A simple knitted sock pattern for beginners

Our easy instructions take the fancy footwork out of knitting socks.

How to make knitted socks

Consider the sock. Humble little footnote to everyone's wardrobe that almost everyone takes for granted. From the heavy-duty workhorse variety to the oh-so-serious knee-length version to fanciful little anklets, socks are not only capable of making a fashion statement, but they all speak volumes about their wearers.

Time was when any self-respecting knitting basket held a pair of socks under construction. Entire armies of feet were warmed by socks lovingly made by mothers, wives and even strangers back home. Knitting a pair for a teenage boyfriend was tantamount to going steady. Even when they gave way to the store-bought variety, granny's handknits made great bed socks on cold winter nights. Sadly, entire generations never came face to foot with a handmade pair.

Handknit socks are in again. In response to all the requests we've received, here's a pattern for simple, sporty socks that guarantees success the first time you tackle a pair. Stitched with knitting-weight yarn, they work up quickly.

Sport socks
Instructions are written for Small (S) size. Any changes for Medium (M), Large (L) or Extra Large (XL) are written in brackets. If there is only one set of figures, it applies to all sizes. Recommended for knitters with some general knitting experience.

Small 23 cm (9 ins)
Medium 24 cm (9-1/2 ins)
Large 26.5 cm (10-1/2 ins)
Extra Large 28 cm (11 ins)
All measurements are approximate.

You need:

  • 1(1,2,2) balls (100 g) Patons Classic Wool
  • Set of four 4 mm double-pointed needles OR whichever needles you require to produce the tension given below
  • Stitch holder
  • Scrap of contrasting colour yarn
  • Tapestry needle

Click here to see examples of knitting stitches.

cm = centimetre(s)
g = gram(s)
in(s) = inch(es)
k = knit
mm = millimetre(s)
p = purl
psso = pass slipped stitch over
rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat
rnd(s) = round(s)
sl = slip
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together

20 sts and 28 rows = 10 cm/4 ins in stocking stitch using 4 mm needles. Work to exact tension with specified yarn to obtain satisfactory results.


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