Once You Sock Pattern

Once You Sock Pattern

Published by Michelle on 24th May 2017

I have been meaning to add this pattern to the blog for a while and have to confess that I have been prompted as I can see people searching for it on the site.  Being able to see what people search for is one of the 'management' features on the site.  It's great most of the time - I can see what folk expect me to have (I promise I'll try to have two very stylish quarterly knitting magazines as soon as possible!) and also what they are having trouble finding (this pattern!) - but sometimes it's an eye opening feature!  Sometimes people mistake the search bar on the site for Google or another search engine and I see things that I wouldn't expect people to search a knitting site for.  I'll leave it to your imagination but there are certain searched for items that I won't be stocking! ; )

However, that aside, here is the Once You Sock bunting pattern.  It is meant mostly for bunting but also as an introduction to sock knitting as all of the steps in this small sock are used for creating a large sock.  That was the reason I typed it up because as I made more and more of the little socks (which were meant at first only to showcase Coop Knits Socks Yeah) I realised that I was getting better at sock knitting generally ... and who doesn't want that! ; ) 

Yarn, Needles & Notions

Yarn: Coop Knits Socks Yeah, 10 grams (you can get approx 5 mini socks from a single 50g skein of Socks Yeah) 

Needles: 2.25 mm Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) or 2.25mm 80/100cm circular needle for magic loop.  

Notions: Scissors, darning needle for ends, stitch marker

Mini Socks in Progress

I'm still short 4 for a full set of all 16 Socks Yeah Colours but I will get there!

Gauge & Finished Size

Gauge: Gauge is not important but the stitches should be kept relatively tight to ensure the socks are sturdy.   

Finished Size: Approx. 11.5cm from cuff to base of heel & 9cm from gusset to tip of toe (blocked).


K: Knit

P: Purl

K2Tog: Knit next 2 stitches together

P2Tog: Purl next 2 stitches together

SSK: Slip Slip Knit

RS: Right side

S: Wrong side


Using a loose method (e.g. thumb method) cast on 36 stitches. 

If using DPNs, distribute stitches over 4 needles (knit with 5th needle).  If using magic loop, divide in half.

Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist.  Place marker to indicate start of round.  For DPNs I put my stitch marker one stitch in from the start of the round as this is usually at the start of a needle & putting it one stitch in means it doesn't fall off!


Working in 1*1 rib (k1, p1), work 8 rounds.


Working in stocking stitch (knitting every stitch), work 26 rounds.

Heel Flap (HF)

HF Row 1 (RS): Knit the next 18 stitches (for DPNs: from needles 1 & 2 onto needle 5).  These stitches are now worked flat to create the heel flap.  The stitches on needles 3 & 4 (instep stitches) remain as they are until required for the Gusset.  Turn work.

HF Row 2 (WS): Slip 1 purlwise (with yarn in front), p17 stitches (end of heel stitches), turn work 

HF Row 3:  Slip 1 purlwise (with yarn in back), k17 stitches (end of heel stitches), turn work.

Repeat HF Rows 2 & 3 six more times, then HF Row 2 again. (16 rows in total including Row 1)

Heel Turn (HT)

HT Row 1 (RS):  K12, ssk, turn work

HT Row 2 (WS):  S1 purlwise (yarn in front), p6, p2tog, turn work

HT Row 3:  S1 purlwise (yarn in back), k6, ssk, turn work

Repeat HT Rows 2 & 3 twice more, until 9 stitches remain, then repeat HT Row 2 again.  (8 stitches remain)

Next Row (RS):  K8 remaining stitches (heel stitches) with right side facing.  Do not turn work.


Setup round:

  1. With RS facing, pick up and k8 stitches through the slip stitch at the start of each heel flap row.  Pick up 2 additional stitches between the heel and instep stitches (this will prevent the hole that often occurs). (10 stitches)
  2. Work the stitches on needles 3 & 4 (instep stitches). (9 stitches from each needle)
  3. Pick up and knit 2 stitches between the heel and the instep (matching the other side), then pick up and knit 8 stitches through the slip stitch at the start of each heel flap row.  (10 stitches, total 38)
  4. K4 stitches from the heel stitches.  Place marker for the start of the round.

Total stitches: 46 (38 + 8 heel stitches)

Gusset Round 1:  Knit all stitches to end of round (for first round 1 only knit into the back of the 10 picked up stitches on both sides of the instep).

Gusset Round 2:  Knit to 3 stitches before start of instep, k2tog, k1.  Knit across instep stitches.  K1, ssk.  Knit to end of round. (2 stitches decreased)

Repeat Gusset Rounds 1 & 2 four more times until 36 stitches remain.


Working in stocking stitch (knit each stitch), work 20 rounds.


Toe Round 1:  Knit to 3 stitches before the instep, k2tog, k2, ssk, knit to 3 stitches before end of instep, k2tog, k2, ssk, knit to end of round. (4 stitches decreased)

Toe Round 2:  Knit all stitches to end of round.

Repeat Toe Rounds 1 & 2 twice more until 24 stitches remain (including last repeat of Round 2). 

Then, repeat Toe Round 1 three more times until 12 stitches remain. 

Toe Graft

  1. Knit the stitches remaining on Needle 2 onto Needle 1 (Heel Stitches).
  2. Move the 3 stitches remaining on Needle 3 onto Needle 4 (Instep stitches). 
  3. Graft Heel Stitches to Instep Stitches using Kitchener Stitch. 

Finishing & Care

Add a hanging ribbon or create a tiny 2 stitch iCord to hang the sock.

Sew in ends using the darning needle, block (optional) and knit more to create lots of jolly bunting!  

A little Christmas version

A little Christmas version (in West Yorkshire Spinners Sig 4 Ply on 2.5mm needles (same pattern!)

Follow instructions on ball.

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