Top Down Crochet Socks-Free Crochet Pattern


These socks work up fairly quick and keep your toes toasty warm!

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Supplies: Size 1 Steel Crochet Hook, Yarn Needle

Size Yarn                                                                             Cuff   to Heel Heel   to Toe Around   Ball of Foot
Small 5th Ave Toerriffic Sock   Yarn-Tawny #507 3.5 oz. 7 ½” 8 ½” 8 ½”
Medium 5th Ave Toerriffic Sock   Yarn-Merlo #501 5.5 oz. 8 ½” 9 ½” 9”
Large 5th Ave Toerriffic Sock   Yarn-Tawny #507 6.5 oz. 9   ½” 10 ½” 10”

Note: yarn amount may vary depending on length of sock

Stitches Used: ch (chain), sl st (slip stitch), sc (single crochet), dec sc (decrease single crochet), hdc (half double crochet), dc (double crochet), fpdc (front post double crochet), bpdc (back post double crochet).

Gauge: 14 st = 2”, 12 rows = 2”

Directions for Large (Medium and Small are given in parentheses):

Rnd. 1: ch 12, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn.      11 sc

Rnd. 2: working in back loops, sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn.          11 sc

Rnds. 3-66 (62-medium, skip to rnd. 67; 58-small, skip to rnd. 67) repeat rnd. 2.

Rnd. 67: evenly work 66 (62, 58) sc across top of ribbing, join to beginning sc, ch 2, turn.         66 (62, 58) sc

Rnd. 68: hdc in each sc across, join to beginning hdc, ch 2, turn.        66 (62, 58) hdc

Rnd. 69: hdc in first 21 (19, 17) hdc, *fpdc in next 3 hdc, bpdc in next 3 hdc*, repeat from * 3 times, hdc in next 21 (19, 17) hdc, join to beginning hdc, ch 1, turn.       66 (62, 58) st

Rnd. 70: hdc in first 21 (19, 17) hdc, *bpdc in next 3 dc, fpdc in next 3 dc*, repeat from * 3 times, hdc in next 21 (19, 17) hdc, join to beginning hdc, ch 2, turn.          66 (62, 58) st

Rnd. 71: hdc in first 21 (19, 17) hdc, *fpdc in next 3 dc, bpdc in next 3 dc*, repeat from * 3 times, hdc in next 21 (19, 17) hdc, join to beginning hdc, ch 2, turn.        66 (62, 58) st

Repeat, alternating rnds. 70 and 71 to desired length (as shown-9 ½” (8 ½”, 7 ½”).                     66 (62, 58) st

Rnd. 72: (heel) sl st in first 16 (15, 14) st, ch 1, turn.    16 (15, 14) sl st

Rnd. 73: working over sl st, sc in first 32 (30, 28) hdc on previous rnd, ch 1, turn.                      32 (30, 28) sc

Rnd. 74: sc in each sc across working a dec sc over first 2 and last 2 sc, ch 1, turn.                     30 (28, 26) sc

Rnd. 75: sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn.          30 (28, 26) sc

Repeat, alternating rnds. 74 and 75 until 26 sc remain.         26 sc

Repeat rnd.74 until 10 sc remain.       10 sc

Rnd. 76: dec sc over first 2 sc, sc in next 6 sc, dec sc over next 2 sc, ch 1, turn.    8 sc

Rnd. 77: dec sc over first 2 sc, sc in next 4 sc, dec sc over next 2 sc, evenly work 16 (14) sc up side of heel, dec sc over next 2 hdc on front of sock, hdc in next 2 hdc, *bpdc in next 3 dc, fpdc in next 3 dc*, repeat from * 3 times, hdc in next 2 hdc, dec sc over next 2 hdc, evenly work 16 (14) sc down side of heel, join to beginning sc, ch 2, turn.       68 (64) st

(Small-dec sc over first 2 sc, sc in next 4 sc, dec sc over next 2 sc, evenly work 12 sc up side of heel, hdc in next 3 hdc on front of sock, *bpdc in next 3 dc, fpdc in next 3 dc*, repeat from * 3 times, hdc in next 3 hdc, evenly work 12 sc up side of heel, join to beginning sc, ch 2, turn.        60 st)

Rnd. 78: hdc in first 16 (14, 12) sc, dec hdc over next 2 st, hdc in next st, *fpdc in next 3 dc, bpdc in next 3 dc*, repeat from * 3 times, hdc in next st, dec hdc over next 2 st, hdc in next 22 (20, 18) st, join to beginning sc, ch 2, turn.           66 (62, 58) st

Rnd. 79: hdc in first 24, (22, 20) hdc, *bpdc in next 3 dc, fpdc in next 3 dc*, repeat from * 3 times, hdc in next 18 (16, 14) hdc, join to beginning hdc, ch 2, turn.         66 (62, 58) st

Rnd. 80: hdc in first 18 (16, 14) hdc, *fpdc  in next 3 dc, bpdc in next 3 dc*, repeat from * 3 times, hdc in next 24 (22, 20) hdc, join to beginning hdc, ch 2, turn.       66 (62, 58) st

Repeat, alternating rnds. 79 and 80 to desired length, minus 2”.        66 (62, 58) st

Rnd. 81: sc in each st around, do not join, do not turn, mark beginning sc.         66, (62, 58) sc

Rnd. 82: sc in each sc around, evenly decrease by 6 sc, do not join, mark beginning sc.              60, (56, 52) sc

Repeat rnd. 82 until 8 sc remain, join to beginning sc at end of final rnd, fasten off, leaving tail.

Wrong side facing, weave tail through the 8 sc on the final rnd. Tie securely to close opening.

Sew seam at top ribbing.

41 Comments on “Top Down Crochet Socks-Free Crochet Pattern”


  1. I was just wondering about crocheting socks with sock yarn — hoping this is the answer, will start a pair today!


  2. I wondered the same…..and I fell in love with them! I’m working on some new ones with s super simple heel!

  3. Oliver Says:

    Rnds. 3-66 (62-medium, skip to rnd. 67; 58-small, skip to rnd. 67) repeat rnd. 2.

    What does “skip to rnd” mean?


  4. For large….work rnds. 3-66
    For medium……work only rnds. 3-62, leave rnds. 63-66 unworked, then go to rnd. 67 to continue
    For small……work rnds. only 3-58……leave rnds. 59-66 unworked, then go to rnd. 67 to continue. Hope this helps.
    Carol

  5. Audrey King Says:

    Hi, I understand based on what you wrote above about the number of stitches but I don’t understand how to begin the round in row three. Can you please explain? Thank you.


  6. Rnd. 3 is worked the same as rnd. 2……working in back loops of each sc, sc in each sc across…..this will create the ribbing. This row is repeated
    (depending on size) until you have 66 or 62 or 58 rows. Hope this helps.

  7. Audrey King Says:

    Ooohhh!!! Yes that helps thank you!! I am new to sock making so I apologize. Love this pattern!


  8. No problem. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Happy Hookin’!

  9. Aline Bibeau Says:

    Which type of yarn to used, which size yarn


  10. I used 5th Ave Toerriffic Sock Yarn, but any sock yarn (#1) will work.


  11. Is the beginning worked in rounds or rows? because the pattern calls them rounds, but it doesn’t say to start in a circle so I’m confused😦


  12. The first 67 rows (they should be called rows)are the ribbing and are not joined. They are worked back and forth. Then when the ribbing is completed the following rnds that complete the sock are worked in rnds.


  13. Hi again! Thanks, I figured that out after starting it. I’m at the heel now! But I’m confused. Do I chain 2 and turn before doing the slip stitches? Also, after the 16 (14 because I’m making a size small) sl st, ch 1 turn, do I make another 16 (14) in the previous slip stitches and end up back in the middle? Thanks a ton!


  14. Hi Karen-
    For the heel…..ch1 then turn…….
    Rnd. 72: (heel) slst in first 16 (15, 14) st, ch1, turn. 16 (15, 14)slst…..just sl st in the 14sc…then ch1, turn

    Rnd. 73: working over slst, sc in first 32 (30, 28) hdc on previous rnd, ch1, turn. 32 (30, 28)sc with this…..work your sc’s in the row before the slsts….no stitches are worked in any slst…..

    Rnd. 74: sc in each sc across working a scdec over first 2 and last 2 sc, ch1, turn. 30 (28, 26)sc……..work sc’s across, decreasing in the end stitches

    Rnd. 75: sc in each sc across, ch1, turn. 30 (28, 26)sc

    This should give you one row is decreased the next row is not…..
    Hope this helps, just yell if you have any questions.
    Carol


  15. I’m sorry, I’ve never made socks before! I’ve almost got it I swear… So in round 73 I work in both directions? Does the sc in the row before the slsts refer to after the ch 1 turn, or just the part where I work over the slip stitches (cuz I totally got that part finally!)


  16. Is the designated yarn amount for just one sock? Or for both?


  17. The amount is for both (1 pair)


  18. This is the gusset for the heel…….here you will work back and forth until the heel is completed, , first work the slst in the first 14 stitches, this will get the heel end in the right position, then ch1, turn.
    Then in row 73, work the 28 sc in the hdc, working the first 14 sc right over the 14 slst into the hdc.
    Once the heel is completed, you will go back to working in the round.
    Carol

  19. juliet rangnow Says:

    hi on row three do we do one row of 1sc then 2ch then 1sc in 1sc stitch and then go to row 2 or just got to row 2 and repeat it as many times as needed

  20. juliet rangnow Says:

    also when we count the rows for round 3 do we include round1 and 2


  21. Start the count at Row 3……then keep going with 4, 5, 6 and so on until you get to row 66
    or (62 or 58 depending on teh size you are working)


  22. When working rows. 3 to 66(62, 58)….do the same as rnd. 2………working in back loops amd sc in each sc across, then ch1 and turn……
    this will be the top ribbing of the sock

  23. jacinthe Says:

    what is the number of the hook we need for that


  24. Size 1 steel crochet hook……..or you could also use a C/2/2.75mm crochet hook…….they are actually all the same size.

  25. madeline Birch Says:

    I must be the only stupid person here, are we working on the side of the sock after round 66 going toward the other side ( around the calf) because I’m confused you are saying ribbing. And in knitting ribbing is the ribbed portion of the top of the sock.


  26. not at all………the ribbing is the same for crochet and knit…………rows 1–66 are the top ribbing (it will be sewn together after the sock is finishes) after you complete row 66, ch1…….then instead of working in row 66, you turn and work your stitches in the ends of the rows…..across the ribbing.
    All the following rows will be joined to complete the body of the sock.

  27. jacinthe Says:

    thanks you for the answer

  28. madeline Birch Says:

    another question Rnd. 73: working over sl st, sc in first 32 (30, 28) hdc on previous rnd, ch 1, turn. 32 (30, 28) sc what do you mean work over slip stitch do I go over the sl st and work 28 hdc or do I sew up the calf part of my sock and then hdc 28 stitches i’m stuck I only slip stitched in 14 after I turned????


  29. no……instead of working your stitches in the slst……..work in the stitches in the previous row……

  30. Rachel Says:

    What does #67 mean? I don’t know what it means by SC a crossed ribbing and what do you mean by join to beginning sc. Please help!!


  31. Once you finish the ribbing at row 66, ch1, then make a quarter turn on the sock so that the row end is now on top…….work your sc’s in the end of the rows-right across the ribbing….instead of in the stitches……..this will begin the body of the sock……….once you work the 66sc across the ribbing…..then you want to join the last sc to the first sc…..you will no longer be working flat, but will be working in the round. All the following rnds. will be joined.

  32. Rachel Says:

    Do you by chance have a video tutorial because I’ve been crocheting for awhile but how you’re explaining it makes no sense to me and I’ve already got this far.


  33. I’ve sent an email with a picture…..I afraid I don’t have any videos.


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  35. Katelyn Says:

    Hi I was wondering if you could send me pictures of your process as well thank you so much


  36. I don’t have any pictures, but if you let me know where you are having a problem, I will try to assist.

  37. maggie Says:

    Hi I was wondering after row 66 do you join the the ends together then work sc on the top in a circle from then on?


  38. The first 67 rows (the ribbing) are worked in rows, then on row 68, join and continue to work in the rnd for the body of the sock.

  39. Julie Says:

    You said,
    Rnd. 69: hdc in first 21 hdc, *fpdc in next 3 hdc, bpdc in next 3 hdc*, repeat from * 3 times, hdc in next 21 hdc, join to beginning hdc, ch 1, turn. 66 st

    But, 21 hdc + (3 fpdc + 3 bpdc) x 3 + 21 hdc = 60 st, and not 66 st.

    Can you explain?


  40. The directions between the asteriskcs are worked 3 more times for a total count of 4 times:
    21+6+(18)+21=66. Hope this helps. Carol


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