Typically when we think of handmade socks we think of knit socks. However, thanks to excellent options for yarn, crochet hooks, and patterns, you can now make crocheted socks with just as much ease as knit socks. That’s right; you can make handmade socks that are warm, comfortable, and stylish using the craft of crochet. Today I’ll share some helpful tips about how to crochet socks with you. Plus I’ll share links to five free crochet sock patterns.
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Crochet Socks vs. Knit Socks
There are some people who will tell you that they will NEVER make a pair of socks using crochet. I understand that these can be bulkier than knit socks. However, they do serve their own purpose.
Many, although certainly not all, crocheted socks are made to be worn as what is known as slipper socks. These are house socks that you wouldn’t necessarily wear to go out shopping but something that you put on when you are around the house to keep your feet warm. That said, there are some terrific crocheted sock patterns for wearing outside with your shoes on, too.
Personally, I love handmade socks of any kind: knit or crochet. Crocheted socks, for me, work up faster than knit socks. They are a great handmade gift at the holiday time. So, that’s why I want to make sure that you know how to crochet socks if you want to.
How to Crochet Socks
You can make very simple crocheted socks. Alternatively, you can make very elaborate, stylish crocheted socks. Here are some of the most common things that people want to know about when it comes to how to crochet socks. This video tutorial will show you more about crocheting socks.
Toe Up or Top Down Crocheted Sock Designs
Another of the great sock debates is toe up or top down construction. Again, this is really a personal preference. People tend to like the toe up versions of socks because you can try them on easier as you go to make sure that they will fit. However, designers have created terrific crocheted sock patterns in both styles.
Crochet and the One Sock Blues
When knitting socks, you can work them two at a time. People tend to do this because once they finish one sock they get sockitis and never finish the second one! They get the one sock blues. If you’re worried that you might encounter this issue as a crocheter, then plan ahead. You can crochet two socks at one time, alternating between the two, by getting two balls of the same yarn and working from each of them in turn.
Yarn Weight for Crocheting Socks
Typically, when we think of handmade socks, we think of crafting with sock weight/fingering weight yarn. This is very fine yarn requiring small hooks and needles. Although this is what is typically used, it is not the only thing that can be used to crochet or knit socks. You will find in our round up that some of the socks use a bulky weight yarn. The thicker the yarn, the more of a slipper sock it becomes.
5 FREE Crochet Sock Patterns
Ready to get started learning how to crochet your own socks? Here are five free crocheted sock patterns to get you off on the right foot.
1. Patons Family Crochet Socks
This pair of crochet socks using sock yarn for a terrific fit and feel. There are instructions for making one for every size person in your family. This is a great pair of beginner crochet socks.
2. My First Toe-Up Crochet Sock
This pattern was originally a part of a stitch-along in collaboration with Rohn Strong. Therefore, you’ll find the free crochet sock pattern written in three parts (all linked to in the pattern description.) Alternatively, you can purchase an ad-free PDF of the entire pattern through Ravelry. If you’re bicrafty then you might also want to check out the accompanying toe-up knit sock pattern.
3. Cozy Crochet Slipper Socks
B.Hooked crochet designed these super warm crocheted socks using super bulky yarn. They are cozy and perfect for wearing around the house. If you want to learn the basic construction of how to crochet socks, this is a great place to start. This is a toe-up crochet sock pattern that uses post stitches.
4. Crochet Mustache Slipper Socks
Repeat Crafter Me designed these adorable socks for men. Women with larger feet might enjoy them also. They’re designed as thick slipper socks to wear around the house. The little mustache design adds fun whimsy. This is an easy toe-up single crocheted sock pattern.
5. Valerie’s Knee High Socks
The Lavender Chair’s pattern offers great information on how to crochet socks that go up to the knee. If you’re looking for a really stylish pair of socks to wear peeking out of boots or to put on display with a short skirt, this is the pattern for you. This is a toe-up pattern worked in simple lace crochet.
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