Zigzag Socks


Easy-to-knit colourful socks with a comfortable fit

What’s so special about these socks? Two words – fit and fun.

The socks are worked from the toe up starting with a closed-toe cast on (no need for grafting) that flows into a rounded toe part of the sock. This type of shaping is very close to the natural shape of the front of a human foot. That means comfortable fit and no unnecessary stretching of the knitted fabric, thus no premature holes at the front and the sides of the sock.

Once the toe part is shaped, we move to the fun part – working in a zigzag colour pattern. It might look intricate and intimidating to newer knitters, but in fact, it is the easiest way to make two-colour stranded pattern. The pattern provides lots of tips and links to step-by-step tutorials that make this zigzag pattern very easy and fun to make.

When the foot part of the sock is made, it is time to make the heel. These socks have fitted heel that is shaped to imitate the natural curve of a human heel. Thanks to that shaping the socks won’t slide off your feet even when you do a lot of walking and running during a day. The heel shaping is done with short rows that are explained in great detail in a step-by-step tutorial that you can access any time when you follow a link in the pattern

Once the heel is shaped, we get back to the zigzag pattern. You can make an ankle-length cuff if you want the zigzag pattern to only peak from your shoes, or you can go with a classic quarter long cuff if you plan to show off the cute zigzags dancing on your socks. The pattern provides instructions for both options.

The top of the sock is finished with a narrow band of twisted ribbing. Follow the link in the pattern to learn the easiest way to form this stitch pattern.

Zigzag socks are unisex and you can easily make them in nine sizes – from a size that fits a 3-year-old kid to an extra large men’s size.


Children’s shoe sizes – 9, 12 (US sizes) / 25, 30 (European sizes) / approximately fits 3, 6 years old kids.

Women’s shoe sizes – 5, 7, 9 (US sizes) / 35/36, 37/38, 39/40 (European sizes)

Men’s shoe sizes – 7, 9, 11, 13 (US sizes) / 40, 42, 44, 46 (European sizes)


Any sock yarn (wool or wool blend) that has the equivalent of 200 m / 210 yds in 50 g / 1.7 oz (it is consistent with the Sport weight that is marked by digit 2 on the yarn label).

You will need around 140, 160 / 180, 200, 210 / 200, 220, 230, 250 m (150, 170 / 200, 220, 230 / 220, 240, 250, 270 yds) of yarn in the main colour, and around 60, 70 / 90, 90, 100 / 90, 100, 110, 120 m (70, 80 / 90, 100, 110 / 100, 110, 120, 130 yds) of yarn in a contrasting colour to make a pair of quarter socks and a bit less yarn to make a pair of ankle socks.

The quarter socks featured in the photos are made with Knitca Socks yarn in Monaco Blue as the main colour and Tangerine as the contrasting colour. The ankle socks featured in the photos are made with Knitca Socks yarn in Beige as the main colour and Fandango as the contrasting colour.


Circular or double-pointed needles in size 2.75 mm (US size 2).

Note: I find it more comfortable to make these socks using the magic loop method and the pattern is written with this setup in mind. You can also work with two circular needles or with five double-pointed needles. If you prefer to work with one short circular needle, cast on stitches using any of the other ways to work in the round, and then transfer stitches to the short circular needle after you shape the toe part of the sock (step 2 of this pattern).

To work with one long needle and the magic loop method, the circular needle should be at least 80 cm / 32” long.


1 locking stitch marker

1 thin wool needle or a thick sewing needle

row counter (optional but recommended)


29 stitches x 36 rounds = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” in stockinette stitch. 32 stitches x 35 rounds = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” in zigzag colour pattern

The pattern is supported by fifteen video tutorials that explain the knitting techniques used in this project. For each technique, I picked the easiest one out of all similar methods that I could find. So, these socks are very much beginner-friendly.

Happy knitting 🙂


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Zigzag Socks Knitting Pattern | 10 rows a day
Zigzag Socks Knitting Pattern | 10 rows a day
Zigzag Socks Knitting Pattern | 10 rows a day


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