Popular sock knitting patterns for beginners include Lazy Day knit socks, Easy Peasy socks and Top-Down sock patterns. These patterns are free and can be printed from websites such as FreshStitches.com or Dummies.com for convenience.
The Lazy Day knit sock takes three skeins of yarn. The pattern calls for blue, purple and white yarn, but knitters can change the colors as they wish to match their desired color palette. The pattern is set up for sock sizes seven to nine but also shows the instructions for making sizes nine to 11 and 10 to 12. The Lazy Day sock pattern has striped and solid sections, so there are several times that the pattern requires color changes to create variations in the sock.
The Easy Peasy socks call for worsted-weight yarn, which means it is thicker than other threads and is warmer for the wearer. The color of the yarn, whether it's solid or variegated, is up to the knitter. The socks also knit up quickly. The type of sock in this pattern is an ankle-height cuffed sock that is ribbed and has no leg portion, which makes it ideal for first-time sock makers.
The Top-Down sock calls for circular needles, which are two knitting needles connected by a cord made especially for creating things with a round, tubular pattern. This pattern is for knitters with a bit of experience, but being an expert is not required.