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Monkey Sock Pattern, As Seen on Knitting Daily TV Episode 212

May 8, 2009
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Cookie A shows off some of her favorite sock designs from Sock Innovations, and demonstrates how to upsize a sock pattern.
Sponsored by Lorna’s Laces

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LindaY@9 wrote
on Jan 14, 2010 3:38 PM

I remember reading, maybe in knitty where i think this sock first appeared, that while designing and repeatedly ripping out this sock over and over to get it to look just the way she wanted it to look that cookie became obcessed with knitting and ripping and called it monkey sock like  " its a monkey on my back"   how ever the name came to be it is one of the most popular sock patterns i have in "what yarn did you do your monkey in?"  Or , " i just did my second monkey"   Its like everyone has to have a monkey....I have some Anne in the color way clara barton that is earmarked for "my monkey" 

Linda Yates

Living in the jungle of costa rica with the real monkeys

LadyKRose wrote
on Dec 21, 2009 5:44 PM

I made these socks up in a donegal tweed plum yarn.  Came out very well.  I had no trouble with making this pattern.   Well worth the effort.  Next time............I'll make the leg longer.  ;~)))  Kathleen

Rae Michalko wrote
on Nov 1, 2009 6:44 PM

I enjoyed the Show # 212. It was very helpful.


RebeccaA wrote
on Aug 19, 2009 8:53 AM

I don't know why this is called the "Monkey Sock" either, but I bought Cookie A's book and like her styles very much.  I plan to start on one of her styles (not the "Monkey" though) when one (or two) of the four pairs I'm currently working on is done.  (Got to think of Christmas and birthdays!)

LenoreA wrote
on Aug 18, 2009 11:13 AM

I only know the basic stitchs and feel intimidated about starting a pair of socks, but I want to...  I get overwhelmed just looking at the Monkey Socks, but considering them anyway.  I thinks once I get started, I'll be okay.  Cross your fingers for me!


on Aug 14, 2009 4:49 PM

I guess I missed why this is called Monkey Sock.    I really like knitting toe-up socks, but will try this once.  Twink W.

bikrgran wrote
on Aug 14, 2009 8:51 AM

I've always been curious why this is called the Monkey Sock.  It's on my to-do list, but haven't gotten around to it.  Just curious.  Some names make sense, but this one has always intrigued me.


KathleenRV wrote
on Aug 8, 2009 8:22 AM

These look beautiful, wish I'd gotten this one a week ago when I was in hospital with my step-Mom.  I made a coverlett the first week she was in and when she had to go back for another week I made some wristers to go with it because she gets so cold but needs her finders.   

This would have been beautifully adapted to the wristers and matched well with the blanket, pattern wise.  The coverlett was a combonation of patterns to distract the eye.  I used croquet and knit stitches also.

MaryC@148 wrote
on Aug 6, 2009 1:32 PM

Hi , I am doing the Monkey socks I love them. This is the first time I used a chart & only a chart . I am on the second one . I did then on magic loop .Sorry I did only one at a time.



on Aug 5, 2009 7:10 PM

I finally started my socks and this past weekend turned the heel and am down the home stretch.  I am using the magic loop method and wish now that I had cast on both socks at the same time.  I am pleased with the  pattern and found it easy to memorize.  Oh, and I just got Cookie's new book and am inspired to try more of her patterns.

on Aug 5, 2009 7:05 PM
on Jul 29, 2009 1:34 PM


   I am working on a pair of monkey socks, but from the toe up...adapted from this pattern.  It is my first socks and very challenging to me.  How do you know how big to make the socks for someone who has size 9 shoes as opposed to mine which are 7 1/2?



on Jul 22, 2009 12:53 PM

I love this pattern, I can't wait to make the socks. I love Knitting daily. Keep up the good work. Thanks, Lisa

Jan@82 wrote
on Jul 16, 2009 10:00 AM

I started the monkey sock pattern and wondered why the Large Lace Pattern is missing rows 8 and 9?  Do I continue the pattern regardless of the row number?  I hope so because I'm on my 4th repeat for the leg.  I love this pattern, it's really cute and the pattern is very interesting.  Also, this is the first pattern I've made using a chart.  I love it!  Thank you!

on Jul 7, 2009 5:32 AM

Hello Barbara, we are both new.  I just found Knitting Daily and I am very impressed.  I am in the midst of knitting a pair of socks for a man, so I don't  think he would be happy if I switched to the Monkey Socks now.  I will try it later for sure.