Sofa Snuggle Socks

Of all the words in the English language, I think the word “snuggle” must be one of the nicest.

Snuggle, snuggle, snuggle.

It’s woolly blankets, big enough to wrap yourself up in completely; oversized jumpers that come down past the ends of your fingers; a purring cat on your lap; a baby in your arms, or a small child on your knee.  It’s being close to your very favourite person, sharing warmth and comfort.  It’s cosy socks on your feet, the thicker the better, keeping the cold at bay.

Socks just like … the Sofa Snuggle socks.

Two pairs of feet intertwined on a grey sofa. One pair of feet is wearing green socks and the other is wearing pink socks

Sometimes, you need socks for snuggling in, not for walking about in.  Socks that are perfect for wearing when watching TV or a film, when you’re reading a book or even to sleep in.  Socks that don’t need to be hard-wearing because their job is to keep you cosy and warm. The Sofa Snuggle socks are perfect for that – they are DK (8ply) socks knitted to a simple pattern and ideal for that special skein or ball of yarn that you’ve been saving which should really be insulating your feet and not your house!

With so many concerns about the coming winter and cost of living rises, I wanted to think about how we could use our sock knitting skills to create something positive.  We all know how those little stitches slipping across our needles help to calm our worries and anxieties and instead of focussing on what might be around the corner (and what may or may not ever happen), I wanted to create a pattern that would help to make us feel good – good about our knitting, good about using yarn that makes our hearts smile and good about having cosy socks at the end of a quick knit to wear or gift.

Because they’re knitted in DK yarn, the Sofa Snuggle socks are a quick knit – you’ll certainly notice the difference if you’ve only been using 4ply up until now!  As always, even though the yarn weight is different, the pattern is based on my Basic 4ply Socks pattern which is used in the Sockalong tutorials so the good news is that if you’re brand new to sock knitting, there’s plenty of help.

However, they’re not exactly the same so let me show you around!

Two pairs of feet intertwined on a grey sofa. One pair of feet is wearing green socks and the other is wearing pink socks

The idea of the Sofa Snuggle socks is that they are for exactly that purpose – for just sitting around being snuggly in and not doing any hard work at all, so you can use yarns that you might not usually consider for socks and they will work beautifully because their only job is to keep your feet warm.  I’ve used West Yorkshire Spinners Elements DK yarn, a blend of wool and Tencel (a nylon alternative) which is gorgeously soft and shiny to knit with.  I did think these would make interesting no-nylon socks to test out but I realised quite quickly that this yarn really isn’t designed for hard-wearing socks and they would make much nicer “admire me” socks instead!

There are two styles of socks in this pattern.  Both are written for four sizes of foot circumference from 7½ to 9½ inches;  (19 to 24.5 cm) but if you have ever used the Sock Stitch Calculation before then you’ll know that it’s possible to adjust the sizing to fit other feet, and I have created the patterns with this in mind.

Elements DK comes in 50g balls so I wanted to add in contrast cuffs, heels and toes (you can find help with that here if you’ve not done that before) and a contrast pattern for each pair to make sure that there would be enough yarn for the socks (bigger sizes than my feet will need more than 1 ball of the main colour).  You don’t have to knit the socks in this yarn, though, and I think that using a special stash yarn and leftover oddments for the contrasts would be lovely.

The green pair (using Elements DK in Palm Leaf and Cool Aloe) have a stripe pattern at the top of the socks …

A pair of feet in green socks resting on a sofa

The stripe is a 3-2-1 stripe which is very easy to work and looks very effective in the contrasting colours.

The heel flap is worked in Eye of Partridge stitch, and if you’ve made a pair of Basic 4ply Socks with the heel stitch heel flap then you can manage this one as it’s the same stitch but offset on every other row.

A close up of a green sock heel in Eye of Partridge stitch

If we’re knitting socks to show off our yarns, we should show off our heels as well, shouldn’t we?! 🙂

Oh, and our toes … the toes are also knitted in Eye of Partridge stitch to give a textured effect …

A close up of the toes of a pair of green socks

It’s not as hard as you might think to knit the Eye of Partridge stitch and work the toe decreases so if it’s not something that you’ve tried before, I’d definitely recommend giving it a go to show off your knitting superstar skills!

The pink green pair (using Elements DK in Cherry Blossom and Seashell) have a zig zag pattern at the top of the socks …

A close up of the zig zag pattern at the top of a pink sock

This pattern is worked over 4 stitches so even if you want to make socks that aren’t in the sizes given in the pattern, you will still be able to incorporate the zig zags as they will fit with any size of sock that has a stitch count divisible by 4.  I’ve tried to think of everything! 🙂

The heel for this sock is another heel flap and gusset heel (I like these ones best as I think they give a good fit and are easy for new socks knitters to get to grips with) but this time, I’ve used the Ribbed Heel stitch, something that I came up with a few years ago to make the heel flap a bit stretchier as it can feel a bit tight on broad feet using the standard heel stitch.  It’s really easy to work and gives a nice stretchy heel flap which should fit pretty much every size of foot.

A close up of a ribbed heel on a pink sock

I’ve also made an adjustment to the toes as DK sock toes can end up a bit boxy sometimes, especially on the smaller sizes, so I have designed a tapered toe so that you can admire your elegantly shaped feet as they stretch you in front of you on the sofa 🙂

A close up of the pink toe of a sock

There’s absolutely no reason why you can’t mix and match the toes, heels and even the patterns on these socks so suit the yarns that you’re using and the people that you’re knitting for if you decide to make these socks for someone other than yourself.


Now, if you remember, back up at the top of the post I said I had wanted these socks to do something positive and whilst I hope these socks will be a cosy extra layer during a winter when we will all need to find ways to stay warm, I am also going to make a personal donation from the sale of each pattern to the Trussell Trust.  If you’ve never heard of it before, the Trussell Trust is the charity behind food banks which are places where people who are struggling financially can go to get supplies of food and other essentials.  There are other organisations which provide food banks too and many are linked to churches or local communities, but my donation to the Trussell Trust will mean that the money goes into the pot to support food banks around the country and not just here where I live.

We shouldn’t need food banks in this day and age.  Nobody should have to decide between buying food or paying bills, but the number of people who need help is growing.  These aren’t people who are refusing to work or insist on relying on “handouts”, they are people like you and me who, by a twist of fate, have found themselves between pay cheques, without work for a few shifts thanks to zero hours contracts, people who just can’t manage on the wages they earn even though they might have two or more jobs … it’s heart-breaking and although I’ve donated food and hygiene products to food banks for a long time, so many people need help that I wanted to do more.

If you choose to buy this pattern, you are helping me to help someone else, and I thank you very much for it.


You can find the Sofa Snuggle socks pattern here on Ravelry and if you’re not a Ravelry member, you can use this button:

You can also find the pattern on Payhip here and on LoveCrafts here.


I’m going to donate £1.00 from the sale of each pattern to the Trussell Trust, and because there’s no end in sight to people needing to use food banks, I’m planning to keep the donations going for the foreseeable future.  I’ll update this post with the amount that I’ve donated so that you can see.

The pattern is quite long as it is two patterns in one; it’s 11 pages but you won’t necessarily need to print it all out so do take a look through it first.   The pattern has been tech-edited for errors so any remaining are entirely mine as I created the PDF, although I’ve checked it very carefully!


Thank you so much if you choose to buy the pattern, and I hope you enjoy knitting the socks!

Two pairs of socks arranged on a white background with a small metal bucket. There is a pink pair draped across the bucket and a green pair on sock blockers



November 2022           £435

December 2022           £45

January – October 2023           £35

November 2023          £2

December 2023           £2


You can find an errata for the pattern here.



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39 Responses

  1. Catherine Harris says:

    I’m popping over to buy this pattern now. Thank you for supporting food banks Christine. It really is so important although it makes me very angry that they are needed in this day and age. I manage an independent food bank in my local area so I know first hand how difficult things are and how desperate people feel before seeking out the support of the service. A huge thanks also to anyone else who buys this pattern xx

  2. Sarah Robinson says:

    Thank you for this lovely pattern. I’ve just bought it on Ravelry, and I’m looking forward to knitting it (though I’ve a ‘few’ things to finish first…… is absolutely appalling that foodbanks are needed in this day and age, and a terrible indictment on the last 12 years. I try to contribute whenever I can, so thank you for doing this.

  3. Jocelyn says:

    Thanks for this! Would it be possible to hold two strands of fingering wool together?

  4. Rosie says:

    I have just broken my self imposed pattern purchase ban to buy this. I have been trying to make items on the massive list of patterns I already have, but you have convinced me that one more is necessary.
    I love that you are contributing to the food banks, thank you.

    • winwickmum says:

      That’s really kind of you, thank you! If it helps, I can suggest that you need to have socks on the go at all times between other projects and DK socks are great as they knit up so quickly! 🙂 xx

  5. Nancy Swank says:

    What a nice idea! I’ve just bought the pattern and am about to browse for the perfect yarn. I’ve never made socks using DK yarn, so it will be a new adventure!

  6. Ambermoggie says:

    thank you for this Christine. I can’t knit 4ply socks now with my health issues but will do my best to make these dk ones. I’m sorry donations and food banks are needed in this day and age, it’s appalling. You are very thoughtful.

    • winwickmum says:

      I do hope you find you can manage DK socks – thicker yarn and needles can be a bit easier on the hands and eyes, and thank you for buying the pattern too xx

  7. Annie L says:

    I’ve been on an absolute sock binge lately so had told myself no more (for a short while) but it turns out I’ll have to make a couple of exceptions. It’s not really a hardship!

  8. Francesca says:

    What a lovely gesture. You have a good heart. Unthinkable, too awful.

    Off to buy the pattern.

  9. Susan Rayner says:

    Ihave just bought the pattern – thank you very much – it will be next week’s “in between” project while I am knitting (or rather in between knitting) the Another Day Out blanket squares from BSW!
    It will make a perfect present for a sort of niece who likes fluffy socks!

  10. Lorna Dempster says:

    Looking forward to buying this pattern, and starting a pair. Thanks too for supporting the Trussell Trust! I manage a TT Foodbank in Inverness, so know any proceeds will be welcome 😊

  11. Thank you for a lovely pattern Christine. just bought it. As everyone else has said its awful that we need food banks in this day and age. Thank you for organising this donation, xxx

  12. Barbara says:

    Lovely snuggle socks. Using DK certainly makes them a quick knit. The wool colours are gorgeous. Have a good weekend. B x

  13. Lara says:

    Fabulous pattern and a fabulous thing to do x. I’ve been looking for an 8-ply sock pattern to keep my daughter’s feet warm as she experiences another Japanese winter and I’ve just found it. Thank you!

  14. Jane Hayward says:

    I have just bought this pattern to make some cosy socks for my sister. I’m confused about the tension required – under tension it says 23 stitches to 4 inches (10 cm) in stocking stitch (worked in the round) on 3.5mm needles then under pattern notes the following – The
    ideal tension for these socks is 30 stitches to 10 cm. Can you clarify ? Many thanks

    • winwickmum says:

      Hello! You get the prize for finding the typo! 🙂 That paragraph is in all my patterns and it should read 23sts to 10 as at the top – 30sts to 10cm is for 4ply. I’ll make the correction and you should get sent an updated version. Thanks for spotting it! xx

      • Jane says:

        Thanks! Looking forward to making a start on these. And thankyou for all the sock knitting advice over the years!

        • winwickmum says:

          Thanks for buying the pattern! I’ve sent you a copy of new version with the typos that were spotted corrected, I hope you’ve got that in your inbox 🙂 xx

  15. Dianne says:

    Hi Christine, thank you for the Snuggle Sock pattern and your kindness of donating to the Trussell Trust. I am not an experienced knitter, I learned to knit socks from your blog and first book and knitting socks is something I love to do a bit of everyday. Please can I ask you about the pattern for the tapered toe? The last instruction is to knit rows 7 & 8 until 32 stitches remain (largest size), but I can’t see a row 8 instruction. I’m guessing I need to knit only row 7 until 32 stitches remain. I thought you wouldn’t mind if I double checked with you? Many thanks, Dianne

    • winwickmum says:

      Hi Dianne, thanks for spotting another typo! I’ve sent an updated copy of the pattern out this morning so you should have that in your inbox now, but Row 8 should be “K to end of round, slipping markers as you come to them” then you’re working alternate decrease and non-decrease rounds. I hope that makes sense now! xx

  16. Rachel Thompson says:

    hi is this a knit flat tel needle pattern or in the round ?

  17. Karen Williams says:

    Hello Christine, Thank you for the pattern which looks really greatI Like other followers, I learnt to knit socks using your sockalong instructions and am now quite hooked! This is the first time I have used more than one colour and I’ve run into a problem which I hope you don’t mind me asking about?
    I have reached the end of the cuff and used your video to show how to weave in the main colour with the contrasting colour but when I get to the start of the leg and knit three rounds, I find that the contrasting colour is now in the wrong place for me to knit on. I thought I could weave it to the right place with a needle but of course it’s still attached to the ball of yarn so that’s not possible. I wonder if I have used the wrong two “tails” in the weaving.

    • winwickmum says:

      Hi Karen, the contrast colour should be at the beginning of your round albeit a few rounds higher now that you’ve worked your main colour. You should be able to carry the contrast yarn down your knitting (it’s only 3 rounds, it won’t make a huge float that will get stuck on your toes) so that you can use it for the next round. Just make sure that you don’t pull it too tightly when you start knitting (if anything, leave it a little loose so that there’s room for the rounds to settle into shape) and it will be fine. I hope that helps! 🙂 xx

  18. Karen Williams says:

    PS Re my query, you say at the start of the Leg section not to cut the cc, otherwise I would have just snipped the cc off and rejoined. Hope you can help?

  19. Lyndle says:

    Hi Christine, lovely pattern and generous plan. Like you, I think we should have a system that doesn’t require food banks, but since we do, this is beautiful of you. (By the way, my local food bank is supermarket style – customers get credits to spend so they can choose the items that suit their families’ needs).
    I do have a question – what makes these socks better tor snuggling than walking? Is it just the yarn, or also the pattern?

    • winwickmum says:

      That’s such an interesting idea – although I’m sorry that you have to have food banks too. Whole world problems, eh? It’s the yarn that makes these socks for snuggling and I like the idea that it’s OK to make socks that you can wear in the house that are for “switching off” which isn’t quite the same as walking around in the socks you’ve worn all day 🙂 xx

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