Patterns for knitting socks are found on Cometosilver.com, eHow and Freevintageknitting.com. eHow and Cometosilver.com contain complete instructions for making a simple pair of socks, while Freevintageknitting.com contains traditional knitting patterns for socks in a variety of styles.
The directions on Cometosilver.com are aimed at beginner knitters and include pictures for each step. The only requirement is that the crafter knows how to knit, purl and cast off. The directions are written in full sentences that include a lot of detail, and there are explanations for the abbreviations that are commonly found in knitting patterns. Directions for different yarn weights are color coded to make them easier to follow.
For those who are used to reading knitting patterns and don't need illustrations, eHow's directions are written in simple English. The socks on both of these sites require four double-point needles.
For more advanced knitters, Free Vintage Knitting contains dozens of patterns for different styles of socks. Directions for heavy and light socks are easily found, along with instructions for knitting socks that feature ribbing and cabling. Guidelines for men's, women's and children's sock styles are available, with optional embellishments such as stripes and argyle diamonds. Instructions on Free Vintage Knitting are given in the traditional knitting pattern style.