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How to Crochet Socks

Here's where you learn how to crochet socks!  Because we all know that nothing’s better than warm, toasty toes!  This is an easy  to follow walk-through, with pictures, of my favorite crochet sock pattern.

There are probably hundreds of patterns out there to choose from, some may be littler harder than others.  The key is to find one pattern that really works well for you.

This pattern from Red Heart is my favorite!  It really is a great pattern to use.  It’s not too difficult and gives you lots of practice on your basic crochet skills.  Plus they have a great cuff and they’re just lots of fun!

How to Crochet Socks Help . . .

Remember,  how to crochet socks is a longer walk-through than some of my other tutorials,but hat doesn’t mean it’s harder.

I’m going to give you all the information from the pattern right here in this walk-through.  Although, it may be just organized a bit differently.  If you’d like to use the pattern straight from Red Heart, you’ll find it here: 

Colorful Crochet Socks

You also might like to have the pattern from Red Heart in front of you while you use these instructions.  It will give you practice reading a pattern while you're learning how to crochet socks.

Colorful Crochet Socks

This pattern was designed by Kathy Wesley

 Red Heart “Heart and Sole with Aloe” – 3 skeins (This is really great yarn to use for cozy, soft socks!)

 Crochet Hook – 3.5mm (US E-4)

 Stitch markers, yarn needle


Gauge 12 sts = 2” ---  16 rows = 2” in sc

Check your Gauge and use any size hook to obtain the gauge.


Directions are to fit woman’s shoe size 6 – 8; changes for woman’s shoe size 8 ½ – 10 are in parentheses.

How to Crochet Socks Hint . . .

In order to have matching socks, start each one at the same point in the color sequence of the yarn.

Special Abbreviation:

Dec (decrease) = draw up a loop in next 2 sc, yarn over and draw through 3 loops on hook.

ABBREVIATIONS: ch = chain; dec = decrease; mm = millimeters; rnd = round; sc = single crochet; st (s) = stitch (es); * = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated


Cuff

(Worked vertically in rows):



Starting at center back, ch 31.


Row 1


(Right Side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn—30 sc.


Row 2


Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.


Row 3




Ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in each sc across; turn.


Row 4


Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.


Row 5-50 (58)

Repeat Rows 3 and 4.


This picture shows, row 5 completed.

How to Crochet Socks Hint . . .

You can see in the picture that I added a stitch marker to my 5th row.  I used this to help me count my rows.  Every 5th row I'd add a stitch marker, then I'd make a note of it on my pattern.   I would crochet 5 more rows and move my marker, making another note on my pattern that I'd done 5 more rows.  That way, I was never counting more than 5 rows at a time.


Row 10 completed.



Row 15 completed.



Row 20 completed.



Row 25 completed.




Row 30 completed





Row 45 completed.






Row 50 completed.


Row 51 (59)




Ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in each sc across; DO NOT TURN.


Ankle


Round 1


Ch 1, working across row ends of cuff, work 48 (56) sc across.

How to Crochet Socks Hint . . .

This can be a little tricky.  It's all about spacing it as evenly as possible with the correct number of stitches.  I find it helps to count before I stitch.  Start where you think the stitches should be made and see if it is the correct number, if not, adjust accordingly.



Join with a slip st in first sc—48 (56) sc. 

This joins the two ends of your cuff.





Mark beginning/end of rnd; move marker up each rnd.


Rounds 2 - 7



Sc in each sc around.

The picture shows round 2 completed.





Round 5 completed.





Round 7 completed.


Round 8


Sc in next 12 (14) sc; TURN leaving remaining sc unworked.


Heel Flap


Row 1

(Wrong Side):

Ch 1, sc across next 24 (28) sc for heel flap, removing marker; TURN leaving remaining 24 (28) sc unworked for instep.

I hadn't taken my marker out yet in this picture.


Row 2


Ch 1, sc in next 24 (28) sc; turn.


Row 3 - 15 (17)


Repeat Row 2, ending by working a wrong side row; turn.


This picture show Row 9 completed.





Row 15 completed.

How to Crochet Socks Hint . . .


I use Post-it notes to help me keep my place in my patterns.  I stick them right above the line/row I’m working on.

They're easy to move around and you can write on them to help count rows/rounds.


Heel Turning


Row 1


(Right Side)


Ch 1, sc in first 15 (17) sc; TURN, leaving remaining 9 (11) sts unworked.


Row 2



Ch 1, sc in next 6 sc; TURN, leaving remaining 9 (11) sc unworked.


Row 3



Ch 1, sc in next 5 sc, 





dec over next sc and next sc on Row 15 (17)

How to Crochet Socks Help . . .

Dec (decrease) = draw up a loop in next 2 sc, yarn over and draw through 3 loops on hook.



Insert the hook into the next sc and pull a loop through.




Then insert through the next sc on Row 15 (17).  Yo and pull through all three loops.


You've completed the decrease over the two rows.



sc in next sc on Row 15 (17);

turn leaving remaining 7 (9) sc unworked—7 sc.

How to Crochet Socks Help . . .

I have broken down the steps to Row 3 to make it easier to understand.  On the following rows all the instructions will not be broken down.  If you need help remembering how to work the row or it gets a little confusing, just refer back here to row 3.


Row 4

Ch 1, sc in next 6 sc, dec over next sc and next sc on Row 15 (17), sc in next sc on Row 15 (17); turn leaving remaining 7 (9) sc unworked—8 sc.


Row 5



Ch 1, sc in next 7 sc, dec over next sc and next sc on Row 15 (17), sc in next sc; turn leaving remaining 5 (7) sc unworked—9 sc.


Row 6



Ch 1, sc in next 8 sc, dec over next sc and next sc on Row 15 (17), sc in next sc; turn, leaving remaining 5 (7) sc unworked—10 sc.


Row 7


Ch 1, sc in next 9 sc, dec over next sc and next sc on Row 15 (17), sc in next sc; turn, leaving remaining 3 (5) sc unworked—11 sc.


Row 8



Ch 1, sc in next 10 sc, dec over next sc and next sc on Row 15 (17), sc in next sc; turn, leaving remaining 3 (5) sc unworked—12 sc.


Row 9



Ch 1, sc in next 11 sc, dec over next sc and next sc on Row 15 (17), sc in next sc; turn, leaving remaining 1 (3) sc unworked—13 sc.


Row 10



Ch 1, sc in next 12 sc, dec over next sc and next sc on Row 15 (17), sc in next sc; turn, leaving remaining 1 (3) sc unworked—14 sc.


In this how to crochet socks walk-through, I didn't work the larger size in my walk-through and pictures, but if you did, these next 2 steps are specifically for you.

If you are not working the larger size, skip down to Both Sizes - Row 11 (13)


Larger Size Only - Row 11

Ch 1, sc in next 13 sc, dec over next sc and next sc on Row 17, sc in next sc; turn, leaving remaining sc unworked—15 sc.


How to Crochet Socks Hint . . .

Don't forget to count your stitches in each row or round.  It will help you find any mistakes much quicker.

Larger Size only - Row 12

Row 12: Ch 1, sc in next 14 sc, dec over next sc and next sc on Row 17, sc in next sc; turn, leaving remaining sc unworked—16 sc.


Both Sizes - Row 11 (13)





Ch 1, sc in next 13 (15) sc, dec over next sc and next sc on Row 15 (17); turn—14 (16) sc.


Row 12 (14)





Ch 1, sc in next 13 (15) sc, dec over next sc and next sc on Row 15 (17)—14 (16) sc.





Fasten off.


Gusset and Foot


With right side of heel facing you, join with an sc in 8 (9)th sc of Row 12 (14).


Joining with a sc is really easy.  Here's how you do it.



Begin with a slip knot of your hook.



Count over to the 8 (9)th stitch of row 12 (14) and insert the hook into that stitch.

 The slip knot should still be on your hook.  (It's not in this picture, though. Sorry about that.)




Yo and pull through the loop.

Now you have 2 loops on your hook.






Yo again and pull through both loops.

That's all there is to joining with a sc.


Round 1




Rnd 1: Sc in next 6 (7) sc, working along side of heel flap in ends of rows, 




Work 12 (14) sc evenly spaced to last row of heel flap,






dec over next row and first st of instep (mark last st for gusset),





sc in next 22 (26) instep sc,






dec over next sc and edge of first row of flap (mark last st for gusset), 



Working along side of heel flap in ends of rows, work 12 (14) sc evenly spaced along side of heel flap, 




sc in remaining 7 (8) sts of Row 14 of heel;

join with a slip st in first sc and mark this sc for beginning of rnd—62 (72) sts.


Round 2





Sc in each sc to the sc before first gusset marker,

dec over next sc and marked sc (re-mark this st),






sc in each sc to next marked st,

dec over marked sc and next sc (remark this st),




sc in each sc to end of rnd—60 (70) sc.


Rounds 3 - 8



Repeat Rnd 2—48 (58) sc. 


The picture shows round 8 completed.


Round 9

Remove gusset markers when working next rnd.

Sc in each sc around.  (Sorry, no picture)


Repeat Rnd 9 until 2 1/2” less than desired length from beginning of heel.


I repeated round 9 - 25 times. The picture shows those rounds completed.


Toe Shaping



Fold sock flat having heel centered in bottom of foot. Mark one sc on each side of foot There should be 23 (28) sc between each marker;



sc to 12th (14th) sc from right marker on bottom of foot and mark for beginning of rnd with double markers.


Round 1


* Sc in each sc to 2 sc before marked side sc,





dec over next 2 sc,

sc in next sc (move marker up to sc just made),

dec over next 2 sc;




Repeat from * once;






sc to end of rnd—44 (54) sc.


Round 2



Sc in each sc around.


Rounds 3 - 6



Repeat Rows 1 and 2—36 (46) sc.


Picture shows row 4 completed.



Row 6 completed.


Round 7


* Sc in each sc to 2 sc before marked side sc, dec over next 2 sc, sc in next sc (mark sc just made), dec over next 2 sc;




repeat from * once; sc to end of rnd—32 (42) sc.


Rounds 8 - 12 (14)



Repeat Rnd 7  —12 (14) sc.

Fasten off leaving a long end for sewing.


Finishing



Turn sock to wrong side and sew toe seam. Sew back cuff seam and weave in all ends.

You did it, one sock done!! Now you know how to crochet socks!  It feels great, doesn't it!

 Now repeat the how to crochet socks instructions for your second sock and then enjoy warm, toasty toes!!

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