Now that the Summer of Socks Spin-A-Long and Knit-A-Long is underway, we wanted to take time to share with you some of our favorite socks patterns. Whether you are a newbie or seasoned veteran to the art of crafting socks, hopefully you will see something to inspire your senses and encourage you to cast on!
Lets Get Started:
These patterns are great for beginners or those looking for some relaxing travel/social knitting:
Fans of Jasmin and Gigi will recognize this pattern in a heartbeat! The Knitmore Girls have an incredibly fun and informative podcast dedicated to knitting, but also touches on spinning, sewing, family and other crafting adventures. I listen to this podcast when I run; it’s like bringing Knit Night with me wherever I go!
The Knitmores have knit a lot of socks, and they have been kind enough to share their years of experience with us in a free pattern! The Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock is a top-down, basic sock pattern, great for commuting or social knitting. If you are new to knitting socks, give this one a try!
Some prefer to knit their socks from the toe upwards instead of from the cuff down – this can allow you to knit your socks as tall as you like without worrying if you will have enough yarn to complete the foot! Check out Anita Jaensch’s Prototype sock pattern, a simple toe-up sock for knitters wanting to learn the technique. Prototype is written in four sizes, with instructions for altering the pattern to fit any foot.
Prototype Sock by Anita Jaensch – Photos © Anita Jaensch
Show Off that Colour:
These patterns use colour (our favorite subject!) to make your feet P-O-P!
Fault Lines, Low Tide Explorer, and Runner’s Socks by Jennifer Beever – Photos © Jennifer Beever
The crew at the SGY studio are all giant fans of Jennifer Beever’s designs! Her sock patterns Fault Lines and Low Tide Explorer both contain beautiful patterning that shift and tilt variegated colourways. Her Runner’s Socks use two semisolid colours to create dynamic eye-catching stripes.
Roll The Bones Socks by Kirsten Hall – Photos © Kirsten Hall
Check out the amazing new pattern by Kirsten Hall, “Roll The Bones”. These double-stranded, cuff down socks were knit with two semi-solid colourways of Tough Love Sock. The pattern on the top of foot can be randomly generated by ‘tossing the dice’: you can print and paste together paper dice with the charted pattern on them and roll them to see what comes up! Kirsten has included other ideas to randomly generate your pattern, or you can follow a ready-to-knit chart. This pattern was released as part of her “Tour de Sock” series, which includes many other beautiful designs featuring interesting colour, texture, and cables.
Crochet Sock Patterns:
Feet Retreat Crocheted Socks by Taylor Tengelsen – Photos © Taylor Tengelsen
And for all the crocheters out there… Check out the Feet Retreat by Taylor Tengelsen. “These thermal socks are perfect for keeping warm and are great worn with boots. Each sock is one piece worked in the round, cuff down.” Variegated yarns would look terrific in this unique textured pattern!
This is a collection of our in-house sock patterns, most of which have been designed by Felicia herself! For the record, the use of any of these patterns counts towards an extra entry for the prize drawn at the end of the Knit-A-Long!
The Park City Socks by Felicia Lo – Like a mountainside covered in snow-dusted trees, a forest of knitted trees covers the length of these lace socks. Knit up in fingering-weight, nylon-reinforced sock yarn and featuring a heavier-duty Dutch heel, these socks should keep you warm for many winters. These socks are knit from the cuff/top-down.
The Cherry Lane sock pattern features columns of rope-like twists that look like cables but are knit entirely with simple decreases and yarnovers!
Rushing Tide Socks feature a lovely all-over lace pattern that meanders back and forth along the length of the sock. In between each lace “panel” is a thin vertical line of purl stitches, making it the fabric ribbing-like and increasing the stretchiness of the socks.
Designed by Alison Green, the Slackcountry Socks are knit from the top down with twisted stitches in an elegant rib and cable pattern. The twisted stitches make for crisp and defined columns in this design. Knit it in BFL Sock for harder wearing socks!
So many sock patterns to choose from! In fact, we found so many awesome patterns we wanted to share with you, we have to break this post into two parts – please stay tuned for Part Two, to be posted later this month!
Is there a certain sock pattern that is catching your eye? Do you like to knit cables and lace into your socks, or would you rather stick to a simple pattern using BRIGHT variegated yarn? Share with us on the chat thread at our Ravelry forum, or on Twitter and Instagram!
From all of us as SGY, happy knitting!