Sock Knitting Patterns
From easy sock knitting patterns to more challenging designs, our collection of sock patterns will keep your toes warm and your knitting needles occupied!
The Sugar Plum Socks are a treat of a project. These socks are worked in the round from the toe up in wool-and-nylon sock yarn. The chevron shaping creates a naturally pointed toe, and the mirrored increases and decreases on the sole ensure that the sock lies flat. The pattern includes a sidebar explaining the Icelandic bind-off method. Find the pattern here:
These bewitching socks were inspired by a Halloween without trick-or-treaters. With barberpole striping worked two rounds at a time (see Striped Socks) and slipped-stitch cables chasing up the leg, these toe-up socks fly off the needles. An afterthought heel and gusset keep the stripe pattern consistent while creating and comfortable fit. Designed by Jennifer Raymond. Find the pattern here:
Intarsia is a method for working blocks of color without carrying the unused color(s) across the back of the work. These Cube Socks from "knitscene" are fun and funky socks that use a set of mini-skeins and #intarsia to create blocks of color. Learn more about intarsia in the round in this recent blog:
January/February 2012 was PieceWork’s “Victorian Knitting Challenge” issue. We offered complete instructions for an 1845 stocking knitting pattern, worded exactly as they appeared in the original, with no illustration of the stocking and no information on yarn, needle size, or gauge in characteristic Victorian style.
Maybe you like to use every yard of sock yarn. Perhaps you want to try on your socks as you go. Or it could be that Kitchener stitch gives you hives. There are plenty of reasons to knit toe-up socks. Try one of these four toe-up sock cast-on methods and find your favorite fit. We'll look at the Turkish/Eastern Toe, the Square Toe, and the Short-Row Toe.
Mindy Dickler, granddaughter of Rose and William Sneider, who owned The Yarn Shop in Asbury Park, New Jersey, shared the introduction below to go with the Operation Kid Knit sock pattern Rose designed for the Ladies’ Home Journal. We asked Judy Alexander to use the pattern, reproduced as it appeared in the original, to knit the spiral socks shown here.
This colorwork sock knitting pattern is based on a very fancy Armenian wedding sock from the mid-19th century. The leg is wildly colorful with floral and geometric pattern bands, the instep framed with a wide fancy border, and the sole is covered in rows of tiny red birds. The effusive design work, the meticulous execution, the sheer whimsy of this handknit sock will live on in your dreams.
"Agnes and Her Silk Stockings" is a portion of my novel called Secrets in the Lace, in which Agnes is the main character. After writing the story and taking a workshop with master knitter Nancy Bush, I decided to knit Agnes’s stockings. The delicate stockings, knitted in a blend of silk and wool, will be perfect for a bride to wear on her special day. They include two garters above the knee, one with elastic and ribbon to secure the stocking, the other with ribbon alone.
When outside is too warm and every building has turned into a meat locker, Women’s Winter has arrived. Luckily, as knitters, we have a tool to fight back! We've got some ideas for knitted accessories that make the perfect office warmers on the blog, including the Yukon River Stockings. What better way to warm your legs when you're wearing shorts or a dress at the office and the AC is giving you goosebumps?
I had a wonderful time knitting Lisa Shroyer's Bandelier Socks, and I have hardly taken them off since I finished them. The design is wonderfully satisfying to follow and the new color palette is stunning. But if you cast on this pair of stranded colorwork socks (and you should!) be ready for a challenge.
Knitting vintage patterns connects us to those who have gone before and helps preserve a timeless tradition for years to come. This 19th century pattern for Knickerbocker Socks has been updated for 21st-century knitters so you can get a taste of what Victorian knitting patterns were like without running the risk of getting confused in the differences.
A love of literature and needlework inspired Carol Huebscher Rhoades’s interpretation of a pair of Victorian socks from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, which was featured in the September/October 2015 issue of PieceWork. The design modifications for her “Beaufoy Socks for Independent Women to Knit” were influenced by a character named Emma from Margaret Oliphant’s book Hester: A Story of Contemporary Life.
Many textiles don’t survive the ravages of time, but artifacts found in Magdalena de Cao Viejo, Peru, piece together a story told in ancient stitches. Carrie Brezine designed her Magdalena de Cao Viejo Stockings after two pieces of cotton knitting found at the archeological site. Her version combines the patterns of both stockings into one attractive sock knitting pattern that features both stripes and checks.