Worsted-Weight Socks for Beginners

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Published July 11, 2018
Last Updated: October 10, 2020 - Current Version: 3.9
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Araucania Worsted-Weight Sock

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A free basic worsted weight sock pattern for toe-up socks, knit one– or two-at-a-time, using Magic Loop and the Fleegle heel. This is the pattern I use to teach sock-knitting to first-time sock-knitters, and they always get great results.

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Pattern Details

  • Sizes: Small/Medium, Medium/Large
  • Finished Measurements: To fit foot circumference: 7(8) inches


  • Yarn: 180 yds worsted-weight yarn. If working two socks at one time, you’ll need two separate balls of yarn.
  • Needles: 1 pair circular needles, 47" for two-at-a-time, 40-47" for one-at-a-time
  • Needle size: US 7 - 4.5 mm or size required to get gauge (4.5 sts/in)
  • Notions: Stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needle


  • 4.5 sts/in in St st


BOR – Beginning of Round
CO – Cast On
Instep – The half of the sock that goes around the front of the ankle
K2tog – Knit 2 Together
M1L – Make One Left
M1R – Make One Right
P2tog – Purl 2 Together
PM – Place Marker
SSK – Slip, Slip, Knit

Recommended Course: Toe-Up, Two-at-a-Time Socks

Toe Up Socks 1 or 2 at a Time on Magic Loop - Video Class

Knitters who want to knit their first pair of socks have so many options that they get overwhelmed and don't know where to start.

We eliminate that confusion with a no-fail method for perfect-fitting beginner socks and help you discover that confident knitter inside you who is ready to take on new challenges at every turn.

Related Blog Post: Everything You Need To Know About The Fleegle Heel

A closeup of the Fleegle HeelBy Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Socks, Toe-Up Socks / August 24, 2012 / 108 Comments

In December of 2006, a blogger known as Fleegle changed the knitting world when she published a no-holes toe-up heel formula on her blog. Since I discovered the Fleegle Heel, I’ve been making videos showing how to do it, writing patterns that use it, and helping the whole world learn to knit it.

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Related Blog Post: How to Knit Toe-Up Socks

By Liat Gat – Founder / Toe-Up Socks / September 9, 2010 / 12 Comments
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The Easiest Socks I’ve Ever Knit!

IMG 20200909 161745The easiest socks I’ve ever knit! Thank you, Liat.
  – Deb T.

15 thoughts on “Worsted-Weight Socks for Beginners”

    1. Candy Franks – KnitFreedom Customer Happiness

      I just talked to Liat and she verified that it is the Fleegle heel.

      Happy knitting,

  1. Thank you so much for this pattern! I really appreciate it! I’m so excited about knitting socks, 2 at a time, using worsted weight yarn, and a circular needle!! WHOO HOO!! :)

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