Sock Pattern with Round Toe Shaping


This comfortable basic sock knitting pattern is an excellent choice for you.  It works wonderfully with the wide range of self patterning sock yarns that are available. The stocking stitch sock has a ribbed cuff, a well fitting heel flap and turned heel with the shaping of a gusset and finished by a round toe.  An excellent choice if you are knitting your first sock.


  • 100 g of 4 ply sock yarn
  • 2.75mm set of 5 double pointed needles (dpn’s)
  • 3.25mm double pointed needle for casting on
  • tapestry needle
Although I used a hand dyed 4 ply sock yarn for knitting this sock, the pattern can be used for any lovely 4 ply sock yarn that you have in your stash. Other choices are mentioned in the links below.


k – knit;  p – purl;  ssk – slip, slip, knit;  p2tog – purl 2 sts together;  sl 1 – slip 1 stitch;  st – stitch;

Cuff and Leg

Cast on 60 sts using the 3.25mm needle.  (I always use a larger needle to cast on).
On the first row using 2.75mm needles, divide over 4 needles, 15 sts on each.  Join into a circle, being careful not to twist the stitches.
  • Work 14 rounds of k1, p1 rib.
  • K 42 rounds (or as long as you want your sock to be).

Heel Flap

Preparation – place the sts from needles 1 and 2 onto one needle (30 sts) then,
  • Row 1:  k2, (sl 1, p1, across to last two sts), k2, turn
  • Row 2:  k, turn
Rep these two rows a total of 16 times (32 rows)

Turn Heel

  • Row 1:  p17, p2tog, p1, turn
  • Row 2:  sl 1, k5, ssk, k1, turn
  • Row 3:  sl 1, p6, p2tog, p1, turn
  • Row 4:  sl 1, k7, ssk, k1, turn
  • Row 5:  sl 1, p8, p2tog, p1, turn
  • Row 6:  sl 1, k9, ssk, k1, turn
  • Row 7:  sl 1, p10, p2tog, p1, turn
  • Row 8:  sl 1, k11, ssk, k1, turn
  • Row 9:  sl 1, p12, p2tog, p1, turn
  • Row 10:  sl 1, k13, ssk, k1, turn
  • Row 11:  sl 1, p14, p2tog, p1, turn
  • Row 12:  k16, ssk, k1  (18 sts)


Pick up and knit 17 sts along side of heel flap, k30 sts across the top of the sock (needles 2 and 3), pick up  and knit 17 sts along side of heel flap, then k9 across sole (bottom of sock).
(Needle 1:  26 sts, Needle 2:  15 sts, Needle 3:  15 sts, Needle 4:  26 sts)
K 2 rounds (starting and ending at the centre bottom of sock).  On the first round k into back of each of the 17 picked up and knitted sts as this creates a twist in the st and stops any little gaps forming).

Gusset Decreases

  • Round 1:  k to 3 sts before end of needle 1, k2tog, k 1, k30 sts across needles 2 & 3, k1, ssk, k to end of needle 4.
  • Round 2:  k
  • Rep these rounds until there are 15 sts on each needle.


  • Work 42 rounds for UK size 5 or 6, European size 38 or 39.

Round Toe

Evenly spread decreases during the decrease round:
  • Round 1:  k4, (k2tog, k5) 8 times.
  • K 2 rounds
  • Round 4:  k4, (k2tog, k4) 8 times.
  • K 2 rounds
  • Round 7:  k4, (k2tog, k3) 8 times.
  • K 2 rounds
  • Round 10:  (k2, k2tog) 9 times
  • K 2 rounds
  • Round 13:  (k1, k2tog) 9 times
  • K 1 round
  • Round 15:  k2tog to end (9 sts)


Cut yarn, leaving a 12″ (30 cm) tail.  Thread the tail onto the tapestry needle and draw it through the remaining sts.  Tighten and fasten off.  Weave in ends.
Any sock yarn can be substituted successfully for knitting this Basic Sock with Round Toe Pattern PDF.
Please let me know what you think of the pattern.
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  1. Margaret Roy says:

    Thank you for this pattern. I have been knitting socks for about a year and have been looking for another way to finish the toe this looks so much better and easier than the squared off toe.

  2. I was very happy to find your round toe directions for 60 stitch socks. I wasn’t sure how to go about figuring it out myself. I had patterns for 64 and 56 stitch socks but not 60 which I am currently knitting. It worked out great! Thanks!

  3. I found your pattern with a google search and am going to use your round toe for the sock I presently have on the needles. Is there a way to adjust the decreases for a 64 or 72 stitch sock? Thanks for your help! Kate

    • Hi Kate, thanks for your question. I designed the round toe for the sock several years ago and only did it for the 60 stitch cast on. I haven’t looked at trying to do any adjustments to it for other sizes of sock. I will, but I can’t this week, as I am on holiday in Connemara and my mum and sister are looking after the yarn shop for me. Nicolette

      • Thank you Nicolette! Enjoy your time in Connemara! I would so love to take a trip there someday!

        • I’m back from my holiday in the West of Ireland and catching up on emails and comments. Thank you so much. I hope you do take a trip to Connemara some day. It really was an amazing holiday. Co Kerry was busier with longer day trips around parts of the Ring of Kerry. Connemara was a slower more relaxing pace, with shorter trips to beautiful places like Kylemore Abbey, and walks on the sandy beaches… We came back from Connemara feeling rested and recharged.

    • Hi Kate,
      I do a round toe for 64 sts that looks just like the construction for a regular toe pattern.
      I Dec 1 round and K 3 rounds, three times total. You will have 52 sts remaining. Now work decreases on all rounds till you have a total of 16 sts left on all needles together. Then graft the toe.
      Be sure to work your foot length a 1/4 to 1/2 inch longer as this Round Toe pattern works up to about 2 inches long. I like a roomy toe–wide and long.
      This is my favorite toe pattern as I have wide feet and it fits and feels better than others I have tried
      Hope this Round Toe pattern will work for you.
      Happy sock knitting! Joyce in Utah

      Joyce in Utah

  4. A lovely easy sock pattern. It is simple in style and is great for showing off those lovely sock yarns that are out there. I just finished a pair of socks in Superba poems in partie. The colours are amazing and are shown off really well with this pattern.

  5. I came across your website this evening and have really enjoyed all the info you have posted regarding knitting socks and sock yarn. You’ve done a fabulous job. Wish I had found you a years ago when I 1st started trying to knit socks. It took me forever to figure it all out. I finally started out making baby booties and had that Ah Ha moment when I realized the only difference between socks and booties was Size!
    Again thank you and I have book marked you so I can visit your pages again.

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