Knit Slouchy Socks

Knit Slouchy Socks 

Slouchy socks are the perfect cold-weather accessory! Follow our step-by-step instructions while you make our new Knit Slouchy Socks! Here the free pattern here.

The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus( ). Numbers for each size are shown in the same color throughout the pattern. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.Cast on 36 sts loosely. Divide onto 3 needles, having 12 sts on each needle. Join in rnd. Place marker on 1st stitch for beginning of round.


Hold needles so that they form a triangle. Be careful not to twist cast on ridges around the needle (all cast on ridges should lay inside of triangle). With working yarn at front of work, using last (4th) needle, slip first stitch purlwise. Bring working yarn between needles to back of work. Slip stitch back onto first needle. Place a slip-ring marker around first stitch to indicate beginning of round.


1st rnd: *K1. P1. Rep from * around. Rep last rnd of (K1. P1) ribbing for 2 ins [5 cm].


Using spare (4th) needle, work in (K1. P1) ribbing across stitches on first needle. Now you have the first needle empty. With empty needle, work in (K1. P1) ribbing across stitches on second needle. Repeat for third needle. One round of (K1. P1) ribbing is completed.


Knit in rnds until work from beg measures 7 ins [18 cm].




(k1. p1) Ribbing

Make Heel

*Remove marker indicating beginning of round,you do not need it while working the Heel.

Arrange sts as follows: Slip 3 sts from end of 1st needle onto beg of 2nd needle, 3 sts from beg of 3rd needle onto end of 2nd needle. 36 sts are now divided as: 9 sts on 1st needle, 18 sts on 2nd needle, and 9 sts on 3rd needle. Divide 18 sts on 2nd needle onto 2 needles and leave for INSTEP (will be worked later).

Knit 9 sts off 1st needle onto end of 3rd needle. 18 sts for Heel.

Note: The first stitch of Heel always will be slipped purlwise. Slipped stitches at edge look like a chain.

1st row: (WS). Sl1P. Purl to end of row.

2nd row: *Sl1P. K1. Rep from * to end of row. Rep last 2 rows 7 (8-9) times more, then 1st row once.


Shape heel

Note: The technique used is: “Short Turn Rows”. Short turn rows are formed by working across some of the stitches on the left-hand needle. After turning, leave remaining stitches unworked.

1st row: (RS). K10. Sl1. K1. psso. K1.turn.

2nd row: Sl1P. P4. P2tog. P1. turn.

3rd row: Sl1P. K5. Sl1. K1. psso. K1. turn.

4th row: Sl1P. P6. P2tog. P1. turn.

5th row: Sl1P. K7. Sl1. K1. psso. K1. turn.

6th row: Sl1P. P8. P2tog. P1. turn.

7th row: Sl1P. Knit to end of row. 12 sts.


Heel is complete when all unworked stitches are used for decreasings.

Shape instep

It’s time to use the INSTEP stitches that were set aside on 2 double-pointed needles and start working in rounds again.

With RS of work facing and 1st needle, pick up and knit 8 (9-10) sts along left side of heel.


The Sl1P “chains” at each side of Heel are very helpful to make your pick up easy. Note: Pick up stitches at sides of Heel through both loops of “chains”

The Basic Sock (Chunky) 23 With 2nd needle, K18 sts across instep. With 3rd needle, pick up and knit 8 (9-10) sts along other side of heel. K6 from heel onto 3rd needle. Slip rem 6 sts from heel onto beg of 1st needle. 46 (48-50) sts are now divided as follows: 14 (15-16) sts on 1st needle, 18 sts on 2nd needle and 14 (15-16) sts on 3rd needle.


Place a slip-ring marker around first stitch to indicate beginning of round. Now you are back to ROUNDS.

Instep Decreases 

Note: The total number of stitches for foot should be equal to the total number of cast on stitches for Leg. You will work decreases at bottom corners of Heel Flap until required number of stitches is obtained.

1st rnd: 1st needle: Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1. 2nd needle: Knit. 3rd needle: K1. Sl1. K1. psso. Knit to end of needle.

2nd rnd: Knit. Rep these 2 rnds to 36 sts divided as: 9 sts on 1st needle, 18 sts on 2nd needle and 9 sts on 3rd needle.


Now you can relax and knit even in rounds until desired length.


Knit in rnds until work from picked up row measures 6 (61/2-7) ins [15 (16.5-18) cm].


You are almost done with your sock. A little detail is left: Shape toe.


1st rnd: 1st needle: Knit to last 3 sts.K2tog. K1. 2nd needle: K1. Sl1. K1. psso. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.

3rd needle: K1. Sl1. K1. psso. Knit to end of needle.

2nd rnd: Knit. Rep these 2 rnds to 16 sts.


Grafting the very last stitches together will give an accomplished look to the first (but not the last) sock. If you have difficulty with grafting, then cast off all stitches and sew seam.

Knit sts of 1st needle onto end of 3rd needle. Break yarn, leaving an end 8 ins [20.5 cm] long. Graft 2 sets of 8 sts tog for toe.

beg = Beginning.
k = Knit.
k2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together.
p = Purl.
p2tog = Purl next 2 stitches together.
psso = Pass slipped stitch over.
rep = Repeat.
rnd(s) = Round(s).
rS = Right side.
Sl1 = Slip next stitch knitwise.
Sl1p = Slip next stitch purlwise.
St(s) = Stitch(es).
tog = Together.
wS = Wrong side.


  1. In the pattern link it lists the yarn being used at patons Shetland chunky tweed

  2. Can you please provide information on the yarn used in this demonstration? I love the color combination, so fun! Thank you.

  3. Is there anywhere a person can buy factory ends of the patons 100% classic wool I am felting mitts thank you ever so much

  4. Any chance of a video tutorial of this project ? I would like to try this pattern but don’t have much experience knitting, mostly crochet.

  5. What yarn is being used in the tutorial? Thanks.

  6. I already know how to knit socks, but always enjoy seeing a well-photographed tute! this was fun and thank you. It’s a great explanation of how to knit socks.

  7. I need this pattern s I can make the socks. It is too much to copy because my machine is not working right. It’s been a long time since I made a pair of socks. Hope I can get the simple instructions. Thanks. Mrs. Govan

  8. Maybe I missed it, but I cannot find the needle size?

  9. What kind of yarn would help

  10. please give the yarn & colour for the black rag look slouchy socks
    thank you!

  11. What size yarn and needles are used for the slouchy socks?

  12. What size needles and what type of yarn do you recommend?

  13. Thank you, Thank you, THANK you Yarnspirations!!! Finally! A Step-By-Step socks pattern- what a welcome and happy surprise :) I’ve been TERRIFIED to attempt working my first pair of socks, now you’ve given us this- with pictures! And instructions even a frightened noob such as myself can understand. I’m bookmarking this, and cannot wait to start on my very first pair of socks- and they’re slouchy, too! Wonderful.

  14. Dear “Yarnspirations Team”

    I don’t know how to express my gratitude for all your beautiful patterns and “step – by step” solutions. I don’t know if I would be able to knit anything, if there wouldn’t be your wonderful site.
    I thank you and I appreciate your work.

  15. What needle and yarn

  16. Thank you for these helpful step by step instructions. What yarn are you using in this demonstration??

  17. Thanks for sharing these instructions. It looks challenging, but I’m going to try it.

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