Yes, Socks Can Be a Frugal Knitting Project!

Looking for an inexpensive knitting project? Why not try socks? Find out how they can be a frugal project–and grab some fun, free sock patterns

Socks Can Be Frugal

Would you believe me if I told you that socks can be a frugal knitting project? It’s true!

I know that we tend to think of projects like washcloths, dishcloths, soap sacks, and blanket squares as the most inexpensive of projects. And, indeed, these are all excellent choices for frugal knitting projects.

However, socks are not a choice to be overlooked, especially if you enjoy a little more of a challenge and/or knitting in the round!

Why Socks Can Be Inexpensive Knitting Projects

There are three reasons why socks make great frugal knitting projects.

1. Sock yarn can be very inexpensive. I am often able to buy enough yarn for a pair of socks for $8 to $10. And this isn’t cheap acrylic yarn, either! We’re talking wool yarn blended with nylon, which tend to produce the warmest, most comfortable socks.

You can often find wool-free sock yarn, as well, especially for people who are sensitive to wool yarn.

Need Sock Yarn?

  • Knit Picks has a spectacular collection of sock yarn; two of my favorites are Felici and Stroll.
  • You’ll be amazed at the glorious varieties of sock yarn you can find on Etsy!

2. Socks are not a quick knit. They may not take as long as a sweater or a large afghan, but they require more time than a hat or fingerless gloves. And as long as you are knitting socks that you love, you probably won’t feel the need to, say, buy more yarn for another project. 😉

3. It has never been easier to find free sock patterns! Here’s the key to frugal sock knitting: find enjoyable patterns! When the pattern you’re knitting is engrossing, but not frustrating, you’ll want to carry on until you’ve finished the final stitch and weave in your ends.

That’s why here, I have listed some of the most popular free sock knitting patterns around.

Fun, Frugal, Popular Sock Knitting Patterns

Hermione's Everyday Socks
Hermione’s Everyday Socks
Photo: naakamura on Ravelry

Hermione’s Everyday Socks: I love that these socks are unisex, textured, and look good in both solid and variegated yarns. Don’t let the chart scare you; it’s very easy! Start from the bottom of the chart up, and repeat the stitches marked in each row of the chart until the end of the round.

So for instance, round 1 will be *K3, P1, repeat from * to the end of the round. Round 2 will be K all stitches. And so on. One pattern repeat is 4 rounds. You’ll get the hang of it in no time!

Basic Ribbed Socks - Kate Atherley
Basic Ribbed Socks
Photo: Kate Atherley

Basic Ribbed Socks: Variegated sock yarn is everywhere, and sometimes it’s hard to find the right pattern for them. These fit the bill beautifully, especially if you’re after a simple, basic pattern.

Circle Socks: Another pattern that works great with variegated yarn. The circles look far more difficult than they really are!

Sunday Swing Socks: At the risk of sounding like a broken record, what we have here is another sock pattern that looks great in variegated yarn and is easier than it looks. The chart is a little more complex than “Hermione’s Everyday Socks,” but you’ll use it in just the same way!

Sunday Swing Socks
Sunday Swing Socks
Photo: Kristel Nyberg
Lifestyle Toe Up Socks
Lifestyle Toe Up Socks
Photo: Charisa Martin Cairn

Lifestyle Toe Up Socks: Want to give toe-up socks a try? This is the pattern for you! It’s especially great because it is designed to be easy to understand as well as completely customizable.

Jeck by Regina Satta
Jeck Socks
Photo: Regina Satta

Owlie Socks: I’m such a sucker for anything with owls. These socks are too cute to be believed.

Jeck Socks: I love the way this pattern combines a herringbone look with basic ribbing. It is very attractive in solid colors and dazzling in variegated yarns.

So if you’re ready to spend some quality time with sock yarn, choose one of these patterns and start on your next frugal knitting project!

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