Not too long ago it was almost unheard of that people would crochet socks. They were an accessory that people considered to be the domain of knitters. However, thanks to new yarns and smart patterns, there are now many opportunities to make crochet socks that are warm, cozy, and cute. In fact, if you haven't ever made them, you may be surprised to discover that crochet socks are a really fun project!
In recent years, crochet designers have come up with some wonderfully innovative crochet sock patterns. The patterns combine techniques and terrific yarn choices to offer crochet socks that are comparable to their knitted counterparts.
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This crochet pattern by Nicole Cormier is a great starting point for anyone interested in learning to crochet socks. She explains that the toe-up design is ideal because you can try the sock on as you work. This means that you can easily see if you are making the sock too big or small.
Nicole includes instructions for four different sock sizes. She also includes several sock yarn recommendations so that you have design options. The pattern uses basic crochet stitches, therefore you don't need to know anything fancy to make these cute, cozy socks. The pattern is worked with a size D crochet hook.
Nicole's site, Simple Sock Making, also offers additional crochet sock patterns that you may want to check out once you have covered the basics. Some are also simple and others, like her cabled socks, are more complex. It is a great resource to bookmark.
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A cute little ruffled edge turns basic crochet socks into something sweeter. This is a free pattern, and it's a great one to start learning how to craft socks.
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This crochet sock pattern from Nadine's Patterns is a seamless toe-up ankle sock pattern. It is worked with an E crochet hook and sock weight yarn. In addition to some basic crochet stitches, this uses front and back post crochet stitches, short rows and a stitch pattern the designer called "crunch stitch" which is also sometimes known as seed stitch.
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If you want to make really cozy socks then this free crochet pattern from Ball Hank n Skein is a great choice. These socks are made with heavy worsted weight or even bulky weight yarn and a size J crochet hook.
They are designed to be knee-high socks that you can wear inside of winter boots. These socks are made with single crochet and double crochet stitches and use some minor decreasing; an ambitious beginner could make these socks.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Ashley Leither is a terrific resource for crochet sock patterns. This one is a textured design worked in basic stitches. The pattern comes in four sizes. The two-tone color choice makes for feet that will make you smile.
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This is a detailed free crochet pattern for socks that are made using fingering weight yarn and a size D crochet hook. Designer Julie, of The Inner Banks blog, really does provide step-by-step instructions including photos at each step to show you how to make the socks from start to finish.
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These crochet socks are chunky, so they work well as around-the-house slippers. However, you could also wear them with boots or wider shoes.
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Treasures Made From Yarn was working on a pair of crochet socks using another pattern and decided that the planned pattern wasn't what she wanted to do after all. She did some fiddling around and came up with a design of her own. This one incorporates a shell stitch for some beautiful texture. This free crochet pattern uses fingering weight yarn and a size B crochet hook.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Crochet designer Lauren Irving offers this sock pattern as a free download on Ravelry. It incorporates crochet cables, which makes it a nice choice for people who love the look of knit socks but want to work in crochet. Lauren has done a great job of keeping this pattern updated with new information and helpful tutorial photos. This pattern uses fingering weight yarn and a size C crochet hook.
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It is the ribbing that makes these crochet socks so perfect. They fit well. They're so warm. However, what makes them special is the variegated yarn used to add details to the design. Heels, toes, and edging at the top of the sock all stand out thanks to this smart design choice.
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Most people know Snowcatcher from her crochet snowflake patterns but she also has other patterns, including this one for crochet socks. She named these socks after her sister, whom she lost, posting the pattern up on sis's birthday. The pattern is designed to match a hat, cowl, and gloves pattern set also available from the designer. This is a great gift set to make someone for the holidays!Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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What are collared socks? They can be worn regularly (with shoes). However, you can also turn down the tops to create a cute slipper-like design to wear around the house.
Crochet designer Maz Kwok was inspired by seeing collared socks around the web and decided to come up with her own unique version in crochet. They are made with DK weight yarn and a size G crochet hook, making them one of the chunkier crochet sock patterns in the list.
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Yoga socks are a unique type of sock. They don't have heels or toes. That's because you need those parts of the foot to connect with the mat or floor in yoga. The rest of the foot is covered though. The style is interesting and it actually makes for a fun shape to crochet. This particular pattern is a free download on Ravelry from Susan Clapp.
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Books of Crochet Sock Patterns
In addition to the wealth of great crochet sock patterns available online, there are some terrific books available for people who really enjoy making crochet socks. Some of these are ebooks and others are print books. Top choices include:
- I Can't Believe I'm Crocheting Socks by Karen Ratto Whooley. This is a great primer on everything you need to know to make crochet socks.
- New Methods for Crochet Socks by Rohn Strong. This is an Annie's crochet book featuring one dozen patterns for crochet socks made in a range of different techniques. This designer also has a second book called Step into Crochet.
- Learn to Crochet Socks for the Family by Darla Sims. In addition to crochet patterns, this includes information that teaches you how to design your own crochet socks.
- Make Fun Socks by Abbey Swanson. There are nine crochet patterns in this book, which is available as an affordable print or ebook.
- Crocheted Socks and More Crochet Socks. These are two pattern books by Janet Rehfeldt, featuring a total of more than 30 patterns between them.
Many crochet magazines are also now regularly publishing sock patterns in their issues.