Some unique Christmas stocking patterns include sweater stockings, polka dot stockings, pine cone stockings and curly-toed stockings. Some other unique patterns are applique stockings and denim stockings.
To make a sweater stocking, cut out a basic stocking pattern from paper, and place it on an old sweater laid out flat. Place the top of the pattern at the bottom of the sweater, with the toe up toward the sleeve. Cut through the front and the back of the sweater. Turn each stocking around to the wrong side, and stitch around all the edges except the top.
Repeat the process with thin cotton fabric for the stocking's lining. Fit the sweater stocking inside the lining stocking, sew the edges together, and turn the stocking inside out so that the lining is on the inside and the right side of the sweater is on the outside. Use yarn to make pom-poms to decorate the stocking.
Instead of upcycling an old sweater into a stocking, reuse an old pair of jeans. Use a pattern to cut out two identical stocking shapes from an old pair of jeans and two more from a piece of Christmas fabric for the liner. Turn the denim the wrong side out, and place the fabric pieces over them wrong side out. Stitch the edges together, leaving the top and 3 inches on each side open. Turn the stocking inside out, and fold down the cuff so that the Christmas material is visible. Glue some trim around the raw edges.