I always get really excited when I find knee highs. There’s something about long socks that makes me feel fancier — and they keep you warmer, especially if they’re under jeans. Cold jeans are the worst. It has been more difficult to find thick, comfy knee highs of late, but I discovered the other day that there are quite a few free crochet patterns for knee highs, which is great since I don’t knit often and find the thought of using four or six needles at a time quite intimidating.
The Lavender Chair’s knee high socks not only look comfortable, but they are stylish as well — I would want to show them off with a fun skirt or a pair of shorts in the springtime. Whether you’re looking to make some delicate knee highs for a special occasion or a pair of rugged knee highs for mountain wear, this pattern is easy to customize with various yarns and stitches.
If you’re a beginner crocheter, this might be a little difficult, but it’s worth a shot. Just remember to read the entire pattern beforehand, learn whatever stitches you didn’t know before (or practice the ones you don’t have much practice with), and go slowly. The pattern says it’s for intermediate crocheters, but you’ll never get past beginner status if you stick with beginner projects. So if you’re new to crochet and still want to dive in, I say go for it. The pattern has several sizes available, so you might want to write out the changes if you’re going up a size.
You’ll need to gather some supplies, including worsted weight yarn, a size “I” crochet hook, scissors, and a tapestry needle. If you want to check the gauge, crochet 8 half double crochet stitches and check to make sure it measures 2 inches. As far as stitches go, you’ll need to know the following: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), half double crochet (hdc), chain space (ch sp), decrease (dec), and v-stitch.
There are various sections of the sock that you will need to pay close attention to, such as the heel, cuff, and toe. As long as you’ve read the pattern over beforehand and are willing to slow down if it gets confusing, you will be able to make these stunning socks. The finished product would make an excellent gift for friends or family. Depending on how comfortable you are with the pattern you could also re-size it to make presents for children.
If you’re making these for the first time it might be wise to stick to a single color, but of course when you get more comfortable with the pattern you may want to branch out and explore options like adding ribbon, buttons, and lace, or various colors.
Do these look like they belong in your wardrobe? Do you know someone that loves a good pair of knee highs? Then you’ll want to make sure you have ready access to the free Valerie’s Knee High Crochet Socks pattern from The Lavender Chair. You can also sign up for her newsletter for access to hundreds of free crochet patterns.