In Your Shoes Ankle Socks

Nov 22, 2005
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by Pam

Introduction

socksWhat's up with so many sock patterns calling for too-thick worsted weight yarn? Designer Pam says:

"I've seen a lot of crocheters looking for a pattern for crochet socks using sock yarn, so they can wear them in their shoes like the knitters do. That's what pushed me to make this pattern. I wanted to crochet my socks out of sock yarn, and wear them in my shoes." Right on, Pam.

Materials List

  • About two 1.75 ounce (50 gram) skeins of sock yarn (or fingering weight yarn)
  • Size G (4.25mm) crochet hook (or size to obtain gauge)

Gauge

5 sts x 5 rows = 1 inch (2.54cm) in single crochet. (Please be sure to check your gauge. I tend to need a larger hook than most patterns call for, so my patterns tend to call for a larger hook than you might need.)

The Pattern

Make two.

Chain 16 to work on 15 sts. This makes a 3-inch (7.62cm) wide cuff for ankle socks. If you want a bigger cuff, just add stitches.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd chain from hook, and in each remaining ch across (15 sts). Ch 1, and turn.

Row 2: Sc in each back loop only, across (15 sts). Ch 1, and turn.

Repeat Row 2 until piece measures 8 inches (20.32cm), or 1/2 inch (1.27cm) smaller than foot width.

Sew short ends together to form a tube. I slip stitch across so I don't have to cut the yarn, and re-attach it. (The seam will be the back of the sock.)

Sc around for 2 rounds (36 sts each round for the size I'm making here).

Sc across front half of tube (18 sts). Chain 18, and attach on the other side of the tube. (The space between the cuff and the chain is where the heel will go later.)

i'm a sock.Sc around front sts and back chain (36 sts).

Sc around until piece measures 6 inches (15.24cm), or 1 1/2 inches (3.81cm) before toe decrease (excluding cuff).

Decrease 1 st on each side (that's 2 sts per round) for 1 1/2 inches (3.81cm) (it was about 7 rows for my sock).

Attach yarn at heel opening. Sc around once.

Sc around decreasing 1 st on each side for 1 1/2 inches (3.81cm). (You make the heel the same way as the toe decrease.)

Sew toe and heel seams.

Abbreviations:

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)

About Pam:

I've been crocheting for about 33 years. I have three kids ages 19 (Matthew), 22 (Sid), and 25 (Cindy). Cindy just made me a grandmother of a baby girl. I love a good cup of tea (with all the gadgets), chocolate, British comedy, Wallace & Gromit, and the old Dark Shadows series. I collect anything ladybug. I am not really a designer. I'm more of a designer want to be. I design out of necessity when I can't find what I'm looking for, or if what I'm looking for is too expensive. My designs are very few, and very basic, and I don't mind passing them out to anyone who wants to use them.

 


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Joyce - Texapan wrote
on May 1, 2006 5:47 AM

I finished making these socks and enjoyed them a lot. I had to make my ankles/cuffs smaller because I have skinny ankles (but not the rest of me). Thanks for the pattern and instructions. Sure has helped me a lot with the heels and toes.

Meg wrote
on Jun 2, 2006 5:11 AM

Mine actually look better on my feet than off my feet.

Nichole wrote
on Jun 19, 2006 8:17 PM

Thanks for such a great pattern!

( and yes, I was named after Nichole on Dark Shadows... Im a little less creepy tho)

Karen wrote
on Aug 18, 2006 8:00 AM

Just what I am looking for and looks like it would be easy to replace the heel too!

Trudy wrote
on Oct 9, 2006 9:03 PM

Thanks for the pattern. I can't wait to try it out. Can you tell me how to make it to fit a child's size foot? Thanks again.

Anna wrote
on Oct 12, 2006 11:00 AM

I have been looking to make normal (non slipper) socks for my family for years! I can't wait to try this pattern out.

Endako Jo wrote
on Oct 19, 2006 11:29 AM

How long I have searched for a nice looking crocheted sock pattern. I can't wait to try this one. Will let you know how it turns out for me. Thanks a bunch for making it available!

decarillion wrote
on Nov 11, 2006 3:16 AM

Thanks for this...I have one skein of Magic Stripes yarn from Lion, and this pattern is perfect for it :)

Anonymous wrote
on Nov 23, 2006 5:36 PM

i'm so confused , english please!

Twila Lenoir wrote
on Feb 16, 2007 10:24 AM
Thank you, Thank you!! I have been crocheting forever and have bought oodles of crochet sock patterns and have not been able to understand the pattern. Tried yours one time and I did it. I also had to shorten the beginging. I can't wait to do some more. Thank you Thank you!!

Twila in N.L,CT

Kathy wrote
on Feb 22, 2007 11:46 AM

It looks great. I've been looking for a good sock pattern and this looks great.

robbie wrote
on Jun 24, 2007 12:39 PM

THANK YOU FOR THE PATTERN I HAVE NEVER SEEN A CROCHET SOCK PATTERN BEFORE. ROBBIE

Angeleyz14 wrote
on Sep 26, 2007 12:53 PM

Can't wait to make these...sounds sooo simple. And I have to tell my friend about the pattern too.

~Jenn

on Oct 3, 2007 2:07 PM

I crocheted these in 2 days. I used Plymouth's Dream Baby DK yarn, sooo soft. I really love this pattern and see lot's of socks in my and my family and friend's future!!!!

enygma36 wrote
on Oct 21, 2007 2:10 PM

this is amazing. im a fast crocheter so it only took me 4 hours. i was sooo amazed at how easy it was. im a knitter too and the socks are very hard to do. crocheting is my profession. and i was verry excited thank you soo much!

borgnymay wrote
on Nov 13, 2007 4:03 PM

Just joined this site and am so happy to find a crochet sock pattern. Can't wait to try it. Thanks so much.

begonia1977 wrote
on Nov 15, 2007 7:16 AM

This is the worst pattern ever. i used lionbrand magic stripes and checked my gage and followed this pattern to a T. the heel didn't even cover my heel and i stretched them out trying to attempt to get one on. anyone else have probs with this pattern?

on Jan 9, 2008 11:24 PM

Okay, I have a question. Is there any way you can make these taller than ankle socks? I'm forever wearing out my tall socks.

JanM@42 wrote
on Jan 10, 2008 12:34 PM

I'm so pleased to find this pattern. I've just bought some sock yarn today - so guess what I'm making next. :)

JanM@42 wrote
on Jan 10, 2008 12:35 PM

Inside me there's a skinny woman screaming to get out; I can usually shut the *** up with chocolate.

JessicaT15 wrote
on Feb 10, 2008 10:37 AM

Suck! I cannot get this to work the heel is always too tight even making adjustments. It is the chain and cuts into my foot. SUCK I guess I am too stupid to have socks

angela13 wrote
on Feb 11, 2008 1:08 PM

Was glancing through options for crocheting websites and glanced upon this one. Then I saw your pattern for these socks! They rock! I understood every direction! I actually signed up as a member less than 10 minutes ago just because I wanted to tell you thanks. This sock pattern is fantastic. I'm hoping to find lots of great patterns on here.

on Nov 18, 2008 8:08 PM

Working on my third pair!

I made a 'test'pair out of Bernat baby yarn, and a pair as a birthday gift to my 84 yr old grandmother (who taught mehow to knit and crochet) with Yarn Bee 'Cameo' which is thicker, but I'm making 'house socks'

now my mother in law, and a sister in law are going to get a pair each for Christmas.

~chargingbird

crocheter, mother, wife

on Dec 18, 2008 1:24 AM
I can hardly wait to make these. Thank you so

much for sharing.

wlandlady wrote
on Dec 27, 2008 3:11 PM

I just finished my first sock! Had to adjust along the way, guess because I crochet tighter than you do, or maybe the yarn was too fine. But no big. In fact, I finished it while I was sitting at my mother's watching a movie. I used Patton Brilliant yarn, because that's what I had [now that I know it works, I'll buy something better] After she got done laughing at my mistake [I made the toe too long and it looked like a genie slipper] she decided they were cooler than polar bear crap and decided she has to have a pair.

Guess what she's getting for mother's day?

MeanMommy wrote
on Jan 1, 2009 2:25 PM

I found this pattern through an on-line search, and it is the best crochet sock pattern I found. I'm almost done with the first sock. Thank you so much for coming up with this pattern!

redd@2 wrote
on Jan 15, 2009 4:11 PM
Thank you for the pattern I have been trying other patterns and haven't been able to finish the pattern however this is a really good and easy pattern to follow.

thank you thank you

fibernut1 wrote
on Jan 24, 2009 9:42 AM

I love these socks! I made them out of sock yarn and had an amazing finished product. The only problem, I have sensitive feet and the wool yarn was a little rough. I'm going to try some of the yarns used by other crocheters and get a softer feel for the footsies!

simsays wrote
on Feb 15, 2009 6:44 AM

Thanks,Pam. I love this pattern, I have made it several times in different yarns and it is so easy to make little adjustments and add personal touches. I love your approach to patterns, simple and straightforward. What other patterns have you written?

zoesmum wrote
on Mar 27, 2009 3:51 AM

Been looking for some socks to wear in my shoes as shop bought ones are not as comfy these days. Have some sock yarn so best get busy, oh yeah!!!

Hugs Tina and Zoe

Tracy wrote
on Apr 12, 2009 3:04 AM

I am so very excited as I have crocheted for many years and I always wanted to crochet socks that you could wear with shoes. Knitted ones take to long and are hard to learn. Your sock pattern was a wish come true Thank You so so much Pam. I do want to comment on the negative remark left by someone no names need to be said. It sure is funny that every comment about the socks were positive except yours. There is no question as to where the problem lies, it is not the sock pattern it is you. I hope you are not always such a angry person. It is so unhealthy.

IngridSera wrote
on Apr 22, 2009 7:48 AM

OK, I'm making these and I have a couple of questions. (I'm sort of new to crochet, so be gentle).

In the step where you sew the ribbed ankle piece together, you indicate that the seam will be at the back of the sock. I assume you mean centered above the heel. Then you sc for two rows, which will begin and end at the seam if you do not tie off and re-position (and you indicated you don't do that).

On row 3 you are to sc 18 across the front and chain 18. If you do this right where the third row would start, you are still above the center back seam, which would put the seam above the ankle if you start and end there. Do you sl st 9 to get to the place that would allow you to start the third row across the front of the sock? Is this making sense?

Also, when you get to that point and are crocheting the body of the sock, are you just doing continuous sc or do you sl st and ch1 at the end of each row? Or does it matter? (Personally, I hate the sl st/ch1. I must be doing it incorrectly because there's a stitch that's always tight, and I end up with a different number of stitches. When I can get away with it, I just work in a continuous round and put a marker in to keep track of rows.)

Anyway, I hope this makes sense. I don't know why I have such a problem with patterns. I can stitch just fine, and I can granny square with the best of them, but unless I'm making something that can stay a square or rectangle, I fear my crochet project days are numbered.

Thanks!

on Oct 19, 2009 6:34 PM

You increase the number of sts in the ch at the beginning. Like, if you wanted the cuff to be 2 times larger you'd ch 31 and work over 30 sts instead of 15. That should do the trick.

-And the Mome Raths Outgrabe-

on Oct 19, 2009 6:37 PM

This pattern rules! I've finished one sock using Patons Bamboo Silk yarn and a 3.25-ish hook. My only warning is that the 8 inches reccommended for the cuff might be too big for some people (I have narrow feet). But the nature of the pattern makes it very easily adapted--just change the measurements given--for instance I made the cuff 6 inches instead of 8 and it fit perfectly!

-And the Mome Raths Outgrabe-

EnidB wrote
on Oct 21, 2009 10:40 PM

so over trying to knit socks on any number of needles,this pattern is so easy and i'm only a novice,used commercial wool but next time will try with handspun--many thanks

Maggie03 wrote
on Jan 16, 2010 12:33 PM

I'm stuck with this pattern after this line.

"Decrease 1 st on each side (that's 2 sts per round) for 1 1/2 inches (3.81cm) (it was about 7 rows for my sock)."

After doing the above, I now have 22 single crochets left, so what do I do with them? The next line goes into attaching yarn at the heel opening and crocheting around it to start the heel.

Help! The pattern was great up to this point.

Maggie03 wrote
on Jan 16, 2010 12:46 PM

I'm stuck with this pattern after this line.

"Decrease 1 st on each side (that's 2 sts per round) for 1 1/2 inches (3.81cm) (it was about 7 rows for my sock)."

After doing the above, I now have 22 single crochets left, so what do I do with them? The next line goes into attaching yarn at the heel opening and crocheting around it to start the heel.

Help! The pattern was great up to this point.

Maggie03 wrote
on Jan 16, 2010 12:47 PM

I'm stuck with this pattern after this line.

"Decrease 1 st on each side (that's 2 sts per round) for 1 1/2 inches (3.81cm) (it was about 7 rows for my sock)."

After doing the above, I now have 22 single crochets left, so what do I do with them? The next line goes into attaching yarn at the heel opening and crocheting around it to start the heel.

Help! The pattern was great up to this point.

Maggie03 wrote
on Jan 16, 2010 12:47 PM

I'm stuck with this pattern after this line.

"Decrease 1 st on each side (that's 2 sts per round) for 1 1/2 inches (3.81cm) (it was about 7 rows for my sock)."

After doing the above, I now have 22 single crochets left, so what do I do with them? The next line goes into attaching yarn at the heel opening and crocheting around it to start the heel.

Help! The pattern was great up to this point.

on Jan 17, 2010 11:19 AM
Good job, I'm making knitted socks now also.
Happy trails

dd

mystybee wrote
on Jan 20, 2010 10:09 AM

just came across this--can't wait to try them!

on Feb 13, 2010 3:33 PM

Pam,

 

Could or did you make a pattern for a pedicure sock.

Thanks,

Pam McClinton

ilvc8tln wrote
on Mar 16, 2010 7:23 AM
I just joined, and so excited to try these socks. I have never made socks before and bought some sock yarn yesterday at Michaels. I joined just to make these socks. I'm going t print this out ad make them on the train to Florida tomorrow. Going to see the granddaughter. Her birthday is he 21st and she will be 3 years old. I saw a lot of pattern on here that I can make her with lightweight yarn. Will let you know how my socks came out. This will keep me busy.
srcash wrote
on Aug 30, 2010 8:01 AM

Thank you for this pattern and how kind of you to share.  I think sharing is the best part of creativity.  Nothing is fun is you can't share it with somebody else.  I will try this pattern soon.

Sandy in Western North Carolina

ps. I love tea too, hot or cold, not much into British comedy tho

dhubbard wrote
on Sep 8, 2010 3:03 PM

Thank you! I have been looking for something like this that didn't make "slippers" everything was so thick! I'm so excited to try this out, I just ran and dug through my yarn for some fingering weight. I could only come up with a white, but that will make a cute first pair until I go shopping. I'm trying this right now.

bheck wrote
on Dec 31, 2011 10:54 PM

 i have been crocheting also, i wish i could find someone to show me how  to do the heel part of the socks

     i love crocheting

 

 

bheck wrote
on Dec 31, 2011 10:54 PM

 i have been crocheting also, i wish i could find someone to show me how  to do the heel part of the socks

     i love crocheting

 

 

bheck wrote
on Dec 31, 2011 10:54 PM

 i have been crocheting also, i wish i could find someone to show me how  to do the heel part of the socks

     i love crocheting

 

 

bheck wrote
on Dec 31, 2011 10:54 PM

 i have been crocheting also, i wish i could find someone to show me how  to do the heel part of the socks

     i love crocheting