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One of my kids asked me to knit them socks for Christmas. Although I dabble in knitting and crocheting, I knew it wasn’t going to happen. Last year I started knitting a sock and completed about half of one sock. It is still sitting in a bag somewhere. I have been on a quest for a while to find a sock pattern that would work with my fleece scraps. This post is a review of the sock patterns I tried and the results. As an added bonus, I came up with some fleece socks that my highly tactile sensory sensitive children want to wear.
The Patterns Tested
My son and I have similar sized feet, so I sewed only one size during testing. Once we came up with comfortable socks, I ended up sewing 18 pairs in various sizes.
Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop’s Cozy Toes Socks
I sewed the ankle socks version of this pattern as that is the sock style I prefer. As the pattern is designed for a 4-way stretch knit, I had to make a minor adjustments. The adjustment was to simply cut the pattern out 2 sizes larger. I did not have to adjust the width at all.
This pattern is 3 pieces including a top, bottom, and band. I did connect my top pattern piece to the bottom to eliminate the toe seam. The pattern also includes different pieces for 3 widths (slim, regular, and plus). Although I have wide feet, I used the regular width pattern.
Wolf and The Tree’s Going Rogue Socks for 2-way stretch
The Going Rogue Sock pattern has a standard simple sock and an option with a set in heel. I sewed a test sock using the standard sock and another one with the set in heel.
Fleece Socks by CherryBlossoms
This sock pattern is designed for regular fleece, so no adjustments were necessary. The pattern is 3 pieces and includes a sole, top, back piece. This pattern includes both children’s and women’s sizes. I did easily add some length to the pattern pieces to make a pair for my husband.
In order to sew any of these patterns, you will need a 2-way stretch fleece (available at any Walmart or Joanns), a pattern, and a sewing machine. I sewed my socks using a regular straight stitch. I did attach the band on the Cozy Toes Socks and sewed the hem on the Cherry Blossom socks using a zigzag stitch to ensure I had enough stretch.
Sewing Skills Required
- sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance
- Sew around a gradual curve (all patterns)
- Sew darts (Cozy Toes sock pattern)
Both the Cozy Toes Socks by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop and the Fleece Socks by CherryBlossoms came out well. My son and I found the test fleece socks from both patterns comfortable. My son had me make him a couple of pairs in both styles. For my highest tactile sensory sensitive child, only the Cherry Blossom version was comfortable for her. This is from a child who hates socks and will never wear them. She loved the Cherry Blossom version and had me make her 8 pairs.
The Testing Fail:
Unfortunately, neither version of the Going Rogue Socks in fleece passed the sensory comfort test. The simple version (without a separate heel piece) felt weird. Although the front of the test sock with the set-in heel piece was more comfortable, the actual set-in heel was uncomfortable. My husband said he could get used to the feel of the set-in heel, but no one else in the family liked the way it felt. The Going Rogue sock pattern may be a great option for regular knit fabric with lots of stretch and recovery, but it was not a good fit for regular fleece.
If you want to try sewing socks with fleece, I would recommend using the Cozy Toes Socks by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop or the Fleece Socks pattern by CherryBlossoms. Peek-a-Boo also has a children’s version of the same sock pattern called Cozy Critter’s Socks. My family found both patterns comfortable in fleece.
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