Free Knitting Pattern: Easy Peasy Socks!

I just designed a pair of socks for my beginning sock knitting class… and have made the pattern a free download! These socks are designed with the first-time sock knitter in mind. Sock knitting can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. All you need to be able to do is work in the round, decrease and pick up stitches, and you can make these socks!

free easy knitting sock pattern

Click here to download!

These are worsted weight socks, which means that they’ll be warm, and work up quickly. They may not be the socks that you want to wear every day, but I think that you’ll be a less discouraged sock knitter if you learn the basics on a project that you’ll finish quickly. Save your pretty self-striping sock-weight yarn for your next pair.

Warning: This pattern is annotated with lots of helpful hints & notes… it’s sorta like a transcript of what a sock class with me is like. This is probably very boring if you’ve knit socks before!

Notes on the pattern for those interested in teaching: I designed this pattern to teach first-timers to knit socks, so there are a number of simplifying design features:

  • Short cuff, so it’s quick to get started learning ‘sock-y’ things
  • No leg, same reason as above
  • No need to keep track of ‘needle 1 and needle 2’ like some sock patterns… because everyone always looses track!
  • Heel flap is worked in stockinette, no fancy pattern to remember
  • Only one round to remember for gusset decreases, so you don’t need to keep track of what round you’re on
  • Worsted weight goes fast!

As with all of my patterns, feel free to use this pattern for your personal use, but it is not to be sold without consent.

This sock pattern makes use of the ‘ssk’ decrease. This is a decrease over two stitches, and is not achieved by ‘slip 1, slip 1, knit 1’. If you are unfamiliar with this decrease, please check out this video.

Need more help?

Need more sock help? I recommend the visual-oriented learners take Donna Drachunas’s Knit Sock Workshop on Craftsy. It’s a video course, so you’ll learn everything you need to know!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Stacey
Stacey from FreshStitches

157 COMMENTS

  1. Pamela Albaro SAYS...

    I am so thrilled! I just finished (it is 12:32 am here) my first adult sock using this pattern. Thanks for this wonderful design, and a great pattern. I feel it was written just for me. I can’t wait to make my second sock and have a complete pair.

    • Michelle keeping SAYS...

      Would like this pattern

  2. daphne SAYS...

    Hey I am a first time sock knitter and I am using your pattern. I am totally exited about getting the gusset done. Now I am at the toe decrease and totally lost. Ive got my work on 4dpns Maybe I am having a brain fart but I have read your directions over and over and I think I may have screwed up my placements. Do you know an easy way to figure out where my decreases start? Sorry to bug ya. Daff

    • The toe decreases should be on the ‘sides’ of the sock…
      So, just try your sock on (or pretend to), and you’ll want to decrease where the socks touch the sides of your foot.
      Hope that helps… if not, feel free to send me an email!

  3. daphne SAYS...

    thanks so much I got it finished. the toe kind of looks boxy though. For my first sock I am totally ok with it. I appreciate your pattern and help.

    • Yes, the toe will be a little bit boxy, because it’s a worsted weight yarn sock. Now that you know how to make socks, you can move onto fingering weight ones 🙂 They will have a more ‘refined’ shape!

  4. This is my first time knitting socks. In the pattern after knitting the heel flap, I should have 20 sts left on the needle.

    The next step is to Turn the Heel.

    Row 1 (RS): K12, ssk, k1 = 14 sts? Correct? Leaving 6 stitches not touched. Then I go on to Row 2 Correct? Beginning where I left off from Row 1 and Sl 1 which is the last K1 stitch from Row 1?

    If I’m following this pattern correctly then I’m not doing something right because when I get to the last row I DO NOT have 12 sts left to knit.

    • Hi Donna-
      Are you doing the SSK correctly? The ssk is a decrease over 2 stitches… I’ve met a number of people who slip 2 stitches, and then knit the next stitch, which will result in the incorrect number of stitches at the end of the heel flap.
      If you’re still having difficulties, how about you send me an email? It’s easier for me to help you out than via blog comments…
      stacey ATT freshstitches DOTT com
      thanks!

  5. No maam! I was not doing the ssk stitch correctly! 🙂 I will try that and let you know how I did later! Thank you!

    Donna

    • No problem… it’s a very common oopsie!
      Knittinghelp.com has great videos: here you can watch the ssk in action 🙂

  6. Amanda SAYS...

    Thank you very much for this pattern. This will be my first pair of socks. I’m on the decreases now & loving how easy-to-follow the instructions are & the helpful hints.

  7. Virginia Schultz SAYS...

    I wanted to download the easy peasy socks pattern. I used to do some knitting, and now I’m thinking of getting back into it.

    Anyway, my computer isn’t cooperating, and I couldn’t download the pattern. Could you send it to me in an email, please???

    It’s so nice that it’s an easy one with worsted weight because I have so much to learn all over again!!!

  8. Kim SAYS...

    What yarn did you use to make the pair of socks in the picture I love the color and would like to buy some.

    • Hey Kim! It’s Claudia Handpainted 🙂

  9. lily SAYS...

    where is the pattern???

  10. @Lily: click on the ‘download the pattern’ link below the photo

  11. Lyne Tinkler SAYS...

    Thank you for your simple instructions and comforting comments along the sock-knitting journey. Your pattern was so easy to follow (apart from the toe bit which threw me completely – my fault, not the pattern’s). I would NEVER have attempted a sock if it wasn’t for you. So thank you soooooo much. I love the socks I’ve made!

  12. jo SAYS...

    Hi Stacey,
    I just found your sock instructions. Can’t wait to try it out on a long train/bus trip tomorrow. Thanks for making the instructions so easy to read (ie triangle-y; I get that!) so that they don’t get lost in the translation from US to Aus. Oops have just seen a reference to Kitchener stitch – might need some more googling. I’ll email if I can’t find what it is. Jo

  13. Lori SAYS...

    Awesome free pattern! Can’t wait to try it! Can this pattern be done on 1 long circular needle? DPN’s scare me!

    • @Lori-
      They can be, but the instructions refer to putting stitches on certain double point needles… so if it’s your first pair of socks, it might be confusing to do them on a circular.

  14. Sally SAYS...

    hiya , I have just come across your site and i love it!!
    I am really looking forward to knitting this pattern, however, I am in Sunny (ha ha) England here so wondered if you could translate the needle size into mm please??? it would be very much appreciated !
    Sally

  15. Cathy SAYS...

    Can this pattern be used with fingering? Will the size come out the same and what size needles would i use?
    Thanks
    Cathy

    • Hi Cathy-
      I wouldn’t recommend doing this pattern with fingering. To be honest, you’d have to do a lot of recalculating, and you’d be better off using a pattern designed for that weight of yarn.
      I like Churchmouse Yarn and Tea’s Basic sock pattern if you’re interested in fingering weight.

  16. Liz SAYS...

    Firstly, thanks for posting this sock pattern with hints. Very helpful for first time knitter. But I’m quite confused about the picking up of stitches on the gusset. I can’t see which stitches to pick up or how to do it! Do I need to use the fourth needle? Which end of the ‘heel flap’ needle do I pick up on (the end with the yarn, or other end)? Do I simply pick up, or pick up and knit (somehow). Can you point me to a good site that explains it all, stitch by stitch.
    Conversely I found turning the heel pretty easy with your clear instructions 🙂
    Thanks, Liz

    • Hi Liz!
      If you’re unfamiliar with how to pick up stitches, I would recommend searching YouTube for a video for ‘how to pick up stitches’, which will explain it step-by-step.
      The pattern states which needle you should be picking up stitches with.

  17. Marilyn SAYS...

    Thank you– I have knitted socks before–but in the last 45 years I have lost the pattern, due to moves, and patterns wear out. My friend needs a pair of warm socks to wear to sleep in–and I couldn’t find my pattern!! Now I have time to knit a warm set before the snow falls—I have a feeling I will knit many more in the winters to come. Thank you!!!!

  18. Marilyn SAYS...

    If you will change the “ssk” to sl1, k1, psso, everything will go easily. I have been knitting for over 50 years and I have never seen “ssk” before. After referring to several other sock patterns, I realized you have used this new code for the old sl1, k1, psso. It’s like a new language to old knitters. And ssk doesn’t describe at all what the knitter is supposed to do. When I discovered this meaning, I edited your pattern and all went well. In fact, it’s one sock a day now!! Thanks

    • Hi Marilyn-
      I’m sorry you find the term ssk confusing. It’s slightly different than s1, k1, psso… but you’re right that they’re both left-leaning decreases.
      Use whichever one suits you!

  19. Deborah SAYS...

    My computer isn’t cooperating either and won’t download the pattern so could u please email it to me? I have tried to download from different places and it just cant render the page! Thank you, Deborah

  20. Stephanie SAYS...

    Hi Stacey, first of all, thanks for the pattern, I really enjoyed working on it and I found your comments inserted throughout very useful. I have to say though, that you got me completely confused with the “ssk” at the heel. I tried a good 4 times, but messed it up every time. I finally got on my computer, read the comments on your article here and followed Marilyn’s advice about replacing it with sl1, k1, psso and I got it on the first try ! Maybe I’m the only one who had trouble with that, but from my beginner point of view, the sl1, k1, psso is easier to understand and to follow.

    • Hi Stephanie-
      The ‘ssk’ is a decrease that’s not literally, ‘slip slip and then knit’. It’s listed in the abbreviations, but I suppose I could have been clearer by putting a note in the pattern.
      Knitting Help.com has a video of the stitch, and it’s worth learning, since it’s the second most popular decrease (next to k2tog) that you’ll find in knitting.

  21. OMG! OMG! I might actually be able to do this! I started a sock…um…7? 8? years ago on fine sock yarn. Got to the turning part and …lost.

    I think i threw it out, with the needles, even, when I was cleaning last year.

    I’ve ordered some chunkier weight yarn (not the super chunky) and wanted to try

  22. hmmm the computer ate the 2nd half of my comment!

    Wanted to try making some “house socks” …and now I’m all kinds of excited to try this pattern. I laughed aloud several times while pre-reading the pattern…You’re a nut…I like it!

    Thanks so so so much!

    Kirsty

  23. Can I use sock yarn.And how would I do magic loop and two socks on one circular needles.
    Thanks!
    Ann!

    • Hi Ann! This pattern is written specifically for worsted weight yarn on double point needles… for sock yarn and magic loop, I think it’d be easiest to find another pattern rather than adapting.

  24. Lynn SAYS...

    First time knitting a sock. Pattern easy to follow but. I’m at the point to do the toe and one of my markers feel off. Is there a way to do the toe without one of the markers in the right place?

    • @Lynn- The toe stitch markers should be at the sides of the foot, so you can figure out where they should be by putting the sock on (or pretending to) with the heel in the right spot on your foot. There should be the same number of stitches between the markers.

    • Linda SAYS...

      Hi Lynnsay,

      I am also trying to knit same sock. I got cuff done now on heel flap working on 20 stitches my question is when i knitted first row on outside of my sock is purl and when i knit i see inside the sock is that right or do i just turn sock right side out? Or did i do something wrong. Thanks for your help.

      Linda

  25. amanda SAYS...

    I don’t think i understand what you mean by sm- slip marker

    slip it where? from where to where? i am confused and it becomes very important when decreasing at the toes (i’ve made a bit of a mess at the gusset part but i will do better on the second sock but i’m flumoxed by “slip marker”)

    • Hi Amanda-
      “slip marker” means move the marker from the left needle to the right needle.

  26. amanda SAYS...

    ok – that makes sense, what i had done is placed the marker in the wool between the stitches-
    thanks
    whilst I’m here- another question- just before i start decresing for the toes, how many stiches should i have over the top of the foot? (because i went a little wrong on the gusset i think i might not have the right number left over the top )

    • @Amanda- the stitch markers at the toe should be exactly on the sides, which means there will be an equal number of stitches at the top and bottom.

  27. Avrielle Jones SAYS...

    I have been looking for beginner tips/patterns for knitting socks EVERYWHERE. I am so glad I found your page. I read over the pattern and it looks great. I am excited to try it out and make my first pair of socks. Thank you, thank you!

  28. Diane Hoyt SAYS...

    I am almost finished with the first sock. I used the Magic loop method and it seems to be working for me. My stitch markers fell off , I was knitting on my couch and recovering from a really awful cold. After reading comments I will put my markers back on in the correct manner. Thanks this is a first for me. I can’t believe I am making a sock.

  29. Juliann SAYS...

    First set of socks made! Went surprisingly well. I have a small foot though, so it worked to used fewer rows in the heel section – 16 instead of 20 for me. 🙂 Thanks for the pattern though!

    • @Juliann- So happy to hear! Congrats!

  30. Victoria SAYS...

    Hi Stacey. Thanks for making such an easy worsted weight sock pattern. I’m a crochet person myself so I’ve been re-teaching myself to knit using this pattern (and using a knook which has been a trip!) but I’ve reached a point where I’m a bit confused.

    SM means slip marker, but I’m a little confused on exactly where I should have put the marker. I put locking stitch markers right on the stitch directly after the 19th and 1st pick up stitches. I suppose I’m a little confused on if the marker should change stitches. The way I have it set up is I’m keeping the markers on the same stitch and slipping that stitch on each round- is that what I’m supposed to do? It seems like it would make the sock a little tight. Should I knit them at some point? Thanks!

    • @Victoria- ‘sm’ refers to slipping ring stitch markers. These are stitch markers that sit on the needle themselves, and so to ‘slip’ one means to move it from the left needle to the right needle.

  31. Victoria SAYS...

    Oh, I feel rather silly now. That made my life a lot easier. I’ve got my sock fixed. Thanks Stacey!

  32. Ashton SAYS...

    I’m just trying this pattern out now and I’m at the triangle-y part but I’m not sure which needle you pick up the stitches on and which side you start with . I’m using 4 dpns am I supposed to be using a set of 5? Help please! (:

    • @Ashton, for picking up stitches, you’ll want to follow the directions exactly, using the needle that’s specified in the pattern.

  33. Ashton SAYS...

    I’ve read the pattern but I’m confused which needle to pick up the stitches with, one of the ones near the ankle or the one where you worked the heal with 20 stitches on it? Sorry to confuse you

    • @Ashton The pattern specifies which needle you should use at which times. Sometimes reading the pattern aloud as you are knitting is helpful.

  34. Cary SAYS...

    I’m having the same problem that Ashtons having. I don’t know if you want me to pick up the stitches with the needle that has the heel round or the next needle in line.

  35. Carolyn SAYS...

    What size are these easy peasy socks?

    • @Carolyn- They’re sized for a woman, check out details in the pattern.

      • Carolyn SAYS...

        Thanks for replying so quickly. I did read the pattern but I guess I am being picky!! My sister wears a 5 and my daughter a 10 so I hoped to get an average of 7 or 8. I will have to do what it says and just try a pair, and I am sure I will know someone who would want them. I am excited about my first pair of socks!!!
        I have been knitting for over 50 years (yes, I started at 10) and have never done these out of fear. This pattern looks easy.
        Thanks again. Carolyn

        • Hey Carolyn-
          You should be fine. Women’s sizes are mostly about length of the foot, and you’ll work the sock to your length, so it’ll do lots of sizes 🙂
          It’s not, though, going to work for a bigger ankle (like a men’s sock)
          stacey

  36. Carol SAYS...

    I am at the toe decrease of the pattern. I get to the end of the k1, *sm, k2tog. K to 2 sts before next marker, ssk. Knit to next marker. Where I’m getting stuck is the repeat from *. Knit to end of round. Once I’m done with the part before the repeat, I’m at the bottom of the sock. If I repeat I go past the end of the round. Once I get to the bottom do I just knit across and not do the repeat? Please help!

    • @Carol- You’ll want to go back and make sure you did the setup rounds properly, as this will have you inserting a marker for the end of the round, as well!

      • Carol SAYS...

        Hi I am pretty sure I did the setup round correctly. I redid it twice. Repeating the round 1 of the toe decrease makes me to past the end of the round. I have just been knitting straight across the bottom and then decreasing at the sides again. I have been decreasing once on the first two needles of the top of the foot and then just knitting across the bottom.

        • @Carol- Hmm… I’m not sure what to recommend. I’ve just doodled the stitches out on paper, and they seem correct, and I haven’t heard any feedback of an error…

  37. Amanda SAYS...

    Got through the sock fine now im on the toe and completely lost I have two stitch markers but it sounds like there is suppose to be four

    • Hi Amanda- Yes, you should have 4 st markers. I recommend going back to right before the toe, and reading the instructions aloud… that usually points out any instructions you may have skipped!

  38. Linda SAYS...

    Hi Stacy, I am knitting my first sock too love the pattern and all details and tips. I am got the cuff done and now up to heel flap it says on needle 1 you will knit 20 stitches RS and then WS
    you will purl 20 stitches repeat these 2 rows have 20 rows done.

    My question is i have purl side outside of sock and look
    inside i see my knit side is that right? After the sock is done you turn inside out? . Thanks for your help. Linda

    • It seems like you’ve turned one extra time. I would just turn it an extra time so that your purl stitches are on the inside.

      • Linda SAYS...

        Hi Stacey,

        Thank you answering my question. I also did improved ssk which makes it much easier to do that stitch i am up to turning the heel so i hope do rest of the sock goes ok. Linda

  39. Nancy Walsh SAYS...

    I’m at the turning the heel bit of the pattern and I’m sure I was following the pattern exactly but I ended up getting to the 5th and 6th rows realizing I didn’t have enough stitches left on my needle to complete the row properly. My heel is off to the side and falling off the sock. I can’t figure out what I did wrong 🙁

  40. Linda SAYS...

    Hi Stacy, I figured it out i was doing good up to part i have to decrease i wasn’t paying attention i notice big boo boo i was wondering why had so many stitches heel is so start over with different color yarn see how it goes this time. Your directions are fantastic. Linda

  41. Connie Leadbetter SAYS...

    I must be thick but I can’t find how to download (copy) the pattern instructions for the Easy Peasy Socks. Could you direct on how to do this. Thanks so much!

    • Right under the photo, click ‘click here to download’!

  42. Phyllis Vermeer SAYS...

    do you have free knitting patterns

  43. Jessica SAYS...

    Hi Stacey. I was wondering if you would consider doing a video guide or tutorial to go with this pattern? Perhaps it is just me, but I tend to be a visual learner and a video showing the turning the heel part and such would be very helpful!

    • Hi Jessica- Thanks for the suggestion. I’m afraid that doing a video tutorial for the process of making an entire pattern would be quite an undertaking. There are many videos available for each step of the process, check knittinghelp.com for videos on increasing, decreasing, casting on, picking up stitches and knitting on double point needles.
      If you need additional help that these videos can’t provide, then you might want to consider taking the Knit Sock Workshop video course on Craftsy.

      • Jessica SAYS...

        That was helpful, thank you! I had another question. This is what you said for working the foot part of the sock:
        “the foot
        continue working in stockinette stitch (knit all the way around) until the sock (when
        tried on) comes to the bottom of your big toe.”

        I thought knitting every row was garter and alternating rows of knit and purl was stockinette?

        • ‘Stockinette Stitch’ is the term for knitted fabric that has lots of little ‘V’s showing… like you would see on a sweater, etc. It is achieved by alternately knitting and purling when worked in rows, but by knitting every row when worked in the round.

  44. Rosa Price SAYS...

    I just made me first sock! I’ve been knitting since my mum and Auntie Jean taught me when I was 8, and never tried socks before. Thank you so much for creating an easy to follow, non-threatening sock pattern. It fits me just fine, and I wear an 8 1/2, love that I can adjust the length to fit before shaping the toe. Using the thicker yarn makes a cozy slipper type sock, which will be perfect for a Florida winter.

  45. Shari SAYS...

    Hi Stacey I don’t have much knitting experience and I am down to the gusset picked up first st of stitches and knitted round to pick up second set of stitches not sure do they all go on the same needle I have only 61 stitches and I guess my needles are to small as there are to many for the one needle I find the gusset directions confusing to me I have ripped it out twice and still not sure if I am doing it right

    • Hi Shari-
      If you don’t have the number of stitches that the pattern says you should have, then it seems like you’ve encountered a problem somewhere along the way. I’m sorry you find the gusset instructions confusing. I think the best thing to do is to read the instructions aloud, as they do step you through every part of the process.

  46. Brenda SAYS...

    I was doing pretty good on my sock until I began decreasing. I placed my markers in the wrong spots somehow and messed it up. Could you give me better clarification on where my markers go after I pick up the stitches?

    • Hi Brenda-
      The stitch markers should be placed in between your instep (top of foot) stitches and your gussets.

  47. I would love to knit these socks however after downloading pattern it is french is there any chance you would email it too me please

    • Hi Ann-
      There are two files available, a French and an English one. Please download the English one.

  48. Hi, thanks so much for the pattern. Great advice to use thicker wool for the first sock! I am feeling pretty confident about using the finer wool now I’ve finished two using your pattern 🙂

  49. Bernadette SAYS...

    Thank you so much for this sock pattern. I have just completed my first ever pair of socks – they nearly match, and my son loves them! Following the pattern was pretty straightforward. I knitted both to the point at which I needed to decrease for the toes, then finished them off. I could measure them one against the other that way.

    • Judy SAYS...

      I am having a horrible time with the set-up round. I think my markers might be in the wrong place although I haven’t moved them since putting them on. On one needle I have 16 stitches with the marker after stitch 15 (this needle is the bottom of the foot), next needle has 10 stitches and the next needle has 14 with the marker after stitch 12. Then I start the set up round and it never turns out. What am I doing wrong?????

      • Hi Judy-
        I’m sorry you’re having trouble!
        If you require more assistance, I suggest signing up for an online class or taking a class in your local yarn shop.
        I hope you understand that with tens of thousands of downloads for this free pattern, I can’t provide individual assistance… especially since I can’t see your knitting to see what’s gone wrong!

  50. Angela SAYS...

    Stacey,

    When you say “slip slip knit” what exactly do you mean? Do I just slip two stitches and knit the next one? I tried that and it didn’t look right.

    Angela

    • Angela SAYS...

      I found it but still can’t get it

    • The ‘ssk’ is a decrease that isn’t just slipping, slipping and knitting. Please see the video that I linked to in the blog post.

  51. Victoria SAYS...

    Hi. I came back a triumphant sock-knitter. Just thought people might be interested in the information I learned while making socks.

    I’ve knitted this pattern about half a dozen times now with Red Heart’s worsted weight acrylic yarn for the practice. I’ve noticed that I had to go down to a size 3mm needle to obtain the correct gauge in Red Heart for this pattern, so anyone using Red Heart as well for practice might want to adjust the needles.

    A sock knitted with the suggested 3.75mm (US #5) needles in Red Heart fit a size 9 men’s shoe (which was a good thing because I gave those socks to my fiance.)

    On the flip side, my Red Heart socks were sort of too big to wear with proper shoes (but fit a bit better in my boots) but they were very warm so I use most of mine as slipper replacements.

    I noticed I also get better results when knitting socks with any yarn with elastic thread. My socks weren’t getting the snug feel I wanted without it and kept flopping off, but it might have been the way I knit.

    I’ve started to use a row counter on one of my needles while doing the heel flap. On several socks I miscounted and wound up with heels that were too large…

    The row counter is also handy while turning the heel to help mark the needle with the section that isn’t supposed to be knit yet.

    Anyway, thanks for the pattern! I don’t see myself buying commercial socks any time soon.

    • Wow, Victoria, thanks so much for sharing all that information! It really helps to get input from someone who’s done it with fresh eyes… I’m sure people will really appreciate this! 🙂

  52. Gail Muehling SAYS...

    I would like permission to use the easy Peasy sock pattern to teach a class. I would not receive any monies for teaching the class to interested club members. I am a member of the Grand Stitchers located in Sun City Grand, Surprise, AZ.

    • Hi Gail. Feel free to! Thanks 🙂

  53. Wanda Raney SAYS...

    I have been knitting socks for some time now and it is my favorite thing to do. For those of you who want to get away from double pointed needles, I highly recmmend the magic loop method. I will not need socks are sweater sleeves with double pointed needes ever again.

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  55. Sasha Deveaux SAYS...

    I think there is a mistake in the heel turning directions. I ran into trouble on row five. I came up three stitches short. I followed the directions to the letter. I’ll rip out to the end of flap and try again. Another blogger also had a problem with the heel turning and went to Youtube. Also, after using Utube as a resource for knitting socks with double pointed needles, I saw that a fourth needle was necessary to knit the sock. That wasn’t mentioned in the pattern. It also would have helped to say how many stitches were left on each row of heel turning, so the knitter would know before he or she reached the point of no return, if they had the wrong number of stitches on the needle and a correction was needed.

    • Hi Sasha-
      I don’t believe there is a typo in the patterns. If you are short on stitches in the heel turn, chances are that you are doing the ssk incorrectly. (see some of the above comments for a link to a video)
      When knitting on double point needles, one extra needle (in this case, the fourth one) is used for the knitting. It’s not explicitly referred to in the instructions as it doesn’t carry any stitches, however, it is called for in the materials requirements.

  56. Carly SAYS...

    Hi there!
    Enjoying having a go at knitting my first sock! My question is, when you are doing your decrease rounds, do you have to do a round of decreases followed by a round of purls before you do your next decrease round? I thought the stockinette pattern might get messed up if you don’t..
    Many thanks!!

    • Hi Carly-
      Stockinette is only a knit round then a purl round when it is worked in rows. When it is worked in the round, it is all knit. The pattern is written correctly!

  57. Patti SAYS...

    Hi Stacey,
    I am knitting your pattern for the first time and I am wondering which way to move the stitch markers on the decrease?

    thanks,
    Patti

    • Hi there-
      when you slip the stitch marker, you do so as you would for any other knitting pattern. There’s no need to move them particularly for the decreases.

  58. Markus SAYS...

    Never knitted before, trying to learn.

    In the pattern your refer to CO. Guessing that means count off. But then there are RS and WS? Not in the abbreviation key. What are RS and WS?

    • Hi! ‘CO’ means ‘cast on’, RS is right side and WS is wrong side.
      I wouldn’t recommend this pattern as your first knitting pattern… I would get some experience with a simpler pattern, first.

  59. MD SAYS...

    In Row 1 of turning the heel (k12, ssk, k1), I can’t figure out what to do with the remaining stitches… I have 20 stitches on the first double pointed needle, and I’ve knitted and purled my 20 rows, as the pattern says, so if I knit 12, slip slip and then knit the two I slipped, and knit a final stitch, that leaves me with five on the needle… Am I missing something?

    Thanks so much for this pattern. It’s my first time knitting a sock, and I’m feleing confident that I’ll get the hang of it!

    • emma SAYS...

      im having this problem and haven’t figured it out, please HELP!!!

      thanks

      • Hi Emma-
        I’m not quite sure what ‘this problem’ is… have you browsed through all of the comments for replies? Most troubles folks are having have very nice replies with solutions!

      • MD SAYS...

        The way I did it (which I’m not positive is right, but looks good) is to leave the remaining stitches on the needle. Don’t slip them to the other needle, don’t do anything to those five. Just turn your knitting and follow the next instruction. Eventually, you’ll work down those 20 stitches to 12 just by following the pattern.

      • Hi guys,

        I think I can help you! When you’re knitting your heel flap, you leave the remaining stitches on your needle. When you get to the end of the row instructions, (in this case, on the RS -right side) you need to stop and begin your next row ( now you willl be on the WS – wrong side). You will have extra stitches on the needle that you did not knit, but that is good because they will be worked on your remaining rows. Remember that a Heel flap is just a set of decreases staggered to make the rounded shape.
        Does that make sense?

        Hannah

        • Bernadette SAYS...

          Thank you Hannah! Just the answer I was looking for before moving (carefully) on :0)

  60. MD SAYS...

    Sorry!!! Ignore me! It’s almost 3 AM here, and I didn’t read the instructions carefully enough. I barreled ahead, determined to frog it if necessary, and I have a turned heel! I *may* have run around my room cheering. You rock!!

  61. jan SAYS...

    I need help with your easy peasy sock pattern! Is this where I would ask?

  62. jan SAYS...

    It’s the PU part of the gusset…right after the “turning of the heal” I don’t understand how to pick up stitches “ON THIS NEEDLE” I just can’t picture what to do and I checked out others’ on utube and every one shows a DIFFERENT way and NONE seem to be using THIS needle to PU on. Do you have a utube? I don’t want anyone else to show me how cuz I’m determined to follow your pattern…

  63. Carol Baker SAYS...

    I am totally not understanding the pickup stitches at gusset. I’ve check out the video but it isn’t the same pattern as yours is it? Looks like her heel was bound off before she started the gusset part. Also it sounds like the needle that my last row of turning the heel is still on will be the one used to pick up stitches but I don’t see how to do it. Will it still have the last 12 stitches and then I pick up more to be on that needle? 20 more? Ahhhhhhhh!!!! I was so determined to learn to do a sock, maybe even make two! Please help! More pictures, or directions or a video that you personally make? Help!

  64. Abby SAYS...

    I am having trouble with the heel-turn. On the first row, you don’t knit all of your stitches. What do you do with the remaining stitches? Do you slip those stitches onto the needle with what you just knitted? Then what stitch will you start back up with on row 2 of the heel turn?

    • Hi Abby-
      The heel is worked in short rows… please take a browse through the comments to see some lovely resources!

  65. Claire SAYS...

    Hi , I love your pattern but I think I mistaken the size 5 kneedles, I used 5 mm and it turned out pretty big. But I learned so much. Thank you!

    • Depending on your knitting style, you may need to change your needle size. It’s important to get the gauge in the pattern for the best fit. Happy you learned a lot, though!

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  67. Donna Wauer SAYS...

    Hi Stacey,

    Thank you for giving pemission for the ladies at Warm-Up-America to use your sock pattern.

    A question for you. What brand of worsted weight yarn did you use for your example? I have played with some of the worsted weight yarn that I have and am having trouble getting the # of stitches for a guage swatch no matter what size needles I try it on.

    Thank you for your help.

    Donna Wauer

    • The sample was Claudia Handpaints worsted, which is a light worsted. If you are using a thick worsted (like Red Heart Super Saver), it will probably be much to thick… so try a brand with a thinner one 🙂

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  69. Vikki Petruzza SAYS...

    Stacey, I am following your pattern, but I did something wrong with the gusset. One side looks perfect, like in the pic; but on the other side the angle of the gusset where you do the decreases goes towards the instep instead of the arch. What did I do wrong? Any ideas. I can send a pic if that helps.

    Thanks.

    • Hi Vikki- It sounds to me like either the stitch marker was in the wrong place, or you started the end of the round somewhere funny and therefore were decreasing on the wrong side of the stitch markers.
      For both, the decreases should be happening on the ‘heel side’ of the stitch markers.
      Unfortunately, it sounds like a case where you’ll have to rip back to picking up the stitches… but you can do it!

      • Vikki Petruzza SAYS...

        Thank you, Stacey. I got it going now! I know what I did wrong, I did my decreases on that side on the wrong side of the marker. Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it.

  70. Tammy SAYS...

    I’m new to knitting. I really would like to learn how to make socks.
    My grandma made them and I have such memories with her.
    Can you help me to guide me in a first time pattern to follow to teach me how? Or a video link . I’ve only followed one pattern before and that was a knitted wash cloth. I really want to learn!!!!

    • The pattern that is talked about in this blog post is meant for beginners, so you could give it a try! If you’re looking for a video, then you might want to try the online class that I also recommend in the post.

  71. merrcherr SAYS...

    So I tried this pattern for the first time making socks ever and it worked like a dream for me !! Whee !! Talk about feeling my knitting skills take a quantum leap forward, like a knit-and-purl USS Enterprise lol
    But that being said I do have a question – the toe decrease…am I supposed to have 12 stitch total or 12 on 2 needles for a total of 24 for when I bind off bc I somehow ended up with a perfect1st timer sock until it reaches the tip of my big toe, and then it turns into a pointy elf sock !!

    • Yay! So happy to hear it!
      It’s 12 sts total, and yes, it’s a little pointy. You’ll find that the pointiness goes away when you put it on your foot. 🙂

      • merrcherr SAYS...

        I’m still having toe issues – am I only supposed to have 2 decreases per decrease round or am I reading the instructions incorrectly?

        • The toe has 4 decreases per round (two k2tog and two ssk).

  72. Ann SAYS...

    Hi,

    I just finished the gusset and now beginning to foot. I read ahead to the toe part and I’m afraid my stitch markers don’t coincide with the pattern anymore. Perhaps you could number the needles on the pattern so I can see where I’ve gone wrong. Like needle no.1 and needle no.2 etc.

    Thanks,
    Ann

    • Hi Ann! I’m sorry that your stitch markers have gotten confused… they should be at the sides of the foot. You can follow the line from the gusset decreases to pinpoint it exactly on your sock.

  73. Cat SAYS...

    Hello. My aunty printed out your pattern for me and i am now on my third sock but i have struck disaster! I have finished up to the big toe but i have messed up and have accidently taken my stitch markers off and now i dont know where to put any of them!

    • That is a disaster! The stitch markers should be at the sides of the toe- read through the previous comments for details on that!

  74. Linda SAYS...

    I just knitted a pair of socks using your pattern. Thanks! instructions are clear and it’s so satisfying wearing them!
    Thanks once again!

  75. Stacey, you are a star…this is just what I was looking for, Thank you. x

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  77. Bonnie SAYS...

    Can these be made with a longer leg then move on to the heal and foot?

  78. Sheree Shannon SAYS...

    This is the pattern I just used for my first EVER sock:-). I have been knitting for years, tried socks several times and just COULD NOT finish it. However, this pattern got me through, and I have finished the first sock – starting its mate tonight. This is an awesome pattern, and the added commentary was very helpful. Thank you!

  79. Ursula Richards SAYS...

    I love this easy pattern. Now that I’ve made this pattern in a heavier yarn, I’d like to use the same pattern using the self-striping yarn, but the yarn is so much thinner. Do you have the same pattern converted to the thinner yarn. I love this pattern. How can it be converted? Thank you

  80. linda Mcneely SAYS...

    would really love to see a video using this sock pattern. I am a visual learner and it would help so much”

  81. Kelly SAYS...

    hi! i love this pattern but am having a bit of trouble… do i cast off after each section? and at the start of the heel where do the 20 stitches come from ?
    thanks,
    Kelly

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