My Vanilla Sock-A-Roos Pattern (Cuff Down)

My Vanilla Sock-A-Roos Pattern (Cuff Down)

Who doesn't love a nice vanilla sock pattern? 

This is the perfect vanilla sock pattern. It's my go to when I have socks on the needles! It's been my go to for over 4 years, this is why I think you'll love it too! 


  • 320, 380, 480 yards (293, 348, 439 metres) fingering / sock weight yarn
  • Set of 5 double-pointed needles (DPNs) size US 1-2 (2.25-2.50 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge Or equivalent if you are using the magic loop method with a cable length 40’ +
  • Stitch markers
  • Darning needle


  • 32 sts, 40 rounds


  • Adult S, M, L

Finished measurements. 

Cuff - 2.5

Leg (adjustable) - 5.5

Foot (adjustable) 9’, 10, 11.5


The sock is knitted in a top-down construction. Working on the 2x2 ribbed cuff, moving on to the leg, 

The heel is worked back and forth in rows to make the heel flap, this is then shaped with short rows to ‘turn’ the heel with decreases at either side of the heel flap. Stitches are picked up to shape and make the gusset, working on decreasing which leads into the foot. 

The foot is worked in the round to the toe shaping. Which is made by decreasing at the sides. Then is closed using the Kitchener stitch.


  • CO: Cast On
  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together
  • SSK: Slip, slip, knit
  • St(s): Stitch(es)
  • Sl: Slip
  • PM: Place Marker


CO 60, 64, 72 sts onto smaller needles. Distribute sts evenly onto 4 DPNs / magic loop

Join to work in the round. Be careful not to twist the stitches.

Ribbing: Work in [K2, P2] ribbing for 2.5 inches (or desired length).


Swap needles to the larger size, and use them from now on.

Stockinette Stitch: Knit all stitches until the leg measures 5.5 inches from the cast-on edge (or desired length).

Heel Flap:

Set-up: Work the next 30, 32, 36  sts onto one needle (Working Needle). Leave the other sts on hold. 

Heel Flap Rows:

  • Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, K1 repeat across until the end of the needle.
  • Row 2 (WS): Sl 1, P across.
  • Repeat these 2 rows for a total of 14, 16, 18 times. This is a total of 28, 32, 36 rows.

Heel Turn: 

Short Rows:

  • Row 1 (RS): K16,18,20, ssk, K1, turn.
  • Row 2 (WS): Sl 1, P5,7,7 P2tog, P1,tturn.
  • Row 3: Sl 1, Knit to 1st before gap, ssk. K1 and turn work
  • Row 4: Sl 1, P to 1 st before gap, P2tog, P1 and turn work
  • Continue in this pattern, knitting or purling until all stitches are worked, and 18, 20, 22 sts remain on the needle.


Pick Up Stitches:

  • Knit across the heel stitches. Pick up and knit 15,17,19 sts along the side of the heel flap, PM, Knit across the stitches that are on hold, PM, Pick up and knit 15, 17, 19 sts along the other side of the heel flap. Knit half of the heel stitches, PM  to move the beginning of the round to the centre of the heel.

Gusset Decreases:

  • Round 1: Knit all stitches.
  • Round 2: Knit to 3 sts before marker, K2tog, K1. Knit to marker  K1, ssk, knit to end.
  • Repeat these two rounds until you have 60,64,72 sts remaining.


Continue knitting in the round until the foot measures 7,8,9 inches or is  2 inches less than the desired total length.


Toe Decreases: - Round 1: K1, SSK, K to 3 sts before marker K2tog, K2, SSK, Knit to 3 sts before end of the round, K2tog, K1. (4 sts decrease)

Round 2. Knit all sts.

Final Decreases:

  • Work rounds 1 and 2 until 24,28,32 sts remain, then repeat round 1 until 20,24,24 sts remain. Cut yarn so the tail is around 10’ long.


Grafting: - Use the Kitchener stitch to graft the remaining stitches together.

Weave in ends and block your socks as desired.

Enjoy your new handmade socks! 

Don’t forget to show me your amazing new socks. Just tag away on social media using the #moonlightfibre @moonlightfibre

~ Jo xx
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