Patterns and Tutorials

Basic Sock Pattern

This is my favourite basic pattern for socks which I have adapted from various printed patterns that I have tried. It can be adapted to add stitch patterns or change the length.  I have assumed you know how to wrap stitches and graft with Kitchener stitch, if not there are plenty of places online to teach you. Once you have mastered this pattern, it is easy to adapt it to add different colours and textures.

A pair of these socks uses 100g of 4-ply wool (with some left over), using a set of 2.5mm double pointed needles and will fit foot size 6 (UK).

Cast on 60 stitches.
Work in the round K1, P1 rib for 4cm then K until leg measures 18cm.


Divide stitches in half and work heel over 30 stitches, keeping the rest on a holder or spare needle.

Row 1 K30 wrap 1 turn.
Row 2 P29 wrap 1 turn.

Repeat these two rows decreasing 1 st each row until 15 sts left in use.


Row 1 K across live stitches and K wrapped stitch and wrap together.  Wrap next stitch and turn.

Row 2 Slip first double wrapped stitch, P across to unworked wrapped stitch. P wrapped stitch and wrap together.  Wrap next stitch and turn.

Repeat these two rows until there are 30 stitches again.

Resume working in the round and K until foot measures 18cm.

Shaping for Toe

Arrange the stitches on 3 needles.  Needle 1 has 30 stitches for the top of the foot, needles two and three have 15 each for the sole. Continue in K working paired decreases as below on alternate rows. The decreases are on both ends of needle 1 and the ends of needle 2 and needle 3 where they meet needle 1. Continue decreasing until there are 20 stitches left then graft toe with Kitchener stitch..

Paired decreases

Needle 1 K1, S1, K1, PSSO, K to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1.

Needle 2 K1, S1, K1, PSSO, K to end.

Needle 3 K to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1

Jane O’Leary 2013

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