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Updated: Dec 7, 2023

For sock lovers, any occasion is an opportunity to start a new project, even more so if we're talking about the holidays! Christmas-themed socks have the power to get us in the mood for the celebrations, just as much as Mariah Carey (or whatever holiday tunes you love). They add a touch of festive charm to any outfit and are a fun way to express your holiday spirit from head to toe.

If you love giving handmade gifts, socks are a great option if you're running late. Just be careful of second sock syndrome!

If you're looking for a little inspiration to knit some holiday socks, we've selected three cheerful designs that evoke the joy and magic of the season.

white, red and green colorwork socks on a white knitted blanket with christmas decorations
© This Handmade Life

Holly and Jolly by This Handmade Life is a sock pattern that has an iconic Christmas vibe. It's knit in a classic red, green, and white color combination. The foot and leg feature a pattern that looks like a candy cane. It also has an easy colorwork design around the ankle that looks like a garland.

The pattern is knit from the cuff down and is available on Ravelry in two sizes. It includes instructions for a short-row heel, but you can substitute it for your preferred type of heel.

on the left, feet wearing colorwork socks and hand holding a mug, on the right, a sock ornament on a christmas tree
© Stone Knits

If you're like me and can't wait until the holidays to eat lots of delicious food, this sock is for you. This Stone Knits’ design showcases Christmas puddings, a cherished tradition in the UK. You'll need five colors for the colorwork part, but the rest of the sock is quite simple, so it makes for a good project to knit during the holiday festivities.

The pattern is knit from the cuff down and is available on Ravelry in three sizes. It includes a cute little ornament version of the sock to decorate your Christmas tree.

Feet wearing white, red and green striped socks on a white rug with christmas decorations
© Sandrine Vos

Merry and Bright by Sandrine Vos is a striped sock pattern with a jolly twist. The leg is adorned with a simple Christmas tree and garland design. The sample piece was knit in a vibrant red, green, and white colorway. You'll also need a little yellow yarn for the star and the detail in the garland.

This design is knit from the cuff down and has a reinforced heel with a gusset. The pattern is available in three sizes and offers two options for the toes: round or pointy. It also includes instructions for matching cuffs. You can find the English and French versions on Ravelry.

If you love colorwork socks as much as we do, check out these fun colorwork sock patterns. And if you haven't tried colorwork knitting yet, be sure to read our six tips to get you started with colorwork knitting.


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