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3 Crochet Sock Patterns

Many crocheters think they cannot make socks. Here are 3 nice crochet sock patterns that you can use to make your own handmade socks that will keep your feet toasty and warm. Crochet socks are a bit thicker than knit ones, but if you use sock weight or lace weight yarn you can wear them in your boots without too much bulk. Use thicker yarn to wear them as sock slippers.

Sue’s Crochet Socks Pattern

crochet socks pattern


Ultimate Crochet Socks Pattern (toe-up)

crochet socks pattern


Basic Crochet Socks Pattern

easy crochet sock pattern

This crochet socks pattern has great images of the sock as it progresses.


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Knit 2 Socks at Once – Vintage Knitting Techniques

Here is a challenge for the experienced sock knitters out there. This tip comes from an article posted in the Needlecraft magazine in 1918. During war efforts, women knitted socks fast and furious for the troops. Women would often brag about being able to turn a heel in the dark of a movie theater or being able to knit two socks at one time.

Here is Mrs. Reeders explanation of how to knit two socks at one time on one set of needles.

How To Knit Two Socks at Once

Wind your yarn in two balls; use one
set of needles, but cast on twice the
number of stitches that would be
required for one sock, using first the
yarn from one ball, then from the other.
Have 40 stitches on each of two needles,
and 48 on the third. Hold one thread
over the right forefinger in the usual
American way, the other on the left
forefinger. The 1st thread (over right
forefinger) is used to purl the 1st or
upper stitch, and the 2d thread (over
left forefinger) to knit the 2d or lower
stitch, unless otherwise directed. By
bearing this in mind the work is greatly
simplified; but one must be careful not
to get “mixed up” in alternating the
The ribbed top of the stocking is about
a finger-length, or four inches, and if
found too difficult to do with two
threads the ribbing may be done sep-
arately; then join the socks by putting
one inside the other and knitting the
stitches alternately, first from one,
then from the other, until you have
transferred them to one set of needles.
For the ribbing: (Purl 1st stitch, knit
2d) twice, (knit 1st stitch, purl 2d)
twice; repeat. You will see that you thus
get the double rib( of knit 2. purl 2) on
each sock, working off 8 stitches for one
repeat instead of 4 stitches, as would be
the case were you knitting the socks
Having finished the ribbing, purl 1st
stitch and knit 2d until the leg of sock
measures eleven inches. Remember to
alternate the threads, always, beginning
a needle with the 1st thread if the pre-
ceding needle ended with the 2d.
For the heel: take 66 stitches on one
needle, and knit and purl back and
forth on these for about two and one-
half inches, slipping the first 2 stitches
of each row. Holding inner side of
socks toward you, slip 2 stitches (1
stitch of each sock), knit and purl 36
stitches, narrow with each thread (thus:
Purl 2 together, letting the stitch be-
tween these 2, or the 2d stitch, slip
off, pick up this stitch and knit 2 to-
gether), then purl 1st and knit 2d
stitch, turn; slip 2, purl and knit 14,
narrow, purl 1 and knit 1, slip 2,
purl and knit 16, narrow, purl and knit
1, turn; slip 2, knit 18, narrow, knit 2
(remembering always that the 1st stitch,
or that for which the right-hand thread
is used, is purled, and the 2d or left is
knitted, alternately), turn; slip 2, knit
20, narrow, knit 2, turn; slip 2, knit 22,
narrow, knit 2, turn; slip 2, knit 24, nar-
row, knit 2, turn; slip 2, knit 26, nar-
row, knit 2, turn; slip 2, knit 28, nar-
row, knit 2, turn; slip 2, knit 30, nar-
row, knit 2, turn; slip 2, knit 30, narrow,
turn, and continue until all the stitches
are narrowed off. Now pick up 12
stitches on side of each heel, alter-
nately purling and knitting, until there
are 24 stitches on 1st needle, purl and
knit across 2d needle, pick up the
stitches on other side of each heel, 24 in

Knitting 2 socks at once

all, for 3d needle, and divide the 34
stitches on upper part of heel, putting 16
stitches on 1st needle and 18 stitches
on 3d; also transfer 8 stitches from 2d
needle to 1st, and 8 stitches from 2d
needle to 3d. There should now be 48
stitches on 1st needle, 46 on 2d needle
and 50 stitches on 3d needle. Knit
once around plain (remembering the
alternate purling and knitting), knit to
within 10 stitches of end of 1st needle,
narrow, knit across 2d needle and 6
stitches on 3d, narrow, and finish the
round plain. Repeat last 2 rounds, nar-
rowing in the same place every other
round until there remain 120 stitches in
all; divide these equally, 40 on each
needle, and knit until the foot is nine
inches in length.
To shape the toe: Knit 10, (purl and knit),
narrow; repeat; knit 5 rounds plain; knit
8, narrow, repeat; knit 4 rounds; knit 6,
narrow, repeat knit 3 rounds; knit 4,
narrow, repeat; knit 2 rounds; knit 2,
narrow, repeat; knit 1 round; knit 1,
narrow; repeat; knit 1 round. Repeat last
2 rounds until 24 stitches remain, break
the yarn, leaving eight or ten inches of
each thread, pull out the needles carefully,
separate the socks, and finish off as fol-
lows: thread a small darner or blunt-pointed
worsted needle with the yarn; have the 12
stitches evenly divided, 6 stitches on each
of 2 needles, laid together, * put needle
through 1st stitch on 1st needle as if to
knit it, draw through and take off, insert
needle in next stitch on same needle as if
to purl, draw through but do not take off;
insert needle as if to purl in 1st stitch
of opposite knitting-needle, draw through
and take off, insert needle in next stitch
of same needle as if to knit, draw through
but do not take off; repeat until all the
stitches are off, always keeping the
yarn between the 2 needles as you
work. Finish off by darning the end

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Vintage Knitted Mesh Stockings Pattern

vintage knit stockings patternKnitted stockings patterns are hard to come by. This lovely knit stockings pattern is from 1942. You can use the basics of this pattern to create your own versions or knit them up as is because they are really lovely just the way they are.

Material: (Size 9 ½.)

1 pr. # 1 needles–14-inch.

1 pr. # 3 needles-14-inch.

1 set # 1 double-pointed needles 7-inch.

3 ½-oz. balls 2-fold stocking yarn.

Note: I did some poking around and discovered that it is a fingering weight and 2 fold is using 2 strands at time. Can’t wait to try this pattern. Thanks DeeDee R.

Gauge: 8 sts. to 1 inch. 2 rows to 1 inch.

The stockings are regulation medium length. The length before wearing (i.e., after knitting is completed) is approximately 17 ½ inches from top of stocking to top of heel. The length when on the leg is approximately 24 inches.

Pattern. Multiple of 3 sts. plus 2.

Row 1: K 1,* y.o., slip 1, K2tog., repeat from * across Row, ending K 1.

Repeat Row 1 for pattern.

With a double strand of yarn and #1 needles, cast on 88 sts. Work even in K l, P 1 ribbing for 2 ½ inches. Next Row, increase 1 st. (89 sts.). Break one strand of yarn, change to #3 needles and work even in pattern for 10 inches.

** Next Row (Row A) -K 2tog., K 2 tog., repeat between * ‘s of pattern across Row, ending K 1 (decreasing 2 sts.).

Next Row–K 2 tog., K 2 tog., repeat between * ‘s of pattern across Row, ending y.o., slip l, K 1 (decreasing , st.).

Next Row–K l, K 2 tog., repeat between *’s of pattern across Row, ending y.o., slip 1, K 1. Work 1 more Row in same manner.

Next Row–K 3 tog., repeat between *’s of pattern across Row, ending y.o., slip l, K 1 (decreasing 1 st.).

Next Row–Decrease at beginning in same manner, ending K 1 (decreasing 1 st.).

Next Row–K 1, repeat between *’s of pattern across Row, ending K 1.

Repeat from ** 7 times more.

Repeat Row A once more (47 sts.).

Next Row, work over first 6 sts. (½ heel), work over next 35 sts. (instep) and place these sts. on a st. holder, work over last 6 sts. (½ heel). Join heel sts. and with double strand of yarn and # l needles, work back and forth on these 12 sts. in stockinette st. for 10 rows. Increase 1 st. each side every other Row 6 times (24 sts.).

Work even in stockinette st. for 24 rows. Then decrease as follows (right side of work): Work over 6 sts., place a marker on needle, K 2 tog., K 8, K 2 tog., place a marker on needle, work over remaining 6 sts. P back. Working on all sts., decrease 1 st. after first marker and before 2nd marker every other Row until there are 8 sts. between markers. Fold heel at center back and weave first 10 sts. to last 10 sts.

With double-point needles and a double strand of yarn, pick up 50 sts, around heel and work back and forth in stockinette st. for 4 inches. In crease 1 st. each side every other Row 7 times (54 sts.).

Place these sts. on a st. holder.

Slip sts. of instep from st. holder and with single strand of yarn and #3 needles, work even in pattern for 1 inch.

Decrease 1 st. each side every 5th Row 7 times (21 sts.). Work even until instep is as long as sole.

Next Row, increase as follows: K 2, increase 1 st., * K 3, increase 1 st., repeat from * 3 times more, K 2 (96 sts.). Join with 54 sole sts. on double point needles.

With double strand of yarn work around on all sts., dividing sts. as follows: 40 center sts. of sole on first needle; 7 increased sts. and first   13 instep sts. on 2nd needle; remaining 13 instep sts. and 7 increased sts. on 3rd needle.

Now decrease as follows: On first needle, K l, slip l, K l, p.s.s.o., K to last 3 sts. K 2 tog., K l; on 2nd needle. K l, slip l, K l, p.s.s.o., K across needle; on 3rd needle, K to last 3 sts., K 2 a tog., K 1.

Continue to decrease in this manner at the beginning and end of the first needle, at the beginning of the 2nd needle, and at tile end of the 3rd needle, every other Row 14 times more. Weave remaining sts. tog. Sew seams.

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Sherbert Toe Socks

Sherbert Toe Socks Pattern
Sherbert Toe Socks Pattern

Toe socks are always a fun and funky fashion statement. This toe sock pattern is a perfect example of having fun with socks. I remember when toe socks first became popular (yeah I am really that old LOL).

I loved them back then and I still love them today. Why not make a statement and make yourself, or any teen you know, a pair today?

finished measurements:
foot circumference:
7.5 inches

leg length: 7 inches

yarn: Easyknits Sushi Sock Roll (100% BFL; 100 g/330 yds)
needles: 2.5 mm DPNs, set of 4
notions: tapestry needle,
scrap yarn or stitch holder

gauge: 16 sts/24 rows/2 inches over st st
17 sts/34 rows/2 inches over chart
note: charts should be read left–right to make right foot mirror image
of left

Click here for the free toe sock pattern.

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Absinthe Lace and Cables Socks Pattern

Absinthe Sock Pattern
Absinthe Sock Pattern

I found this sock pattern and was immediately caught up in the beauty and intricacy of the design. If you are up for a challenge of a pattern that is a change from the ordinary and something that you can totally lose yourself in then this sock pattern is it.

Definitely for the more skilled knitter but give it a try if you are a bit past the beginner stage. You might just surprise yourself with the results.

Women’s S [L]
Instep circumference: 7 – 7.5 [8 – 8.5] inches – adjustable to fit
Foot length: 9.25 [9.75] inches


ShibuiKnits Sock [100% merino superwash; 191/175m per 50g skein]; color: Kiwi; 2  skeins

Recommended needle size:
2 24-inch US #1/2.25mm circular needle
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below — every knitter’s gauge is unique]
cable needle
tapestry needle
32 sts/48 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Click here for the free pattern.

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Vog on Lace Ankle Socks Pattern

Vog On Lacy Anklet Socks
Vog On Lacy Anklet Socks

This lace sock pattern is so pretty. Great for summer time or any time you want a girly light weight sock. An essential for any Mary Jane style of shoe.

Size: Ladies’ medium
Length: to fit
Circumference (unstretched): 8 inches. Will comfortably stretch to fit up to 9.5 inches.

Koigu Painters Palette Premium Merino [100% merino wool; 175yd/160m per 50g]; 2 skeins
Shown in:
Bluebird of Friendliness (top down): #423
1 set of 5 US #2/2.75 mm double-point needles
Tapestry needle

28 sts/40 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Click here for the free lace ankle socks pattern

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Number One Husband – Mens Socks Pattern

#1 Husband Socks Pattern
#1 Husband Socks Pattern

If you are looking for a great Men’s socks pattern this is one to add to your collection. They are both comfortable and stylish when made in 100% cotton sock yarn or why not make him feel super special and knit in silk yarn.

Finished size: Men’s size 11
Yarn: 3 – 50 gr. skeins Regia Cotton sock yarn or 150 gr. of the sock yarn of
Needles: US size 1 (2.5mm) set of 5 dpns (or socknitting method of choice).
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 8 sts per inch; 10 rows per inch
Notions: darning needle, stitch holder

Click here for the free Men’s socks pattern. (pdf)

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You’re Putting Me On – Toe-up Socks Pattern

Knit Toe Up Socks Pattern
Knit Toe Up Socks Pattern

For anyone who would like to try to knit the toe-up style of sock this is a good pattern to test out. The biggest advantage of knitting a sock from the toe up is a perfect fit. You can try the sock on as you go and make adjustments to the pattern to make the sock a custom fit.


Worsted weight yarn, about 200 yards
Set of 5 double-pointed needles, size 5 or 6 (US). If you use 4 dp’s, you’ll have to be very careful on the increases, which are described in terms of needle numbers.
Gauge: about 5 1/2 stitches per inch, which is tighter than is usual for this weight yarn.

Note: I use a lifted increase for the toe and gusset increases, because I like the control over which way the new stitches slant away from the old ones. This is made by lifting the loop from the back of a stitch one row below the row you are knitting. You may substitute your favorite inconspicuous increase, such as lifting the bar between the two stitches below, twisting and knitting through it (often called “make 1”).

Figure-Eight Cast-on (phony grafted toe)

Based on the method used in Anna Zilboorg’s Fancy Feet. For a nice, clear explanation of how this is done, see Kim Salazar’s Simple Toe-Up Socks.

Click here for the free toe-up socks pattern.

Copyright ©Judy Gibson, 1996

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Purl When Ready Sock Pattern

Purl When Ready Sock Pattern
Purl When Ready Sock Pattern

This is a rather unusual sock pattern that uses a unique technique and variegated yarn to create a special pattern. Get the best results from your lovely hand dyed sock yarns using this pattern.


  • 1 ball Opal Tiger sock yarn
  • Set of 5 double pointed needles size 1.5 or size needed to attain gauge.

Woman’s large (9 – 10 shoe size)

15 stitches = 2″ in stocking stitch.

Pattern Stitch: “Purl When Ready” Ribbing

Knit 2, Purl 2 BUT if you find yourself purling into a stitch of a different color in the row below, knit it instead of purling it. In other words, your normal pattern sequence is Knit 2, Purl 2, but on some rounds you may have to substitute knits for purls until you arrive at a point when you’re purling into a stitch of the same color in the row below.

There may be times when you need to knit one or two needles without purling. Don’t fret. Just return to the normal K2, P2, sequence when you can. You will note that “Purl When You Can” ribbing using Opal Tiger yarn produces wider stripes.

Click here for free Purl When Ready sock pattern.

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Socks, Socks and More Socks Patterns

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love hand knit socks. To me they are one of the great luxuries in life. If you have never had the pleasure of wearing handmade socks here is your chance to sample some great patterns.

I am including both knit and crochet patterns here so there is something for everyone. I will most definitely be adding more and more socks in the weeks to come. Why not knit a pair for yourself and some as gifts for the people you love?

Funky But Easy Sock Pattern
Funky But Easy Sock Pattern

These socks are both fun and easy. A great pair to start with if you have never knit socks before.
Click here for free sock pattern.

Two Needle Toe Up Socks
Two Needle Toe Up Socks

This pattern is very different and excellent for the beginner sock knitter who hasn’t quite gotten the hang of double pointed needles. Instead it is knit on two circular needles. It is also toe up so you can be sure it will fit as you can try it on as you go.

Get the free sock pattern here.

Crochet Light Weight Socks
Crochet Light Weight Socks

These socks are a great find. Most crochet patterns for socks are for bootee style socks that are too thick to wear in shoes. This one is done in sock weight yarn and can be worn in your shoes.

Click here for the free pattern.

Toe Up Crochet Socks
Toe Up Crochet Socks

This is another unusual crochet sock pattern. It is worked toe-up like many popular knit sock patterns.

Click here for free crochet sock pattern.

If you like these sock patterns please leave a comment. If you have a favorite sock pattern please leave the link.

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