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Clown Sock Knitting Pattern

This is the best sock pattern for those of you bored with plain old knit socks.

Clown Sock Knitting Pattern
Clown Sock Knitting Pattern

This Clown Sock Knitting Pattern, so named because of its colorful, diamond design, is great for the free spirits out there. They match our Knit Cat Socks, so you and your feline companion can be clowns together! While these knit socks are goofy in the rainbow colorway, they would make a much more classy and classic pair of socks with a solid or tonal yarn choice. We even recommend extending the leg for a few more repeats for a good pair of work socks!


Knitting Needle Size1 or 2.25 mm, 2 or 2.75 mm, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(1) Super Fine (27-32 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge41 sts and 54 rows = 4" in stockinette st on larger needles

Finished SizeFits average woman's foot size.

Materials List

  • Premier Yarns Wool-Free Sock Stripes yarn in 42-04 Farm Stand - 2 skeins
  • Set of 4 double-pointed knitting needles in US size 1 ½ (2.5mm)
  • Set of 4 double-pointed knitting needles in US size 2 (2.75mm)
  • Stitch holder or spare needle to hold sts



CO 72 sts using the longtail method. Join in the round.

Round 1: Using smaller needles, *k2, p2; rep from * around.

Rep round 1 until sock cuff measures 2 inches. Switch to larger needles.


Rounds 1 & 2: *p3, sl3wyif; rep from * around.
Rounds 3-5: k around
Round 6: k4, *k1uls, k5; rep from * around, end k1uls, k1.
Rounds 7 & 8: *sl3wyif, p3; rep from * around.
Rounds 9-11: k around
Round 12: k1, *k1uls, k5; rep from * to end, end k4.

Rep rounds 1-12 until sock leg measures about 2.5" or desired leg length.


  1. Flap:

    Slip 36 sts on spare needle. Transfer remaining sts to second needle. Begin working flap flat on second needle, beginning on the wrong side.

    Row 1: sl1, p across.
    Row 2: *sl1, k1; rep from * across.

    Rep rows 1 & 2 until heel flap measures around 2", ending after a WS row.

  2. Turn:

    Row 1: sl1, k20, ssk, k1, turn.
    Row 2: sl1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn.
    Row 3: sl1, k8, ssk, k1, turn.
    Row 4: sl1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn.
    Row 5: sl1, k10, ssk, k1, turn.

    Cont working in this fashion, decreasing across sts surrounding gap of previous turn, until all sts have been worked across.

    Next row (RS): sl1, k across.


Pick up and knit 17 sts off left side of heel flap.

K across the 36 instep sts on the spare needle in round 1 of the leg patt.

Pick up and knit 17 sts off the right side of the heel flap.

K half sts off needle holding heel sts, and sl rem sts on needle holding lefthand gusset sts. Begin working in the round. The center of the heel is the beginning of the round.

  1. Gusset Decreases:

    Round 1:

    1. Needle 1: k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
    2. Needle 2: follow patt of leg sts
    3. Needle 3: k1, ssk, k to end.
    Round 2:
    1. Needle 1: k across
    2. Needle 2: follow patt of leg sts
    3. Needle 3: k across

    Work until needles 1 and 3 have 18 sts each.


Round 1:

  1. Needle 1: k across
  2. Needle 2: follow patt of leg sts
  3. Needle 3: k across

Rep until foot measures 2" shorter than desired foot length.

Toe Decreases

Round 1:

  1. Needle 1: k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
  2. Needle 2: k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
  3. Needle 3: k1, ssk, k to end.
Round 2: k around

Rep until 16 sts rem on needles.


K across needle 1 one more time and sl needle 1 sts onto needle 3. Graft live sts together with Kitchener st. Weave in ends. Block. Rep entire pattern again for second sock.


Slip next 3 sts onto working needle with yarn held in front
Insert needle from front to back under loose strands below; knit the next stitch, and pull through the loose strands.
Slip next stitch purlwise
Slip next stitch knitwise, slip nexts titch knitwise, knit those two stitches together
Knit next 2 stitches together
Purl next 2 stitches together
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