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Published on February 21st, 2018 | by Laura Strutt

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Free Chunky Aran Sock Pattern!

Crafting expert Laura Strutt from the impeccable Made Peachy blog shows you how to knit up a pair of chunky aran socks. Couple them with stylish boots to keep you warm when you’re out and about.

These chunky Aran socks are just the thing to keep your toes cosy whether you are wearing them with your winter boots or are snuggled up in front of the fire! Worked from the toes upwards, you can customise the length of the sock to accommodate your own feet and legs, making these perfect for guys and girls!

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Materials

Yarn: Patons Wool Blend Aran, 100g, 185m, in shade 89, 2 balls
Needles: 4.5mm, 100cm circular needle, (plus, double pointed needles [optional])
Yarn Needle
Stitch Marker

Pattern notes

These socks are knitted from in the round using a long circular needle to work using the magic loop technique, if you prefer you can switch to double pointed needles to work in the round.

KFB = increase by knitting into the front and then the back of the same stitch.

WT = wrap the stitch and turn the work.

YF = yarn forward – bring the yarn to the front of the work between the two needles.

YB = yarn back – take the yarn to the back of the work, between the two needles.

Sl = slip the stitch.

SSK = decrease by slipping two stitches in turn then knitting them together.

Pattern

Using 80-100cm long, circular needles and the Magic Cast on method, cast on 16 stitches – 8 stitches on each needle.

Rnd 1: k all sts
Rnd 2, K1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, on the needle, kfb, k1. Repeat on second needle.

Repeat Rounds 1 & 2 until there are 32sts- 16 sts on each needle – ending after rnd 2.

With the yarn tail on the right-hand side, place the stitch marker to indicate the start of the round, the stitches on this needle will become the sole of the sock.

Working in the round, k all sts until the sock measures 11cm from the heel of your for – slip the sock on to be sure of the measurements.

Gusset

Rnd 1: With RS of work facing, k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts on needle, kfb, k1. K all sts on needle 2.
Rnd 2: k all sts.
Repeat Rounds 1 & 2 until there are 48sts – 32sts on needle 1 and 16sts on needle 2.

Heel

Row 1: Start with Needle 1 working in rows, k22sts, sl 1 to right hand needle, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to create wrap, turn the work – here a stitch had been wrapped and the work turned – WT.

Row 2: p12, sl 1, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to wrap and turn.

Row 3: k11, sl 1, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to wrap and turn.

Row 4: p10, sl 1, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to wrap and turn.

Row 5: k9, sl 1, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to wrap and turn.

Row 6: p8, sl 1, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to wrap and turn.

Row 7: k7, sl 1, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to wrap and turn.

Row 8: p6, sl 1, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to wrap and turn.

Row 9: k5, sl 1, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to wrap and turn.

Row 9: p4, sl 1, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to wrap and turn.

Pick up Wraps

Row 1 (RS): K to wrapped st. Pick up wrap and work together with st. Wrap the next st and turn.

Row 2 (WS): P to wrapped st. Pick up wrap and work together with st. Wrap the next st and turn.

Row 3: K to double-wrapped st. Pick up both wraps and work together with st. Wrap the next st and turn.

Row 4: P to double-wrapped st. Pick up both wraps and work together with st. Wrap the next st and turn.

Rows 3 and 4 until you have worked all double wrapped sts.

Heel Flap

Row 1: with wight side facing, s1k, k 12sts, ssk

Row 2: s1p, p 12sts, p2tog

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until 16 sts remain the heel is now complete – complete this round back to the marker.

Leg

Continue working in the round to work the leg increasing as follows:

k 20 rows.
Increase row: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts on needle, kfb, k1, repeat on next needle.

k 15 rows.
Increase row: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts on needle, kfb, k1, repeat on next needle.

k 15 rows.
Increase row: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts on needle, kfb, k1, repeat on next needle.

k 10 rows.
Increase row: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts on needle, kfb, k1, repeat on next needle.

k 10 rows.
Increase row: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts on needle, kfb, k1, repeat on next needle.

k 10 rows.
Increase row: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts on needle, kfb, k1, repeat on next needle.

Cuff

k1, p1 rib for 12 rows.
cast off.

Weave in all ends.

Once you’ve made your own socks, we’d love to see them uploaded to our Community! If you need some more guidance, we have a video series to help you learn to sock knit here!


About the Author

Laura loves to knit, crochet and sew, she believes her dog, Waffle, is the most handsome dog on Instagram and hopes to one day be in a Ukulele band with her husband.


Last updated: February 21st, 2018.

29 Responses to Free Chunky Aran Sock Pattern!

  1. Sheila Rowley says:

    Thank you I have some nice big balls of pale pink that will look great made into these socks,

  2. Heather says:

    These look just the thing as I suffer from cold feet in the winter.

    Just one thing … there appear to be two row 9s in the Heel part of the pattern. Am I safe in assuming the second one should be row 10?

  3. Shannon says:

    Can’t wait to make these! But….Gauge?

  4. Lisa says:

    Can’t wait to make these for my son

  5. Julia says:

    Excellent tutorials for sock knitting. Thank you very much.

  6. Debbie says:

    How do I save the pattern to try later?

  7. Caroline says:

    Can’t fond the tutorials for the sock

  8. Judith says:

    Just yesterday I bought 2 skeins of bulky yarn with the intention of making a pair of socks, so I was just looking around for a pattern when I found this. Perfect! Thank you.

  9. Nicole says:

    Could you please tell me what is meant by “wrap the next stitch”? I am looking forward to trying this pattern, once I can understand the instructions!!

    • Hannah says:

      Search this in google and you should find a good explanation along with useful videos! That’s what I did!

  10. Joy says:

    I can’t wait to try this pattern as I’ve always wanted to knit a pair of socks.

  11. Joy says:

    I can’t wait to start knitting this pattern. As I’ve always wanted to try knitting a pair of socks.

  12. Maggie Hutchison says:

    Hi Laura love the free sock Pattern, can you tell me how I can save the pattern please as I’m going round in circles Lol,
    Thanks Maggie

    • Hannah says:

      I would recommend that you just bookmark this page on your web browser or screenshot it all. You can’t technically save this pattern.

  13. Maureen Oliver says:

    What is the Gauge Please… many Thanks.

  14. Rene says:

    These look great! Can’t wait to make them. How can I save the pattern, or email it to myself for later??

  15. Margaret says:

    Hi how can I save this pattern, can’t wait to get started thanks

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  17. Abi says:

    In order to save this pattern using my phone, I’ve taken several screen shots as photos… 😁

  18. Colleen Zucco says:

    I’m so excited to try these! My yarn came in the mail today! I was looking over the pattern and realized the measurement on one row was cm. I don’t know how to convert that to inches. Please help! Thank you.

    • Hannah says:

      Google it! Eg. You can search “11cm in inches”. I just did and it said 11cm is 4.331inches. Hope this helps!

  19. Gillian says:

    Please would you mind explaining exactly what to do with the heel flap? I’m knitting but when it comes to repeating rows one and two i have 16 stitches. When I continue to knit in the round there is a hole on either side. Or am I supposed to s1k, k 12sts, ask and turn or do I continue to the end of the row and then continue knitting the round and then s1p, p12, p2tog?

    • Hannah says:

      Okay i was confused about this too!! I’m not an expert, but i think you just s1k, k12, ssk, then go onto the s1p, p12, p2together. Don’t go back into the round, just go back and forth on that one needle that you just built up. Does that make sense? Once it’s back down to 16 stitches, then you go back to knitting in the round. Hope that helps!

  20. Claudia says:

    roughly what size sock does this produce? (diameter/width wise) I’ve got quite small feet. How should I best adjust it to make it a little narrower.

  21. Claudia says:

    Oh also where it says “K to wrapped st. Pick up wrap and work together with st. Wrap the next st and turn.”

    does picking up wrap and work together with st. = pick up the wrapped stick and knit the two together?
    And wrapping the next stitch and turning – does that involve slipping a stitch wrapping it and putting it back over and turning like all the others?

    • Claudia says:

      The next stitch that is says to wrap in that sentence already has a wrap on it, does that matter???

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