Sunday, August 25, 2013

My Basic Sock Pattern - Free

There are just about as many sock patterns as there are socks. And there are just about as many ways to knit socks as there are sock patterns. I use double pointed needles and knit one sock at a time. There is the danger of SSS (Second Sock Syndrome), which is not doing the second sock, but I switch between socks so I don't have that much of a problem. Other ways to knit socks include using two circular needles and the magic loop method which uses one very long needle.You can even knit socks on two needles and sew up the seams on the sides or the back. I have tried these, but I really loved my double pointed needles, so this old dog don't want to learn this new trick.

I usually don't use a pattern because I have made so many socks. However, I have been asked for my pattern enough times that it is time to write it down. Here it is:

My Basic Sock


100 g of sock yarn – I used Plymouth Yarn Diversity (Love it!)
2.75mm set of double pointed needles
tapestry needle

k - knit
p - purl
k2tog - knit 2 sts together
ssk - slip, slip, knit together
p2tog - purl 2 sts together
sl 1 - slip 1 stitch
st - stitch
dpn – double pointed needles


Cast on 60 sts. Divide over 3 or 4 needles, whichever you prefer. Join, being careful not to twist the stitches. (I use 3 needles divided as 15, 15, and 30, with the joining in the center of the 30 stitch needle. Then I am set to work on the heel flap. If you prefer to work with four needles, divide needle 2 into two needles with 15 sts each)
Work 1 inch of k3, p2 rib.

Next row: Knit around.  Continue knitting every sts until you have reached 6½”, or however long you want the leg part of your sock.

Heel Flap

Using only the needle containing the 30 sts, work the following pattern:

Row 1: Sl1, k1, (sl 1, k1, across to last three sts), k3, turn
Row 2: Sl 1, p to the end of the row, turn
Row 3: Sl1, k2, (sl 1, k1, across to last two sts), k2, turn
Row 4: Sl 1, p to the end of the row, turn

Rep these four rows a total of 8 times (32 rows), ending with row 4.
Turn Heel:

Row 1: K17, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 2: Sl 1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 3: sl 1, k6, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 4: sl 1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 5: sl 1, k8, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 6: sl 1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 7: sl 1, k10, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 8: sl 1, p11, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 9: sl 1, k12, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 10: sl 1, p13, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 11: sl 1, k14, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 12: p16, p2tog, p1 (18 sts)
Row 13: Knit across.


Needle 1: Using the same needle, pick up and knit 16 sts along side of heel flap.
Needle 2: K30 sts, 15 sts from the next two needles.
Needle 3: Pick up and knit 16 sts along side of heel flap and with the same needle, k9 across the first needle.

Your set-up should be:
Needle 1: 26 sts
Needle 2: 30 sts,
Needle 3: 26

K 2 rounds (starting and ending at the centre bottom of sock).

Gusset Decreases:

Round 1: Needle 1: K to 3 sts before end of needle 1, k2tog, k 1.
  Needle 2: K30 sts across
  Needle 3: K1, ssk, k to end of needle 2.
Round 2: k

Rep these rounds until there are 15 sts left on Needles 1 and 3.


Continue to knit all sts on the three needles until your measures 6” along the bottom of the sock or the desired length.  A good guideline is to measure your foot from heel to toe and subtract two inches.


Round 1: Needle 1: k to 3 sts before end of needle 1, k2tog, k 1
  Needle 2: k 1, ssk, k to 3 sts before end of needle 2, k2tog, k 1
  Needle 3: k1, ssk, k to end of needle 3.
Round 2: k across all three needles.

Continue working rows 1 and 2 until there are 20 sts left: Needle 1: 5 sts; needle 2: 10 sts: needle 3: 5 sts.


Cut yarn, leaving a 12" (30 cm) tail. Thread the tail onto the tapestry needle and remove all the stitches using the Kitchener Stitch. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

If you don’t know how to do the Kitchener Stitch, has very good step-by-step instructions for you at


  1. You and I knit a lot a like!!! I so make sure my socks "match" in stripes:-)
    I tweeted your site, thought some new knitters might find it helpful!
    I have been knitting for 52 years, time goes fast doesn't it:-)

    "Learning how to knit was a snap.It was learning how to stop that nearly destroyed me."

  2. Thanks Ellen. It does sound like we are a lot (and probably close to the same age). Thanks for retweeting. I love the quote. It's going into my knitting journal. I plan to do a blog or two in the near future about my knitting journal, so stay tuned.

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  5. My ankles and calves are not at all slim, and these socks fit fine. There is a lot of stretch in the pattern and the yarn. I think the real trick is to cast on very loosely. I will often use a larger needle to cast on or cast on two needles at once.