Sock Pock*ets are a fun way to try out new sock patterns.

Skill: knitting in the round with 4 double pointed needles

Taking a new pattern that you want to try (or your favourite sock pattern and yarn), you too can make these handy little pockets (pouches / mini purses) – – maybe even to match or complement a pair of socks you’ve already knit. You can use toe-up or down patterns. You can use the pattern stitches from the sock leg or the foot. There’s no end to the variations.

This sample was made following Lucy Neatby’s Mermaid Socks pattern from her Cool Socks Warm Feet book. I chose this pattern because of the rounded toe shaping. I used the smallest sock size and sport weight yarn. This sock is knit from the cuff down, so the top of the Sock Pock*et was worked first as follows:

Materials:

Pattern: sock pattern of your choice

Yarn: yarn called for in the pattern (I used leftover sport weight yarn (about 1 oz))

Needles: 4 double point needles called for in the pattern (I used 3.5 mm)

Crochet hook: 3.5 mm

Cast on the required sts. (Lucy Neatby’s pattern called for 54). I used a double-tail long cast on (long tail cast on but with the tail doubled-up), but any cast on will work.

Divide the stitches over 3 double point needles. Make sure that the cast on stitches are not twisted as you join the knitting.

Row 1 and 2: Knit
Row 3: Purl
Row 4 and 5: Knit
Row 6: Purl
Row 7 and 8: Knit
Row 9 (eyelet row): *k2, yo, k2tog, repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2

Knit 20 rows of the chosen sock pattern. Start the toe shaping and finish according to pattern directions. Weave in ends.

To work a toe-up design, work toe and 20 rows of sock pattern, then work Row 9 to Row 1 above. Bind off.

Using crochet hook, make a chain 12 inches (30 cm) long. Thread the chain through the eyelet row created in Row 9. Sew ends of chain together. (You can also use a ribbon, i-cord, elastic, etc.)

Pull the end of the chain through a belt loop or around a belt and pass the Sock Pock*et through. Voila!

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