How to Knit Hockey Socks

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Socks worn for hockey are similar to leg warmers.
Socks worn for hockey are similar to leg warmers. (Image: Hockey Player Silhouette. Check out my portfolio for other. image by Veniamin Kraskov from Fotolia.com)

Hockey socks are essentially leg warmers -- cylinders with openings at the top and bottom that are worn from below the knee to the ankle. Thin, cotton crew socks can be worn under them, but some players prefer their feet bare within the skates. This pattern will make one pair of hockey socks to be worn over the shin pads.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton and elastic sock yarn, 500 yards
  • Circular knitting needle, 32 inches, size 6

Cast on 52 stitches using an elastic cast-on method. For example, the knitting-on, cast-on method described in the Resources section results in a stretchy edge that will leave enough room through which to fit the foot.

Join the last stitch to the first stitch, taking care to ensure that the stitches are not twisted. The number of stitches on the needle will not fit around the length of the needle, so you will need to use the Magic Loop technique for knitting a small circumference project on long needles. Pull the excess needle cable between two stitches on each side of the sock so that half of the stitches are on one side of the needle, and the other half are on the other needle. See the Magic Loop link in the Resources section for more information.

Knit two-by-two ribbing for 17 rows. This is done by knitting two stitches and then purling two stitches. Repeat this four-stitch sequence 12 more times for each row.

Increase one stitch on each side of needle so that you have 54 stitches. Knit all stitches for 14 rows.

Increase one stitch on each side of needle so that you have 56 stitches. Knit all stitches for 18 additional rows.

Increase one stitch on each side of needle so that you have 58 stitches. Knit all stitches for 12 additional rows.

Increase one stitch on each side of needle so that you have 60 stitches. Knit all stitches for 8 additional rows.

Increase one stitch on each side of needle so that you have 62 stitches. Knit all stitches for 8 additional rows.

Increase one stitch on each side of needle so that you have 64 stitches. Knit all stitches for 6 additional rows.

Resume the two-by-two ribbing for another 17 rows. Bind off all stitches loosely using a very elastic bind-off method. Be sure that this finished end is stretchy enough to be pulled over the foot and shin guards.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hockey socks frequently come striped to match the player's jersey colors. You can create strips by changing color at the end of a row.
  • Be sure your cast-on and bind-off stitches are stretchy and elastic. If necessary, use larger needles to create looser edges.

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