In the thick of a Kiwi winter, what could be better to knit than some delightful warm socks? They’re useful, they can often be finished quickly, and many patterns come with interesting complexity. And if you’re tired of knitting warm socks for winter, you can dream of spring and summer by knitting lovely, light, lacy socks for the warmer days ahead. Below find 8 great free sock knitting patterns, plus 5 exceptional books with patterns to give you the sock wardrobe you’ve always wanted.
Free Sock Knitting Patterns
Sprouting (PDF download link) by Beata Jezek of Hedgehog Fibres looks complicated, but is actually fairly easy to make. It has the kind of intricate cabling that you’ll want to show off, so make sure to wear them to the home of your friend that has you leave your shoes at the door. This pattern was specifically designed for Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn.
The Trusty Toe Up Sock
The Trusty Toe Up Sock pattern by Tanis Lavallee is one you’ll come back to again and again. It is a very clearly written pattern that is easy to knit. It was also specifically designed for self-striping socks in order to ensure they stripes worked out properly. This pattern is also designed for Urth Yarns Uneek Sock.
Classic Ribbed Sock
If you want a classic, try Natasha Hope-Simpson’s reliable Classic Ribbed Sock pattern. This unisex pattern comes in three sizes. It’s easy to knit using top-down construction and clearly written. Hope-Simpson says that if you need to knit a gift quickly, this is the pattern. It’s designed to be knit with Malabrigo Rios yarn.
If you are looking for a chevron sock pattern, Rita Taylor’s Aguayo keeps the angles going all the way to the cuff. Combined with the ribs separating each chevron, the top could almost be a crown – which we of course like! Knit this one with Manos del Uruguay Alegria for your favourite Yarn Queen (or King).
Sock Pattern Books
Laine 52 Weeks of Socks
Laine 52 Weeks of Socks has 52 detailed and lovingly photographed patterns for socks and slippers, enough that you can make a new pattern every week of the year! If you want to make 2024 your Year of Socks, or if you want heaps of unique and well-thought-out sock patterns, this is a great book to have. And with 52 diverse patterns, it offers great value for money. Make socks with a rib pattern, cables, all-over texture, lacy work, multicolored motifs and more. Some patterns are dead simple to make, while others are challenging in a way that will stretch the skill set of even more experienced knitters. And because there are 52 patterns, the book offers a great way to increase your skills!
Laine 52 Weeks of Socks vol. II
If 52 aren’t enough for you, don’t miss Laine 52 Weeks of Socks, Volume 2! We aren’t going to say that the sequel is better than the first one…but with beaded socks, ruffled socks, striped socks, cabled socks and lace socks, as well as some eye-catching colour combos and patterns, this is oh-so-necessary for your knitting library.
Ready Set Socks
For ten timeless, funky and fun patterns, look no further than Ready Set Socks from Pom Pom Press and Rachel Coopey. Some patterns are suitable for beginners, and several offer the kind of challenges that are a great way to show off your skills. Each purchase also includes a digital copy, so you can pull up those patterns no matter where you are.
Operation Sock Drawer
If you are an experienced knitter and you love colourwork, then you need a copy of Operation Sock Drawer on your shelf. It has 20 lovely sock patterns, including many two-colour socks with stripes, mosaic patterns and more. There are even patterns with ideas for using leftover sock yarn.
Best For Beginners (and Experienced Knitters Too!)
The Sock Knitting Bible
Lynne Rowe’s The Sock Knitting Bible is the sock encyclopedia every knitter needs, and it’s especially good for beginners. It has ten gorgeous sock patterns, as well as “sock recipes” that give you basic technique that you can slice, dice, and spice to make your own! (Figuratively, that is. We do not recommend knitting rosemary into your socks – it’s itchy.) Rowe also includes illustrated guides to every technique you’ll use while knitting socks, from casting on to picking up stitches to knitting in the round and more. Learn the anatomy of a sock, how to measure foot size to make the perfect fit, how to select yarn and needles, figuring out your tension and gauge, and more! No matter whether you’re knitting patterns from this book or others, you’ll find yourself referring to her wisdom again and again.
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