There are many people who enjoy both knitting and crochet and most will tell you that some projects lend themselves better to one craft than the other. Socks are a great example, with most people arguing that knitting is the superior craft for making socks. While there is certainly a lot of joy to sock knitting, it isn't the only option for crafting socks from yarn. Crochet socks are also a nice choice. 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 as cozy and cute as their knitted counterparts. Here you'll find ten crochet sock patterns along with some book recommendations for additional sock crafting.
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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 it on as you go and easily see if you are making the sock too big or small. She includes instructions for four different sock sizes. She also includes several sock yarn recommendations so that you have options. The pattern uses basic crochet stitches so 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 socks 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.
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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 to show you how to make the socks from start to finish. These socks use primarily basic crochet stitches (single crochet and double crochet) along with the slightly more complex front post double crochet stitch (or alternatively, the shell stitch; she gives options)!
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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 which incorporates a shell stitch for some beautiful texture. This free crochet pattern uses fingering weight yarn and a size B crochet hook.
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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.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Kemberlee Shortland of From Crook to Hook uses single crochet stitches (noting that they are UK double crochet) for this design. Sometimes they are worked in both loops like normal and other times they are worked in back loop only. This gives the sock the appropriate stretch and fit.
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Most people know Snowcatcher from her crochet snowflake patterns but she also has other patterns, too, 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.
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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" but also sometimes known as seed stitch.
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Crochet designer Maz Kwok of Be a Crafter was inspired by seeing collared socks around the web and decided to come up with her own unique version in crochet. They can be worn up as regular socks that are worn with shoes. When they are turned down, the tops create something of a shoe-like design that makes these great house slippers! 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.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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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.
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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 is a great primer on everything you need to know to make crochet socks.
- The Crochet Sock Collection by Vicki Brown, available as both a PDF download and a print book, is a set of half a dozen... patterns for crochet socks.
- New Methods for Crochet Socks by Rohn Strong is an Annie's crochet book featuring one dozen patterns for crochet socks made in a range of different techniques.
- Crocheted Socks and More Crochet Socks are two pattern books by Janet Rehfeldt, f eating a total of more than 30 patterns between them.
Many crochet magazines are also now regularly publishing sock patterns in their issues.