These crochet tube socks can be found on Ravelry.com along with the free pattern to create them. I have made oodles of my tube socks using my own pattern that I want to share with you. However, I have no pictures of them. I give them all away and forget to take pictures. Mine are worked up in all double crochets or half doubles. I’ll share the pattern with you here. They’re super easy to custom size and make far better slipper socks than socks to wear inside shoes. You’ll see.
If you get cold feet, use two strands of yarn, either two worsted weight or one worsted weight and one sport weight. I have used acrylic or superwash wool. My slipper socks go in the washer and dryer. So, be sure to check your yarn label. This is not a great scrap project because you don’t want to have a bunch of joins/knots in the body of the project. They are not comfy to walk on, ya’ know.
The pattern is simple. You chain 9 and join to form a chain using the magic loop method so you can completely close up that chain 9 ‘hole’. You can use any yarn with a suitable hook. You’ll want to crochet fairly tightly or you’ll have holes in the body of the sock which will let in cold air.
1. After your chain 9, join, you’ll chain 2 and half double crochet in each chain around, chain 2, turn.
2. The net row, crochet 2 half double crochets in each hdc = 18 hdc
3. The next row is* 2 hdc in the first two hds then a single hdc in the next hdc*. Repeat the * to * around. Chain 2, turn.
4. Now, you can continue with hdc’s or switch to double crochets. If you want a really snug sock, change to single crochets. You’ll continue to increase each row (6-9 rows for most feet) by following the pattern in row 3. Remember to chain the appropriate #before turning – 1 chain for a sc, 2 for hds, 3 for dc
5. Once you’ve crocheted to reach the widest part of the foot across the toes/ball of foot, you can stop increasing and continue to crochet rounds in the number of stitches of the widest part of the foot. This works great for any size foot. If you have a really wide foot, you can increase to the width you need. For a narrower foot, you’ll increase less.
6. Continue in pattern until the slipper sock/tube sock is the length you want. For a slipper sock to wear around the house in winter, I like to reach mid calf.
Note: This is not a true sock pattern since it has no short rows to create a heel. This pattern just creates a tube that will fit each foot perfectly if you measure as you go. To add some charm to your pattern, change to a decorative stitch once you’ve crocheted in the previous pattern the length of sock that equals the length of the foot. If you do want to change colors, wait until you’ve crocheted past the heel of your sock where the joins/knots will not be troublesome to the wearer.
The inspiration for my own slipper sock pattern came from these socks created by Dot Mathews. I do make these as baby gifts as the typical baby sock fits only for a brief time as baby grows and I hate to see raw flesh exposed to the cold winter when the legs of toddler jeans get pulled up as they are held or are playing. My eldest son (now 36 years old) had store bought cable knee-high socks like we used to wear with our fake kilts when I was in high school a hundred years ago. But, I don’t think those are available any longer (for toddlers and babies). So, I make them. They look like a rather humble gift til mom learns the benefits of longer socks on the tots legs! So, I just worked on a simple version for adults or older kids. My pattern is very flexible and works up in an evening. Great stocking stuffers to start right now.