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25 Free Crochet Sock Patterns

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Making socks isn’t just for knitters. You can crochet socks too, and it’s not as tricky as you might think! In this post, you’ll find a list of our favorite 25 free crochet sock patterns to help you get started. With so many different options to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect cozy crochet sock pattern for your next project.

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Free Crochet Socks Patterns

Cozy up with your yarn and crochet hook, and let’s make some socks! And if you’re looking for free crochet sock patterns, we’ve got you covered!

Our list of the best free crochet sock patterns has something for everyone. Whether you want something simple and classic or something more intricate and detailed, there’s a pattern out there for everyone. What’s more, most of the free crochet patterns listed in this post include different size options – from babies to adult men.

New to crochet? You might want to start by reading our free How to Crochet guide, and mastering the 6 basic crochet stitches first.

Is it possible to crochet socks?

Yes, even though socks are typically thought of as a project for knitters, you can totally crochet socks! In fact, crochet socks tend to be a little bit simpler and work up more quickly than knit socks. 

How long does it take to crochet a sock?

For intermediate crocheters, a crochet sock usually takes between 1-3 hours to make, or 2-6 hours for a pair of socks. The difficulty level of the pattern and the yarn weight will play a role in the total time.

If you want to start with a faster pair of socks, consider a yoga sock, which is made without a heel and toe (the hardest parts!).

Crochet Socks vs. Knit Socks

Crochet socks and knit socks are somewhat similar, with a few key differences.

Like knit socks, crocheted socks can be worked from the top down or the bottom up. Both types of socks usually feature a stretchy ribbing stitch on the cuff. And, both knit and crochet socks are typically made with fingering weight yarn.

The main difference is that crochet socks are made with one hook, while knit socks are made with two needles. This can make crochet socks a little bit simpler and quicker to make.

Another difference is that knitting usually creates a smoother fabric than crochet. So if you have sensitive feet, you’ll want to choose an extra flat stitch, like the herringbone stitch. Additionally, you’ll want to select a lightweight yarn to help ensure that your crochet socks will fit well in your shoes.

That said, if you’re just looking for cozy pair of chunky socks to wear while curled up on your couch, you don’t need to worry about it – thicker crochet socks will be perfect! 

Free Crochet Sock Patterns

From crochet socks for babies to crochet socks for adults (both men and women!), here are some excellent patterns to get you started on finding your new favorite pair of socks.

Supplies You’ll Need

Here are some supplies you will need to make your socks:

  • Yarn 
  • Crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers

Check your specific pattern to see if any other supplies are required.

How much yarn do I need to crochet socks?

For an average pair of women’s ankle socks, you will need about 250 yards of yarn. For mid-calf socks, you will need around 600 yards of yarn. Taller socks will require more yarn. 

Check your pattern for the suggested amount of yarn before you begin to ensure that you have enough to complete your socks.

Best Yarn for Socks

Most socks are made from fingering-weight yarn, which is a Category 1 (superfine) yarn in the standard CYC yarn weight system. Thicker socks can be crocheted using DK or worsted yarns

Sock yarn comes in two main types: superwash and non-superwash. If you want to wash your socks in the washing machine, make sure to choose a superwash wool.

Tips for Making Crochet Socks

Here are a few tips and tricks for making your first pair of crochet socks.

Choose the Right Yarn

Check your pattern instructions for the recommended yarn for your pair of socks. Most crochet socks are made with a fingering-weight, wool-blend yarn. A few patterns, however, require heavier yarns, such as DK or worsted. And if you want to wash your socks in the washing machine, make sure to choose superwash wool.

To make it a bit simpler for you, I’ve included suggested yarns and yarn weights right here in the post. Feel free to swap it out for a different yarn of the same weight – just be sure to check your gauge.

Check Gauge and Pattern Size

Many sock patterns come with instructions for multiple sizes. Be sure to take note of this and measure your foot to find the best size for you. 

And, of course, always check your gauge by making a gauge swatch before you begin crocheting your sock. Your socks will be pretty useless if they don’t fit your feet, so you definitely want to make sure your gauge is correct before you get started.

Use a Stretchy Stitch Pattern for the Cuff

Using a ribbing or similar stretchy stitch pattern for the cuff of your sock will help ensure that it stays up on your ankle. It’s no fun to wear socks that keep sliding down your foot. A tight, stretchy ribbing will keep them in place on your feet.

Try Your Sock on as You Make it to Check the Fit

Don’t wait until your sock is finished to try it on. Check the fit as you go. You’ll want your socks to fit a little bit tight since they will stretch as you wear them. 

FYI: Crocheting your sock a little bit smaller than the actual dimensions of your foot is called crocheting with “negative ease.”

It’s a good idea to check the fit of your sock right before and after you add the heel to make sure the different parts of the sock fall correctly on your foot.

More Free Crochet Patterns

Looking for something else? Check out our collections of other free crochet patterns.

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