I know this thread is pretty dead, but I thought maybe it's worth reviving--or at least bumping up--in case anyone is looking for stocking patterns for this year.
FWIW, I'll offer my experience from last year. With two skeins of red Bernat Softee Chunky I made the two stockings I mentioned before from the first pattern in prettyfloralbonnet
's list; one somewhat smaller, plainer stocking, cobbled together from that and another pattern (probably the Patons one, or it might have just been a "general sock formula" I found); and one little dog-sized stocking for a relative's chihuahua, also a cobbled-together pattern. That left just enough yarn to make a fat pompom; I felt like I got a lot out of those two skeins. The recipients seemed to like their stockings.
I also tried out the Patons Simple Stripe Stocking I posted the link for. I used it with one skein each Red Heart Supersaver in Paddy Green and Cherry Red to make two stockings: one striped like the pattern, except I left off the contrasting stripe in the middle of the foot; and one red except for the heel and toe, and on that one I substituted a mock cable rib for the regular ribbed cuff and made the cuff area longer. I had leftover yarn in both colors. This pattern was also a good, simple pattern to use.
After that I was sick of stockings and didn't make any more. But I one day I might make some more, because my husband would prefer a giant stocking to hold lots of gifts
, so it could still be useful to hear about others' experiences.
Just thinking out loud, but if you're not attached to any particular color scheme, you could do a wildly striped stocking out of leftover odds and ends or yarn. Could be a different sort of stashbuster project. Or a last-minute, "I'm broke" gift/decorating idea.