From the latest sock yarn to practical and pretty patterns find our top picks to knit or crochet your toes a toasty treat!
Whether you’re looking to make your friend a homemade gift or you’re planning your Father’s Day present you’ll find all you need and more here! But why socks? No one ever really enjoys popping to the shops and buying brand new ones, however receiving a pair that are smart and snug is something we all appreciate. Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries you name it, we’re a sock giving nation and the best part is we always know the receiver will put them to good use. They may not be the easiest of patterns to tackle, but you’ll certainly feel proud when finishing your snazzy new pair and alongside this sock edit we have two fantastic tutorials teaching you tips and tricks on knitting and crocheting socks. Find the knitting tutorial by Mary Beth Temple here and the crochet tutorial by Crafternoon Treats here. Maybe you’re looking for that in between project in the midst of a CAL or want to take a break from your mammoth knitted afghan pattern, either way socks are great to test out your abilities and different yarns.
First up we have King Cole New Zig-Zag 4 Ply; a stunning blend of wool and nylon this yarn is ideal for making socks, being both soft and hardwearing. Plus it’s a self-patterning yarn, which produces a gorgeous fair isle effect for both knit or crochet. The range is available in twelve beautiful multi-hued shades perfect for everyone from dad to daughter, with Waves and Crush being two fab choices to please all family members. An added incentive with this gorgeous yarn is with each purchase you’ll receive a FREE knitted sock pattern, containing five different designs. Simply add the pattern to your basket here and you’ll receive it with your King Cole New Zig-Zag 4 Ply order.
A second King Cole range and one of our top selling sock yarns is Drifter DK. A blend of premium acrylic, cotton and wool this yarn is super soft and creates dreamy socks your feet won’t be able to wait to slip into. The range comes in twelve sophisticated shades, with a mixture of earthy hues blended with vibrant colours which together form a smart and stylish self striping pattern. Long socks, ¾ length socks or short socks there’s a design for each within this King Cole Drifter Pattern, so if you’re looking to knit yourself, partner, kids and parents a pair then this is the knitting leaflet for you. Knit or crochet in Ohio for country explorations, New York for city escapes or Utah for your everyday pair.
Sirdar Heart and Sole 4 Ply is one of our bestselling sock yarns and creates the most pleasing pair. This range which is a blend of wool and nylon is available in a selection of jazzy self-striping shades, creating fabulous multi-coloured garments. Bold, durable and hardwearing this yarn is ideal for statement socks, plus each 100g skein has a FREE knitted sock pattern on the ball band. You only need one ball per pair, so pick your favourite colour and get ready to make your feet a special treat. Jungle Fever, Find Your Sea Legs and Twist and Shout are three colourways we are in awe with, make yourself a pair using these shades and your friends are sure to have sock envy!
A favourite of ours and a fabulous choice for sock making is Phildar Phil Folk 50. A hardwearing blend of wool and nylon makes this yarn ideal for socks, creating durable and long lasting pairs that can be machine washed and tumble dried. From bold brights and subtle marls to pale neutrals you’ll find a shade for every occasion; Anemone to make the boys wink, Soleil for when the sun is shining and Cigare for the office. This yarn is a great choice to knit or crochet socks with one of our fabulous guest authors’ patterns. For knitted socks see Mary Beth Temple’s first Sock tutorial and pattern here and for a crochet pair check out Kathryn Senior of Crafternoon Treats first tutorial and pattern here.
These two patterns are not ones to miss, both made using Sirdar Crofter DK, which is another top yarn, creating socks proud to show off. A blend of acrylic, wool and cotton this yarn is heavenly soft making it ideal for your feet, whether you want toasty toes or fancy slipping on a snug pair whilst relaxing at home this is the yarn for you. From ages 4-6 up to adults sizes the first Crofter DK pattern has four fabulous designs for you to play with and the gorgeous yarn gives you a Fair Isle effect without the hard work. The second Crofter DK pattern has three super sock designs, plus the bonus of some additional quick knits. With the choice of 25 shades in Crofter DK we’re sure you’ll find a colour you can’t wait to put on your feet.