Begin with magic circle, chain 1.
Round 1 - Work 10 Double Crochet (DC) into magic circle; cinch closed. Join with slip stitch, chain 1 (you will have TEN stitches--the 1st chain (ch) is part of your first DC).
Your project will form a cup. Work around as follows:
Round 2 - 1 SC in same stitch as join, 1SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1.
Take a moment now to weave in the tail. Or, pull it through and weave it later.
Round 3 - 1 SC in each stitch, join, ch 1.
Now, working in ROWS, form the heal:
ROW 4 - 1 SC in same stitch as join, 1 SC in each of next 4 stitches (totals 5 stitches). Leave remaining stitches unworked, ch 1, turn.
ROW 5 -1 SC in same stitch as join, 1 SC in each of next 4 stitches, ch 1, turn.
ROW 6 - 1 SC in same stitch as join, 1 SC in each of next 4 stitches, but do not turn.
Fold the heal (last 3 rows) on itself, and join with at slip stitch as shown above. Note: Last 3 rows folded together (heal) leave a small hole at the fold (see photo above, bottom right). It is insignificant overall; leave it be.
Next, working in ROUNDS complete as follows:
ROUND 7 - Chain 1, work 2 SC evenly spaced into the side of the last 3 rows.
Next, working into the prior round, make 1 SC into each of the next 5 stitches.
Work 2 SC evenly spaced into the other side of the last 3 rows. This yields 9 stitches. Make 1 SC at the join, to total 10 stitches.
Next, work in
CONTINUOUS ROUNDS (spiral crochet -- no joining)
4 rounds to center back.
Slip stitch, fasten off leaving
long tail to use as a loop to
hang the stocking.
Contrasting cuff: Join yarn at center back, chain 2. Work 1 Half Double Crochet in each stitch around, join, fasten off; weave tail.
Pull the main color yarn through the cuff to hang.
Weave in the toe tail (if you've not done this sooner).
Finished stocking, a little bit of "stuffing" - and it makes a sweet gift, that can be hung on the tree, instead of a money card.
I hope you enjoy it.