Knitting patterns for anklets, footies, and other socks that are ankle high. Most patterns are free. Updated 6/6/23
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Leftover Sneaker Socks
2 color footie ankle socks knit cuff down with heel flap in stockinette. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Anja Heumann
Hop, Skip + A Jump Socks
Ankle socks with striking 2 color rib cuff with bobbles in sizes for the whole family. Knit cuff down with heel flap. Sizes Toddler (Kid, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large). Sport weight yarn. Designed by Ainur Berkimbayeva for Purl Soho.
Pom Pom Ankle Socks
Footie ankle socks with pompoms on heels to keep the heel in place. Knit cuff down with heel flap. Sizes Adult X-Small (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large). 3 of the sizes use only one skein of the recommended Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Premier Yarns Design Team
I Heart Socks
Ankle socks with a row of hearts around cuff. Knit cuff down with heel flap. DK weight yarn. Designed by Julie Gaddy for Cascade Yarns
Ankle socks with a fun scalloped lace cuff detail knit cuff down with heel flap. 2 sizes. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Dawn Henderson
Leopard and Zebra Socks
Animal print socks knit cuff down with an afterthought heel, making it easier to concentrate on the stranded colorwork pattern without worrying about shaping the heel. Sizes Adult S (7"), Adult M (8"), Adult L (9"). Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Emma Kerian as Not Your Average Cat Lady Socks and Z is for Zebra Socks
Lace ankle socks with a lace pattern resembling mermaid tails. Knit cuff down with heel flap. Includes both ankle and mid-calf options. 2 sizes. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Barbara Giebler. Available in English and German
Penne Minimum Socks
Footie socks featuring a twisted rib panel on instep. Knit toe up with heel flap. Designed by Atsuko Yamamoto. Pictured projects by designer and burcakkafadar
Footie socks designed to be hidden in your shoes. Knit toe up with heel flap. Includes a video tutorial Sizes Extra Small (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, Extra-Extra Large). Designed by Sheila Toy Stromberg.
Pom Pom Socklets
Ankle footie socks with pompoms to keep the heel in place. These socks reduce sock making to the most fun parts, to the action of the sock: the heel, the gusset, the toe. Knit cuff down with a heel flap. Designed by Purl Soho.
More Free Patterns
Ankle socks knit with a zigzag lace that's a great showcase for self-striping yarns. Knit cuff down with a heel flap. Designed by Kirsten Kapur. Pictured projects by designer and knitinge
Lace ankle socks with low-cut cuff, cabled heel, and Tilting Ladder cable and lace pattern (from Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury) on the top of the foot. Knit cuff down with heel flat. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Jennifer L. Appleby for Knitty.
Lace ankle socks knit cuff down with an 8 row repeat lace on the foot. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Trude Hertaas. Available in English and Norwegian. Pictured projects by designer and whimZknits
Ankle socks with color blocked sampler of textures. Great for leftover yarn and stashbusting. Knit cuff down. 2 Sizes. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Birgit Ka. Available in English and German
3-color ankle sock with only 16 rounds of stranded colorwork per sock with instructions in text or chart. The sock is constructed with the Crystal Heel, which is an afterthought that is actually shaped like a human heel! Sizes XS / S / M / L; to fit US shoe sizes 5 (6-7 / 8-9 / 10-11). Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Lynn DT Hershberger for Knitty. Pictured project by designer and Debaarah
Whims Easy Flat Knit Socks
These ankle socks with cable detail are knit flat back and forth on 2 straight needles and seamed. Designer says these are great first socks. DK weight yarn. Designed by Briana K Designs. Web version is free. PDF available for purchase.
Anklet socks with strawberries and trellis in stranded colorwork with a cute picot edged cuff. Knit cuff down with heel flap. A kit is also available. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Minna Metsänen for Novita.
Yinyang Kitty Socks
Toe-up ankle socks with a kitty chart on the toe and foot and a simple short-row heel. Designed by Geena Garcia
Bunny Got Back Socks
Ankle socks with stranded bunny rabbits on the toe and pompom cottontails on the back. Designed by Amy Gunderson.
Pom Pom Socks Pattern and Video
Step-by-step expert instruction to knit multicolored footie socks with Wendy Bernard. This project is great for learning the basics of sock knitting. You will learn how to expertly turn a heel and shape a gusset, and then you’ll see how to graft the toe stitches together with Kitchener stitch. Pattern and instructional video class available for free with a free trial at Creativebug. Pictured projects by the designer and Lisa K who said this was her second pair of socks ever.
Patterns for Purchase
Matchgirl Braided Cable Socks
Ankle socks knit in a 4 row repeat cable and lace pattern on the instep. Knitted cuff down with short row heel. Sizes include: Small, Medium, and Large. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Fiber and Fern Studio / Brianna Kvalvik who allows sale of the finished socks.
Modern Heirloom Cable Socks
Ankle socks knit cables on the instep. Knitted cuff down with short row heel. Sizes Narrow (Medium, Wide) in S, M, L, XL length. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Ira Rott.
Nestled Leaves Socks
Ankle socks knit in leaf lace. Knitted cuff down with heel flap. 3 different sizes. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by LadyWithAKnit.
Lavender and Mint Socks
Ankle socks knit in 2 colors with a honeycomb stitch. Knitted from the cuff to the toe. 3 different sizes - for kids (4-6 years) and adults. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Anja Heumann.
Ingenious footie ankle socks with a textured short-row tab on the back to keep the sock from slipping down the shoe. They also have ribbing on the sole for comfort and grip. The designer says it's like "walking on pillows." 4 sizes to fit foot circumference of 7 (8, 9, 10) in./18 (20.5, 23, 25.5) cm; foot length is adjustable. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Sarah Jordan.
Jump 'n' Jive Socks
Lace ankle socks knit cuff down with short row heel. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Anna Richardson.
Ankle Bow Socks
Lace ankle socks with a cute cuff that forms a pretty bow. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Emma Wright.
I Can't Believe I'm Knitting Socks
This book makes knitting socks incredibly easy because along with the patterns it includes helpful hints and photos to create an entire wardrobe of footwear in three sizes for women. 8 different designs by Cynthia Guggemos. Extras and General Instructions sections provide useful information on yarn options, different cast-on techniques, choices between double-pointed needles and circular needles, and different types of Heels and Toes.
- Get I Can't Believe I'm Knitting Socks on Leisure Arts (Digital editions)
- Get paperback on Alibris
- Get paperback on Amazon
Coral Bells Socks
Ankle socks knit with optional ruffled cuff and beads. Knitted cuff down. 3 different sizes. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Laura Crowley/Still Life with Knitting.
Lace Socks or Slippers
Lace anklet footie socks or slippers with picot edged cuff. This tutorial contains pdf and video. 2 Sizes. Designed by Yulia Ilinkova for CozySocksStore.