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Free Simple Knit Beginner Sock Pattern for Cozy Toes

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Knit socks are so popular so if you want to learn how to knit socks, you've come to the right place. When I first learned to knit, knitting sock patterns kept popping up everywhere, and I was so scared to pick up my needles and give them a go. Now I wonder why I was so intimidated, and I hope you feel the same after you try out the Knit Beginner Sock Pattern. If working socks in the round is intimidating, check out a flat knitted pattern with the How To Knit Socks in Rows: Whims Easy Flat Knit Socks blog post. This is also a free knit pattern and it's fun to work socks in different styles of constructions.

Felici Sock Pattern by Briana K_0232

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The Yarn

Self-striping yarns might be one of my favorite sock yarns. I mean, who wants to weave in a ton of ends? This way, we have beautiful striped socks without the hassle of having to change colors. The limited-edition Felici Worsted Yarn by Knit Picks is 75% Merino, 25% Nylon. It has the perfect softness plus stretch for knitted socks. It takes easy sock knitting patterns and makes them more wow.

Did you know crochet stockings are similar to socks?

Yep, the construction of a stocking is basically a sock. The only difference is we aren't sizing it the same way we would a knit sock, because we aren't making them for a giant, haha.

If you want to check out a fun and easy stocking with loads of knit texture, come over to the Beginner Knit Stocking Pattern. It's another great pattern to understand the basic techniques of sock knitting. Learn How to Crochet Socks and Customize Fit With Sizing Guides. Grab those circular needles and get started!

If you would like some inspiration for toe up socks, check out Conquer Toe Up Crochet & Knit Socks With These Terrific Patterns

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Knit Beginner Sock Pattern Supplies:

Knitting Needle:

Size 3 (3.25mm) circular needles
Size 4 (3.5mm) circular needles
Or size needed to meet gauge


Removable stitch markers
Yarn needle to weave in ends
Stitch Holder

Fingering Weight Yarn:

Knit Picks Special Reserve Felici:
In colorway Time Traveler
worsted 4 weight yarn, 75% Merino, 25% Nylon, 218yds/199m/100g


300 yards (274 m)
2 Balls Needed for all sizes


k - knit
k2tog - knit two stitches together
p - purl
p2tog - purl two stitches together
sl - slip stitch
st(s) - stitch(es)
ssk - slip slip knit


22 sts and 30 rows = 4x4” (10 cm) in stockinette with 3.25mm needles


S: US Shoe Size 4-7
M: US Shoe Size 7-9
L: US Shoe size 9-11

Skill Level:

Easy Beginner

Knit Beginner Sock Pattern Notes:

I love self-striping yarn. It makes colorwork easy and fun, with fewer ends to weave in later. For this pattern, I really enjoyed working with the Felici Worsted Weight Yarn from Knit Picks. It creates a comfy sock that can keep the toes warm. This basic sock pattern is worked from the top to the toe.

Sizes are written as S (M, L)
I suggest using a stitch marker to keep track of the rounds.

Want a guide on sock sizing? Download the How To Crochet Socks and custom Fit With Sizing Guides. All of the information applies to knit socks as well.

This is a knit sock that is worked from the top down. We will start with the cuff of the knitted sock and end with the toe of the knitted sock.

Special Stitches:

For written and video instructions on decreases, please visit: https://brianakdesigns.com/how-to-decrease-knitting/
Ribbed Cable Cast On 1x1: https://brianakdesigns.com/how-to-knit-cast-on/#alternating


How to Knit Socks for Beginners:

Top of Sock

Rnd 1: With smaller needles, Ribbed Cable 1x1 Cast On 40 (44, 48), or the cast-on method of choice, join to work in the round. 40 (44, 48) sts

Rnds 2-7: Work in k1, p1 ribbing. 40 (44, 48) sts

Rnds 8-27: Change to larger 3.5mm needles and knit. 40 (44, 48) sts

Heel Flap

Set Up: Row 1 will be worked across the next 21 (23, 25) sts for the heel, and slip remaining 19 (21, 23) sts to a stitch holder. This section is worked across in rows (not in rounds). Slip the first stitch in every row. 21 (23, 25) sts

Row 1 (RS): Knit and turn. 21 (23, 25) sts

Row 2: Purl and turn. 21 (23, 25) sts

Repeats: Repeat rows 1-2 for 20 (24, 24) total rows, 10 (12, 12) total slipped stitches on each side of heel flap. 21 (23, 25) sts

Heel Shaping

Row 1 (RS): Place a st marker in st # 11 (12, 13). The shaping will be evenly spaced on each side of this center st. Sl 1, k11 (12, 13), k2tog, k1, turn. 20 (22, 24) sts

Row 2: Sl 1, p4 (5, 6), p2tog, p1, turn. 19 (21, 23) sts

Row 3: Sl 1, k5 (6, 7), k2tog, k1, turn. 18 (20, 22) sts

Row 4: Sl 1, p6 (7, 8), p2tog, p1, turn. 17 (19, 21) sts

Row 5: Sl 1, k7 (8, 9), k2tog, k1, turn. 16 (18, 20) sts

Row 6: Sl 1, p8 (9, 10), p2tog, p1, turn. 15 (17, 19) sts

Row 7: Sl 1, k9 (10,11), k2tog, k1, turn. 14 (16, 18) sts

Row 8: Sl 1, p10 (11, 12), p2tog, turn. 13 (15, 17) sts

Row 9: Knit across. 13 (15, 17) sts


Rnd 1: Change to smaller needles. Pick up and knit 10 (12,12) sts along the first side of the heel flap, k across the 19 (21, 23) held sts, pick up and knit 10 (12,12) stitches along the second side of the heel flap, Knit across the remaining 13 (15, 17) . 52 (60, 62) sts

Rnd 2: K52 (60, 62) sts, place st marker at for the beginning of round. This is now working in the round again. 52 (60, 62) sts

Rnd 3: K14 (17, 17) , k2tog, k21 (23, 25), ssk, k13 (16, 16). 50 (58, 60) sts

Rnd 4: Knit. 50 (58, 60) sts

Rnd 5: K13 (16, 16) , k2tog, k21 (23, 25), ssk, k12 (15, 15). 48 (56, 58) sts

Rnd 6: Knit. 48 (56, 58) sts

Rnd 7: K12 (15, 15) , k2tog, k21 (23, 25), ssk, k11 (14, 14). 46 (54, 56) sts

Rnd 8: Knit. 46 (54, 56) sts

Rnd 9: K11 (14, 14) , k2tog, k21 (23, 25), ssk, k10 (13, 13). 44 (52, 54) sts

Rnd 10: Knit. 44 (52, 54) sts

Rnd 11: K10 (13, 13) , k2tog, k21 (23, 25), ssk, k9 (12, 12). 42 (50, 52) sts

Rnd 12: Knit. 42 (50, 52) sts

Rnd 13: K9 (12, 12) , k2tog, k21 (23, 25), ssk, k8 (11, 11)
For size Small, skip the remaining instep rounds and go to repeats. 40 (48, 50) sts

Rnd 14: Knit. 40 (48, 50) sts

Rnd 15: K (11, 11) , k2tog, k (23, 25), ssk, k (10, 10)
For size Large, skip the remaining instep rounds and go to repeats. (46, 48) sts

Rnd 16: Knit. 46 sts

Rnd 17: K10, k2tog, k23, ssk, k9. 44 sts

Repeats: Work in knit until the foot measures 7.5 (8, 8.5) inches, 10 (20, 21.5) cm or approx. 2 inches less than the desired length. 40 (44, 48) sts


Rnd 1: K7 (8, 9), k2tog, k1, ssk, k15 (17, 19), k2tog, k1, ssk, k8 (9, 10). 36 (40, 44) sts

Rnd 2: Knit. 36 (40, 44) sts

Rnd 3: K6 (7, 8), k2tog, k1, ssk, k13 (15, 17), k2tog, k1, ssk, k7 (8, 9). 32 (36, 40) sts

Rnd 4: Knit. 32 (36, 40) sts

Rnd 5: K5 (6, 7), k2tog, k1, ssk, k11 (13, 15), k2tog, k1, ssk, k6 (7, 8). 28 (32, 36) sts

Rnd 6: Knit. 28 (32, 36) sts

Rnd 7: K4 (5, 6), k2tog, k1, ssk, k9 (11, 13), k2tog, k1, ssk, k5 (6, 7). 24 (28, 32) sts

Rnd 8: Knit. 24 (28, 32) sts

Rnd 9: K3 (4, 5), k2tog, k1, ssk, k7 (9, 11), k2tog, k1, ssk, k4 (5, 6).
For size Small, go to finishing. 20 (24, 28) sts

Rnd 10: Knit. (24, 28) sts

Rnd 11: K (3, 4), k2tog, k1, ssk, k (7, 9), k2tog, k1, ssk, k (4, 5). (20, 24) sts


Fasten off yarn leaving an 18-inch tail. With half of the stitches on the front needle, and half on the back, use the kitchener stitch to close the toe.

Kitchener stitch steps:

Set up:

Insert needle purlwise through 1st st in front, leave on.

Insert needle knitwise through 1st st in back, leave on.

  1. Front st knitwise, slip off.
  2. Next front st purlwise, leave on.
  3. First back st purlwise, slip off.
  4. Next back st knitwise, leave on.

Repeat 1-4 until all the stitches have been dropped.

Knit your second sock, then weave in ends and wear!

Want to try a different length of socks? While this pattern shows more of a knit ankle socks style, you can also use this for a thigh-high knitting pattern. Simply keep working the height and increasing it when necessary to fit around your calves. It's all about trying on the knit sock as you go. So what do you think? Have you caught the sock knitting bug?

I hope you have enjoyed making the Free Knit Beginner Felici Sock Pattern!

Are you looking for another small knit beginner project to go with these knit socks? Might I recommend the Chateau Knit Cowl? It's an easy repeat and fun for any level of knitter. Or if you want something mroe lightweight the Ray Of Sunshine Knit Shawl or the Light Summer Shawl Knit Pattern might be the next thing to inspire your needles.

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