Weekend socks

[Note from 2017: Knitters, this pattern is no longer available on the Canadian Living website. I don’t know why they removed it, but it was done some time in late 2016. I was not informed that this was done – i only became aware of it once people started asking me where to find the pattern.

There is an archived web version of the pattern here: https://web.archive.org/web/20160306122728/http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/knitting/knitting_pattern_weekend_socks.php – I don’t know how long this will be active for. ย ]


Timing is a wonderful thing.

This week I am pleased to show you a sock pattern of mine, published in the November 2010 issue of Canadian Living magazine (on newsstands now!) and also generously available for free on Canadian Living Online. I received my own copy in the mail yesterday and proceeded to thoroughly geek out over it. I may continue to do so by looking at copies in the grocery store lineup. Heh.


This is a basic, worsted-weight sock pattern, intended to encourage knitters to take the leap into sock knitting. The advantage with worsted-weight socks is that they are pretty quick compared to fingering weight, so even if you are only putting in an hour or so of knitting a few evenings a week, you can see progress before too long. And if you’re intimidated about making your first pair of socks, having a bit of speed on your side can be a real boost. I’ve written this up for 3 different sizes so that different kinds of feet can be easily acommodated!

As this is also meant to be a “learn to make socks” kind of pattern, part of my assignment involved doing up a series of photos to follow along with the pattern, and you can see them online here, in a photo slide show. You can see the sock as it grows, from the leg through the heel turn, and a picture of the toe.


But as for the timing…good job there, people at Canadian Living who are in charge of these things. When I was writing this up a few months ago it was not at all cold enough to feel like I was ever going to get to the point of wanting to pull on thick homey socks to wear around the house or inside boots. Well, lo and behold, just as this pattern hit the newsstands, as of yesterday the temperatures started to get pretty frosty overnight, and this morning after I got up the first thing I did was pull on my own pair of these. They are wonderful, and I say screw slippers. Heavy wool socks for everyone!

My own pair and the photographed sample were done up in Louet Gems worsted, but a variety of yarns could be used. I have to say though, I love this yarn. I hadn’t spent much time with it before, but I feel pretty confident saying that I will be spending more time with it in the future. It’s soft, wears pretty well, and I can throw it in the washing machine if I want to, and the colours are gorgeous.

Happy fall knitting, blog friends!


  1. Everyone loves some weekend socks!

  2. This is great! I’m soo excited! I don’t know how to make socks, and this is exactly what I needed! I can’t wait to cast on.. I’ve been feeling so left behind with all the great sock patterns that I know are out there but that I can’t knit.

  3. I haven’t been knitting for very long, but am wanting to go to “the next level” – socks included! This might be the very thing to motivate me to try. Thanks!

  4. I love it when Canadian Livng puts your patterns online for free!! Then we can get it in the States too without too much trouble. Awesome.

  5. jennybookworm · ·

    Awesome! I have been wanting to make a pair of worsted weight socks and now I have a pattern. I hadn’t opened/viewed my electronic copy of Canadian Living yet but I’m about to!!

  6. Beautimus! And I needed a worsted pattern for xmas socks- yay for a true proportional pattern instead of my usual “um sure that looks right” method.

  7. I was very happy when I got my Canadian Living last week and saw your sock pattern in it! I am teaching my daughter-in-law to knit and she is ready to move on to her first pair of socks. This pattern will be the perfect starter project for her. Thanks!

  8. Charlotte · ·

    Perfect timing!! I’m teaching someone to knit socks with worsted weight yarn and we’re just getting to the heel. The pictures are fantastic — they’ll be a great help for my friend to see the process — especially turning the heel.

  9. awesome classic sock pattern!! Congratulations!! more people should take the leap to socks- they were totally my knitting gateway drug- I started with socks, and worked up to bigger projects.

  10. Barbara S · ·

    Congrats on another pattern in Canadian Living….how exciting. Good idea for the quick worsted socks. I think I may knit some for Christmas. I’m happy I can get it online; I don’t have access to Canadian Living here in the US.

  11. Barbara S · ·

    Hey…I just commented and then noticed that this pattern is your Basic 3×1 Ribbed Sock pattern . I have one on the needles right now in Louet Gems Quartz sportweight. I’m loving how fast it’s going and it’s a nice break from a pattern that requires your full attention like lace. I can see me making more of these.

  12. Love Canadian Living – and congrats also on the pattern.
    My husband is Canadian married for 15 years, I am British and we have lived in UK for 14 years, so like to keep up with stuff Canada, espcially food!! Love your blog

  13. Kelley (smallwhitedog from Ravelry) · ·

    Great job, Glenna! This will be the the perfect pattern and tutorial to give to my mother who wants to learn to knit socks. Thanks!

  14. What a great pattern for the sock newbie. Congrats on getting it published!

  15. I LOVE hand knitted socks. After knitting my first pair four years ago, I refuse to wear store bought socks. Congratulations on getting your design published!

  16. I’m so excited!! I’ve been wracking my brain to figure out what I can make for everyone this year for Yule gifts and now this is perfect! I can knit a pair of those socks up in a day with worsted and give a couple of pairs each to my female friends. Thank you so much!! I think my guy friends might find the pattern too “girly” but I suppose I could make them some plain socks just as easily with worsted. What an awesome idea! Perfect timing! Thanks Glenna!!

  17. I love worsted socks! They are the only way I’m going to make socks for as many people as I want to before I die! HA!

  18. Those smart magazine people are all about the timing! Of course they know when to put cozy socks in the magazine…they know that purple is gonna be in style 3 seasons before it actually is for goodness’ sake! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Congratulations! I had seen those online and liked the idea of worsted socks.

    I love that the magazine puts a knitting pattern in every issue!

  20. Congratulations, Ms. Glenna! ๐Ÿ˜€

    The pictures are beautiful — did you take those as well as do the pattern writing?

  21. My first sock knitting was worsted weight boot socks, and I still have a soft spot for them. Nice article!

  22. […] Phew! We just finished the last few pages of the December issue and I finally have a chance to come up for some air (and do a bit of blogging). The November issue hit newsstands on Tuesday, and with it a project we've had simmering away for quite some time: a pattern for Weekend Socks by Glenna C. […]

  23. Saw your post and rushed out to buy the magazine. It looks great and I can’t wait to get started. Thanks for the pattern!

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