Best Knit Socks Patterns

Handknit socks are the ultimate portable project, and we’ve gathered up some of our best sock knitting patterns to help you find your next pair to cast on! The classic fingering weight sock is well represented here, with patterns featuring cables, color blocking, fair isle, stranded colorwork, argyle, and lace, and we’ve also got heavier yarn weights used to create handknit house socks!

Jive Socks

by Katie Noseworthy, knit in Hawthorne
These socks were made for swinging! Inspired by the rambunctious sounds of jazz, the Jive socks have been specially designed with the wildest of variegated yarns in mind—breaking up colors but showing them off all at the same time. These socks use slipped stitches and small cables to create a striking texture. The front and instep feature an angular design, whereas the back of the leg complements this with alternating columns. The socks are constructed with a traditional heel flap design and are worked top down. Knit, wear, dance!

Chatter Lane Socks

by Beth Garbo, knit in Stroll Tweed
Broken rib patterns in both the cuff and body of these socks add a little twist to the traditional design, as well as adding a nice degree of elasticity for a stretchy fit. Worked from the cuff down, stripes add some interest along with a short-row heel and toe featured in different colors. Stroll Tweed keeps the design classic, and color changes to the cuff, heel, and toe make the knitting fun and the design interesting

Feeling Boo-Tiful

by Ash Christine, knit in Stroll
Add a fun autumn flair to your wardrobe with these Feeling Boo-tiful socks – the perfect ghostly touch to any outfit! Featuring simplistic and quick to knit colorwork paired with standard sock construction, these ghostie socks are easy to knit and garner endless amounts of compliments.

I Heart Argyle Socks

by Kate Nash, knit in Stroll
“I Heart Argyle Socks” are top down socks that begin with a 2×2 ribbed cuff and a stranded colorwork pattern that makes up the leg and foot of the sock. This design features a heart motif superimposed on an argyle background. Waste yarn is placed for an afterthought (peasant) heel. After finishing the sock, the third color that creates the crossed diamond motif is worked in duplicate stitching.

Pine Trails Socks

by Belinda Barbagallo, knit in Stroll
Pine Trails is a classic sock that is perfect for fall hikes or keeping cozy by th e fire as mornings get cold. Inspired by the dream of a family cabin in the woods, these socks are a sturdy yet whimsical design for the whole family to enjoy.

Cold Winter Nights

by Julie Ann Lebouthillier, Knit in Wool of the Andes Tweed
This worsted weight sock knitting pattern creates a wonderfully cozy pair of of heavy socks to wear around the house! These socks are designed cuff down used with magic loop. Included with the pattern is a Cheat Sheet with 3 different heel types from Heel Flap and Gusset, German Short Row Heel and an Afterthought Heel.

Walk Tall

by Luise O’Neill, knit in Felici
The main star of the pattern is the Felici self-striping yarn – it really makes the design shine! These toe-up socks begin with a French toe. To that we add a few, well-placed increases and decreases and voila! – softly undulating stripes in brilliant color.

DK Faded Princess Socks

by Claire Jackson, knit in Muse Fingering
The DK Faded Princess Socks pattern is a basic ribbed sock pattern with a couple unique elements. They are knit in a fade down the leg using two colors of fingering weight yarn held double. The socks are knit cuff down, with a heel flap and gusset, and a wedge toe. It is knit in 2 x 2 ribbing, with a princess sole which makes these socks super comfy for anyone with sensitive feet! The ribbing allows for a fitted but not too tight fit.

Geosmin Socks

by M K Nance, knit in Hawthorne
Knit up a basic toe up gusset sock featuring two different vibrant colors. Don’t let its riotous color distract you; only one color is carried per round, so the pattern looks more complex than it really is. This simple sock pattern, with a stitch pattern consisting only of knit and purl stitches, is a great way for a beginner sock-knitter to experiment with fun multi-colored sock yarns

Fancy Feet

by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence, knit in Stroll
Quick and cute, these anklets use a single 50 gram ball of sock yarn and add flair to your daily wardrobe! Turn each of the seven balls of Stroll into a pair of socks to wear each day of the week. Six of the sock patterns feature a traditional anklet shape, each with a different lace pattern on the foot and one features a unique Mary Jane shape with eyelets and button detail.

Black Flame Candle

by Lauren Rose, knit in Stroll
Strategically slipped stitches create undulating flames that lick their way up the instep of this sock – the perfect project for a spooky autumn evening.


by Emma Bermudez, knit in Hawthorne
Have you seen an axolotl? If not, do yourself a favor and Google them – their outrageously cute faces demanded that I create a pattern around them! This pattern is recommended for intermediate to advanced sock knitters but includes guidance photos to attach all the fun additions to make this a gift worthy knit!

1 comment

  1. Caroline / December 29, 2022

    Those Jive socks are pretty. All I want to do right now is dive into a pit of yarn and handmade goodness and instead I am at work. I guess I just have to settle for yarn porn. Thank you for providing. 😁