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Knitted socks: Norwegian pattern knit | Free knitting instructions

  • Material and preparation
  • Knitted socks | Norwegermuster
    • size
    • cuffs
    • shaft
    • heel
    • foot
    • top

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Knitting Norwegian patterns lends itself to quite different projects. In addition to socks, sweaters and hats are the classics. The technique itself is closely related to Fair Isle. A layman would hardly distinguish between two pairs of knitted socks, one knit in Faire Isle and the other knit Norwegian. In any case, you will have a wide range of possible patterns available for the Norwegian knit pattern. In this guide we introduce you to the classics "Snowflake", "Star" and "Snake Line".

Material and preparation


  • 4-thread sock yarn (420 m / 100 g) in two colors
  • Pin game size 2.5 - 3
  • scissors
  • wool needle

Prior knowledge:

  • right stitches
  • left stitches
  • Circular knitting with double pointed needles, for example, knit socks with pattern
  • Basics Sock knitting (heel, toe)

Knitted socks | Norwegermuster


For size 39 socks, you only need between 50 and 100 g of wool . In this guide, we limit ourselves to knit socks of this size because the pattern needs to be adjusted for a different number of stitches. We start with 64 stitches distributed on four needles.

This corresponds to 4- ply sock wool actually a size 40/41. However, since the internal threads restrict the stretchability of the sock, you should start with the circumference in any case at the next higher size . Shaft height and foot length are knitted in the usual dimensions.

Note: You knit the Norwegian pattern very loose, otherwise the piece of knit becomes too stiff.


Attack 64 stitches in your background color.

Knitting the cuff from a change of two right and two left stitches.

You determine the height of the cuff yourself. Our suggestion is four to five centimeters.


Knit stock in Norwegian pattern

After the cuff, continue to knit two more rounds to the right. Now you start knitting the Norwegian pattern. Add your contrast color. In our case, the background is green and the pattern is white. The crosses on the pattern stand for stitches that are knitted in contrasting color. The empty boxes are meshes in the background color. They knit everything in the right direction.

Counting pattern snowflake

Download counted pattern snowflake

In the first pattern round you knit five stitches in the background color (green). Then add the contrasting color (white). Knitt four stitches in the contrasting color . The other thread lingers in the meantime behind the work. Take in again and knit another five stitches in the background color.

These changes now continue according to the scheme, lap by lap. The thread that you do not knit with always stays on the back. In the case of socks, this means that small bridges form on the inside. Always knit loosely and pull the stitches a little apart after each needle.

So make sure that the bridges on the inside do not get too short and pull the socks together unpleasantly.

It takes a little practice to knit Norwegian patterns. But with time it is getting easier and easier. In the course of their projects, each one has his own technique of dealing with the two threads in parallel.

One way you can see in the pictures: The background thread is routed as always over the index finger of the left hand.

If necessary, the contrast thread is grasped between the thumb and forefinger of the left hand and wrapped around the needle.

On the sample you can see the needles 1 and 2 shown. From needle 3 you just start over again.

This means that on needle 3, the pattern will be knitted exactly the same way as on needle 1 and on needle 4 as well as on needle 2. After the pattern, knit at least two more rounds in the background color.

Then it continues with the heel.


The heel knit only in the background color. First cut off the contrast thread and sew it on the inside of the sock. It's up to you to make a classic heel with gusset or a boomerang heel. We decided on the boomerang heel. In case of doubt, the classic variant is preferable, as it gives more leeway and thus compensates for the low elasticity of the Norwegian pattern.

Tip: The classic heel with gusset and cap is to be preferred for Norwegian socks.


Knitted socks with Norwegian pattern are based on the length of the foot on the common size charts. For our socks of size 39, this means a length of 20 cm to the beginning of the top.

Counting pattern wave

Download counting pattern wave

After the heel, knit two more rounds just in the background color. Then continue with the pattern from the template.

Start with the wavy lines . Then the stars come. Repeat the pattern a total of two times and then complete with a double wavy line.

Depending on the strength of your stitches, you will now have to knit about 20 rounds in the background color until the desired foot length is reached. The contrast thread can be cut and sutured before.


At the top, it's like the heel: Choose the method that suits you best. In our example, we knitted a ribbon lace . In the end you just have to sew all the loose threads and your first sock is finished with Norwegian pattern.

Tip: A pair of knitted socks do not have to be identical. Change the contrast and background color on the second sock!

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