfectly sized for lip balms, chewing gum, coins or other small treasures.


3.25mm dpn’s
fingering weight yarn
Size E Crochet Hook
Darning Needle


CO 18, leaving a 6 – 8” length of yarn to fashion into stocking hanger, and join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist stitches. Arrange stitches with 6 stitches on each of 3 needles.

(K1, P1) around x 3 rows
Knit around until sock measures 1 ½” from top of cuff

On next row, K 14, then knit next 8 stitches onto a length of waste yarn in a different color than project. Return these 8 stitches back to the left needle and knit around with working yarn until sock measures ¾” from line of waste yarn.
Arrange stitches so the 8 stitches above the waste yarn + one more stitch are on one needle and the remaining 9 stitches are on another needle.

Decrease Toe:
Round 1: K 1, K2tog, K to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1 on each needle
Round 2: Knit
Repeat these two rounds until 10 stitches remain

Knit 1 round, then break yarn and using a darning needle, thread yarn through remaining  stitches and fasten off.

Afterthought Heel:
Pick up the 8 stitches below waste yarn by picking up the right leg of each stitch on an empty needle. Turn sock 180 degrees and pick up  the 8 stitches on the other side of the waste yarn in the same manner.
Pick out waste yarn
K 8 on one needle, then pick up 1 stitch along side between needles. Repeat for other side (18 stitches)

Decrease heel:
Round 1: Knit around
Round 2: K1, K2tog, K to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1, repeat on next needle to complete one decrease round.

Repeat the last 2 rounds. (10 stitches left on needles)

Knitted Christmas Stocking Ornament Break yarn, thread yarn through remaining stitches and fasten off

At top back of sock, insert crochet hook into stitch below free end of yarn and pull up a loop. Chain 10. Insert hook into next stitch from inside of sock, and  join chain to sock with a slip stitch. Pull free end of yarn through and fasten off.

Download It’s The Balm Sock Pattern

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Fine Print: We are absolutely flattered that our crafty friends would want to make cute items from our original copyright patterns to sell in their online shops or brick and mortar stores. We are thrilled to grant that permission. We do, however, request that anywhere the item is for sale, (on each and every online listing OR on each item in your brick and mortar store that a Simply Notable pattern has been used), that you link back to us here at Simply Notable so others can enjoy the same free pattern you utilized. When you sprinkle the Simply Notable love back our way in the form of links, it lets us know how much you appreciate the free patterns we’ve shared. The only hard line we draw here at Simply Notable is that the free patterns themselves absolutely cannot be sold.





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  1. Posted November 30, 2011 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Wonderful! This is the perfect quick knit I was searching for, and my friend will love it. Thank you.

    • Mom
      Posted December 1, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

      Terrific Chris! Glad to be of service :-D

  2. Tana
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    I love this idea!

    • Mom
      Posted December 1, 2011 at 11:38 am | Permalink

      They are fun, Tana. I even have one hanging from my keychain :-)

  3. Posted December 1, 2011 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much! I have been trying to think of a gift idea for a knitter friend, and this is perfect. You are brilliant!

    • Mom
      Posted December 1, 2011 at 11:36 am | Permalink

      You’re so welcome, Kristie! So glad you can make good use of the pattern!

  4. Posted December 1, 2011 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Super cute! Is that Burt’s Bees lip balm in there? It’s my absolute favorite, too bad you can’t find it over here!

    • Mom
      Posted December 1, 2011 at 11:37 am | Permalink

      It sure is, Holly! I’ll have to send you a Burt’s Bee’s care package. :-)

      • Posted December 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

        That would be amazing! I’ll be needing your address as well ;)

  5. Angie
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    This is so cute! My mom has found some tiny stockings, sweaters, etc. that look similar and she leaves tips at restaurants in them. The waiters and waitresses are always so pleased! Do you have a similar pattern for crochet? I don’t know how to knit but I love to crochet!

    • Mom
      Posted December 2, 2011 at 7:32 am | Permalink

      I don’t, Angie, but I’ll tell Carli about it. Maybe she’ll work one up! What a really cool idea about using them to leave tips in! Your Mom sounds like someone I want to be friends with. Generous, creative and just plain cool.

  6. Posted December 2, 2011 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    what a fun idea I’d love it if you’d add this to my link party over at

    • Mom
      Posted December 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for inviting us, Marissa! Looks like that was for last Wednesday. Do you do a different one each Wednesday? I’ll be sure to check it out…

  7. Posted December 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    what’s the gauge? or does it matter?

    • Mom
      Posted December 2, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

      Doesn’t matter too much Missy. If you knit one and find it a bit large or small in size for what you want, just go up or down a needle size as needed.

  8. Tanya/TiggerRD
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Really cute – great idea and I appreciate that you shared the pattern!

  9. Kim Quintanilla
    Posted December 13, 2011 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    I LOVE these! But I don’t knit or crochet :( I wish someone would have taught me! I wish you had these on your Etsy.

    • Carli
      Posted December 13, 2011 at 9:20 am | Permalink

      We can probably arrange that, Kim! After all, mom can only hang so many on her key chain and she only has so many grand-kids. ;-) I’ll ask her about it today.

  10. Kim Quintanilla
    Posted December 13, 2011 at 10:17 am | Permalink


  11. Virginia
    Posted June 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    How exactly do you knit onto waste yarn? I have slipped onto waste yarn with a darning needle, and then held it down for use later. Thanks in advance for the clarification.

    • Mom
      Posted June 4, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

      Hi Virginia,
      To knit onto waste yarn, just hold your waste yarn to make stitches with, rather than the yarn on the ball for those few stitches.

  12. Suzanne
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    I love this pattern its just what I’ve been looking for, and I especially like how you haven’t just used traditional Christmas colours.
    I assume from your copyright text that its ok for me to sell a few of these on my stall atthe local craft fair if i put where i found the pattern on the label?
    Thanks, Suzanne

    • Mom
      Posted January 8, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

      Hi Suzanne, Yes, we’re honored when our Readers want to use our patterns to create sale-able items. We just ask that you attach a link to our website, crediting us with the pattern. Here’s a link to the details: The fine print on our Free Patterns Good Luck with the craft fair! :-)

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