Sockkens Pattern

Sockkens Pattern

Published by Michelle on 29th Nov 2018

What do you do with that lovely skein of sock yarn if you don’t knit socks, don’t want to hide the lovely yarn in your shoes or everyone you know has now been furnished with socks and you want to knit them all something else!?

You make Sockkens!  

What are Sockkens?!  Mittens knit out of sock yarn!  Simon and I debated Sockkens versus Mittocks and while Mittocks, mittens from sock yarn, probably describes it better, it sounds just a little bit too like buttocks so Sockkens won.

This is a recipe rather than a pattern as arms and hands come in lots of different shapes and sizes.  There are notes on how to adjust the different parts of the pattern to make them fit you best.

Sockkens in West Yorkshire Spinners Fairy Lights

Sockkens in West Yorkshire Spinners Fairylights with Cayenne Pepper Rib

Yarn, Needles & Notions

Yarn: Any 4ply/fingering weight yarn where you can get gauge.  Shown here in West Yorkshire Spinners Fairy Lights (with Cayenne Pepper Ribs) and Dye Candy Super Sock Convergence.

Needles: 2.50 mm needles for working in the round.  I use an Addi Sockwonder needle.  When I get to 50 stitches and below, I stay working on the needle but the stitches stretch a little.  You may prefer to use double pointed needles.

Notions: Scissors, Darning Needle for ends, Stitch Marker

Sockkens in Dye Candy Convergence

In Dye Candy Convergence.  The eagle eyed will spot that the mittens are on the wrong hands!

Gauge & Finished Size

Gauge: 32 stitches and 44 rounds to 10 cm / 4 ins measured over stocking stitch.  

Finished Size (circumference after cast on rib): 22.5cm (23.75cm) / 8.75ins (9.25ins).

Which size should you knit? Both sizes fit me but for most comfort, I wear the larger size.  My forearm is 26cm so I wear them with 2.25cm of negative ease.  The size you choose will depend on how close fitting you want the mittens.  For every 1.25cm your arm is smaller or larger than mine, consider going up or down a size.  Details of how to adjust are below to make a size not listed here.

Sockkens Schematic

A little schematic!


K: Knit

P: Purl

K2tog: Knit the next 2 stitches together

SSK: Slip Slip Knit (a decrease stitch).  Slip the first stitch (next stitch on the left-hand needle) with the right-hand needle as if to knit, slip the second stitch as if to knit, then slide the left-hand needle into the front of both stitches and knit them together.

M1: Make 1 (an increase stitches).  Insert the right needle from front to back into the stitch below the next stitch on the left needle.  Move this stitch onto the left needle.  Knit this stitch.  Knit the next stitch as normal.  This is a variation on an M1 that uses the bar between stitches.  This method minimises the possibilty of a little hole where the increase takes place.  I learnt this technique watching the 3 minute sample of Knit Stars with Arne and Carlos.  You can find it here.

Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Cast Off: A loose cast off - check out Ysolda's tutorial if you're not sure.


Cast on 72 (76) stitches using the Russian Twisted Cast on.  Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist.  Place a marker to indicate the start of the round.


Working in 2x2 rib (k1, p2), work 10 rounds.


Working in stocking stitch (knit every stitch), work 28 rounds.

Arm decreases

Decrease Round: K1, k2tog, knit to last three stitches, ssk, k1.  2 stitches decreased

Working in stocking stitch, work 6 rounds. 

Work these 7 rounds 9 more times. 70 decrease rounds in total, 20 stitches decreased in total. 52 (56) stitches remaining.

Work Decrease Round. 50 (54) stitches remaining.

Working in stocking stitch, work 3 rounds.  

Work these 4 rounds again. 48 (52) stitches remaining.

Work Decrease Round. 46 (50) stitches remaining.

In the next round, you will move the start of round marker.  This will vary depending on whether you are knitting the right- or left-hand mitten.

Right-hand mitten

Remove start of round marker.

Knit 35 (38) stitches.  Place start of round marker.  This is now the start of the next round.  Move to the Wrist & Hand section to continue.

Left-hand mitten

Remove start of round marker.

Knit 11 (12) stitches.  Place start of round marker.  This is now the start of the next round.  Move to the Wrist & Hand section to continue.

Wrist & Hand

Wrist increases

Working in stocking stitch, work 5 rounds. 

Increase Round: K1, M1, knit to last two stitches, M1, k1.  2 stitches increased

Repeat the 6 rounds above twice more. A total of 18 wrist increase rounds worked.  52 (56) stitches


The following section is worked flat, knitting back and forth rather than round and round.

Working in stocking stitch (knit on the right side row and purl on the wrong side row) work 18 rows. 


Work the next row in stocking stitch (knit all stitches) and re-join work for working in the round.  Replace beginning of round marker.

Working in stocking stitch, work 20 rounds. 


Working in 2x2 rib (k1, p2), work 10 rounds.

Cast off in rib using Jeny’s Surprisingly stretchy bind off.

Adjusting the pattern


As per the Gauge and Finished Size section, to adjust the circumference of the finished mitten, add or subtract 4 stitches from all stitch counts.


For each 4.5 rounds removed, a centimetre is removed from the length of the mitten.

To adjust the Arm length, there are two places that can be changes.  Remove rounds from either the work stragith 28 rounds or remove rounds from the decrease section.  

To adjust the Thumb Opening remove rows from teh 18 rows that are worked flat.  However, if you find that the thumb opening is too wide after you have finished, you also have the option to stitch some of the opening closed so it may be better to leave this as is and adjust after completing.

The palm and finger element of this mitten is deliberately long.  I wear mine with the cuff folded over if I am working in the mittens and then unfolded for wearing outside.  To remove length, remove rounds from either the 20 rounds of stocking stitch or the 10 rounds of rib.

Folded Rib for working

Folded rib for working!

Finishing & Care

Sew in ends using the yarn needle, block, wear, look fab!  Perhaps post a pic on Instagram, tagging us @loveliestyarnco & using hashtags #tlyclovelies & #loveliestyarnco & share on Ravelry!

Follow instructions on ball.


It would be great if you add this project to your Ravelry library if you are making the pattern.  I am planning to run a mini-course on how to make a completely custom size pair of these mittens.  This will be one for next Christmas.  Sign up to our mailing list to keep an eye out for these details.

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