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To knit stockings | Instructions without heel + size chart

Everyone loves the warm self-knitted socks made of soft wool! Even the biggest bumps of frost keep warm feet in them. Are you one of the knitters who, because of the complicated heel, have so far avoided knitting socks ">

Knitting with five needles is a real challenge. But once you get the hang of it, it works well. Knitting stockings using the conventional method with the heel, small cap, gusset and heel wall sometimes leads even experienced knitters to despair. It doesn't have to be. After all, knitting stockings is supposed to be fun! With the ingenious spiral sock method, fun knitting socks is guaranteed and cold feet are the end!

The history of spiral socks

The spiral sock method is really awesome, but not new. It is said that it was created with the aim of preventing the soldiers' socks from being worn through during the war. Since spiral socks do not have a heel that fixes the seat, the stress is not reduced to a few places. The sock is evenly stressed all around, which significantly increases the durability.

Anyone who knits socks with commercially available sock wool today need not worry about durability. The wool quality is so high that the stockings remain intact for many years.


The idea of ​​producing special wool for socks, in which the pattern is created from the wool and the amount is sufficient for at least a pair of stockings, is admittedly perfect. But if you often knit children's stockings or smaller socks, you have a lot of leftovers. Processing differently patterned wool together was not an option for us.

We have therefore designed a model in which single-colored sock wool was combined with a rest of patterned sock wool. We are happy about the successful creation! Frequent knitters should always have a ball of plain-colored sock wool in the closet in order to be able to process the beautiful patterned wool remnants completely. For a pair of socks, approximately 100 grams of sock wool four times or 150 grams of sock wool six times are required. The presented pattern is based on two colors, variations with several colors are also possible.

If you want to knit longer stockings, you can change the model description as you like.


  • Material and preparation
  • Knit stockings without a heel
    • casting on
    • rib
    • spiral pattern
    • Ribbon toe of the socks

Material and preparation

You need:

  • 50 grams of sock wool fourfold, solid red
  • 50 grams of sock wool fourfold, blue patterned
  • 1 double pointed needles size 2.0
  • 1 thick wool embroidery needle
size casting on Length to decreases (cm) Acceptances for tape tip every ...
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The different patterns:

  • Cuff pattern: alternately 1 stitch on the right, 1 stitch on the left
  • Spiral pattern:
    • 1st round: alternate 3 stitches on the right, 2 stitches on the left
    • 2nd - 5th round: same as round 1
    • 6th round: 1 stitch left, (*) three stitches right, 2 stitches left, repeat from (*)
    • 7th - 10th round: same as round 6

Knit stockings without a heel

casting on

Cast on 60 stitches on two needles in double pointed needles using red wool according to the size chart for shoe size 38 .


Now alternately knit a stitch on the right and one stitch on the left in a cuff pattern. Spread the stitches evenly over four needles. Knit the cuff pattern over 20 rounds .

spiral pattern

Now continue knitting five rounds with the blue-patterned wool in a spiral pattern . When you have completed the fifth round, knit the first stitch of the first needle with the fourth needle on the left. Now the color change takes place. Now work five rounds in a spiral pattern with the red wool. In the first round, knit the first stitch of the following needle from the left. At the end of the first round there are 15 stitches on all needles again and the pattern set starts over.

Every five rounds there is a color change and a shift by one stitch to the left. This results in the spiral pattern.

The stitch change after five rounds results in a slight turn, which ensures the high wearing comfort of the spiral socks. The stocking fits perfectly around the foot without appearing “twisted”.

Tip: You can also process wool remnants in several colors with the five-pattern. Change the colors as you like. When changing colors, make sure that you leave the threads loose and do not tighten them too much. The pattern must appear smooth and even.

Ribbon toe of the socks

After you have worked 105 rounds, which corresponds to 21 stripes, start with the band tip. The band tip for socks in size 38/39 is worked as follows:

1st round: First knit a round of right stitches with red wool.

2nd round: Knit the stitches of the first needle until the last three stitches stockinette stitch. Knit the 13th and 14th stitch together and the 15th stitch again on the right. Start with a right stitch on the second needle. Lift the second stitch on the right. Knit the third stitch and pull the slipped stitch over it. Work the stitches of the third needle like those of the first and the stitches of the fourth needle like those of the second.

3rd to 5th round: Knit stockinette stitch without decreases. There are 14 stitches on each needle.

6th round: Work approvals as in round 2.

7th to 8th round: Knit right stitches without decreases. There are 13 stitches on each needle.

Round 9: Work acceptance tests as in round 2.

10th to 11th round: Knit right stitches without decreases. There are 12 stitches on each needle.

12th round: Work approvals as in round 2.

13th round: Knit right stitches without decreases. There are 11 stitches on each needle.

Round 14: Knit like round 12.

15th round: Work like round 13, there are 10 stitches on each needle.

Round 16: Work like round 12.

17th round: Knit like round 13, there are 9 stitches on each needle.

Rounds 18 to 24: Work decreases as in round 2.

After the 24th round there are 2 stitches left on each needle. Pull them together and sew the thread well.

The decreases for the production of the band tip depend on the size of the socks. Repeat the decrease of the tape tip according to the table every fourth, then every third, then every second and finally in every round. When there are only eight stitches left, pull them together.

Knit the second spiral sock just like the first and your first pair of spiral socks is done!

By the way, the spiral pattern is also ideal for gauntlets . Work the cuffs in the desired length according to the instructions. Knit a cuff instead of the ribbon tip and the gauntlets are perfect.

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