7 Socks knitting patterns for beginners

7 Socks knitting patterns for beginners

Ribbed Socks

Ribbing is a simple but highly effective sock knitting pattern. The ribbing is particularly good for stretchy socks. There are many variations of the ribbing design that you can use on your sock knitting project. You can use them on the leg, foot and heel of your socks. You can also use it for the toe if you wish to do so. Ribbed patterns are great for beginners because they look fantastic and they're easy to knit once you get the hang of it. Below is a list of 10 ribbed sock knitting patterns for beginners!

  • Old Shale Socks

So named because its distinctive openwork, shell-like pattern resembles shale exposed in an outcrop, this pair is knit from a free pattern by Wendy D Johnson at Knitty.com and features tweedy yarn in shades evocative of autumn leaves that fall over stones at the water's edge to create beautiful patterns in their wake.

Cable Socks

  • Select the yarn you will use to make your socks. We recommend a medium weight sock yarn that is available in many colors and fiber blends.
  • Cast on stitches to the appropriate size needle using the long-tail cast-on method.
  • Knit a ribbed cuff by alternating knitting stitches and purl stitches around each round of the row until you have knit at least 2 inches of ribbing. Change to stockinette stitch by knitting each stitch around for every round for about 7 inches or until the sock reaches about halfway up your calf.
  • Separate the instep stitches from heel/gusset stitches on two needles, leaving heel/gusset stitches on one needle and instep stitches on another needle. You are going to now make a gusset, which is what allows for expansion of your sock over your heel, then you will begin creating a heel flap, which covers a portion of your ankle and helps keep the back of your shoe from rubbing against your skin painful when walking in shoes with heels. Increase two stitches after every two rounds in stockinette stitch until there are 36 or 38 total stitches on this bottom half of the sock: 18 or 19 that form the outside edge of each foot (these will be knit as flat back and forth rows across), and 18 or 19 that form inside edge of each foot (these are worked as rounds).
  • Begin working heel flap by turning work so that purl side is facing toward you, then work back in stockinette stitch (alternate rows knitted and purled). This provides traction when walking or running with sneakers or other shoes with rubber soles. Work back onto all 36 total gusset/heel section stitches across these 18 flat back-and-forth rows in stockinette stitch only until you have knitted six inches in length past where first set of increases ended for this gusset area

Lace Socks

Lace socks are simply stunning! The best way to start lace sock knitting is by selecting a pattern with a chart. This may seem daunting at first, but the chart will make your life much easier once you’ve started knitting. If you get lost while working on your project and don’t know where you are in the pattern, simply look at the chart! It will tell you exactly what stitch to work next and help you keep track of your progress.

Once you’ve selected a pattern, be sure to make a gauge swatch. Lace patterns use more yarn than regular socks so even if you usually get gauge with fingering weight yarn, you might need to go up a needle size for these socks.

If this is your first pair of lace socks, I recommend starting with plain stockinette heels and toes rather than using contrast color heels/toes or picking up stitches for a heel flap. Both these things require additional skills; it is best to master those before tackling lace sock knitting.

Use a stretchy cast off like Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO). This will ensure that your socks hug your feet without being too tight or leaving gaps between stitches when worn.

Moccasin Socks

These moccasin socks begin with a garter stitch cuff that is then worked in stockinette stitch. This fun pattern is great for novice knitters who want to create a good-looking pair of socks without the hassle. The pattern uses basic knit and purl stitches to create a mock cable, which can be easily memorized and repeated throughout the sock. These socks are made from the top down and can be knitted either flat or in the round. Because these patterns are so simple, they are also great for using up leftover yarn from other projects or for testing out new colour combinations!

Baby Socks

````In an authoritative, straightforward, and friendly tone:For these baby socks, you'll need a US size 3 double-pointed needle and approximately 125 yards of fingering-weight yarn. This makes one sock so that you can knit a pair by knitting two socks.

These instructions are for a basic sock pattern with rounded toes and curly cuffs at the top. However, it's really just an outline for you to use as you practice making socks. You may want to try making your own design changes once your confidence has grown!

The first few steps are the same as the toe-up socks: Cast on 24 stitches - eight stitches per needle - and join in the round. If you're new to double-pointed needles (DPNs), check out our tutorial on how to work in the round with DPNs before getting started!

To make these beginner socks extra easy to knit, we cast on 24 stitches instead of 20. The eight stitches per needle ensures that each stitch is only worked once per round while decreasing down to 20 stitches (five per needle) at the heel flap.

Twisted stitch socks

Twisted stitches are a fun and easy way to add some texture to your knitting. There are a few different types of twisted stitches, each with its own look and feel, but they’re all created in the same way—by twisting the stitch on the needle before working it. Twisted stitches can get confusing because when you look at most patterns, twisted stitches will be referred to as “crossed” or “slipped” or simply “tks.” So if you see any of those terms in a pattern that doesn’t already have detailed instructions for how to work them, this is what you need to know.

Twisted stitches come in two varieties: left-twisting (k1tbl) and right-twisting (p1tbl). When looking from front to back, a left-twisting stitch slants towards the knit side and a right-twisting stitch slants towards the purl side of your knitting. Both will appear twisted no matter what side they face outwards on, so don’t worry too much about which direction they face unless it matters for your pattern. Twisted rib is particularly attractive because it reverses on itself every few rows—the knit columns twist backward while the purl columns twist forward (this is one time where it does matter which direction your twist point is).

If this sounds like too much math for something called “fun knitting,” relax! All you really need to know is that depending on whether you want a 1/1 rib or 2/2 rib, you need one twist every other column or every other row respectively. I find it easiest to start at either end of my needle and work my twists out across alternating columns instead of individual columns—it just seems easier that way! But once again: don't stress about getting it perfect! You can use any method that works best for you!

Fair Isle socks

Fair Isle socks are a great choice for beginners who want to try their hand at something more challenging. Fair Isle socks are made using stranded knitting, which is a type of knitting where you work with multiple colors at the same time. The name comes from Fair Isle, one of the Shetland Islands in Scotland. The technique originates there and was originally used to make sweaters, but now this style and method can be used to make all kinds of patterns, including socks.


As far as knitting projects go, socks are particularly great for beginners because they’re small, portable and easy to complete. Most sock patterns feature repetitive rows that give you the opportunity to try new techniques. They can also be a great gift for friends and family. Plus, who doesn’t love wearing a comfy new pair of hand-knit socks?

No matter what kind of sock you're looking to make from classic crew socks to thigh-highs, we have got a pattern for you. All of these patterns are beginner-level and can be  designed specifically with knitters. So cast on your favorite pair and get ready to knit yourself some cozy feet.


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