My Top 5 FREE Crochet Sock Patterns

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Crochet socks are, as most of you may know, my favorite item to make. They are quick, easy, fun, and don’t take a whole lot of skill to complete. If you can crochet a hat, you can crochet a sock! Seriously!

The biggest thing you’ll have to tackle is fit. Once you’ve got the fit down, you’ve got the skills you need!

Today, I want to share with you my Top 5 FREE Crochet Sock Patterns I’ve made. They come from Lion Brand, Red Heart, and Myself. Working on these socks will help you improve your skills and set you up for success when you want to start working on more complicated socks later on.

These socks are all beginner and listed in no particular order. Simply click the links, head to the websites and go to town!


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1. Le Becque Socks

We’ll begin with one of my favorite patterns I’ve designed. The Le Becque Socks. These were for a free Crochet Along I had with the folks over at Furls Crochet Hooks. The pattern is still available online, though. The pattern is in three parts so you’ll just want to follow weeks 1-4 for all the info. They are a lot of fun and super stretchy. So, you won’t have to be too persnickety about fit!

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2. Surf and Sand Socks

Okay so these might not be the most beginner of all the beginner socks but I can’t express just how fun they are. I designed these with variegated yarn in mind. I really wanted a type of stitch that would play with the yarn in the best way possible! I love how they came out…and that heel? So comfortable!

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3. Men’s Crochet Socks

Lion Brand hit the mark with these fresh and fun crochet socks designed for men. A reinforced heel and classic toe allow the vanilla style sock construction to shine through. I love these socks and they’d work for just about anyone – not just men. I’d only caution on the fit. Take time to make a gauge swatch and measure well! Lion Brand sock yarn doesn’t have the most amount of stretch in it.

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4. Cozy at Home Crochet Socks

I learned to crochet socks from Karen Whooley and it wouldn’t be polite to list all my fav crochet socks and not include a design of hers. The Cozy at Home Crochet Socks are made for wearing around the house and look as comfy as they probably are. I’m not a huge fan of calling slippers…socks…because, well, they’re not. But I’m forgiving this small mistake because…honestly…look at that pink!

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5. Colorful Crochet Socks

These socks are just fun to look at and easy to make. The cuff is worked horizontally which means you get all the east of working in rows and the stretch it offers! They work up super fast too. I’d work both cuffs, then move onto the feet from there! No second sock syndrome.

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Crochet Woodburn Tee

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Summer is here and I’m all about it. I get it from my Mama (who just might be my beautiful model here!!) who loves the sun just as much as I do. Summer in the south is exciting and perfect and just MADE for crochet! The Tunisian Woodburn Tee is perfect lightweight crochet project that works up in a day or two.

I knew as soon as I saw this yarn floating around Instagram, I just had to have it. Wool and The Gang XL Cotton is, by far, my fav super bulky cotton yarn I’ve seen! It’s soft, lightweight, hardwearing, and comes in a range of soft colors that are right on trend.

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I wanted to design a fun summer garment for you all that showcased this yarn and featured my favorite crochet technique, Tunisian Crochet. It’s an easy tee, worked side to side, that’s as easy to wear as it is to make! You just need to know how to work the Tunisian simple, knit, and purl stitches! Not sure how to work those? Check out some of my FAV youtube tutorials from Kim Guzman below!

Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch

Tunisian Purl Stitch

Tunisian Knit Stitch

Tunisian Simple Stitch

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You know that I LOVE Tunisian crochet and simple summer garments. I hope you’ll love working up this top as much as I did. Before we get started, just a quick note, while the bust of this top is easy to adjust once you get going, the length should be adjusted before beginning. This is a pretty standard tee length, but if you’d like a longer top, try going up a size (this won’t affect the bust just the length).

Let’s chat about yarn for a minute, shall we? I love super bulky yarn – how can you not? This top can be made in ANY super bulky yarn you have on hand. You could even hold a few strands of worsted weight together if you want.

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Let’s get started, shall we?

To make this garment, you’ll need:

1. Wool and the Gange XL Cotton (Weight: 6/Super Bulky – 100g/82yds)

  • Color A: Light Blue Jeans 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4) Balls
  • Color B: Oh My Blush 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5) Balls

2. Size M/N-13 (9mm) Hook (see below)

  • This is a larger hook size and I’m sure you’re wondering what the heck those letters mean, so here’s the thing. The M/N is because hook makers can’t make up their mind and change hook letters and sizes like crazy. It’s silly. So, this size has TWO letters. The number ’13’ is because it’s corresponding to a number size when the letters got all confusing. My advice is to shop based on the Millimeter size, in this case, 9mm. A quick Amazon search will yield tons of results.

3. Tapestry Needle 

4. Measuring tape and/or ruler

Sizes

XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)

Finished Bust Size: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56) inches.
To Fit: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)

Finished Length: 22 (22.5, 23, 23.5, 24, 24)” Length

  • Choose a size that is about 2″ smaller than your actual bust measurement. The best way to find out what size you’ll like it so measure your favorite shirt or sweater. Just keep in mind that crochet doesn’t stretch a whole lot, so if you are bustier you might want to choose a size or two larger. 

Gauge: 6.25 Stitches and 10 rows = 4inches in Tunisian Knit Stitches

Abbreviations (US Terms):

Ch – chain

Tss – Tunisian Simple Stitch

Tks – Tunisian Knit Stitch

Tps – Tunisian Purl Stitch

Sl St – Slip Stitch

St(s) – Stitch(es)

Skill Level

Level 3 – Advanced Beginner

Notes

  1. This top fits true to size. The model shown is 5’4″ tall with a 38″ bust and wearing the size medium.
  2. The pattern is written for size small with other sizes shown within the parenthesis. To make the pattern a bit more easy to follow, simply print it out, highlight your size, and work through the pattern.
  3. Read the pattern from beginning to end first.
  4. Each row of the written pattern accounts for the fwp and retp of that stitch whereas “Tss each stitch across” = work tts forward pass and return pass before moving on to Row 2.
  5. This top is worked in 2 pieces. 1 each identical front and back panels.
  6. All sizing is fitted and based on the CYC sizing regulations. Use this guide or the measurements above to determine what size range you fall into. Always choose one size up in tunisian crochet. 

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Pattern:

Front and Back

With A, Ch 50 (56, 62, 68, 74, 80, 86)

*If a longer tee is desired, choose one size up.

Foundation Row: Draw up lp in 2nd ch and in each ch across. Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 lp, *yo, draw through 2 lps; rep from * across. 

Return pass (RetP): Yarn over and draw through the first loop on hook, *yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * to end, ending with 1 loop on hook.

Return Pass is same throughout.

Row 1: Tps, *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Row 2: *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Rep these two rows once more. 

Next Row: Tks in each st across.

Change to Color B, if desired. 

Continue in Tks for a further 44 (45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50) rows. If a wider top is desired, simply add more rows until it is your desired width.

Change to Color A.

Next Row: Tks in each st across.

Next Row: *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Next Row: Tps, *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Rep these last two rows once more. 

Next Row: Sl st in each st across.

Finish off yarn, weave in all ends.

Finishing

Shouler Seams

Once finished, you’ll want to turn the work 90 degrees so that Color A will be on the sides of the garment, and the stitches are running horizontally instead of vertically. Beginning at the outside and working your way in, seam the shoulders using a mattress stitch. You’ll need to leave a large enough opening for your head to fit through. This can vary, so try it on and see if you like the way it looks at this point.

Also, as you’ve noticed, the tunisian knit stitch has a tendency to have a nice edge of stitches and a wonky edge. The wonky edge is often on the right side of the work. Try hiding this near the waistline.

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Side Seams

With a spare piece of yarn (about 24-36 inches long), use a mattress stitch to seam up the sides of your cardigan. The ends with Color A will be on the sides of your cardigan.

Leave armholes that measure approximately 7.5 (7.5, 8, 8, 9, 9)”

With Crochet Hook about 2 sizes smaller than that you used in the garment (that would be a K/6.5mm for me) and Color B, single crochet in each stitch around the neckline. Using the same hook and Color A, work 2-3 rounds of single crochet at the hem to finish off the tee and give it a more polished look. This is totally optional but I do love how it looks.

Finish off and weave in the remaining ends.

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April 2018 CAL – Pistachio Lace Scarf

Today’s the day! Let’s get ready to dive head first into our first Crochet Along of the year!

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Before we dive into the pattern and yarn details and all that good stuff…let’s talk about what a Crochet Along is! A Crochet Along (sometimes called a CAL) is a community-based event in which we all crochet the same or similar project, share photos, and progress pics, get help and connect with others. It’s not just about the crochet, it’s about the friends we make along the way. I’ve met some of my best friends through crochet along’s and community-based crochet events. Seriously!

So, here are the details.

Beginning now, we’ll start gathering supplies and crocheting. This is a pretty free-form kind of CAL. We’re not going to stick to a schedule, you crochet when it works for you.

We’ll turn in all of our projects by June 1st, 2018…then I’ll choose a winner (or two) that’ll get a nice little package from me!

There are a few things you need to do:

  1. Head on over to Ravelry and Like/Queue up the Pistachio Lace Scarf!
  2. Create a project page! I’ll only be choosing a winner from those who have a project page.
  3. Join the Rohn Strong Designs Facebook Group here.

Note: If you are not on Facebook you can still get in on all the fun! Simply create the project page as stated above and follow me on Instagram @rohnstrong! Post your photos and tag #rohnstrongCAL for a chance to be featured!

That’s it!

You can post photos in the group here and on Instagram with the hashtag, #chicandstrongcal! You can also follow me on Instagram here!

Alright, that’s all for now!

xoxo,

Rohn

Chic and Strong Crescent Shawl Crochet Pattern – The Marly Bird One

 

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Chic and Strong Crescent Shawl

I’m excited to share this brand new crochet shawl today! The Chic and Strong Crescent Shawl has been off my hook for quite awhile now and is a FREE pattern from Red Heart Yarns!

 

Last year right around the time my book, Step Into Crochet, came out, I was The Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird! It was one hell of a good time, as it always is with Marly, and afterward, I got an email from her asking me to design something and she told me she loved my shawls. I love my shawls too…hell I even wrote a book about them. I agreed and we were off to the races.

Marly’s new yarn line, Chic Sheep, was used for the sample and lemme tell you…this stuff is like buttah. Soft as all get out and stitch definition that’ll make you want to crochet with it again and again! The yarn lent itself to the pattern so well, and honestly, it was fun choosing colors and seeing them work so well together. Marly and her team really did a great job creating a line of coordinating solids that will work for most projects you have! It’s a solid, plump, worsted weight yarn and blocks beautifully.

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Chic and Strong Crescent Shawl is a simple crescent shaped shawl that uses worsted weight yarn. This shawl pattern comes in one size.

Use your favorite worsted weight yarn for this one or dig through the scrap stash and choose a couple of your old stand by’s. Choose a cool main color to really show off your stitch definition and skills!

This shawl does require a bit of blocking. This is needed for the crescent shape. So, brush up on those blocking skills y’all!

Oh…and before you think the edging is a little too daunting? The pattern includes full charts, so we’ve got you covered!

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Get the pattern here for Free from Red Heart Yarns! Stock up on some Chic Sheep once you’re there too. You can’t find it in stores!

I’ll be hosting a FREE CAL (crochet along) in my Facebook Group Here, so make sure to join and we’ll get started on Monday, March 12th!

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Where are the WWII service patterns for women?

Today, I’ve already been knee deep in WWII research on uniforms. You see, I wanted to design a service sweater (a sweater worn by each arm of the military) that was pretty accurate to the time period. One such sweater was for women serving. The truth is…I couldn’t find anything on why there don’t seem to be many knitting patterns for women in service except for one, which was published by The American Red Cross.

So…I did some digging.

A lot of digging.

It’s one of my favorite parts of my job. I feel like Miss Marple looking for clues in old bookshelves and manuscripts when, in reality, I’m here in my air conditioned apartment.

Nevertheless, would you like to know my findings?

To be blunt, there are no patterns. None. Why? There were a lack of proper uniforms for women at the time. No matter the arm of the military women were serving, American military services were unprepared to design women’s uniform garments when the WAAC was formed during WWII in 1942. Several revisions were made but women were told to wear out the bad fitting items before they would be issued new uniforms.

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Women were given the shortest end of the stick when it came to our country at the time (and still are – let’s face it) but it was more evident in service. They were given the leftovers and told to make do. Which they did. It was a duty and an honor for them to serve, some right near the front lines.

Some historians agree that the ill fitting (and lack of) clothing was one of the reasons enlistment in such branches as the WAAC diminished.

So…what does this have to do with knitting? Well, while we have a slew of men’s service patterns for WWII it seems that, save for a few hidden from the internet, these patterns just weren’t produced. If I put on my knitstorian hat I’d confidently say that women of the time knitted their own sweaters using the men’s patterns as a guide and altered them to fit their personal size and shape. I could be wrong, but it does seem to be the most logical conclusion.

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