Ditch those annoying felt pads on the bottom of your chair legs, and upgrade to these adorable crochet chair socks. They’ll protect your floors, silence your chairs, and the best part– they’re easy to clean!
Make a set for each holiday or special occasion and bring instant festivity to your dining room. This fun crochet pattern is super easy and only uses a small amount of yarn, so it’s perfect for using up your existing stash.
My crochet Chair Socks pattern is a free pattern here on the blog! Read about my inspiration, the easy construction and perfect yarn or scroll on down for the free pattern and photo tutorial.
No time right now? Pin this fun crochet chair socks pattern for later!
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Why Do Your Chairs Need Socks, Anyway?
When you’re a pattern designer, you have to be prepared for inspiration to strike at any moment. I might be walking down the street and see someone wearing something that I just have to turn into a knitting pattern! Other times, it’s as simple as my friend showing me a photo of something she thinks is cute and saying, “wouldn’t this make a cool pattern?” And that’s how chair socks were born.
Everyone knows that moment when you pull your chair out from the table and it makes a horrible screeching sound. You can use those felt pads to silence your chairs and protect your floors, but they eventually get disgusting and fall off.
These DIY chair socks do the job of felt pads, but much better (and they’re easy to clean)!
And on top of that, chairs socks are obviously amazing for decorating. You can make a pair (well a quadruple I should say) for every 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. Since they’re super easy to make and use only a small amount of yarn, you can make as many as you can think of.
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.
These crochet chair socks are great to use up small scraps of yarn as you only need a few meters of each color.
However, make sure you stick to cotton yarns. Other fibers will wear down quickly with the repeated movement of the chairs. I’ve had mine for over a year now and they’re still not showing any signs of wear.
If they loosen up or get dirty, just throw them in the wash and squeeze them back on as good as new.
You might have seen my knit chair socks pattern and be thinking “I want to make these, but I don’t knit”. 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 crochet. This is why I have made this crochet version of my chair socks pattern. And if you knit but don’t crochet, the free knit crochet version can be found here.
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Before you Start your Crochet Chair Socks
- 3.5 mm / E – 4 crochet hook. I love and use this simple set.
- Cotton sport weight yarn. I used Schachenmayer Catania Original yarn (terracotta, marine and light greyish green (reseda)) I had scrap yarn from the Mandala Placemats and Lion Brand Goldenrod 24/7 cotton yarn I had leftover from the Sunshine Crop Sweater. The Lion Brand yarn is a bit thicker, but the colors are so beautiful together I could not resist. Make sure to use cotton to avoid premature wear.
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends – I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.
This pattern follows US notations.
- st = stitch
- ch = chain
- sc = single crochet
- inc = increase
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 increases and the height by adding or removing rounds to fit your chairs.
Tips and Tricks
- Use sturdy cotton to avoid wear
- My chairs have a square base. If yours are round, you can adjust round 2 and 3 to form a circle and not a square base.
- Don’t hesitate to play around with different colors. You could make different combinations; one for each chair or you can mix them all.
- This pattern is the perfect opportunity to train for Amigurumi. These chair socks are sort of like a non-stuffed, open Amigurumi striped leg.
The Actual Crohet Chair Socks Pattern
With your 3.5 mm / US E-4 hook, using terracotta yarn, do a magic circle with 6 sc.
Round 1: inc in each st (12st)
Round 2: * sc2, inc * 4 times (16st)
Round 3: * sc2, inc 2 * 4 times (24st)
Round 4: sc 24 in the back loop only (24st)
Round 5: * sc 4, dec * 4 times (20 st).
Round 6 – 8: sc 20 (20 st)
Round 9 – 10: Switch to light green yarn. Sc 20
Round 11 – 12: Switch to goldenrod yarn. Sc 20
Round 13 – 14: Switch to dark blue yarn. Sc 20
Round 15 – 16: Switch back to orange yarn. Sc 20
Weave in all the end. Repeat for as many as you need.