8 Must-See Absolutely Free Sock Knitting Patterns

Eight free and totally killer must see sock knitting patterns curated by This Knitted Life

I have had socks on my brain this week. I don’t know what this says about me. Maybe that my feet are cold?

I’ve been perusing Etsy and other sites for sock yarn when I have no time or business doing so. I’ve even sourced Size 1 (2.25 mm) needles with trial intentions of letting go of my Size 2 (2.75 mm) technique and seeing what comes my way.

Daring, I know.

It’s getting wild and woolly over here.

I’m sharing some free sock knitting patterns today. I’ve downloaded and read all of these patterns, and they pass the Respectable Pattern test. I feel confident sharing them here. All photo credits go to the designers (photos are linked back to the pattern’s Ravelry page).


Strands of Gold by Linda Garland

This is a new pattern, just published on Ravelry last month. I want to knit this pattern because it’s toe up (which I haven’t tried yet) AND includes a short row heel, so there’s no need to pick up stitches (my least favorite part of sock knitting). Well done, Linda. This pattern’s in my queue for sure!

Photo credit to Linda Garland

Photo credit to Linda Garland

Miss Lemons by Heidi Alander

Miss Lemons is another newer sock pattern, published in May 2016. This pattern calls for top down construction with a grafted toe over a 60-stitch circumference. I think this will be perfect for my new Size 1 needles. I’ve been favoring 52 stitches on Size 2 needles, and this will be a good transition, mathematically. The base stitch is lacy but nothing too impossible. And I love this lemon yellow color! My soul warms just looking at these socks.


Photo Credit to Heidi Alander

Buttonjar’s Basic Sock by Julie Cashin

Julie’s sock pattern is also newer, published on Ravelry in June 2016. This pattern also calls for casting on 60 stitches with top down construction and a grafted toe. This is a simple pattern, which I favor for speedy socks. The upper sock is ribbed, but the foot is all stockinette.

Photo credit to Julie Cashin

Photo credit to Julie Cashin

Vanilla with Sprinkles by Jenna Krupar

Jenna has written up a very basic sock recipe. Her pattern is also top down with a grafted toe. My favorite part is that the pattern includes cast on options for small, medium and large sizes (52-60 stitches), so you don’t have to do any math regardless of your size requirements! I think all the Super Duper gorgeous and fun sock yarn available these days makes simple all-stockinette socks more than satisfying. Knit on! This would be a perfect starter sock pattern for the new sock knitter.

Photo credit to Jenna Krupar

Photo credit to Jenna Krupar

Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder

I know Hermione’s is a staple sock pattern favored by many. I’ve only knit it once for my Man Socks. The pattern calls for 64 stitches on size 1 needles with top down construction and a grafted toe. I used size 2 needles with Madelinetosh Tosh Sock and found the socks were suitable for big feet.

Photo credit to Erica Lueder

Photo credit to Erica Lueder

Blueberry Waffle Socks by Sandy Turner

I’ve knit this pattern four times! It was my staple for a long time. I like it because the math is based on casting on 52 stitches, which fits me well. The pattern calls for DK weight yarn, but I used fingering weight sock yarn with perfect results.  The design is based on top down construction with a grafted toe.

Photo credit to Sandy Turner

Photo credit to Sandy Turner

A Nice Ribbed Sock by Glenna C.

I would be remiss not to mention this pattern because I used it for my first ever pair of socks, inspired by Glenna and her lovely blog. The design is based on a 64-stitch circumference and also includes top down construction and a grafted toe. I had to convert the math to 52 stitches to fit my feet, but that wasn’t the end of the world. I would recommend using this pattern (without adjustment) for man socks or big feet socks.

Photo credit to Glenna C.

Photo credit to Glenna C.

Pixel Stitch Socks by Purl Soho

I’ve had this pattern on my radar for far too long now. THESE SOCKS ARE GORGEOUS. This design is a bit unusual (for me) in that it calls for toe up with a provisional cast on that is grafted in the end. The pattern provides math for three difference sizes  (thank you!), the smallest of which is 60 st circumference. Two different skeins of yarn are required, but the outcome is oh so pretty! This pattern also includes a short row heel, which has a lot of appeal to me. I hate picking up stitches. Purl Soho always comes up with cool, appealing patterns, and this sock pattern is no exception.

Photo credit to Purl Soho

Photo credit to Purl Soho

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  • Reply pumpkin sunrise October 26, 2016 at 6:28 am

    now I have an urge to make a pair of socks…..I wonder where that came from??

  • Reply Katie October 26, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Have you tried the fish lips kiss heel? It’s life changing. It’s basically a variation on a short row heel but it’s stretchier and fits most folks better. It’s not free, but last time I checked it was only a dollar on Ravelry. Works with toe up and top down both.

  • Reply Kat with a K October 26, 2016 at 7:19 am

    All of these socks are fantastic, and I love the stamp of approval you have given each!

  • Reply Little Church Knits October 26, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Yup. Me too! I spent the weekend “Rogue Knitting” on socks…just can’t get enough!!

  • Reply Stefanie October 26, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    A great array of sock patterns. I have a HFO for the Hermione and I want to knit some Blueberry Waffles for myself. But I totally hear ya. I do like a easy peasy sock pattern where I don’t have to expend too much brain power for.

  • Reply zeta (kalianapodi.wordpress.com) October 27, 2016 at 12:31 am

    I casted on two days ago two vanilla socks. One is toe-up and one cuff-down. I keep one in the car and one on the coffee table. I’m wild! I know!

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple October 27, 2016 at 7:28 am

    awesome and thank you!! i printed out strands of gold which has a youtube link that will help me!!!

  • Reply JenR October 29, 2016 at 6:24 am

    I love those Purl Soho socks – I just need to find the right yarn and I never buy solid colors. Maybe I’ll add it to the list for next year!

  • Reply Julie October 30, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Those are all so beautiful, but thank you in particular for alerting me to the existence of Strands of Gold! I’ve been dying to try a pair of toe up socks, they look perfect.

  • Reply Sierra October 31, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing all these amazing sock patterns! The only ones I have knit before were the Hermione Everyday socks! Guess I need to add another pair or two to the four I already have cast on!

  • Reply Alina November 1, 2016 at 7:58 am

    So lovely! I especially like Purl Soho pattern – such wonderful colors!

  • Reply Eva Quirk April 2, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Hi my name is Eva . I am having trouble knitting socks. I want make them . Please help me to learn .

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life April 6, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      Hmmm. I would say search YouTube or grab a class on Craftsy. That ought to get you going in the right direction.

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