Knitting patterns for colorful socks with designs that showcase self-striping yarn. Most patterns are free.
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Spots and Stripes Socks
A self-striping yarn alternating with a contrasting solid creates a dotted pattern on the leg and top of these socks and stripes on the sole. 6 sizes. Fingering weight yarn. Spotty Socks designed by Jane Burns
On the Beach Socks
Top down socks feature faux cables paired with a basket weave pattern made only with knit and purl stitches. Looks spectacular in self-striping gradient cake yarn. The pattern is easy to remember and the socks will be finished very quickly. The pattern is charted and written line by line. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Wollelfe
Fairground Feet Socks
A lace cuff takes the best advantage of striped yarn in these cuff down heel flap socks. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Jane Burns
Two Needle Socks for the Family
Socks knit flat with two needles from the cuff down and seamed. Four sizes and two different lengths, so the whole family can wear them with customization instructions for other sizes. P050 Seamed Socks for the Family designed by Lincraft.
Ruffle Trimmed Socks
Ankle socks with lace cuff worked from top down. Sizes Woman’s Small, Medium, and Large. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Irina Poludnenko for Lion Brand
Easy Mosaic Socks
Socks worked with two yarns but only one at once and uses slip stitches to create the mosaic pattern across the sock. It’s surprisingly easy, and this free pattern with photo tutorial. Cuff down heel flap socks. Designed by Winwick Mum.
Socks knit in slip stitch zigzag pattern that is perfect for self-striping yarns. Cuff down socks. Designed by Louise Robert for Knitty. Available in English and German
Winner of Novita’s autumn 2020 striped yarn sock competition, these socks are easier than they look. Designed by Stiina Iloniemi, these socks are created by striping a multicolor yarn and a solid white yarn with an easy slipped stitch pattern to create the vertical stripes. Cuff down heel flap socks with star toe. 3 Sizes. Available in English, Finnish, Swedish
- Get the free knitting pattern. On pattern page, click the print button under the kit info OR click the Pattern Instructions tab at bottom of page.
- See the Ravelry page
Stitch Surfer Socks
Half and half sock with solid and self-striping yarns forming “waves” of colourways. Toe up heel flap socks. Sizes S, M & L. Designed by Louise Robert for Knitty.
Traffic Island Socks
An easy 2 row repeat chevron and lace sock pattern, knit from the top down with a short row heel. Designed for self-striping yarn. Sizes S, M & L. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Nicola W. Pictured projects by Pien-Ams and cshelley.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- Get the recommended West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply Self Striping yarn used in the pictured project
Knit flat sideways and shaped with short rows so they "wrap" around the foot to create an interesting design with your self-striping yarn. Designed by Jeny Staiman for Knitty. Pictured projects by designer and djinniya.
Tiptoe Tulip Socks
Cuff down, heel flap socks knit in a 6 round repeat tulip lace stitch. 3 Sizes: S Small (medium, large) adult foot 19cm (21.5cm, 24cm), 7½(8½, 9½) in. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Josie Kitten for Stylecraft. A kit is also available.
More Free Patterns
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.
Fly My Butterfly Socks
These top-down socks feature the butterfly stitch on a slip stitch 2 color with only one color used per round. Perfect for using one variegated yarn with a contrasting solid yarn. Designed by imawale imawale. Fingering weight yarn. Pictured projects by the designer and bleusheep
Longitudinal Rainbow Socks
These socks were designed for self-striping yarn with lengthwise stripes without seams to preserve the beauty of the colors. Designed by Nicola Susen. Available in English and German
- Get the free knitting pattern – English
- See the Ravelry page or get the German pattern
- Get the recommended Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball yarn on Amazon (Prime options available)
Flip Flop Socks
These Bikinisocken liners are knit in stockinette with a separate opening for the big toe to keep your skin comfy under the sandal thong. Designed by Regia Design Team. Pictured projects by binel, ina, and irmi-M. Uses 40-50 yards of fingering weight yarn - great for scrap yarn. Sizes EU 32 - 35 / 36 - 39 / 40 - 43. Available in English and German.
Twisted Breeze Socks With Swirls or Zigzags
Versatile cuff-down sock pattern with lots of options. 2 designs: 6 row repeat left and right swirl for mirrored image or zig zag. 4 sizes: extra small/ small/ medium/ large. 3 different yarn weights can be used: fingering, heavy fingering or sport weight yarn. Fitted arch that makes the sock feel like a hug on your foot and round toe. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Leah Oakley. Pictured projects by the designer and fun9.
A slipped stitch easy honeycomb pattern works equally well with self-striping yarn or 2 contrasting yarns and is comfortable to wear. Cuff-down socks with star toe and heel flap. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Anne Campbell. Pictured projects by Lunitink and katebaloh.
Designed by Yarnspirations, these socks give you warmth and comfort while still leaving your heal and toes free to grip and stabilize.
All Is Love Socks
Socks with “All You Need Is Love” and hearts in stranded colorwork. Designed by Cita Steinmeier. Available in English and Danish. Great with multi-colored yarn to automatically change colors.
Patterns for Purchase
Slippery Slope Socks
Slip-stitch design socks uses self-striping yarn on solid background to create a fun geometric pattern. Great showcase for multicolored yarn. 2 sizes. Designed by General Hogbuffer
- See more pics and get the knitting pattern on Interweave
- Get the recommended Schoppel Wolle Crazy Zauberball yarn at Amazon
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.
Learn to Knit Socks
Learn how to knit fabulous socks in this informative, online knitting class taught by knitted sock expert, designer and shop owner Lisa Carnahan. Best of all, this knitting class will teach you the three most popular methods of making socks so that you can knit socks with the technique YOU like best! Includes downloadable and printable class patterns in PDF format in addition to the online video content.