Sock Knitting Patterns: 5 Recommendations

As we cozy up for the season, there's no better time to take up a fun sock knitting project. But hey, as much as these projects are a blast, it's crucial to know your pattern and size inside out. After all, avoiding any mishaps down the road ensures that your sock-knitting adventure is nothing short of a triumph!
And what better yarn to choose for this project than Symfonie Yarns' premium Terra Yarn range? This durable sock yarn is not just warm and snug but promises to be your trusty companions for the long haul!

So let's check out these five most sought-after sock knitting patterns together.

Ribbed Stitch Socks

From hems and necklines to cuffs and scarves, the rib stitch is a knitting pattern that never goes out of style. The rib stitch alternates purl and knit stitches one way or another, so make sure you know how to knit these first! Plus, they’re almost all reversible. When it comes to socks you want to wear at home, basic ribbed socks rule! They combine a lovely fit with a classic design and are easy & fast to knit on top of that.

 To knit it, you repeat one purl stitch and one knit stitch over and over again. You, do have to take care when you do your cast on, though. The pattern will be slightly different with an even and an odd number of stitches.

Tips and tricks:

If working with an odd number of stitches, follow these steps:

  • Row 1: Knit 1, Purl 1 across the entire row.
  • Row 2: Purl 1, Knit 1 across the entire row.
  • Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you achieve the desired length.

Even Number of Stitches:

  • Adjust the pattern for an even number of stitches:
    • Row 1: Knit 1, Purl 1 across the entire row.
    • Row 2: Purl 1, Knit 1 across the entire row.
    • Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you reach the desired length.

Variegated Lacy Socks

Opt for Terra's variegated yarn for these ones to elevate the depth and definition of each stitch, making your lacy socks truly stand out. These socks are designed to be knitted from the toe-up, offering you the option to use two circular needles simultaneously for a unique experience. If you prefer double-pointed needles (DPNs), don’t worry, the basic patterns for lacy socks easily adapt by dividing the stitches into four equal portions.

Tips and tricks:

  • The unique stitch pattern, derived from a 16-row/8-stitch pattern, adds a lacy and open look to your socks.
  • Execute the pattern with closed increases for a faux-cable effect that appears intricate but is straightforward to knit.
  • If using DPNs, divide the stitches into four equal portions to seamlessly continue the pattern.
  • Enhance the lacy design by adding extra purl stitches between pattern repeats on the instep.
  • Keep the sole as is without adding extra stitches.
  • After the heel, increase the number of purl stitches between pattern repeats on the leg for added style.

Simple Cable socks

The standard cable sock pattern is nice, simple, has an awesome fit, and the little cable adds a nice twist. Since the cable crosses are only once every 7 rows in most cases, it’s not very time-consuming either. Not only is it a breeze to knit, but the end result is a cozy pair of socks that you'll love slipping into.

Simple Cable socks

You could add inverted cuffs for visual appeal, but they also double as a clever spot to insert a rubber band for that extra snug fit around your calves. But don’t worry, if cuffs aren't your thing, dive straight into the 2x2 rib stitch base for a snug fit either way.

When it comes to finishing touches, the choice is yours. Opt for the classic Kitchener stitch for a seamless look, or go for the tried-and-true standard flap and gusset heel for extra room and comfort, especially for larger feet.

Kitchener Stitch Socks

Starting off with these ones, keep in mind that the Kitchener Stitch only works for stockinette stitch. These socks can be knitted flat or in the round, providing a flawless finish to your projects.

Preparation Steps:

  • For both flat and in-the-round projects, distribute stitches onto two needles.
  • Ensure an equal number of stitches on each needle.
  • If needed, adjust stitches to match on both needles.
  • For magic loop or in-the-round knitting, ensure the working yarn is from the first stitch on the back needle.
  • If knitting flat, align the pieces with the wrong side facing each other.

Grafting Steps:

  • Move stitches to the right side of the needles.
  • The grafting process goes from right to left.
  • Graft two preparation stitches.
  • When imitating knit stitches, start by inserting the needle knitwise.
  • Never insert the needle the same way twice on the same needle.
  • Always insert the needle into the first stitch of the next needle in the same way as the last stitch on the first needle.
  • (e.g., step 2 + 3 = purlwise, step 1 + 4 = knitwise).

Scrap Yarn Socks

This project is the perfect opportunity to turn those leftover yarn scraps into something not only useful but undeniably beautiful. By combining basic knit and purl stitches with ribbing, you can easily pull these socks off. Got any leftover Terra yarn from one of your previous projects? Why not utilize it now?

  • This vibrant and stretchy sock is knit in the round from the toe up with a Turkish heel, which features a heel flap but no gusset.
  • Utilize the basic stockinette stitch, alternating knit and purl rows.
  • The gauge for this project is 32 stitches and 44 rows, resulting in 4 inches of fabric in the stockinette stitch.

Scrap Yarn Socks

Experiment with these patterns using your new stash of Terra Yarn and don’t forget to share the joy with your loved ones by knitting them a pair as well!