DIY Chair socks are a concept I fell in love with a few months ago. A friend of mine showed me this fun knitting pattern idea: putting socks on the feet of her chairs. Strange, yes, but genius!
You know when you’re not careful and you pull a chair without properly lifting it, this horrible screeching noise we all hate? Well, with chair socks, it’s gone!
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No need for the ugly felt pads that are traditionally used, keep coming off and get disgusting. These chair socks do the job much better and can be cleaned very easily.
And on top of that, chairs socks are obviously amazing for decorating. You can make a pair (well a quadruple I should say) for each holiday or special occasion! Red, green, white for Christmas, black, yellow and red to support the Belgian football team for the next world cup, etc. As they are super easy to make and use only a small amount of yarn, you can make as many as you can think of.
You might have seen my crochet chair socks pattern and be thinking “I want to make these, but I don’t crochet”. Although I strongly believe both crocheting and knitting are completely worth learning (check out this post to learn why you should do both), I understand some of you just want to knit. This is why I have made this knit version of my chair socks pattern. And if you crochet but don’t knit, the crochet version is here.
They’re knitted with double-pointed needles which can be a bit burdensome for such a small pattern but will give you the best results. It’s a great pattern to get more familiar with DPN. The pattern works up fast so you’ll get them done in no time.
Before you Start your Knit Chair Socks
- 3mm / US 2 double-pointed needles. If you are new to double pointed needles or don’t have the right size, I use and recommend this very cheap set. Although they are not the prettiest, I prefer using stainless steel needles as the yarn slides better on them and with this set you have all sizes so you are set for any project.
- Cotton sport weight yarn. I used Catania Originals cotton yarn but you can use any similar weight scrap yarn you have.
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends. I use, love and recommend this stainless steel set. You get different eye sizes to accommodate for different yarn sizes and they come in a very handy little tube. I used to keep losing and breaking my tapestry needles until I got these.
- st = stitch
- k = knit stitch
- p = purl stitch
- k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
Repeat instructions between ** the indicated number of times or until the end of the round.
The base of my chair feet is a 2.5 by 2.5 cm / 1″ by 1″ square and the socks are 5.5 cm /2.25″ height. You can adjust the base by adding or removing stitches and the height by adding or removing rounds to fit your chairs.
Tips and Tricks
- Use sturdy cotton to avoid wear
- If they loosen up after a few months and start falling off, throw them in the wash and they’ll get their original tension back.
- When you weave in the ends of the different contrasting colors you can use this opportunity to tighten up any remaining gaps at the round junctions.
- Don’t hesitate to play around with different colors. You could make different combinations; one for each chair or you can mix them all.
The Actual Chair Socks Knitting Pattern
With your main color yarn (green for me), cast on 24 st on 4 3mm / US 2 double-pointed needles (6 st on each needle).
Round 1: k around
Round 2: p around
Round 3 – 4: Repeat * rows 1 and 2 *
Switch to your 1st contrasting color yarn (pink for me). Don’t cut off the main color yarn as you will get back to it in a few rounds. You can cut the contrasting color yarns once you are done with them to avoid a big tangled mess.
Round 5 – 8: Repeat * rows 2 and 3 * twice
Switch to you 2nd contrasting color yarn (light green for me).
Round 9 – 12: Repeat * rows 2 and 3 * twice
Switch to your last contrasting color yarn (white for me).
Round 13 – 16: Repeat * rows 2 and 3 * twice
Switch back to your main color yarn (green).
Round 17 – 25 : Repeat * rows 2 and 3 * 4 times
Round 26: k around
Round 27: *k2tog, k2, k2tog* repeat 4 times
Round 28: k around
Round 29: *k1, k2tog, k1* repeat 4 times
With a tapestry needle, pull through all remaining stitches and weave in the ends.
Make as many knitted chair socks as you need.
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